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Giveaway of the day — Uconomix SnapLogger

Record your screen activities and play them back like a movie to see what you did the whole day.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 150 (22%) 518 (78%) 36 comments

Uconomix SnapLogger was available as a giveaway on May 16, 2010!

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Record and play back your day like a movie. Track your time "visually". SnapLogger takes screenshots of your computer at regular intervals and plays it back like a movie showing what you did the whole day.

It makes filling up timesheets a breeze because you can see what you did on your computer at a specific time on a particular day. If your work involves billing your clients for your time then SnapLogger is a must have tool for you.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003 Server/ Vista/ 7, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Publisher:

Uconomix Technologies

Homepage:

http://www.uconomix.com/Products/SnapLogger/Default.aspx?o=GAOTD

File Size:

1.94 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#36

I tried installing SnapLogger in 64-bit Windows, using both Vista Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate. The recording appeared to be happening, and when I looked in the viewer nothing would happen. However, when I looked in C:\Program Files (x86)\Uconomix\Uconomix SnapLogger 1.1\Data, there was a folder with the dates, 17_5_2010 and 16_5_2010, which were full of .jpg snapshots in my screen's resolution 1920 x 1080. So for 64-bit Windows users, another slideshow program or picture software could be used to view SnapLogger snaphot sessions, as long as you have the patience to retrieve the files yourself, and load them into another application.

Otherwise I know that most YouTube techies I view recommend using Camtasia, please don't ban me if it's not freeware, I don't know anything or enough about it to know if it's a freeware alternative or not. If it wasn't 5 minutes before the comments shut down, I would find an alternative, but been trying to install other buggy giveaways from won't mention, and been busy and not slept in over 72 hours. I just never give up, but visit every day whether I install the offer or not. Thank You GOTD for yesterday's Gold Fish animated wallpaper, I really enjoy it, must run it in XP mode on 64-bit Windows or couldn't get it to work on Vista or Windows 7.

Reply   |   Comment by tekknokat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

#33 Fubar: Installing a .NET Framework version higher than 2.0 will also install all versions from 2.0 and upwards. Always install only the latest version. Version 1.1 is is not included, and requires separate installation, if required.

Reply   |   Comment by Harrym  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

I try this on Windows XP, Vista and 7 all 32bit version and intalled fine. I honestly think this is a good program but it's not for me...

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

To some of the people reporting problems, you could possibly have a problem with your .NET Framework. You can always install the required 2.0 version directly from Microsoft. If you already have it, it shouldn't do much. Higher .NET versions will try to run lower-version applications, but if there's an incompatibility, you'll need the lower Framework version (you can have multiple versions on your PC).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#32

To those saying that they can't find the data, SnapLogger isn't compliant with Vista and higher. The data folder will get virtualized, it's typically in:
C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Uconomix\Uconomix SnapLogger 1.1
You can specify a data storage location (I put mine in a folder in Pictures), but that only applies to the snapshots, the tracking database and settings will still get placed in the virtualized Program Files folder. You could run into problems if you gave SnapLogger Administrator rights (you shouldn't, you should allow the virtualization, otherwise, all users will be able to see your snapshots). Possibly, you might have problems if you installed or activated SnapLogger with Administrator rights (by right-clicking). You can always fix things by finding the executable in Program Files (not the shortcut, unless you explicitly set the shortcut to run the target as an Administrator), and removing any permission to Run as an Administrator in the Compatibility (Properties). After the VirtualStore entries get created, you could move the SnapLogger.mdb, SnapLogger.log, and Settings.dat files, and the Data folder, to the VirtualStore location listed above (I haven't checked this, I didn't mess up my installation or execution by giving things Admininstrator rights which they don't need and shouldn't have).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#31

@ Joe T. Why not install CutePDF Writer (free) and simply print to CutePDF Writer? That way you have a permanent datestamped PDF version of the whole receipt page, not just a screen shot of the part visible on your screen.

Reply   |   Comment by GMT  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

@#4

Generally, if it installs on Win7 x64, it will run...most programs I've tried anyway. I can't really think of any that install that don't work, except a few that do tell you specifically that they won't work on x64. This actually installs and looks like it's going to run, but clicking the start button does nothing. I'd much rather it not install at all, then install and then not work.

@#8

You're right. PSR works about as well, although it's not going to make a movie for you.

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#29

http://www.pcwinsoft.com/ for screencamera

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#28

Some may remember ScreenCamera I use this a lot, it was a giveaway .

ScreenCamera is the first software designed to share your desktop screen and your webcam together using popular instant messaging and web conferencing programs such as MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Camfrog, ICQ, AIM, Skype, Paltalk, ANYwebcam, Stickam, NetMeeting, or any other.

ScreenCamera can be used to provide technical support, demonstrate a software application, review documents, give presentations, send photos, send video, or else, and all of this having your webcam showing on the side.

ScreenCamera also allows you to share your webcam on multiple programs at the same time overcoming Microsoft Windows limitation. Usually, if you have a web camera, you cannot use it in more than one application at the same time, and there is no standard Windows options that makes it possible. ScreenCamera driver allows you to easily multiply your web-camera (any models) in video chat or video conference software.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#27

Installed perfectly on Vista 32 and XP machines but on XP starts up with a full screen dialogue box about what it does and there appears to be no way of getting rid of this.

Can anyone help please?

Because it is worse than useless as it is!

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Hill  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

I have used this program for two years. It is invaluable when I need to do end of month time reporting and need to remember what I was working on 3 weeks ago. Additional benefit...with this running in the background I was able to catch the babysitter using my work computer to find a date

Reply   |   Comment by Mike N  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#25

i have a 64x windows 7 home premium. And this program seems to crash on it's opening.

Reply   |   Comment by joseph  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

@Fubar,

Thanks for the encouragement. (Thanks for all your informative posts on GOTD.)

Not sure yet how often it will be useful on my home computer, but def. seems worth the try. Already I feel less anxious about capturing the receipt page when I buy stuff (though one would need to change the default 7-day automatic snapshot cleanup in order for such captures to last long enough for most purchase disputes).

Very intuitive, a tray app, double-click the icon and you get a small window with 2 big buttons (Start/Stop Recording and View SnapLog), and settings tabs. Been working about an hour, and so far, there's been no data saved to the specified save location (must still be cached in memory), so can't check disk size cost.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe T.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#23

Downloaded this software just to see for myself what it is. Glad I did. I am an artist and was looking for something to catch my moves as I do not take notes when I create an effect that I like. :( I have downloaded this just minutes or so ago and have been playing around with it. Even at this moment while I type. At this point, I like what I see. My computer runs Quad-4, Windows XP Pro SP3 and have had no problems. Installed and registered very smoothly. Start up worked perfect. No complaints. You may never know if something will be what you want or not, whether it will give you what you want, so "try it out" is the advice I give. In my particular case, there maybe other products that will do what this software will do, but at this moment, it is what I need. Nice product. Good job. I am happy. Thanks GOTD and Economix Technologies/Snaplogger.

Reply   |   Comment by SharonR  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#22

Pictures may help but takes a lot of space.

TitleLog from DonationCoder.com logs each active window title with time and duration in a CSV text file like this:
"date","time","program","Window title","seconds duration","hh:mm:ss duration"
"20100309","0015","foobar2000.exe","Converting - 8/10 ...","24","00:00:24"
"20100309","0411","Idle Text","tv","14456","04:00:56"

EZ to import into Excel. It also has it's own reporting function for quick looks.

tOM

Reply   |   Comment by TomTrottier  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

XP64 , installs and does snap,(snapped in the app window and full window modes) but if you want to view the snaps it says there are none, you have to go to your storage location and view them "on your own". When I use the export function it generates a zero byte file. Nothing shows up in the application use report either. So its useful but buggy on this OS. Would haved liked option for higher res shots.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

@12:

Try Screencast-o-matic: we use it all the time for college classes.

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Gil  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

very good, I like it very much

Reply   |   Comment by Billy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#18

In essence Unconomix SnapLogger does time-lapse photography of your screen -- use it however you'd use time-lapse photography &/or video. You can use it to capture a record of the day's events -- the same basic idea as having a video camera mounted in a dome on the ceiling recording time-lapse video. If you want to get creative, no reason it can't do that too... Recording screen video might be OK for tutorials, but it's hardly exciting -- if you watch TV you've seen how speeding things up &/or jumping around, maybe wiggling things a bit gives plain ol' video a bit of an edge, adds movement & life & forces the viewer to pay attention.

[I'd guess you'd want to set your video to around 12 fps, then double each frame the same as cartoon animation. Easy to do in the free VirtualDub, & you can add whatever filters to really increase the possibilities]

That said, *IF* your purpose was video, I'd look at apps like the free WinFF [a front end/GUI for ffmpeg] where you can drag/drop your images, since the naming sequence used for snapshots is good for time management, but not as most video apps like them. Why not use the built-in avi export? No reason you can't if quality's not an issue, but if it is you'll want to use a codec with at least acceptable quality instead of SnapLogger's default & only option. That's not blasting away at SnapLogger in the least -- personally I like it as it is right now when it comes to video, since adding more capabilities, like added codec handling, would only increase complexity & overhead. The developers could certainly add snapshot naming options though. :-)

Far as SnapLogger itself goes, it's a small app [13 files @ ~2MB] with most configuration options stored in the program's folder as files rather than in the registry -- I recorded only 2 keys necessary to run the app, & one of those was the license key... Using the PortableAppCreator [portableapps.com forum] it *should* be fairly easy to make this a portable app for those interested in that sort of thing. Snapshots themselves are stored by default in the program's folder [in sub-folders].

Sumary: IMHO SnapLogger is both small & harmless enough that for many it's very well worth a try. If you're the time management sort, or want to record whatever process, it can help do that. If you're the creative sort looking for something new to spice up a video or PowerPoint project, SnapLogger can help out there too.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#17

Sinik Al comments without discretion.Remarking that persons liking the software are suffering from dementia and are seriously drug-addled isn't necessary. Come on Sinik Al.......really?

Reply   |   Comment by Christina Lareau  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#16

How is today's giveaway different from the free 1.0 version available on the website?

Reply   |   Comment by SueH  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#15

#12 tinks, Check out Techsmith Camtasia Studio it records your screen in video format. Uconomix SnapLogger does sreenshots or stills.

Reply   |   Comment by Guido  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

#8, reghacker, #10, Sinik Al, you both completely miss the point of these types of utilities. The Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder records a limited amount of detailed information for a short period of time. Scheduling screen captures doesn't eliminate redundant captures, skip recording when there's no activity, allow filtering by process name or URL, generate reports, automatically cleanup old data to record new, etc. Every time SnapLogger is offered, there are tons of useless comments from people who haven't even investigated or considered what these types of utilities can do. TimeSnapper Pro records everything I do on my PC. I can go back two weeks and display what I was doing with any particular program, whether it's to check an installation, what options I changed, what I typed, what error occurred, whatever. I don't have to remember what day I did something, TimeSnapper Pro has all sorts of ways quickly finding what I need. If you have Microsoft Office, TimeSnapper Pro can even OCR screenshots to recover text. SnapLogger is less versatile, but still useful. Both products can encrypt screenshots as they're captured.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#13

@tinks

Try Camtasia Studio

Reply   |   Comment by tomek  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#12

I always wondered how people record there screen activity. for YouTube for example.

I've been looking for something to do that.

I saw some guy once do a song with lyrics appearing line-by-line.

Does this do that or can you guys recommend something else?

Reply   |   Comment by tinks  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)
#11

I mentioned that Uconomix SnapLogger has pretty good descriptions of the product and its features on their website and TimeSnapper has the same, but while looking for a better reference for TimeSnapper Pro, I noticed that their wiki has more information (although incomplete, but better than the link from the program's Help menu), but interestingly, their Micro ISV wiki has useful basic information if you want to start your own software company and perhaps offer your wares here on Giveaway of the Day.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#10

Installed on Vista 32 with no problems (using .msi) and appears from a very brief test to do what it says.
Some people may find this very useful, particularly those with dementia, the seriously drug-addled, or others who find they've been in front of a screen for 8 hours with no idea what they've been doing... lol seriously though, seems to be of little advantage over conventional screen capture programs (if scheduled) and seems to be a neat solution to what I suspect is a very rare problem. Thanks but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Sinik Al  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#9

Thank you snaplogger. Have been using Win32Pad for timesheets, hitting F5 to enter auto date and time. When projects need tweaking for no more than 5 minutes it's okay for customers who know me; sometimes not okay for new customers. This graphic evidencing is a failsafe.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

Since both of my machines are Windows 7, I see no use for this software as it's built into Windows 7.

To access it, go to Start > Run, and type psr.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#7

Crashes at start if your OS is Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (or any Windows 7 x64).

Reply   |   Comment by Keaton  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

Works great on Win 7 32, not tried on 64 but will give it a go :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cyberken  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Uconomix SnapLogger 1.1 is a good giveaway, although a many-times, unchanged rerun. It uses the .NET Framework, so it acts as a local server but doesn't access the Internet. Rather than describe the numerous features and post screenshots, I'll refer you to the product page link, which is posted near the top of every giveaway. Their website has an overview, a tour with many screenshots, a screenshot page with few screenshots, and a features list. You don't need a reviewer to tell you that stuff.

The $20 price isn't bad, except that SnapLogger is essentially a subset clone of TimeSnapper Professional, which is currently on sale for $25, which is a good deal. SnapLogger can export an AVI movie of your activity, and it produces reasonable reports. TimeSnapper Pro can produce an animated GIF, but it's more designed to export report data to other applications for processing and printing. Otherwise, TimeSnapper Pro has so many more features (I'm still finding stuff out about it, and I've had it for a couple of years), there's just no comparison. However, you do need to be able to figure things out with TimeSnapper Pro, there's not much in the way of Help, and it's much more sophisticated than it appears. TimeSnapper has a free version, but it has few features. Apart from the numerous advanced features of TimeSnapper Pro, I like the basics better than SnapLogger. TimeSnapper Pro lets you select capture image type, resolution, and quality (where applicable). A key basic feature is the ability to skip recording snapshots which are the same as the last. SnapLogger can automatically delete snapshots older than a specified number of days, but TimeSnapper Pro can not only do that, but optionally (and/or) automatically delete older snapshots when a disk space quota is reached (that's what I do, to maximize recording duration). Another thing is that SnapLogger has been unchanged for years, but I just downloaded yet another update to TimeSnapper Pro today. They don't tell you what the changes are in minor revisions, but the code is exceptionally solid, and I've only seen an error report once (no doubt due to my messed-up OS). It offered to send an error report to TimeSnapper automatically, and it kept running fine, although it recommended a restart. If you didn't bother to read what SnapLogger does, note that it and TimeSnapper Pro record the active process name (active program) when taking screenshots. TimeSnapper Pro also records URLs, etc., from at least IE and Firefox.

I find utilities like SnapLogger to be extremely useful. Having a recording of error messages (if you wait long enough for the capture; TimeSnapper Pro can take manual snapshots) is often useful, as well as web page images from browsing sessions, typed-in text when things fail/crash, etc., are all extremely handy. Of course, these types of utilities are very useful for recording business activity and billing time to clients, etc. TimeSnapper Pro lets you flag tasks, insert notes, take breaks, etc.

If you haven't tried SnapLogger or something like it, then I recommend downloading the giveaway, thoroughly examining its features, and trying it out. I suppose if you have a crappy computer then performance could be an issue. I have TimeSnapper Pro set to record snapshots every six seconds (skipping some video applications), comparing them to the last, and it has zero impact on my PC's performance, and I use high-resolution displays.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+63)
#4

@SloppyGoat(#1): It might be your pc, but 64bits was not mentioned in the requirements.

System Requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ 2003 Server/ Vista/ 7, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Reply   |   Comment by Talking Head  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#3

Windows 7 - it is a problem

Reply   |   Comment by celeste  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#2

And it didn't work on Win7 for me. I hit rec and then go to play and it just says there are zero snaps. However, it seems to work on my XP laptop. It's also running the same version of NOD32, and did not flag anything, as go figure?

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#1

Worked ok on XP, but will not record anything on Win7 x64.

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
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