From Modesitt Software:
BackTrack 5 brings Mac users a new level of safety by logging screenshots (entire window or just the topmost window) as well as all text (except passwords) that is typed for all applications. The log includes the application name, window name, date & time, and how long the window was the front window. For example, suppose you're working on a MS Word document, you haven't saved the document for awhile, and Word crashes. Normally you would have lost all the text you typed since your last save, however, since the text is also in the BackTrack file, the text you typed has been saved. Simply copy the text from BackTrack to the clipboard, and paste it onto your Word document.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. There is a constant background process running if you run BackTrack.
I thought I'd been notified by the developer Bill that he'd seen fit to remove that process.
Instead he's accused me of pirating his software and he's lied about what processes his software initiates.
Way to build trust.
I'm forced to downrate your software. Here's an article on alternative Mac OS X keyloggers.
Why do so many Mac developers think they have the right to lie and install unwanted processes on their customers computers?
Adobe is the worst offender. Consequently we have nearly banned Adobe Software from my company's offices. Getting the hint yet, Bill? We spend thousands on software every year and if you weren't inserting Trojan processes in your basic utility, we'd have probably bought it for all our Macs as well.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. For your own sake, before even considering giving this developer any money, I dare you to try to sign up for the discussion list for this product on their site, which you can try to do here - http://*******.com/28wh6a
Its just a way to assure you that THIS SOFTWARE AND THE DEVELOPER ARE COMPLETE CRAP!! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!
I tried signing up for the discussion list because I was left with tons of questions about the program and how to use it effectively (and not to be modest, but I am extremely computer savvy) due to the complete lack of any help documentation or support files of any kind
Signing up for the discussion list presents people who try with more offers to sign up for this mortgage, or save money with that life insurance, or win big at this casino, etc...than I have EVER seen anywhere on the net since the early 90's and the hallmark days of clipart graphics and animated gifs...
The software is complete crap too....it logged approximately 7000 entries in 3 days, non of which was readable...completely sentences that I would type were broken up into multiple lines, with each single character of each single word for that sentence appearing as its own entry on its own line...
...Disaster Recovery This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Previous versions of Backtrack 3 were good at recording keystrokes but not particularly user-friendly when it came to making use of the recovered data. The big improvement in v 3.6 is to introduce very precise control over what is exported from BackTrack, in the event of an application crash or accidental document deletion.
It is now possible to sort and subsort records e.g. by Date & Time, Application and Window (click first on Date & Time, then on Application then on Window to do this -unfortunately this is not documented in the online Help, which would benefit generally from expansion and some examples), so grouping together chronologically all the work done on a particular document. These records can then be selected (highlighted) and exported to a text file. A new Export tab in BackTrack Preferences provides control over which combinations of data (Text) and metadata (Date & Time, Application, Window, Delta Time) to include.
In previous versions of BackTrack ALL records were exported and included ALL metadata, making it quite complicated to reconstruct, say, a Word document that had been put together over several hours, punctuated by switches between windows and applications in the process.
With v.3.6 it is now easy to select and export only the text from the relevant records in BackTrack and use find/replace and spellcheck commands in Word to reconstruct the document with relative ease. The result is that BackTrack 3 has now become an extremely powerful disaster recovery tool and even better value for the shareware fee.
This is a vital utility and one from which anyone who has ever lost data (i.e. everyone!) will benefit.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. dammit, first time I ever needed a keystroke logger. But now that BackTrack is running - beautifully, behind the scenes - things feel. . .so much better.
Tuck it in your log-in items. Why isn't this part of the Mac.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The new HTML logs feature is great! It makes daily logs SO much easier to read.
BTW, for users who might not realize this, you can add the actual BackTrack application (not Configure BackTrack) to your account's startup items. This way, BT will load and start recording every time you login.
(If it says this is the documentation and I missed it, then sorry for this.)
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. this really is a great little app, does exactly what I need it to do, and the price is spot on.
Super easy to configure, and once you've done that, just leave it alone. Saved three hours of work this week alone - one of the very very rare times an os x app went south on me (appleworks, no less) and this came along and saved - okay, not my bacon, but my evening. Well worth the money.
I want to comment on the support as well. After using the first version for an hour or two, I wrote to the author to suggest making the destination user-configurable. I got a reply in something insane like 20 mins, and there was a new version the next day.
can't praise it enough. Just written to him again with a couple more suggestions, and it seems they'll be in an imminent release too. Wish all developers were like this, especially those that charge a lot more.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. As a long time SpellCatcher user, I missed it's Ghostwriter feature way back when we used something called "System 7" and these other things called Mac OS 8 and 9 (remember those?).
While SpellCatcher for OS X kicks ass and is better than ever, I still have that once in a while occurrence when I'll lose a huge chuck of text because I hit the wrong key or inadvertently quit an application. And so BackTrack comes into the spotlight. I evaluated BackTrack against it's chief competitor, TypeRecorder and after much scrutiny, I have to say that BackTrack is the better product (and less than half the price).
TypeRecorder, while a solid utility, requires one to go through too many extra steps to view a day's text logs and does not create these logs in a universal .txt document. BackTrack, on the other hand, does NOT require you to even open the "Configure BackTrack" application to get to log files. They exist as easily accessible text files, right in the Finder in the destination folder of your choosing. This makes a big difference. Moreover, the way that BackTrack notates not just the date and time of text entries, but also application name AND window name is a very powerful and cool feature.
If, like me, you occasionally screw up and lose some text, BackTrack is the way to go.
Usual disclaimer: Nope, I don't work for, nor do I know the developer in any way beyond a couple of support messages. I paid the shareware fee the third day I used it and haven't looked back.