Freckle Mac OS X App

The Freckle Mac OS X App gives you access to all the same timers as the web app and the mobile app.

And the best part is, the Freckle Mac App is free to download from the Mac App Store!

After installing and starting the Freckle Mac App you'll see a Freckle icon in your menu bar.

When a timer is running, the Freckle icon will show the color of your project moving throughout the icon. When a timer is paused the Freckle icon will be black

Use the default keyboard shortcut ⌃⌥⌘Space (that's the three keys to the left of the spacebar plus the spacebar itself) to open the Freckle Mac App or click the tiny Freckle icon on your menubar.

To get started selecting a project, scroll to a project and click it it, or just use the arrow keys and then the Return key to start a timer. Use the keyboard shortcut / to focus the project search field on the bottom left then type a search term to filter for projects.

The Freckle Mac App works just like in the Freckle Timer from the web app! You can…

  • Log a time entry
  • Pause and start timers
  • Create a new project
  • Quickly add or subtract 10 minutes to/from the running timer
  • Include notes while a timer is running
  • Mute and un-mute Timer sounds
  • View all keyboard shortcuts
  • Open Freckle in your web browser

Plus, you can view all keyboard shortcuts with a keyboard shortcut! Just type ⇧/ to pull up the list of Timer keyboard shortcuts. That's so meta!

Setting preferences

On the bottom right of the Freckle Mac App you'll see a small cogwheel icon. Clicking this opens a context menu, which allows you to reload the app, sign out of Freckle, open Freckle in a browser, quit the app and most importantly set your preferences.

In the Preferences dialog you can change the default keyboard shortcut that you use to open your Freckle Mac App to anything you want. You can also choose to automatically start the Freckle Mac App to when you restart your computer (we highly recommend this so Freckle is always available to you!). If you don't like the animated icon when a timer is running, you can turn it off (it defaults to on as the animation will remind you that the timer is running!).

Uninstalling the Freckle Mac App

We won't have hard feelings, we promise! To uninstall the app, follow these steps:

  1. Quit the app if it is running. (If you can't see the app window, click on the icon in the menubar. Then click the cogwheel icon and then on Quit Freckle).
  2. In the Finder, go to the Applications folder.
  3. Drag Freckle into your Trash.

Please note: The Freckle OS X Menubar App requires OS X 10.8 or higher and a 64-bit processor (that's all new Apple computers since about 2010).