updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed September 10, 2008
Arten Science has released a new Mac application, ScreenAudit. The program takes screen captures from multiple monitors and webcams at timed intervals, and archives them for future reference. Users can select time intervals, destination folders, and the size of JPG files. For people that work on computers and bill for time, the image history can be used to help determine what tasks were being done and for how long.
ScreenAudit can also be used to monitor the activities of children on computers -- though the program does not function covertly -- and webcam images can be used as a time-lapse security camera for a home or yard. The archives can also serve as a crude backup for documents, letting users see what they were working on before a file was lost. ScreenAudit is available from Arten Science for £10 ($17 USD).