I recently stumbled upon this neat little application that lets you track your mouse movements in a visual way and save the image that is created!
As you can see, most of my activity is in my second monitor (right) where my web browser rests, between the tabs and content towards the top. My coding habits and text editor occupy the first monitor (left) and show noticeably less mouse movement and more periods of pausing to work with the keyboard or read.
This application is Java based and runs in Windows, Mac and Linux! I’ll give you a quick run down on how to use this application in Ubuntu..
- Make sure that you have Java 6 Runtime installed on your computer. If you don’t, open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Java. You should find “OpenJDK Java 6 Runtime” near the top of the results. Install that before continuing.
- Download IOGraph for Linux and save it where ever you like (I saved mine to the desktop).
- Before you can open the Java application (a .Jar file), you will need to set proper executable permissions for it. To do this, simply right click on the file and select Properties. In the Permissions tab, check to enable the option labeled “Allow executing file as program” and click close.
- Now to run the application, right click on the file again and select “Opera with OpenJDK Java 6 Runtime”.
Now that you’ve got the application running, you can minimize it and let it track your every move! If you’re having trouble, you may be able to find more help with .Jar files here.
The circles represent points where the mouse was left motionless for a period of time. The larger the circle, the longer it was left motionless.
Enjoy making art while you work and please share your results!