Google Analytics is the most popular platform for website statistics.
If we imagine our desktop or mobile software as a website, shouldn't we be using the same successful analytics platform also for our software usage analytics?
This is the idea that sparked the creation of SoftMeter, our software usage analytics library for Windows, MacOS and IOS.
A summary of the limits of the free Google Analytics accounts.
SoftMeter v0.6.3 was released.
If you are already using SoftMeter to monitor your application usage, please upgrade. The API remains the same so the upgrade is simply a replacement of the library file (DLL in Windows, dylib in MacOS).
If you are not using SoftMeter, read on.
As software developers for desktop software, we monitor how visitors arrive at our website, which pages they visit the most, which are the entry and exit pages. We also measure the number our software was downloaded. And then, after the download, there is silence: We do not know if the user installed the software if he/she keeps using it or he/she abandoned it the next day. We do not know how many active users we have. Software usage analytics is the category of tools that can help throw light in these questions that every developer has.
Application analytics is the new tool that allows you to look into these matters for the first time.
This blog describes how you can add installation analytics to your existing Installaware script.
With the installation analytics you will be able to see the daily/monthly/yearly number of installations and uninstalls, the operating systems where the installations occur, the countries of your users and much more.
Application analytics is a new practice and still only very few desktop applications use.
It is unique and powerful because it allows you, for the first time, to see beyond the download of your desktop software.
Here is the opportunity: You can become a development hero by implementing this new practice into your software.
Installation analytics is the technique of gathering installation statistics directly from the distributed software installers.
The developers can see even in real-time the stream of installations and uninstalls of their software, understand the impact of their advertising, detect remote problems immediately after the release.
Having installation analytics in your software is essential for your success in this brutally competitive internet.
Version 0.5.3 of libAppTelemetry (now called SoftMeter) was released.
With SoftMeter you can monitor the usage statistics of your desktop program (Windows, MacOS) and the size of your user base.
SoftMeter has a free edition.
It works with Google Analytics, which is also free.
The "Mobile App" view type is a relatively new view type in Google Analytics. It is used to track usage statistics of mobile (IOS, Android) apps, while with the help our libAppTelemetry, it can also track usage analytics of desktop (Windows, Mac OS) software.
Usage analytics for software is the remote collection, measurement, analysis and reporting of the usage patterns of a software product. But why do developers need it for the success of their software?