Frequently Asked Questions
I have a feature request, bug report, or some feedback
The app does not show up in the menu bar
macOS hides menu bar apps when there is no space left in the menu bar. This is a common problem on MacBooks with a notch. Try quitting some other menu bar apps to free up space. If this does not solve it, try quitting Bartender if you have it installed.
Can you make the history be further back than 120 days?
The history is intentionally limited. Pandan is about time awareness right now, not analyzing past behavior. If you need more stats and graphs, check out the system Screen Time feature.
Can you make the app available on iOS too?
This is unfortunately not possible as iOS does not let an app continuously check whether the user is idle.
How can I play a custom sound as a notification?
How can I show an alert as a notification?
Same as the above, but use the
Show Alert action instead.
You could also use the “Flash Screen” action from the Actions app to momentarily flash the screen.
How can I run multiple shortcuts as a notification?
Pandan lets you run a single shortcut as a notification, but a shortcut can run other shortcuts. So make the shortcuts you want to run, make another shortcut that uses the “Run Shortcut” action to run the other shortcuts, and then select this shortcut in Pandan.
How can I use this as an eye-break reminder?
Set Pandan to remind you to take a break. Make a shortcut in the Shortcuts app that uses the “Wait” action and set it to the wanted duration of the break. After this action, you can either add a “Play Sound” or “Show Alert” action to notify you when the break is done. Then select this shortcut in the Pandan settings.
How can I disable Pandan while using certain apps?
You can use the Shortcuts app for this. Make a shortcut that uses the “Set Enabled State” action that Pandan provides. To automate running this shortcut when certain apps are active, you will need the Shortery app. In the Shortery app, choose the “Application” trigger type, and then the “Active” or “Inactive” option.
Note that Pandan already disables itself when you are inactive.
How can I show the total active duration today as a countdown?
Get this shortcut (requires the Actions and One Thing apps) and select it in the Pandan settings. The countdown will update every time Pandan shows a notification. If you want the countdown to update more often, you will need to download the Shortery app and set up an interval trigger.
How can I start a new session from the command-line?
Tip: Shortcuts can be a bit slow sometimes. You can use this command to have it not wait for the shortcut to finish running:
(&>/dev/null shortcuts run ShortcutName &)
How can I export, import, sync, or back up the settings?
Why is this free without ads?
I just enjoy making Mac apps. Consider leaving a nice review on the App Store.
Where can I find the changelog?
Go here and click “Version History”.
Can you localize the app into my language?
I don’t have any immediate plans to localize the app.
Pandan comes bundled with actions for the built-in Shortcuts app which you can use to automate Pandan.
Tip: You can run shortcuts from the command-line.
- Play custom notification sound
- Use Pandan as an eye break reminder
- Show an alert as a notification
- Flash the screen as a notification by using the “Flash Screen” action from the Actions app
- Show a web page as a notification
- Lock the screen as a notification
- Invert the screen for 20 seconds
- Make the screen gray for 20 seconds
- Show the total active duration today as a countdown
And you can combine these too.
Non-App Store Version
A special version for users that cannot access the App Store. It won’t receive automatic updates. I will update it here once a year.
Requires macOS 13 or later