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“Can not start WatchMe error” when running AVG Anti Virus

Over the last few days, there have been a number of people who have reported that they can no longer start WatchMe. Each time they do they get the following message:

Can not start WatchMe
An instance of WatchMe is already running

The issue only occurs for people who run AVG Anti Virus and downloaded their latest update. I have submitted an issue to AVG explaining the situation, and hopefully they will be able to rectify the issue.

In the meantime, if you are getting this issue and run AVG Anti Virus, you can fix it by excluding WatchMe from AVG. Information on doing this can be found here:

Thank you to Mal, Max and Lou for letting me know about this issue.

Version 2.4.1 Released

In keeping with my promise for more frequent releases, here’s a minor update with a few small fixes and a major feature that I have been getting a lot of requests about.

You can download the latest version here.

Here’s the 4-1-1 on 2.4.1:

  • A new option to control whether timers and countdowns stop or continue running when your computer is suspended. I have had people argue for and against stopping them, so now you can choose which one you prefer. This is available to “Pro” users only.
  • New icons for timer and countdown notes. It should be easier to see when a note has been entered now – it was a little tough to see before.
  • Command line option to enable BasicHTTPBinding for the WCF Service Layer (if you know what this means then this may be of interest to you).
  • Various small bug fixes.

This will most likely be the last release for this year. So let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and all the best in 2015.

Keep those timers running!




Version 2.4.0 Released

It’s been a long time since a new version of WatchMe has hit the streets – I apologize for the long delay; it’s been busy around here with the new baby (excuses, excuses). My plan going forward is to try and release smaller versions more frequently so there isn’t such a long wait between updates.

But enough yapping, Here’s the highlights of the new release:

  • A new “Tenths of an Hour” timer/countdown format.
  • A new “Days:Hours:Mins:Secs” timer/countdown format.
  • I made some adjustments so the application works better for visually impaired users using screen readers.
  • The context menu on the Timers and Controls is now accessible by right clicking anywhere on the control, not just on the time display.
  • When WatchMe is started, it will open to the last active tab.
  • A new “Copy all Timers to the Clipboard” function that is available under the Timers menu (for “Pro” users only). Information from your timers can be copied to the clipboard in any number of formats (configurable by creating CTF files – see the copy info help page  for more details) so they can then be pasted directly into other applications, invoices, emails, work logs, etc.

Make sure to go to the download page to get the latest version. Enjoy!

Version 2.3.2 Released

Version 2.3.2 of WatchMe was just released. You can download it from here.

New features include:

  • Recent task switches appear when you hover over the focus light (available to “Pro” users only).
  • New WCF Service layer that provides other applications the ability to automate and pull data from WatchMe (available to “Pro” users only). Click here for more information.
  • Fixed bug where Alt + F4 wasn’t closing the application.
  • Ctrl + Shift + T now toggles the “Show Totals” option.

Check out the release notes for a full list of new features.