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The latest version of WatchMe (v 2.3.1) is now available for download. This is a maintenance release that includes bug fixes (primarily to fix the “Cannot find the file specified” error).
There have been a number of reports of a “Cannot find the file specified : System.Web” error whenever the latest version of WatchMe is doing a version check. I have a fix that I just finished working on and I will test it for the next day or so. I plan to release the fix on Thursday (or sooner if everything looks good).
Of course if you’re having this issue, your version of WatchMe can’t phone home to let you know when the new fix is available.
I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused anyone.
P.S. I will personally email those of you that reported the issue as soon as the fix is available.
I have released the latest version of WatchMe (v2.2) which includes a number of highly requested features. You can download the latest version here.
The big highlights for this version include:
- Countdown Timers – You can now create a “countdown” that will do just that – countdown to zero from a specified time. You can add a new countdown to any tab from the “Countdowns” menu. These countdowns are easy to tell apart from the traditional timers as they have an alarm clock icon in their time display. To change the start time (as well as notification options) right click on the time display and select “Set Time”. There is a whole section of options related to the new Countdowns in the options screen (System | Options) including what time format they should use. 3…2…1…Blastoff!
- Control the Location of the Config Files – Until this release the configuration files used by WatchMe were located in a default location and could not be moved. Now you can choose where you would like to store these files to make it easier to back them up, etc. When you select “Manage Data Files” under the System menu you will be given the option to move your existing files to a new location, or even to create a whole new set of files. I store my files in a folder managed by Dropbox so that I can have the same timer files on both my work and home PC – slick!
- Run WatchMe off a USB Memory Stick – In order to make the application more portable between machines, if you put the WatchMe executable and the config file in the same directory on a USB memory stick, you can take your timers with you to any machine.
Hello all – I’m currently working on the next release, so I thought I would give you a quick preview of some of the upcoming things I’m working on.
- Storing config file(s) in different locations: You will be able to move the config files into a different directory, rather than being shackled to the default location that is used now. I have my beta version storing the config files in my dropbox folder so I can have the WatchMe on my work PC share the timers with WatchMe on my home PC.
- Running from a USB stick: By default the application will look for the config files in the same directory as the EXE first. This way you can put the app and it’s configuration files on a USB stick and then use it on different machines.
- Countdown Timers: Having the ability to create timers that count down from a set time rather than count up has been a common request for quite a while. I’m still working out the mechanism for this, but it will most likely be a new kind of timer you can add to the interface (just like the current timers). From there you can set the start time and it will count backwards, as opposed to up like the current timers.
An update to WatchMe (v 2.1.3) is now available for download. This new version includes the following changes:
- Added default file names when exporting timer data.
- The inactivity notification no longer opens a new dialog box every time it fires – only a single dialog box will be displayed no matter how long the timers are inactive. No more closing a bunch of warning windows when you leave the app running over the weekend.
- Fixed an issue where an “object” error may occur while deleting a timer.
- Reworked the internal timing code to to improve its precision and efficiency.
- Added code to not allow tabs to have the same name.
- Made the hour, minute and seconds controls larger when setting up a timer alert.
A new version of Watchme (ver 2.1.2) has just been released. This new version includes the following new features and fixes:
- Fixed an issue with the Focus Light not moving down the screen when new timers were added.
- Increased the maximum text size for a timer note to 10,000 characters.
- Added the ability to export the timers for the active tab only.
- Added new keyboard shortcuts (PgUp, Alt – PgUp, PgDn, Alt – PgDn) to increase and decrease the time displayed in a timer. Focus must be in the timer’s textbox for this to work.
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I’m looking at possibly integrating ToodleDo with WatchMe to allow you to tie timers to tasks and update the timer on a ToodleDo task based on the time collected in WatchMe. If that sounds like something you may be interested in, feel free to add a comment on this post. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
A new version of Watchme (ver 2.1.1) has been released. This new version includes the following new features and fixes:
- A new “Minutes” timer format that displays your time in minutes only.
- New functionality to automatically check for new versions of WatchMe.
- A fix for the “valid Date Time” error that would occur with different regional settings.