WatchMe Release Notes

Version 2.7.0 (27-Mar-2022)

  • New Clear and Quit menu option (System> Clear and Quit) that will reset all the timers, clear all notes, and quit the program. This is a good way to clear out at the end of the day after all of your time has been recorded. (Pro Only)
  • Focus light images were updated.
  • Added numbers 6 to 9 in the Add and Subtract time menus on a timer.
  • PgUp and PgDn keys will now adjust time on Countdowns (they already did this for Timers) . When editing a countdown’s name, PgUp and Pg Dn will add or subtract 1 minute of time. Alt+PgUp and Alt+PgDn will add or subtract 1 hour of time.

Version 2.6.1 (08-Mar-2022)

  • BUG: “Output To File” error when loading a template file (*.WMT) was fixed.

Version 2.6.0 (06-Mar-2022)

  • A new timer format (Quarters of an hour) was added. This new format will round the time to the nearest quarter of an hour.
  • You can now copy a tab (incuding timers and times)by selecting the “System > Clone Active Tab” menu. (Pro only)
  • When using the “Output to file” functionality (, the application now remembers which timers have been set to output to a file after you close the applicaiton and re-open (Pro only).
  • BUG: Small issue with the online version check was fixed.
  • BUG: When moving files (Manage Data Files > Move these files to a different folder) any .CTF files in the same directory will now be moved to the new destination.

Version 2.5.6 (19-Dec-2020)

  • BUG: Fixed issue with “Column Name is constrained to be unique” error when opening some older configuration files.

Version 2.5.5 (23-Sep-2020)

  • You can now copy a single timer’s info to the clipboard using the Copy to Clipboard function (Pro only).
  • When copying to the clipboard, flag info can be copied via the [FLAG] placeholder.
  • BUG: Made Timer dropdown on Copy to Clipboard dialog wider to accommodate longer timer names.
  • BUG: Output to file Option for Countdowns is no longer disabled.
  • BUG: Note text no longer highlighted after an alert fires (to avoid causing accidental deletion).

Version 2.5.4 (25-Apr-2020)

  • When deleting the active tab, the next tab becomes active.
  • New option to save a tab as a template file (WMT file) that can be loaded at a later time or shared with others (Pro Only).
  • When a flag is set on a timer or countdown, the textbox on the control changes to match the flag colour.
  • If a hotkey is set on a timer, countdown, or counter, holding down shift + hotkey will reset the time/count.
  • BUG: Fixed issue with right-click menu on a timer taking a long time to load when you have a lot of timers.

Version 2.5.3 (06-Apr-2020)

  •  You can now move time from one timer to another. (Pro only)
  • You can now move time from one timer to another. (Pro only)
  • The Delete button for timers, countdowns, and counters have been moved to the far right to avoid accidental deletion.
  • BUG: Fixed issue with the selected timer format in Options (Ctrl-O) not matching the format displayed in the timers.
  • The time from a timer/countdown can now be live fed to a text file. (Pro only)

Version 2.5.2 (30-Aug-2019)

  • BUG: Fixed “invalid cast” issue when first launching WatchMe when you don’t have an existing WatchMeConfig.xml file * BUG: Fixed “invalid cast” issue when first launching WatchMe when you don’t have an existing WatchMeConfig.xml file.
  • BUG: Fixed issue with Increment Counter checkbox not working when setting up options for a Countdown.

Version 2.5.1 (24-Aug-2019)

  • You can now start all Timers and Countdowns on the current tab via the menu (or shortcut keys).
  • You can now start all Timers and Countdowns on the current tab via the menu (or shortcut keys)
  • Countdown controls can now increment and decrement a Counter. If you use the Pomodoro technique for working, this will allow you to automatically keep track of the Pomodoros that you complete. (Pro only)

Version 2.5.0 (Released 25-Jun-2018)

  • Brand new Counter controls! Keep a count of things that are important to you with this new counter/tally control.
  • New tenths of an hour timer format that rounds up to the nearest tenth.
  • New method to programmatically create a tab via the WCF Service (Pro only).

Version 2.4.8 (Released 13-Mar-2018)

  • New option that allows Countdown timers to automatically start/stop other Timers or Countdowns (Pro only)
  • New option that allows Countdown timers to automatically reset once they hit 0 (Pro only)
  • Clicking on the alert icon (Bell) on a Timer will now open the Alert screen.
  • Clicking on the countdown icon (Clock) on a countdown will now open the Set Time screen.
  • Various bug fixes.

Version 2.4.7 (Released 15-Feb-2018)

  • BUG: Fixed issue where the application crashed when it was first run and created a brand new WatchMeConfig.xml file.

Version 2.4.6 (Released 08-Feb-2018)

  • New option that allows Countdown timers to automatically restart once they hit 0 (Pro only)
  • When manually entering time into a timer, you can now enter the time as fractions of an hour (e.g.5.25 hours) (Pro only)
  • BUG: Replaced existing Ctrl-X shortcut, so it doesn’t get in the way of the Windows cut command.

Version 2.4.5 (Released 18-Dec-2017)

  • New “Copy Name” option on the timer and countdown right-click menu.
  • The tooltip on the time display shows the date and time when the timer or countdown was last started, stopped, or reset (available to “Pro” users only).
  • Added a menu item to the Help menu that will show you a list of all of the shortcut keys available in WatchMe.
  • Various bug fixes.

Version 2.4.4 (Released 09-Dec-2017)

  • Ability to stop all timers or countdowns on the current tab (available under the Timers menu).
  • New feature that warns users when they have left a timer running too long (available to “Pro” users only). Can be configured on the Timers tab in the Options screen (File > Options or Ctrl-O). * Tooltip on Focus light now shows recent timer start and stop times (available to “Pro” users only).
  • Fixed bug where WatchMe wasn’t opening to its last screen location.
  • Notifications for timer inactivity or a timer being left on too long will flash in the taskbar to make them more noticeable.
  • Added more shortcut keys to the menu items. Visit for a list of all the shortcut keys.
  • The time that a timer or countdown was last stopped, started, or reset is now stored in the WatchMeConfig.xml file. This data will be used by new functionality in a future release.
  • Various bug fixes.

Version 2.4.3 (Released 19-Nov-2017)

  • WatchMe now requires .NET Framework v4.6 or higher.
  • Fixes to reduce config file corruption.
  • New automatic backup engine that will keep multiple backups of the WatchMeConfig.xml file. This will help users who still run into file corruption issues. You can configure the frequency and number of backups in the options (File > Options or Ctrl-O).
  • New timer and countdown display format: Seconds (0).
  • Various bug fixes.

Version 2.4.2 (Released 19-Jul-2016)

  • Changes made to the way the config file is saved in order to reduce possible file corruption.
  • BUG: Resetting all Countdowns was not checking the “Warn before resetting” option.
  • BUG: Countdown Dollar/Hour not updated automatically when changing the value in the options.
  • New option to reset all the timers on the active tab(under the Timers menu).

Version 2.4.1 (Released 10-Dec-2014)

  • New option to control whether the timers and countdowns automatically stop when your computer is suspended (available to “Pro” users only).
  • New note icons to make it easier to see when a timer or countdown has a note associated with it.
  • New option to run the WCF Service Layer using BasicHTTPBinding.
  • A special holiday greeting in the about box.

Version 2.4.0 (Released 09-Nov-2014)

  • New “Tenths of an Hour” timer/countdown format.
  • New “Days:Hours:Mins:Secs” timer/countdown format.
  • Made 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.
  • New “Copy all Timers to the Clipboard” function available under the Timers menu. Timers can be copied to the clipboard in any number of formats (configurable by the user by creating CTF files – see for more info) so they can then be pasted into other applications (Pro only). 

Version 2.3.1 (Released 24-Apr-2013)

  • Bug fixes.

Version 2.3.0 (Released 04-Apr-2013)

  •  Updated the application to require version 4.0 or higher of the .NET Framework.
  • Added a new option to adjust the transparency of the application.
  • Added new options to prompt you before clearing all notes or flags from the countdowns and timers.
  • Added new functionality to add and subtract time from a timer when right-clicking on the time display.
  • The application will now open to the same screen position it was in when it was closed.
  • New “Pro” mode that provides the user with the ability to make use of “Pro” only functionality (anyone who makes a donation to help out the development process will receive a key to switch into “Pro” mode. Anyone who has donated already will be receiving their keys via email).
  • New functionality to manually enter the time into a Timer (Pro only).
  • You can now set a timer or countdown to reset automatically each time the application is launched. Right-click on the time display to turn this option on or off.  (Pro only)
  • Bug fixes.

Version 2.2.0 (Released 10-Jun-2012)

  • Countdown timers (Finally!)
  • Overhauled the options screen to allow for new countdown related settings.
  • You can now change the location of the configuration files used by WatchMe, and also point WatchMe at an existing set of configuration files. Use the “Manage Data Files” option under the Timers menu.
  • WatchMe can now run off of a USB memory stick. Just put the EXE and configuration files in the same directory on your stick.
  • New option to warn before resetting an individual timer.
  • When an alert triggers a sound file and shows a message box, closing the message box stops the sound playback.
  • All timers and countdowns are stopped when the PC is hibernated or put into sleep mode.
  • Bug fixes.

Version 2.1.3 (Released 18-Dec-2011)

  •  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.
  • Fixed issue where an “object” error may occur while deleting a timer.
  • Reworked the internal timing code 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.

Version 2.1.2 (Released 20-Nov-2011)

  • Fixed 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. The focus must be in the timer’s textbox for this to work.

Version 2.1.1 (Released 29-Sep-2011)

  •  New “Minutes” timer format that displays your time in minutes only.
  • New functionality to automatically check for new versions of WatchMe.
  • BUG: Fixed “valid Date Time” error.

Version 2.1.0 (Released 11-Sep-2011)

  • Added a “Focus Light” that provides feedback on how “focused” you are – see the online help for more information.
  • Added an option so the application can warn you if there has been no timer activity for a specified amount of time. Handy for people who often forget to start their timers when working.
  • New “$ per hour” timer format so you can see your time represented in dollars (time is money).
  • You can now cycle through the various time formats using the new menu option or by using CTRL-F.
  • New options to play a sound file or launch another application when an alert is fired.
  • Added options to warn the user if they try to reset all of the timers or quit the application.
  • Added a menu option to clear the flags on all the timers.
  • Bug fixes.

Version (Released 21-Jun-2011)

  •  Bug fixes.
  • Auto backup feature for the timer configuration file.

Version (Released 10-Mar-2011)

  •  Bug fixes.

Version (Released 03-Mar-2011)

  •  Bug fixes.

Version (Released 1-Nov-2008)

  • BUG: Fixed issue with timer notes not saving.

Version (Released 19-May-2008)

  • BUG: Fixed issue with timer backgrounds not coloured correctly when deleting a timer.
  • Display note content in the tooltip on note button.
  • Added the ability to view totals for all timers.
  • Ability to export timer data to a CSV or XML added to the “Timers” menu.