WatchMe - advanced timer

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WatchMe - advanced timer

#1 Post by webfork » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:02 am

Remarkably cool, intelligent timer program for keeping track of multiple projects. It doesn't appear to be in development anymore but I'm sure someone here will find this useful.

Steps:
  1. Download, extract, and launch WatchMe.exe and then immediately close the program
  2. Copy the file C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Flamebrain Technologies Inc\WatchMe\WatchMeConfig.xml to the application folder
  3. Launch WatchMe.exe
Optionally, delete the folder Flamebrain Technologies Inc in C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\. I tried just creating an empty WatchMeConfig.xml file but the program complains when you do so.

Status: Portable, not stealth, writes to \AppData\Local\GDIPFONTCACHEV1.DAT (edit: see following posts)

License: Freeware – a bit between donationware and liteware as you have to donate to unlock one of the features (stop timers when suspended)

Screenshot:

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(Updated [thanks billon])

Image Note: the screenshot above is APNG meaning it's animated but not for Chrome or Internet Explorer users. The GIF version (which you can see here) is twice as big.

Websites:
http://www.flamebrain.com
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-En ... chMe.shtml
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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#2 Post by billon » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:59 am

writes to \AppData\Local\GDIPFONTCACHEV1.DAT
All dotnet apps touch that file, so it's stealth
image above is APNG
That's cool, but image not "clear", there visible remaining "shadows" of previous frames, may be Imgur corrupted something?
BTW, what program do you use for APNG? Convert from GIF? From video?

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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#3 Post by TP109 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:09 pm

edited 4/25/16
Nice find. Also could use a yaP launcher with the following settings:

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[GENERAL]
application = App\watchme.exe
; commandline =
; workdir =

[BEFORE]
dir = %Appdata%\Flamebrain Technologies Inc\WatchMe
regkey = HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Flamebrain\WatchMe

[AFTER]
-dir = %Appdata%\Flamebrain Technologies Inc :: ifempty
-regkey = HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Flamebrain\WatchMe
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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#4 Post by I am Baas » Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:38 pm

Tested WatchMe v2.4.1: Portable (not stealth)

Writes to the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Flamebrain\WatchMe
webfork wrote:[*] Copy the file C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Flamebrain Technologies Inc\WatchMe\WatchMeConfig.xml to the application folder
You can do that under Manage Data Files:
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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#5 Post by SYSTEM » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:31 pm

webfork wrote: Note that the image above is APNG meaning it's animated but not for Internet Explorer users and Chrome needs a plugin. It's 30% smaller than the exact same GIF.
The Chrome extension doesn't work. According to reviews in Chrome Web Store, it stopped working in February. Likely a Chrome update changed something.
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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#6 Post by webfork » Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:37 pm

SYSTEM wrote:The Chrome extension doesn't work. According to reviews in Chrome Web Store, it stopped working in February. Likely a Chrome update changed something.
Dang. Updating entry.
I am Baas wrote:Writes to the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Flamebrain\WatchMe
Dang again. I'm still learning my way around Sandboxie (I was using ZSoft for a long time) so that's on me.
billon wrote:That's cool, but image not "clear", there visible remaining "shadows" of previous frames, may be Imgur corrupted something?
Dang for the 3rd time. No, I was experimenting with AnimateGIF and it turns out - on higher compression settings - it bleeds between frames. I switched back to PhotoScape.
billon wrote:BTW, what program do you use for APNG? Convert from GIF? From video?
PngOptimizer does an amazing job.
billon wrote:
writes to \AppData\Local\GDIPFONTCACHEV1.DAT
All dotnet apps touch that file, so it's stealth
Good to know, thanks.
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Re: WatchMe 2.4.2

#7 Post by smaragdus » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:27 am

Remarkably cool, intelligent timer program for keeping track of multiple projects. It doesn't appear to be in development anymore but I'm sure someone here will find this useful.
WatchMe is still in development, version 2.4.2 was released on 2016.07.19, change log.

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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#8 Post by webfork » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:58 pm

The program is still seeing updates:
I just released version 2.4.8 of WatchMe which includes a number of new features related to countdowns including the ability to a countdown to automatically reset and also start/stop another timer or timer.

These features should be helpful to a number of you, including those that make use of the Pomodoro Technique. Set up a countdown for your work period, then have it automatically reset and then start a second countdown for you rest period.
http://www.flamebrain.com/2018/03/versi ... -released/

I'm really pleased to see the Pomodoro Technique as I really enjoy that. Also it looks like there's some freemium elements:

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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#9 Post by webfork » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:55 pm

A few related notes after more testing:

* I love the "how annoying can i be" controls that disable various warning messages. That's great interface design :)

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* I can't get it to minimize to tray in Windows 10 despite that being checked in the options.

* Really needs a Pomodoro-specific timer with a countdown followed by a timer, followed by a repeat.

Extract steps:

1. Download and extract to a folder of your choice
2. Launch WatchMe.exe
3. From the menu select System and choose Manage Data Files
4. Select Move these files to a different folder and choose the application folder (from step 1).

Path portability: yes
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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#10 Post by xor » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:36 am

I heve been using Free Countdown timer lately and I've been happy with it.

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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#11 Post by FileHandler » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:11 am

What I really like about WatchMe are the customizable colors for each message. And there's just something about the unobtrusive, friendly reminders - they're not as bossy and demanding as the more aggressive alarmclocks out there.

xor wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:36 am
I heve been using Free Countdown timer lately and I've been happy with it.
Been using it for years. Whenever I need to be really really sure of getting notified and not miss it. It does all the heavy lifting, turns your speakers ON if they were set to off, cranks up the volume - and puts it back to where it was before the alarm went off - even yanks your machine out of sleep mode.

I wonder why my exe-file is much smaller than the one from your link aobve?
Here is another link with a smaller exe:
http://freealarmclocksoftware.com/

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Re: WatchMe - advanced timer

#12 Post by xor » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 am

FileHandler wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:11 am
I wonder why my exe-file is much smaller than the one from your link aobve?
Here is another link with a smaller exe:
http://freealarmclocksoftware.com/
May be it's a shorter file name :lol:

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