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[APP] Easy Timer -[R]- 24/02/2011 -[U]- 11/09/2011 -[V]- v1.4 [Mango]

OP ioulian

17th November 2010, 12:48 PM   |  #1  
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I'm making this Timer app for windows phone 7. I searched for some timer apps on the marketplace (http://www.appsfuze.com/), I still don't own a wp7 device, working on that . I saw a few apps, but they all don't match the design of wp7 theme, and not all have the functionality of stopwatch or countdown.

So I decided to make an app myself, that matches the metro-design and also matches the theme you're using (light or dark). It has two modes: stopwatch and countdown. It'll be a free app because I'm a student and don't really do Windows Phone programming, it's just what I do in my free time

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y05BhoMqSss (light theme switch is at the second half of the video)

Some pics: see the attachments

Now I have some questions: what do YOU want to see in a timer app, what functionality can I add to my app? I don't have a wp7 device so I want to know some differences with the emulator (like locking and unlocking the device, you can't emulate that)

UPDATE:
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Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type...c-00237de2db9e

There are no push notifications because of the complexity of the system (at least for me). Any requests and ideas are welcome! (landscape support is coming in the next version and maybe thombstoning handling)

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UPDATE V1.1:
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Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type...c-00237de2db9e

Ok this version can be run under lockscreen! (don't forget to activate that feature in settings).

Next update I will add the last countdown memory as requested and the ability to try to resume the timers if the program was stopped and reopened.

Greetings and thx for support

Edit: added the .xap package because the marketplace version is still 1.0...

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UPDATE V1.2:
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Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type...c-00237de2db9e

Most people were probably waiting for this: the timers are now resumed when you close and open the app again! Now you can finally check your mail or send an sms and come back to your timer later.

The timer-start variables are stored, at the launch they are restored. Of course, the alarm CAN'T go off while the app is closed! (WP7 doesn't have multitasking).

Lap times are now calculated correctly. In the older versions you had this bug: you can't receive an sms while a timer was running, now it's solved.

The next versions will add some more usability and requested features (like the memory function, or pause and reset timer buttons) and new ideas are welcome!

I don't know if the latest version is distributed worldwide (I can see 2 versions in my app hub: English and EnglishNorthAmerica) If anyone outside USA can confirm that they are able to update (or fresh install) to 1.2, that will be nice.

I added a .xap for all other people without marketplace, in the attachment.

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UPDATE V1.3:
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Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type...c-00237de2db9e

Not a big update, but some people requested it:

- You can now "export" stopwatch data. You just send an email to yourself so you can use that data later.
- There's a memory function for countdown. The last timer set is now remembered.

.xap file for people without marketplace is in the attachment

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UPDATE V1.4 Mango features preview:
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I was typing extended info on the new features here when I accidentally closed the window. So just look at the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCspKWwS8S4

I will release this app soon (1-2 weeks from now) I hope I can still submit to marketplace, my student account is almost 1 year old

The app will still be free.

Oh, just saw some comments more on this! Thanks for the support. I will redesign UI a bit before the release, so it'll use the default time picker.
Other feature requests are not forgotten! Just stay tuned, I'm programming this in my free time

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UPDATE V1.4 (Mango):
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Alright, the app is now on the marketplace! You can update/download it there. The new .xap is also in the attachment for those who still can't use marketplace (HD2)

Blogpost: http://alexju.be/blog/?p=251

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Grtz, Ioulian Alexeev
http://alexju.be/blog/?p=86
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17th November 2010, 02:12 PM   |  #2  
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The only thing i can think of would be to have it play a sound and vibrate once the countdown is complete. That way you could use it for cooking and stuff
17th November 2010, 02:43 PM   |  #3  
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The only thing i can think of would be to have it play a sound and vibrate once the countdown is complete. That way you could use it for cooking and stuff

Yep, it's already there ^^ (vibration needs to be tested cause the emulator wont emulate the vibration either)
17th November 2010, 06:18 PM   |  #4  
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simple , clean , real good looking good work .

hope to see it soon , I am getting this app for sure .
17th November 2010, 06:42 PM   |  #5  
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Looks great!
Hope can be released soon
18th November 2010, 09:51 AM   |  #6  
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very much interested in this. Will be even better when wp7 will let it run in the background.
18th November 2010, 11:21 AM   |  #7  
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very much interested in this. Will be even better when wp7 will let it run in the background.

yes, I had the idea to make the countdown timer visible as a live tile, maybe I'll add this functionality in the future versions still very newb with wp7 development
18th November 2010, 08:26 PM   |  #8  
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yes, I had the idea to make the countdown timer visible as a live tile, maybe I'll add this functionality in the future versions still very newb with wp7 development

I believe it is possible to run timers in the background, by calculating the time between the app was closed and it was reopened. So it's not technically running in the background but is able to update the timer when you return to the program. Unfortauntely though it would not let you signal an alert or anything unless the app is actually open.

The alternative would be to have a webserver for the app; when you set a timer, eg 30 minutes, the app will register this with the webserver. Whether or not you are still in the app, the webserver can send the alert to your phone as a traditional toast notification (via MS servers as usual).

Here's a suggestion; perhaps you could develop this app as freeware, but make it a euro or two for this live tile / toast notification functionality? As it stands, it looks way more metro than the other timers I've tried so far. I need a timer for cooking!
18th November 2010, 09:45 PM   |  #9  
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I believe it is possible to run timers in the background, by calculating the time between the app was closed and it was reopened. So it's not technically running in the background but is able to update the timer when you return to the program. Unfortauntely though it would not let you signal an alert or anything unless the app is actually open.

The alternative would be to have a webserver for the app; when you set a timer, eg 30 minutes, the app will register this with the webserver. Whether or not you are still in the app, the webserver can send the alert to your phone as a traditional toast notification (via MS servers as usual).

Here's a suggestion; perhaps you could develop this app as freeware, but make it a euro or two for this live tile / toast notification functionality? As it stands, it looks way more metro than the other timers I've tried so far. I need a timer for cooking!

Good idea, I'll look into that!

EDIT: I searched for some more info on toast notifications, but there's one thing that's bugging me.

So I can send and notification and the phone receives it, but if there are more than one app running, then a person might receive a notification that is from another user... Toest notifications are perfect if there's one message for all the users? or does it only send notifications to the phone that has requested that?
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21st November 2010, 04:36 AM   |  #10  
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I've been searching for a free Timer App (there a already a number of free Stopwatch app) ever since I got my HD7. This is really very timely.

Whatever you have is already good enough as a launch product!

Suggestions:
1. As suggested earlier, to be able to ran even when WP7 is off (i.e. screen is off). Even better, if WP7 is running other app.

2. Have a different font color for the title of the app (probably build into the theme color change or just a separate settings option)

3. Ability to change the Alarm sound.

4. When Stopwatch or Timer is running, to blow up the font size of the running digits to cover the screen size (good feature) and have the fonts in different color (option)

I'm looking forward to your app and if you need someone to help you to test, I'm definitely willing but from what I know, I have to unlock my HD7 before I can do any software testing.

Thanks in advance for coming up with the app.

May I suggest a few names for the app?

1. Free Timer
2. StopW n Timer
3. Timer n StopW
4. Tmr n StopW
5. StopW n Tmr

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