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

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ioulian

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May 23, 2009
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Name: Timer

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 :D. 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 :D

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=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 :D 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=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 :p

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=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 :D

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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wheresmybeaver

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Jul 24, 2008
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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 :D 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!
 

ioulian

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May 23, 2009
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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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zard

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Jul 19, 2005
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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
 

skycamefalling

Senior Member
Dec 6, 2008
1,130
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Austria
I've tried the application from the marketplace today and while I really like it, there are still two plotstoppers for me:

Like:
- Nice, elegant design
- Fast transitions between stopwatch/timer

Dislike:
- The last set timer isn't saved. If I use the timer for my 5:40 boiled-egg every morning I have to set the timer everytime anew. Would be good to have a "reset to last set time"-option that is saved when exiting the application.
- The application really needs to prevent the phone from going entering standby-mode. As long as the timer or the stopwatch is running the phone and the display should stay switched on.

Maybe you could considering implementing my suggestions.
Thank you for your app anyway :)
 

ioulian

Member
May 23, 2009
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- The last set timer isn't saved. If I use the timer for my 5:40 boiled-egg every morning I have to set the timer everytime anew. Would be good to have a "reset to last set time"-option that is saved when exiting the application.
- The application really needs to prevent the phone from going entering standby-mode. As long as the timer or the stopwatch is running the phone and the display should stay switched on.

Yes, the tombstoning is a big issue. The next update will have a better support for this feature. I hope I can prevent the screen for turning off.

Thanks
 

vander09

Member
Feb 12, 2011
17
0
Hello again

I saw your video on youtube.. im the one that posted those comments. here if you want me to help you with the design end please let me know. i have some ideas design and i can show then to you... email me at [email protected]


i really wanna help.
 

JHoogstede

Senior Member
Jun 27, 2009
119
4
Eindhoven
Great app!! Very simple (=positive!) and works great. However...could you please make a version without background? That would make it even more cleaner (=again positive! :)) and more 'metro-ish'.

Keep up your great work!
 

ioulian

Member
May 23, 2009
40
9
Great app!! Very simple (=positive!) and works great. However...could you please make a version without background? That would make it even more cleaner (=again positive! :)) and more 'metro-ish'.

Keep up your great work!

Ok, I will add this functionality, I just submitted new version (with possibility to run behind the lockscreen). Once this is approved I will do the next update.
 

fiveveryer

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Feb 28, 2011
4
0
The only thing i can think of would be to have it play a sound and vibrate once the countdown is complete.
 

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    Name: Timer

    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 :D. 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 :D

    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:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 :D and maybe thombstoning handling)

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE V1.1:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 :p

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

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE V1.2:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE V1.3:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Program is live here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=4a4bbd3b-4f23-e011-854c-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 ;)

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE V1.4 Mango features preview:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 :D

    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 ;)

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE V1.4 (Mango):
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Grtz, Ioulian Alexeev
    http://alexju.be/blog/?p=86
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    Update 1.1, Check the first page ;)
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    App is now 1.2! check out the first page!
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    Yeah, it's getting better and better :) Very good work.
    Now I only miss timer-presets for timers I use more often. For example, if I make a boiled egg each morning I need a timer with 5:40. If I had a preset for this it would make things more convenient.

    Yes, I tried that, but it was more difficult than I thought lol (not that hard to implement, but I want to make it as intuitive as possible ;)), this will be the priority 1 feature for the next version!
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    mango preview of this app is on the frontpage!