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By: Daniel Jalkut Sat, 16 Sep 2006 16:05:18 +0000 Thul – good idea – I will keep that suggestion in mind. Maybe something simple like dragging if the cmd key is held down would be a good workaround.

In an updated version of FlexTime, I’ll be adding more sophisticated controls for the text window position, so you’ll be able to specify for instance at what part of the screen you’d like the message to appear.

By: Thul Dai Fri, 15 Sep 2006 14:43:58 +0000 I also came here via Merlin Mann’s (10+2)*5 recommendation. Working alright so far…

One wish would be to be able to move the cue text windows out of the way. I like to have the cue visible but not in the middle of the screen (where I try to be working). Dragging does not work, as clicking it makes it disappear.

So making it draggable (and maybe a little box to click it away?) would be awesome for me. And also (has been mentioned above) to have a counter within that window that tells you how much time has passed and/or is left.

I’ll keep using it. Nice work!

By: Daniel Jalkut Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:34:57 +0000 Hi Katerina – I’m glad you like FlexTime! I appreciate your feedback:

While a routine is running would it be possible to display the time remaining in large format somewhere?

This has got to be the number 1 request, and I definitely see the potential value for this. I’m not going to tackle it for the 1.0 release, but it’s high on the list for a near-term update.

if you accidentally click on another activity in the routine the timer skips to the clicked on activity

Yes – I did this on purpose, though I can see how it could be confusing. I thought it was a good compromise considering the “selection” follows the activity when you are running. Perhaps it would have been better to simply disallow mouse clicks in the table while the activity is running. This may see some refinement in future releases.

Thanks again for your feedback! Keep your eyes peeled for the 1.0 release within the next few weeks.

By: Katerina Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:27:29 +0000 Hi,

I have tried many mac timer applications and I have to say that I am loving your FlexTime – so useful and simple to use.

A couple of requests:

1. While a routine is running would it be possible to display the time remaining in large format somewhere? The mini clock to the left of the activity name are nice but, at a glance, do not let the user have a very precise idea of where they are in a routine. Maybe where you currently display: “The routine is now running. Press the pause or reset button to edit activities.” Would be a good place to have a countdown or larger analog display.

2. This may be a feature and not a bug but, when a routine is running if you accidentally click on another activity in the routine the timer skips to the clicked on activity.

By: Daniel Jalkut Mon, 24 Jul 2006 15:01:43 +0000 Joe: Bringing another app to the foreground is an excellent example of a scripted cue. I have noticed that the AppleScript cues in 1.0b5 are a little messed up – I don’t think you can set the script on any but the first activity :( But a new beta is coming soon (probably today) with lots of improvements in this area.

As for the suggestions, I think those are great ideas to have a notes input and also some kind of runtime feedback as you suggest.

Ben: great ideas and I’m not sure I’ll get them in for 1.0 but I’ll put them on the list for a near-term update!

By: Ben Brophy Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:35:21 +0000 I have two small usability suggestions after using FlexTime quite a bit.

1) After selecting ‘Speak Text’ or ‘Show Text’ from a dropdown menu, the text in the field to the right should be pre-selected and the field active, so i can just start typing the text.

2) It would be great to show the total time at the bottom of the activity Schedule window, sort fo the way a playlist in iTunes shows ou the total. That would make it easier to paste in cues until I’d filled up 25 minutes of play time for my run, for example.

Loving the app though, it’s added quality to my life. Thanks.

By: Joe Lewis Sun, 23 Jul 2006 22:20:35 +0000 Another couple of feature requests, since I seem to be making good use of this thing a lot now:

1. Add a field for Activty Notes. Allow RTF input.

2. In the Activity Details tray when a routine is running, show the activity name and time remaining, in a nice big font readable at a distance. Show the Activity Notes below that.

By: Joe Lewis Fri, 21 Jul 2006 21:09:00 +0000 I like the idea of an advanced settings sheet.

I was thinking for practicing, I might try to AppleScript a third-party metronome app to just come to the foreground.

By: searching4arcadia » Short one today (aggregators and time)… Fri, 21 Jul 2006 18:46:02 +0000 […] BTW- Some kudos goes out to the creators of FlexTime. A promising young application for more advanced and easily created alarms. I use it to feed my 10+2×5, or 10-minute dash hack (see my previous procrastination posts). (Add applescript ability [both in and out], multiple triggers for a single alarm event- along with scripting triggers, or perhaps shell-script triggers- and you’ll have a very interesting program there! As well, a minimization or transparent running clock window which floats above all applications so we can see events if we want, would allow me to hide it and still keep track of my time.) […]