The next big update of ChronoSlider will only support Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), since I’m working on iCloud support and using some awesome new features of the new operating system.
That’s why I decided to put up a quick minor update before releasing the new major version, since there were some annoying memory leaks and some highly requested features which I really want to have in the Snow Leopard version, for those who won’t update to Lion.
Besides a huge code optimization, the main new features are setting a quick alarm without an alarm text (using right click when choosing the time) and repeating alarm sounds.
I hope you’ll like it!
I’m working hard on the next big release of ChronoSlider and hope to fulfill all your wishes and feature requests! Since I’ve got one of my final oral exams next weak and put almost all of my energy in learning the whole stuff, the release will be bit delayed, but I promise you’ll like it
See you then… Now I have to learn
I don’t have much time these days, but I promise I’ll write a full documentation about ChronoSlider soon! Right now I added a small FAQ where I list the most frequently asked questions in mails I get from you (thanks though!).
What is a Chronoling?
Instead of displaying an alarm text at a specified time, you can “call” a Chronoling which executes an AppleScript command on your Mac. So let’s say, you’re working at home and want to take a nap on the couch, but not longer than half an hour. You simply hit your hotkey to set a timer for 30 minutes but instead of choosing a simple alarm message (white text), you hit the “Play iTunes” Chronoling (Chronolings are displayed with a blue text). After 30 minutes, the Chronoling gets called and executes the AppleScript one-liner: tell application “iTunes” to play.
If you create your own Chronolings, they will automatically appear in the “Alarm Messages” list, so they’re showing when setting a new alarm or timer.
How can I execute a more complex Apple Script?
Thanks Michael for pointing this out! You can use a one liner to execute a script on your local hard drive with this line of code:
run script “/path/to/YourScript.scpt”
That’s it But in there will be full Apple Script support soon!
I used ChronoSlider (Lite) and liked it so much, that I bought ChronoSlider. Now I need to click twice to set a simple alarm message. Is there a way to set a quick alarm with only one click?
Yes, in a few days! I added “right click” recognition in version 1.1.2 (which will be released in couple of days after version 1.1.1), so you when you define the alarm time, you can simply right click and the alarm-text-choose-procedure will be skipped. The newly created alarm gets automatically the alarm message “Quick Alarm”.
ChronoSlider is a way too simple for me. Could you add more complex time management functions?
Well, ChronoSlider meant to be simple, quick, non distractive and functional. The main purpose is setting a timer/reminder as fast as possible, without interrupting your daily workflow. Although I will definitely keep it lightweight and don’t want to blow it up humongous functionalities, feel free to drop me a mail if you have any feature requests and I’ll see what I can do! You can also post a comment below my ChronoSlider ToDo List.
I want to collect all your suggestions in this blog entry, so feel free to leave comments below and I’ll update the list permanently!
I’m working on the blue list entries.
The bold list entries are already implemented and will be released with the next update.
Strike throughstands for a fulfilled request
some new secret features
- create a “one-time” custom alarm message directly when setting a new alarm/timer (thanks Quiong)
reedit alarm text
give the option to show time in US standard (12 hour time with AM and PM, instead of a 24 hour clock) (thanks Thomasz)
- a way to manage and sort alarms
- user profiles
- sync (thanks Jan!)
disable alarms (thanks Johan!)
- indicator (in the menubar) for active alarms (and make it optional, especially for JanS )
- option to set the “hour”-timer more accurately (half or quarter hours displayed) – (thanks Rafael!)
Option to make alarms persistent (pause and keep them in the list after alert. Thanks Thomas!)
- set alarm volume independently of the system volume (thanks Michael again )
- in the “direct time”-zone, let the current time be in the middle of the screen (or let the user decide) (thanks Dominik)
option to disable “alarm-text-setting” for timers less than 1 hour (thanks Tomasz)
Chronoling tutorial (thanks Dominik)
automatically add newly created Chronolings to the alarm text list (thanks Dominik)
repeat alarm until cancelled (thanks Michael)
right click when choosing alarm time to set a quick alarm (without an alarm text)
I’m working heavily on full AppleScript support and on many other features right now but I’m looking forward to implement all your requests in the upcoming versions!