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unaware's SimpleTick (link fixed)

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:34 pm
by unaware
Alrighty, I started yesterday and the program is *FINALLY* to the point where I think it's acceptable. I know it's still far from perfect, but at least it's a start, right?

Download SimpleTick 0.1

Install is easy as pie. Just extract the zip file to it's own folder, your desktop, whatever. Any computer these days should be able to do this by default. Then just run the program and tada! There it goes. No installer, no admin privileges, just runs. Uninstall is just as easy, delete the three files.

System requirements:
OS: Windows (probably Linux too w/Wine or Mono)
Software: .net framework (2.0 or higher should work, untested).

Now I know some of you will criticize me for my choice of language (C#) and platform (.NET/Windows). Being an ex-mac/linux user I feel your pain. So I promise to a.) make the code open source eventually and b.) rewrite it cross-platform for all to enjoy.

As for what it does, I wanted to keep it really simple. Here's the featurelist as of now:
  • +Stopwatch
    +Countdown Timer
    +Tabata-based Timer (customizable to a degree)
    +Second precision
All of them have sound effects that I purposely chose to get your attention (and inadvertently annoy myself..). As far as I'm aware, there are no significant bugs, but you never know. I also know I promised milliseconds but I decided sound would be more important at the moment. No point keeping track of time if you can't tell when you're done, right?

So alrighty, try it out and see what you think. Constructive criticism and feature requests are always welcome, but remember I will be doing a rewrite sometime in the future so some requests may have to wait.

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:33 am
by Admin
Wow I should do 1 squat for every popup window and ad!

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:45 am
by unaware
Whatcha talkin about there?

Oh wow...that didn't happen before. My ol' webhost apparently doesn't want to give out the file..*scurries to find another*

I switched to another webhost I happened to have. Looks like the link is behaving for now, but I think I should find a more permanent solution just in case, eh?

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 11:20 am
by Admin
I moved the file to simplefit and updated the link.


Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:25 pm
by samjackson
Great job! I love it. Now I have to do a tabata workout.

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:28 pm
by Admin

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:35 pm
by samjackson
Kevin, I am a bit confused. The first paragraph of the tabata description seems to indicate a one minute rest between different excercises, "with a one minute rotation break between exercises."

Yet in the table below the paragraph, the last line seems to indicate that there is to be no break between exercises, "There is no rest between exercises" Will you clarify?

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 7:51 pm
by unaware
samjackson wrote:Great job! I love it. Now I have to do a tabata workout.
Thanks, I'm also thinking of adding a stats tab. So if you wanted to see what your average reps were with something or maybe how many calories you burned and such (assuming I find enough data for that). Maybe even nutrition as well. That sort of stuff to keep track of your progress and all. Kinda deviates away from a simple timer, but I think it'll be good to have that functionality available. This may very well evolve into a full-fledged fitness program :D

Feel free to also point out any flaws in it. I know there's a few minors tweaks I can add to it, but suggestions are encouraged!

EDIT: I noticed the tabata inconsistency too, but I don't think it's set in stone either. So if you wanna break between exercises, you can. Remember, these routines were devised by normal people too, so it's totally ok to customize it to your needs.

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 8:12 pm
by Admin
Good eye guys, there is rest I updated.


PS here is another neat tool ... Output.php

idea for improvement

Posted: Thu May 31, 2007 9:10 pm
by gwmccull
It would be really nice if the clock font either scaled with the size of the window or was user modifiable. That way I could see it from across the room.


Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:21 pm
by unaware
Hey guys, realize I've been away for a bit, but I'm back and I want to get back to developing this program since I think it can still prove useful to some people.

My first order of business will to try to go cross-platform with it. This way, everyone can use it and I won't feel bad for leaving the *nix/OSX crowd out of the loop here.

Second, I want to enrich the feature set a lot. I mean, it just has 3 timers...Where's the fun in that? I'll keep it as intuitive as possible, but I want you to be able to do more than just count up or down with it. Maybe even help you keep track of personal progress with it. Again suggestions are more than welcome.

Looking forward to some input here.

Thank you !

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:41 am
by Norman

I just used SimpleTick for my L4D1 workout. It worked fine and was very handy. Thanks a lot for your work on that tool !

I don't have any suggestion right now, but I'll think about it.

Thanks again !

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:52 am
by unaware
hey, sorry for the delay, but I'm finally back! I kinda disappeared when I went to basic and tech school *cough*. So you can guess what that means, right people? Yup, I now have time to devote to fitness software. So hopefully I can make an even better product than before.

First off, just a few quick questions: what are the main systems you want timing software on? Windows obviously, but what about Mac OS, Linux, I heard someone mention Palm software. I can theoretically program any of these, but I might need help doing the actual testing on systems I don't own personally.

Second, what are the features you like in other software? Tabata, stopwatch, timer, alarms, and laps come to mind. Even if it's isn't implemented yet, I can still try to get it working anyways.

Fair heads up though, I'm somewhat busy during the week, but I do have tons of free time on the weekend, so I"ll probably post updates around then.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:13 am
by Admin
It would be cool if you could make an in page timer widget that we could host on the site.

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:04 am
by cheapo
That would be cool, but I wonder if maybe one already exists. (Not that I had a lot of luck searching.)