I finally got around to making a new version of the Window Listener.
I’ve eliminated the files storing the transactions, now they are properly stored in the database and can be viewed either with a double click on the selected task or by clicking the “Task Details” button.
I’ve also implemented more advanced search syntax. Now the user can specify more in details the search terms. There are 5 keywords available:
PROCESS – process name or part of the name
WINDOW – window name or part of the name
TAG – task tag
FROM – task start date
TO – task end date
To properly use the above keywords there are three operators available:
“=” – equals, works on strings and dates, it also looks for substrings, e.g. “%string%” syntax
“>” – greater than, works on dates
“<” – smaller than, works on dates
To use logical “OR” for multiple keyword values, the user can use comma as separator, e.g. “PROCESS=firefox, procexp”. The logical “AND” is achieved by separating the search into multiple keywords with spaces, e.g. “PROCESS=firefox FROM>2012″
In order to provide some insight into tasks and transactions some (basic) statistics can be calculated from the tasks. They can be displayed by clicking the “Stats” button. The new window shows statistics for the tasks that are currently listed in the table. This combined with a flexible search system can yield interesting results.
The aplication icon has also been changed, by user request.
Here it is, the newest version of your favorite task tracking software. Lets see whats new.
The new version includes MySQL and SQLite support. The previous ‘dump all to file and load them all’ approach, I must say, was ridiculous.
Also, the tasks are not loaded all at once (as before), but on demand, meaning that a task is fetched and displayed only when needed instead of loading all the tasks at once. This speeds up things a lot, but, I’ve added the ‘Show all’ and ‘Hide all’ buttons in order to display and search ALL tasks and to clear them from the table.
Another nice thing is that now the tasks hold an unique GUID in the database and the current user is also recorded. Plus, the non-administrator user rights have been limited so that a normal user cannot remove and lock tasks. Hmm, do I see the first signs of 1984?
The software now logs (to a file only) the transactions between tasks, e.g. when the focus was shifted from one task to another and for how much time the focus was on the specific task (plus the number of key-presses). This is currently under development and will be used sometime later in order to display task transitions.
Ha, but the new perks come with a price: every 3 hours an annoying popup shows. Donate and it will go away
Did you ever find yourself in a situation when you did a LOT of work but had no clue how much time it took? Look no further!
Window listener is a simple application that listens to the active windows and records the time, spent on that windon. This way it’s easy to see how much time was spent writing an email, reviewing a document, editing a picture.
Please note that the application also records key presses (this is more of a proof–of-concept) that will, at some point, be used to apply tags to tasks … But, more about that later. Believe me, there is no evil behind this. The library used can be found at CodeProject: Global Mouse And Key Library
The current version supports merging of the recorded tasks – in case multiple windows of the same process are used to accomplish something and of course deletion of tasks. The tasks are remembered when the program is closed.
I had to make some business cards. I choose MOO since they provide nice service for the price. I noticed they have an option of uploading up to 50 different images for the back side of the business card. It’s called printify.