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Time Stamp Beta Posted, March 18, 2005

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005    Post subject: Time Stamp Beta Posted, March 18, 2005 Reply with quote

This beta contains a couple of new things. First is long-awaited rounded timing functionality. The way it works is under File -> Preferences in the "Other" tab you set whether you want timing to round, and how many minutes the increment should be. The "Total Time" value keeps the "real" timed amount, and "Work Time" is adjusted with the rounded/incremented time period. If you later turn off the rounded time option, Work Time will return to what it would have been without it. It takes one minute over an increment point to hit the next increment... in other words if you had 15-minute increments and you had a task that ran 31 minutes, the incremented value would be 45 minutes.

Second, a user in the forums noticed that in his case the Outlook Bar project buttons weren't alphabetized and I coded a fix.

I noticed I haven't had an official release in a while and I've been getting by with adding new functionality to beta versions but I hope to have a new release within the next couple of weeks... it will pretty much be feature-frozen with what is in the latest beta and the task for me now is to weed out remaining bugs.

The current list of all enhancements and fixes since the last official release (v3.12) is:

Enhancements

- New preference settings for setting the filename to the project title, only printing start dates in the report, and time rounding options.

- Time rounding to whatever minute increment you set. "Total Time" will maintain the actual time recorded, and "Work Time" is adjusted to the incremented amount.

- To ease filling out of between-task times, task start times can be set to equal the end time of the task above, and task end times can be set to equal the start time of the task below.

- A "recalculate all tasks" function.

Bug Fixes

- Fixed an issue where column widths changed when printing a hardcopy from a previewed report.

- In some cases the Default Projects buttons would not be alphabetized by filename and they should be in all cases now.


If you want to try it out, do the following:

1) In the directory where you installed Time Stamp (probably Program Files\Time Stamp), rename timestamp.exe to timestamp.bak

2) Download the latest Time Stamp beta from here:

http://www.syntap.com/downloads/tsbeta.zip

3) Extract timestamp.exe from the Zip file and put it in the directory where you installed Time Stamp.

4) Run as usual. System version should show "3.13.2005-0318 Beta".

As always, post any bugs you find in the Troubleshooting forum.

From time to time I will post new betas but not make an announcement because the content is trivial... if a beta I post contains a bug fix or major enhancement I will post a new notice, otherwise assume that the date of the beta should be equal to or later than the date of the last notice.

Some ask how "stable" the betas are... I guess the way to answer that is that all I use in my daily work is the latest beta, and I like to go a while using the latest beta myself in everyday work without seeing a problem before I label it as an official release. The only issue I am seeing with the beta as of now is occasionally if I do a bunch or sorting and deleting of task entries, Time Stamp will forget which task is the last task in the grid and the last task will wither disappear or become unselectable. That and the incremented time functionality is new enough that it probably still has issues.

Thanks!
- Bill
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