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  • #: 135077
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2009-08-20
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 0.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: William Paez
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 W.F. Paez
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So, what is 'tim3rs' all about?

A while ago, I read an article online about the CEO of a company who tracked his time at work in three categories: Teaching, Creative and Other. He'd carry around three stopwatches and would track his time with those stopwatches. At the end of every day, he'd plug the times into a spreadsheet and, voilà, out would come a series of percents, showing how much time he spent on each of the three categories.

This seemed like a great idea. I mean, how many people run around saying, "I have so many meetings, I have no time to actually do the work my company hired me for!?" Probably a few. How many have proof to show their boss? Not many.

Think about it: for school, you could track homework vs. class time vs. personal life; you could track time spent with girlfriends: Betty vs. Veronica vs. Big Ethel; if you're a politician, you could even track the time you spend kissing babies vs. stealing lollipops vs. making promises you won't keep! GOOD FUN!

But, the whole, "carry three stopwatches, fire up a PC and launch a spreadsheet, " thing seemed like more of a waste of that same, very precious time that was being tracked (especially the PC part!)

And... that's where tim3rs came in. After reading the article, I decided I could do this as an iPhone/iPod Touch app. While I was at it, I figured it might be good to add some features that went beyond what that CEO was doing, like a pie chart (he just wrote his percents on a white board) and a line graph that one could scroll backwards and forwards through time with (what good is progress if you can't see it being made over time?)

Okay, enough blabbing. The interface is intuitive, but just in case, it works like this:

To start a timer: click one of the three timer buttons. It will look depressed (sunken below the glass, not sad).

To stop a timer: either click the depressed button again, raising it, or click another button. Doing the latter will stop the first timer and start the second. The pie chart will update as will the line graph.

If you start a timer and leave the application (like to answer the phone or play Ms. Pac Man or the battery dies), the timer will still run in the background (yes, even with the phone turned off!) Then, when you return to the app, you can either let it keep running or switch to another timer. Nice, eh?

If you fill the line graph with data, you can scroll through the history you've accumulated (up to 1, 500 events) by finger scrolling it. Just drag it right or left to see history.

You can also send yourself the data, via the email data button.

Don't like the button titles? Want to erase your data and start over? Easy! Visit Settings, tim3rs - you'll be able to re-title and reset, if you wish.

©2009 W. F. Paez

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