I'd like a more obvious indicator of when I'm running/not running the timer

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Kee Hinckley

19 Mar, 2018 07:49 PM

1. When it's not running, don't show the name of a task (just have the clock).
2. Maybe an option to switch to the dark background when it's running.

Mainly the first. Right now I glance at the menubar and think it's going when it's not--even though I do have the spinning clock set--but in this case that means I'd have to notice the absence of something, which is much harder than noticing that something is happening.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Niko on 22 Mar, 2018 09:12 AM

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    Hi Kee,

    Thank you for the suggestions!

    I’m currently thinking what to do about this. Could you post a screenshot of your Timelime Preference panel (Menu Bar tab), so I can see exactly what setting you have made.
    For me having the “current task name" in the menu bar even if the timer is not running is quite helpful. I am working on the same task a lot and then I can easily see what task I am starting beforehand, without checking the recent tasks list (right click on the menu bar item). But that's just me...
    Anyway, I will add an option in the preferences that allows you to only show the task name when the timer is running.


  2. 2 Posted by kee on 22 Mar, 2018 09:24 PM

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    Usually what happens is I'm working at something and I glance at the
    menubar and realize that I forgot to set a timer. So the question is,
    "how obvious is it that I forgot"? All I have right now is that the
    clock isn't moving, which isn't very obvious. Not having a project name
    is more obvious. I suppose the ultimate in obvious would be to have the
    big bold status when it _wasn't_ running, and switch to the unobtrusive
    one when it is. That would certainly shout it out.

    But you're right, it _is_ useful to be able to just click the clock and
    get started. I'm okay with that benefit. I'd just like a more obvious
    indication that it's not running.

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  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Niko on 28 Mar, 2018 09:05 AM

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    I hear you...

    I have now added an option in Timelime’s preferences named “Minimize status item when timer is not running”. Now, if you have “Show task name in status item” and/or “Show time in status item” enabled, it will just show the clock symbol when no timer is running.

    Apart from that, if you want a more clear indicator wether the timer is running or not, you can set the “Show time in status item” setting to “Current timing”, then the status item will show “— —“ when the timer is not running.

    I hope this helps:)

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