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TimeTo Update

“TimeTo™ is just getting better and better all the time.”
– Ian Bradshaw, CC Accountants, Torquay, UK

Easily update from earlier versions of TimeTo™, without losing any of your precious existing information. By updating, you’ll get the new features, improvements, and fixes described in the What’s New list below.

Latest public version:
Download the installer that will update you to the latest public release |Alternative link to latest public release (8000K).

Latest beta test version:

Download the installer that will update you to the September 2015 beta release (8000K). Please be aware that beta software is, by definition, still in test mode, and as such presents a certain level of risk to the end user.

Not sure which version you have installed? Go to the About TimeTo command (from TimeTo™’s Help menu) and find the phrase “Version 1.0.xxxxxxxx” or “2017(xxxx.xx.xx). The xxxx.xx.xx is the date of the release in yyyymmdd format (for example, 2017.09.30 means September 30, 2017).

Our updaters can update any previous installation of TimeTo™ (so no intermediate updaters are required for you to get completely up to date). The updaters will leave all your existing settings and information intact. To know what’s new in these releases, read the notes below.

  1. The same installer is used to install TimeTo™ for the first time or to update an existing TimeTo™ installation: the updater will not overwrite any of your data files.
  2. Exit TimeTo™ for Windows (and exit Microsoft Outlook, if you have TimeTo™ synchronized with Outlook).
  3. Make a backup of your entire TimeTo folder, just in case something should go wrong.
  4. Launch the installer and follow all the steps that appear (or if the updater is simply a .zip file, then follow the instructions in the TimeToUpdaterReadMe.txt file within the zip file.
  5. Launch TimeTo™. If installing a test version, please test new features thoroughly before putting into actual use.
  6. You’re done (if you have TimeTo™ synchronized with Outlook, you can launch Outlook again now too).
  • Should you need to roll back to an earlier version, simply replace the file TimeTo.exe with the TimeTo.exe from the backup you made in Step 3. (If you are synced with Outlook, also replace TimeToOutlook.exe with the TimeToOutlook.exe from the backup.) Your data files will not have changed.

What’s New (newest versions are listed first)

April 22, 2017 alpha release

  • Further improved compatibility with Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook 365.
  • Many small fixes.
  • Fix crash caused by project notes becoming overfilled.
  • Time zone and area code improvements.

The above is a partial list of improvements planned for likely our next release (registered users who have an urgent need for any of these items can request an updater earlier from TimeTo support).

January 25, 2016 beta update (upon request for paid users)

  • Fuller compatibility with Windows 10.
  • Further improved compatibility with Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook 2016.
  • Many small fixes.
  • Time zone and area code improvements.

August 29, 2015 public release

  • Fuller compatibility with Windows 10.
  • Further improved compatibility with Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook 2016.
  • Many small fixes.
  • Time zone and area code improvements.

May 1, 2013 beta release

Fuller compatibility with Windows 8 and Windows Surface.

Launch Google Contact In Item Title command added (hotkey is Alt +).

Address Book command now defaults to your Google Contacts.

Option added to sort Alphabetical List by project.

Aged Item alert in Balance All Days now dispatches itself if ignored (for over 20 seconds).

Further improved compatibility with Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook 2013.

Launch Web Site In Title command now also launches local files (i.e. URLs with “file:” in them).

Time zone and area code improvements.

January 4, 2012 beta release

Compatible with Windows 8.

Fuller compatibility with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit editions, including better use of fonts. 0715

Improved compatibilty with Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007. 0715

Faster behaviour of entire program during alarm sounds (for instance, while Countdown Timer is alarming). 0910

Find command now smarter in Priority View.

“SMS” now referred to as “texting“.

January 9, 2010 beta release

Fuller compatibility with Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Improved compatibility with Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Find command now smarter in Priority View.

“SMS” now referred to as “texting“.

June 19, 2009 release

Windows 7 compatibility.

Bug fixed that was causing TimeTo to always crash when printing to certainprinter drivers. 0209

Improvements made to World Clocks/Stock Ticker to now support 51 markets, as well as to improve stability for some users.

Improvements implemented for multiple Undelete, making it easier to undelete any or all items or projects deleted in the current session.

Improved Bring Forward logic: Bring Forward Past Undones To This Daywill now Delete Instance or Shift Recurring Start Date even if an item is a memo items or an item with a Set Start Time. 0212

Improvement to the Synchronization Settings that allows you to designate whether you want just tasks, appointments, or both to be synchronized, in each direction. 0208

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, dialog enhancements, and logging improvements.

 

January 19, 2009 beta release

The World Clocks/Stock Ticker time zones display of the day of the week as well as the time in cases where the time zone is currently in a different day than the time zone you are in now works when showing New Zealand and other time zones along the International Date Line.

Bug fixed where the Ctrl+D hotkey for Date & Time Stamp command in a Note was not working for some users.

Easier starts: you can now Start (or Unstart) an item directly from the Alphabetical View or the Priority View or any day or multiple day view, rather than just today’s view. When you choose to Start an item that is not already scheduled today, TimeTo will move the item to the current date, change your view to that date if the item was a flexible-date item, and then start the item.

Bug fixed (introduced October 2008) that resulted in the Export Alphabetical View command wrongly yielding a “This schedule is private…” message for some users.

Bug fixed that could cause a TimeTo crash for some Outlook users when using the option to send an e-mail notification as part of an item’s Alarmproperties.

Bug fixed (introduced January 2007) which was disallowing an item to havemonthly recurring property that designated the Nearest Day Of Week option in conjunction with Sunday as the only day of the week.

Find command can now successfully search for string that include lower case characters with an umlaut.

Improvement to the Outlook to TimeTo synchronization to avoid some Outlook users wrongly getting a warning about a bad registry setting from Windows.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, dialog enhancements, and logging improvements.

 

October 2, 2008 beta release

The Item Properties window’s Alt+D shortcut for the Set Date field now both moves to and selects the radio button for Vista users (before it only worked for earlier Windows versions).

Better Outlook synchronization: Synchronization is now faster. We eliminated a problem that could cause Outlook to hang during synchronization, for some users. We improved the logic that avoids some possible duplication of items arriving from Outlook Exchange. We fixed a bug that could cause an item originating from Outlook to wrongly appear on TimeTo’s Project List. If shutting down Windows or logging off Windows, TimeTo no longer warns you about leaving TimeTo while Outlook is still running.

The error log file TimeToErrorLog.txt now limits itself to a maximum of 500,000 bytes.

A rare behavior where the cursor could either occasionally slowly drift toward the top left corner and/or flicker every ten seconds when there was unsaved data has been fixed.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, dialog enhancements, and logging improvements.

 

September 25, 2008 beta release

Fixed bug in Month View, introduced in the September 12, 2008 beta, where the Month View Text font could wrongly revert to Georgia 11 point instead of your Month View Text Font setting.

Improved Bring Forward logic: Bring Forward Past Undones To This Daywill no longer bring forward memo items, nor items with Set Start Times. (This improvement was wrongly documented as being included in the July 26, 2008 beta… our apologies for any confusion caused.)

Regional setting improvements for users in South Korea.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, and logging improvements.

 

September 12, 2008 beta release

Faster: Improved overall program speed by up to 10%, with far fewer disk reads.

Import projects: The Import Items command can now import items as projects to the Projects List… simply select the Projects List before choosing to import.

Fixed bug introduced in July 26 2008 beta, where if you selected the Delete Instance radio button in the Bring Forward options in Recurring Properties of Item Properties, your selection would wrongly not be remembered the next time you opened that dialog.

“Will the note get deleted too?”: Delete Item dialogs now include improved clarity as to whether common and/or shared notes will also be deleted.

Bug fix: When you delete or done a flexible-date item (or change it from flexible to fixed), TimeTo now correctly removes the Sequence property of any other item that was dependent on the first item.

“Here I am!”: The World Clocks/Stock Ticker time zones that match your local time now appear in a different color than other time zones. Also, the layout has been improved so that when the time zone description is too wide to fit the space you can still always see the time of day for that zone.

Flexible origin day of week variables: Origin DayOfWeek variables can now be offset by as many days as you wish by saying, for instance {Origin DayOfWeek -1} to refer to the day before, so you can have recurring items with titles such as “plan tomorrow {origin dayofweek 1} today”.

Flexible origin month variables: Origin Month variables can now be offset by as many months as you wish by saying, for instance {Origin Month -1} to refer to the month before, so you can have recurring items with titles such as “complete last month’s payroll for {Origin month -1}” or “send agenda for next quarter’s {origin month +3} meeting”.

Procrastination buster refined: TimeTo will now give proactive advice if you postpone the Deadline of a particular item over a dozen times without completing it or altering its Title.

Clearer filters: The window title for all views and lists now describe whichFilters are on. Also, all filter combinations now make sense on the Projects List.

Yet another filter: The Filters window now includes a Conflicts Only filter, which lets you easily see only those items that are causing your Day View or multiple day view to show conflicts.

Suppress All Alarms clearer: When you Suppress All Alarms in Alarms Settings, instead of alarms no longer appearing on Day Views and multiple days views, the alarm information does appear next to the item… with “suppressed” added to the alarm description.

Balancing clarity: Balance All Days now shows the Priority (Tier and Rank) of each flexible item as it is being processed in priority order.

Fixed bug introduced in July 26 2008 beta, where the new Show Project Name checkbox (in Other Settings) status was sometimes wrongly tied to the status of the Show Value of Billable Time checkbox.

Better Outlook synchronization: Further stability improvements will help users who were experiencing crashes during Outlook synchronization, particularly those who were having the TimeTo Outlook Plugin crash when adding or changing items in Outlook. Also, logic that recognizes when changes in Outlook should result in a change in an item in TimeTo rather than a new item in TimeTo improved.

Regional setting improvements for users in Fiji and Tanzania.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, and logging improvements.

 

July 26, 2008 beta release

The Queen’s English: TimeTo now automatically speaks in the flavour of English in use in your country (for example, American English vs. British English vs. Canadian English vs. Australian English). Our Help files still bias towards American English. If you see anywhere in TimeTo where vocabulary still does not appear correct for the region your Windows is set to, please tell us.

Import items to many days at once: Coupled with the viewed-date relative date fields described below, you can now use the Import Items command to import a standing list of items for a particular kind of situation that spans many days. For instance, if every time you go on a trip there are things you do two days before leaving, one month before leaving, leaving day, one yearafter leaving, etc. Thus, you can now include all of those items in one importable text file in TimeTo import format, then Import the list onto the travel date and the items will all automatically fall on the desired dates on and surrounding the travel date.

Import Items comments: You can now include comments in your .txt files forImport Items: any row beginning with at least two asterisk is now ignored.

Quicker date input: All date fields in TimeTo gain the ability to specify dates relative to the viewed date. You hav always been able to type, for instance, 2w in a date field and TimeTo automatically converts that to the date two weeks beyond today. However, now you can also optionally add an asterisk to such expressions to result in the date being relative to the viewed date (rather than being relative to today). For example, if it is July 1 and you are viewing July 14, typing 5d will yield July 6, while typing 5d* will yield July 19. Type 0* for the viewed day. Type 1* for the day following the viewed day. Type 2* for two days beyond the viewed day.Type -1* for the day before the viewed day, and so on. Type 1w* for 1 week from the viewed day, 2m* for two months from the viewed day, or -2y* for 2 years before the viewed day. This date format is especially useful in the Import Items command.

“What day is it there?”: The World Clocks/Stock Ticker time zones display now shows the day of the week as well as the time in cases where the time zone is currently in a different day than the time zone you are in.

Southern hemisphere support: Day View and multiple day views that include the moon phase now take into account if your country is in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere when showing the graphic of the waning or waxing of the moon.

Recurring properties now include the option to limit the item to only appear on days with a full moon, in order to have it appear on every full moon (for lunar festivals, midnight skis, or avoiding werewolves). This property can also be combined with the new Seasonal recurring date range feature (see below), so for instance you could choose to have an item only appear on Full Moons that occur during the summer.

Seasonal recurring date ranges: Recurring properties gain a Seasonalcheckbox, so that you can specify that an item occurs in multiple years but only between certain calendar dates each year. For instance, you could designate that, from May 1 through August 30 every year, you play basketball on Wednesday nights.

Visible creation time: the Modify Item window now shows you when the item was created, in the title bar of that window.

Larger rotation variables: Rotation variables in the titles of recurring items (e.g., {paper recycle | metal recycle | soylent green recycle} ) can now be as long as you like, rather than the previous limit where they had to entirely be defined in the first 99 characters of the item’s title.

Flexible origin date variables: Origin Date variables can now be offset by as many days as you wish by saying, for instance {Origin Date -1} to refer to the day before, so you can have recurring items with titles such as “complete yesterday’s timesheet for {Origin Date -1}” or “send agenda for next week’s {Origin Date +7} meeting”.

Blank durations: the duration field now interprets a blank Duration as zero minutes, rather than insisting you type zero.

Procrastination buster: TimeTo will give proactive advice if you postpone theDeadline of a particular item over a dozen times without completing it.

Projects more evident: use the new Show Project Title checkbox (in Other Settings) to have the name of the item’s project appear before the item’s title in the Day View, multiple day views, Priority View and Alphabetical View.

Clearer priority view: The Priority View now shows clearer details regarding item aging. As well, the commands that appear on menus when in Priority View vs. when not in Priority View have been tidied up to be clearer and more relevant.

Persistent filters: If you end your session with the Filters window open, it will now automatically re-open the next time you launch TimeTo… and will now remember all your previous Filtering choices. This means you can now work with your preferred filters on all the time, if you wish.

Easier Project Duplication: The Duplicate Selected Item Or Projectcommand has been improved, since after you duplicate a project, it would be confusing to have two projects with the same name. Therefore, TimeTo automatically modifies the Title of the resulting project: if there is any number greater than zero in the Project Title conveniently gets incremented (for instance, if the existing Project is titled “Fitness2008″, the new project will automatically be titled “Fitness2009″). If there is not a number in the name, TimeTo instead adds “(copy)” to the end of the Title of the new project.

Long term balance: if Balance All Days notices that you have undone non-recurring items created a long long time ago, the feature will now prompt you to do something about the oldest one.

Some small stability improvements will help some users who were experiencing unreliable Outlook synchronization.

We moved the Encrypt Notes checkbox from Other Settings to Passwords Settings, to help unclutter the Other Settings window.

Favorite Printouts is now called My Printouts.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. More small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, and logging improvements.

 

June 17, 2008 public release

Improved disaster recovery: The automatic random and day of week backups of schedules are now saved in the folder containing the schedule file rather than the folder containing the TimeTo program, so that you can have separate backups for different users, as well as easier recovery for Vista installations. The automatic recovery features have also been improved to match.

Common instances of Delete Item dialogs now let you decide if you want to be asked “Are You Sure” in the future when deleting an item.

Smarter Work Hours button: we improved the Work Hours button logic as to how it affects the state of the Day Of Week buttons, taking into account the daily Work Hours Settings recently introduced.

Easier Rank changes: in the Item Properties window, you can now tab to the Rank slider and then move the setting up or down using the arrow keys, in addition to the existing mouse functionality.

We fixed a bug that was causing a crash almost immediately when some users would insert a new item in the Projects Tree (and some other subtle improvements to the Projects Tree interface).

Option to hide all gaps: we increased the maximum number of minutes forHide Gaps of Less Than x Minutes to 9999. Since there are less than 9999 minutes in a day, you can thus now set it to 9999 to avoid any gaps appearing ever. Gaps are also now easier to differentiate from items.

Dial command: we accomodated various North American area code changes, including the new California area codes 442 and 747.

The Sleep Report is now saved in the folder containing the schedule file rather than the folder containing the TimeTo program, so that you can have separate reports for different users.

The Open Schedule command replaces Add Schedule To Multiusers menucommand, with enhancements to make it easier to locate schedule information and program files in separate folders.

Quieter meetings: The Mute Alarm Sounds checkbox now also mutes the sounds that accompany many other dialogs that could distract if you are running TimeTo during a meeting.

Tidier, more compact day view printouts: In the Printouts Settings dialog, we replaced the Include Undone Items Only checkbox with the Simplifiedcheckbox (which now applies to all Day Views rather than just Today) resulting in tidier, tighter Day View printouts that exclude anything over the first 100 characters of item titles, durations, alarm, recurring status, priority codes, opportunity costs, and values of time, as well as excluding done items on today’s view.

More flexibility in automatic Balance All Days: we increased the maximumBalance All Days Every X Minutes to 9999, so that you can now reduce the frequency to one day (1440 minutes) or longer. We also improved the randomization of what time of day it automatically runs.

Improved export to Microsoft Project: Further improvements to the template for importing TimeTo activity into Microsoft Project. Help topic add for importing to Microsoft Project, that explains feature and these improvements. (courtesy of power user George Sokolsky)

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Some small bug fixes, interface wording improvements, and logging improvements.

 

May 15, 2008 public release

Better link to Outlook and Google Calendar: Export Appointments To Outlook or Google Calendar commands now conveniently automatically set the Show Time As property in the resulting items to “Busy” instead of “Free”.

Clearer interface: Day Of Week buttons on Item Properties window redesigned to reduce ambiguity as to whether they are pressed or not pressed.

Bug fixed that could cause TimeTo to sometimes crash (with no loss of data) when marking certain items Done that had a project designated, and that project had Note over 30,000 characters.

More flexibility: Work Hours Settings now include the option to designatewhich days of the week are workdays (and thus which are considered part of your weekend). This influences what days of the week are considered weekdays and weekends in item properties, as well as when Balancing All Days. This new setting defaults to the typical work week based upon what country your Windows is set to.

Export to Microsoft Project: TimeTo now includes a template for importing TimeTo activity into Microsoft Project. (courtesy of power user George Sokolsky)

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Other small bug fixes. Changes made to accommodate West Virginia area code updates.

 

February 16, 2008 beta release

Items Report now includes Project column.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Other small bug fixes.

 

January 5, 2008 beta release

Import Items command now can import appointments and tasks from the Russian Edition of Microsoft Outlook.

Day View conflict counter logic refined.

Modify Item change from Flexible Date To Set Date logic now offers to inherit Latest End time from Deadline Time, as appropriate.

Export Appointments to Outlook or Google Calendar now calculates Reminder Time based upon all of TimeTo’s alarm options.

Postpone One Hour command now has smarter logic for repeated use on the same item.

Synchronization with Outlook now works better with Outlook Exchange Server (however this remains an unofficial feature as some users will still experience duplicate items appearing in TimeTo when they added an appointment to Outlook through Exchange Server, depending upon the Exchange Server configuration).

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Other small bug fixes.

 

November 27, 2007 beta release

Import Items: Compatibility improvement for Import from Outlook Calendar CSV format.

Export Items to Outlook Or Google Calendar: Bug fixed which could sometimes cause a crash during export of some items with particularly long Titles.

Synchronization: Improvements for users that have Windows set to use a 24-hour clock time format. Additional error logging for Outlook synchronization.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Other small interface and interoperability improvements and bug fixes. Changes made to accommodate California area code updates.

September 25, 2007 public release

Import Items command now can import appointments and tasks from the Hebrew Edition of Microsoft Outlook.

Delete Item command now gives you the option to no longer have to confirm deletions.

Date Becomes Flexible Upon Arrival (in Recurring properties of Item Properties) now allows you to set a relative Deadline. The effect is achieved by specifying both an Earliest Begin Date and a Deadline date in the item, then making it Recurring, and checking the Date Becomes Flexible Upon Arrival checkbox. When the date of an occurrence arrives, the deadline for that occurrence will be today’s date + the number of days between the Earliest Begin Date and the Deadline date.

Done: Start times assigned to Done items are no longer constricted by the Earliest Begin Time of the item.

Day View: The alert regarding items not yet done on past days that can appears on the first item on today’s Day View now tells you the earliest day that has undone items.

Stock Ticker now supports stock symbols of up to 9 characters and from 14 additional exchanges: Australia (Sydney ASX), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Germany (Frankfurt, Xetra), Hong Kong (SEHK-HK), Italy (Milan), Japan (Tokyo), New Zealand (NZE), Norway (Oslo), South Africa (SA), Spain (SIBE Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (SWZ Zurich), and the United Kingdom (LSE), as well as those from the United States (NYSE, NASDAQ) and Canada (TSX). Stock price alarm messages are also now more informative. Price checking now has a more reliable Internet connection, fixing outages for users who were having trouble getting them.

Alarms Settings: You can now use the Chime At Top Of Hour setting to also control whether TimeTo™ chimes at the end of your workday (as set in Work Hours Settings).

Synchronization Settings: Improvements for compatibility with Outlook 2007, as well as many bug fixes and improvements for all Outlook versions, including improved diagnostics and error messages for TimeTo Outlook Plugin activity. Also fixed bug that could result in 100% CPU use for some users if launching the TimeTo Outlook Plugin somehow failed.

Other Settings: Suppress St@rt And St@rtyes bug fixed that was causing suppression to wrongly not occur in some situations.

Balance Life Projects logic improved, with clearer explanations.

Help and usability: Installer can now run in Spanish instead of English. More improvements to Help. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes. Changes made to accommodate Alberta, Quebec, Kentucky, and New Mexico area code updates.

July 14, 2007 public release

Splittable: TimeTo™ now warns then automatically unchecks the Splittable checkbox if you change a splittable item into a recurring item (since recurring items cannot be splittable).

Alarms Settings: The Chime At Top Of Hour now also chimes at the end of your workday (as set in Work Hours Settings).

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. “TimeTo has tidied…” message now is automatically healed during launch. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

July 11, 2007 beta release

Print Day Views printouts gain various tidying aesthetic improvements.

Launch Web Site In Title command now launches in your default browser rather than necessarily Internet Explorer.

After Work Hours items can now be scheduled at any time of day on a work holiday (rather than only after the end of the Work Hours range). Also, checking or unchecking just the After Work Hours checkbox on a recurring item now correctly changes that item to be an exception instance.

Cancel Item command now sets the Duration of the item to zero, unless it had been started (in which case the Duration becomes the time elapsed so far).

Projects Tree bug (introduced April 15, 2007) fixed where new projects could wrongly not show their items in the Projects Tree and sometimes crash TimeTo™ if a new item were assigned to such a Project.

Synchronization Settings: Users who synchronize from Microsoft Outlook to TimeTo™ can now optionally include the word “notimeto” anywhere in the Subject of an Outlook appointment or task to suppress it (or changes to it) from being transferred to TimeTo. Also, improvements made to synchronization for users with more than one TimeTo schedule on their computer.

Load TimeTo Tutorial: Fixed bug where the tutorial items could wrongly load into the Projects List if the command is selected while viewing the Projects List.

Help and usability: Improvements to language names in installer. More improvements to Help. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes. Correction to South African Mothers Day in sample data. Changes made for British Columbia area code updates.

June 1, 2007 beta release

Backup command added to File menu (pro mode only).

Projects Tree: Fixed flickering introduced in February 2007. Fixed bug in interaction of Filters dialog when Projects Tree is open.

After Hours checkbox in Item Properties renamed After Work Hours, and now items that have this checkbox checked can have Balance All Days schedule them on Work Holidays and Keep Clear Dates. Also, checking this checkbox now enables weekend days buttons (e.g., Saturday and Sunday) that weren’t already checked.

Weekend, Weekdays, Work Hours, and After Work Hours buttons all now reflect 6-day work week for users in Israel. Other weekend calculations now accommodate Thursday-Friday and Friday-Saturday weekends in various Muslim countries.

Delete Item: Bug fixed (introduced in the April 15, 2007 release) where TimeTo could crash when you try to delete an exception instance of a recurring item from the Alphabetical View.

Started items can now run past midnight, for up to 24 hours of total Duration. Therefore, started items are no longer brought forward by the Bring Forward Past Undones To This Day command (because they are partially done).

Start With Countdown Timer command added to the Advanced Timekeeping submenu. This new command is like the Start command, except it also launches a Countdown Timer with a duration that matches the started item.

Scheduling conflict window now gives more information, and automatically moves the scrollbar to show you the conflicting item so that you can easily examine, change, or delete it.

Offer To Clone now is offered if you click the Done button on the Alarm dialog that offers to Done or Delete the alarmed item, for items that have the Offer To Clone checkbox checked.

Browse Notes window position now restores accurately after restarting TimeTo on computers with multiple monitors.

Find window now travels with the overall TimeTo window when you drag that window, and biases towards positioning in the top right corner of the main schedule window so it is less likely to cover the title of the item it finds.

Fonts Settings: Default font settings have been improved for 20 countries where non-Western alphabets are typically used.

Synchronization Settings: Outlook synchronization now works with non-English versions of Windows. Fixed bug that was causing some users not to be able to transfer appointments between Outlook and TimeTo. TimeTo items can now transfer both Project and Label to Outlook at once.

Other Settings gains Filters Dock Under Calendar checkbox. When checked, the Filters dialog will attempt to position itself immediately below the Calendar Window.

Automatic recovery to the most immediate backup of your TimeTo schedule file is now offered to you upon next launch of TimeTo after a data corruption error. Also, TimeTo now offers to automatically heal the “POTENTIALLY CORRUPT TIMEDATA.PAK FILE” error .

Help and usability: Improvements to area codes table. Various Improvements to multiple monitor support regarding window positions. More improvements to Help. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

April 15, 2007 beta release

Day View: If there are items not yet done on past days, the first item on today’s Day View is now preceded by a warning to tell you this.

Item Properties: Delete button now available within the Item Properties dialog when editing any item.

St@rt and st@rtyes triggers can now play any .wav file from within TimeTo. For instance, if you add the phrase “st@rtyes c:\windows\media\chord.wav” to the end of an item’s title, that sound plays when that item’s start time arrives and without inconveniently launching the application associated with .wav files on your computer.

Alarms: Memo items and hope items can now have alarms that sound (and so the New Memo Item dialog gains an Alarm checkbox and button). Alarms on memo items go off at one minute after midnight (unless you are in Night Owl Mode, in which case they go off at one minute past delayed midnight). Also, you can now reset an “alarmed” alarm by unchecking then re-checking the Alarm checkbox. Alarms sent to an e-mail address now include the complete item Title and send time and date in the message body, and the send time and short title in the subject.

Alarm Sound Settings is renamed Alarms Settings, gains the shortcut Alt+Aand all alarm-related settings that were in Other Settings are now found in Alarms Settings (Suppress Alarms, Suppress Alarm Repeats, Mute Alarm Sounds, Chime Every Hour).

Suppress Alarms gains an Until date field, allowing you to optionally specify that the suppression of Alarms will expire on a date of your choice.

Note: We’ve doubled the maximum size of each Note: each can now be up to 65,000 characters.

Duplicate command can now duplicate items with notes up to 32,000 bytes long.

Midnight Shift mode (formerly Night Owl mode): All view window captions now display the delayed midnight value when the current time of day is between midnight and delayed midnight, for users in Midnight Shift mode, to clarify why the date in the window caption differs from the real-world date. As well, more overnight transitions occur at delayed midnight rather than midnight, such as Daily Reminders, and items started the previous day now behave better after midnight.

World Timeline/Stock Ticker Settings now allows Stock Symbols of up to 7 characters. The stock price checks are now more accurate, with clearer responses when prices are not available.

Synchronization Settings: Removed problematic support for Palm 3.x devices.

Other Settings: Change View To Day Of New Item checkbox renamed asMove View To New Or Modified Item, and now also applies to when an item moves on the Priority View due to your changing the item’s properties. Thus, in Priority View if you edit an item and change its priority, it used to be that your view would always move to that item’s new position in the list; however now if you uncheck this setting, then instead the screen position stays where it was thus now highlighting the next item that was following the one you changed.

Help and usability: Improvements to support for multiple monitors. More improvements to Help. Further small improvements to look for XP and Vista users not using the Classic Style. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

March 13, 2007 public release

All date fields now allow you to type three-letter English abbreviations for months (and two-letters for months where this is unambiguous), so you can type such constructs as “12-Nov-2007″ or “De/12/2007″. You must still include a delimiter (space, slash, comma, or period) between the month and the numerals, and you still must type month, day, and year in the order you specified for them in the Windows Regional Settings control panel.

Launch: Fixed a bug introduced in February 2007 where the “past undone item warning” dialog that can appear during launch or at midnight could wrongly appear off-screen, thus making it seem that TimeTo™ had crashed until you pressed Alt+Tab (until you got to the next TimeTo icon) then blindly pressed keys such as Esc and Enter to respond to it.

Alarms: Fixed a bug introduced in September 2006 release where a pending alarm window could appear off-screen, thus making it seem that TimeTo™ had crashed until you pressed Alt+Tab (until you got to the next TimeTo icon) then blindly pressed keys such as Esc and Enter to respond to it.

Flexible Date command is now also available on the Priority View and Alphabetical View.

Calendar Window and Date Picker now show today’s date in blue, so that today’s cell is more apparent.

Interrupt command gains option to Record Interruption In Existing Item, which results in the number of minutes of the interruption being added to the title of the existing item rather than a new item being created.

Filters: Filters window now conveniently hidden (and later restored) when user sends TimeTo™ to the system tray. Bug fixed (introduced Sept 10, 2006) that caused Filters window to interfere with correct dates being displayed in Month View.

Balance Day, Balance All Days, and Lighten Load commands improve how they take Priority and deadlines dates into account, and also now bias toward pushing away an item whose date is not appropriate for the date it is on now due to Earliest Begin Date, Sequence, Prerequisite or Days Of Week.

Increase Load command now smart enough to not bring an item to a date if it would not comply with Sequence or Prerequisite restrictions.

Colors Settings now immediately reflects new color choices in all the demonstrations in the dialog, as well as in all visible schedules, but still allows you to click Cancel to revert to your previous color scheme.

Note command: Automatic Balance Day or Balance All Days can no longer interrupt continuous typing in an open Note window.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Further small improvements to look for XP and Vista users not using the Classic Style. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

February 27, 2007 beta release

Time Zones: If you upgrade TimeTo and the latest shipping Time Zone Settings are potentially newer than the ones you are using, TimeTo offers, upon first launch, to replace your existing Time Zones Settings with the new default time zone settings.

Synchronization Settings: Fixed bug where some users would encounter a crash after unchecking the Outlook To TimeTo checkbox and then clicking OK.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Improvement to automatic healing of disconnected recurring exception items. Further improvements to Windows Vista and Windows XP theme implementations. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

February 25, 2007 beta release

Print: Print dialogs added to all print commands (except for the Favorite Printouts command, which uses the printer you have designated in TimeTo’s Print Setup command).

Import Items command now can import appointments and tasks from export files created from French language editions of Microsoft Outlook.

Done: Fixed bug introduced in February 4, 2007 beta: when you say yes to Offer To Clone from Priority View, the properties of the source rather than the resulting item could wrongly be offered for editing.

St@rtyes, St@rt triggers improved so that when they are in the Title of a recurring item, only today’s recurrence of the item is automatically marked done: the others are left undone.

Earliest Begin Date / Deadline dates that conflict with each other in the item properties window now resolve more elegantly and cautiously.

Stopwatch: Keyboard shortcuts behavior improved.

Countdown Timer: “Sound Test” button added, so you can test what the alarm will sound like and that your computer’s volume is loud enough.

Day Bounds Settings: Improvements to Night Owl mode.

Time Zones: For new installations, the default time zone settings for time zones in the United States and Canada that are installed for new TimeTo installations have been updated to reflect the new 2007 Daylight Saving Time rules for these countries, as well as now including every time zone district in the World. Existing users who have not made changes they value to Time Zones Settings can install the new settings by either waiting for the next updater that will automatically offer to update this, or use Windows Explorer to overwrite their timezone.lst file with the timezone20070221.lst file found in their TimeTo folder. Existing users who have made changes they wish to keep should choose the Time Zones Settings command and change each United States/Canada time zone to: “Begins Second Sunday in March” and “Ends First Sunday in November”. The maximum number of time zones has been increased from 30 to 120.

Time Zones Settings: Maximum title size of a time zone has been increased from 30 to 82. The Time Zones Settings window has gained various interface improvements, including an Apply button, and you can now see the potential effect on the World Timeline/Stock Ticker as you type a potential new name for a time zone.

View Error Log button added to About TimeTo window, which open the TimeToErrorLog file in your default text editor.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help content, as well as fixed a bug that, for some users, could cause Help to not always launch when requested. Windows XP and Windows Vista users not using the Classic Style now enjoy the XP the overall look in TimeTo dialogs, including hover reactions. Other small interface improvements, bug fixes, and improvements to diagnostics.

Installer: Fixed bug introduced in February 4, 2007 beta release where the new installer could wrongly add a second TimeTo to your Startup group and/or wrongly add an extra TimeTo to your Add/Remove Programs list.

February 12, 2007 public release

Projects rectangle dropdown menu that appears on most views can now show up to 100 projects (increased from 20). On all windows that have one, the Project field has been widened so you see more of the Project’s Title.

Latest End / Earliest Begin settings that conflict with each other in the item properties window now resolve more elegantly and cautiously.

Rank: Bug fixed where increasing an item’s rank number in the item properties window could result, after clicking OK, in the item wrongly having a rank one number lower than you requested. Also, other small improvements to Rank logic.

Done: When you say yes to Offer To Clone an item that had been started, the duration of the resulting item now conveniently matches the duration the existing item had before it was started. Also, the feature that adds the timestamp and title of a done item to the Note of the item’s Project now prohibits adding to the Note if the resulting Note would exceed the maximum allowed size for a Note.

Gapfillers: Maximum number of gapfillers increased from 20 to 40. Explanation of how Gapfillers works added to the interface. Also, very rare bug fixed where TimeTo™ could occasionally lose track of what folder its Gapfiller settings are stored in until the next time TimeTo™ is restarted .

Balance All Days: fixed subtle aesthetic bug where sometimes, immediately following Balance All Days, it could wrongly look like there were two items highlighted as the current item in Day View or a multiple day view.

Load TimeTo Tutorial command now loads each tutorial item as a Set Date item even if your New Item Preferences is set to Flexible Date.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help content, topics, and stability. Other small interface improvements, bug fixes, and improvements to diagnostics.

February 4, 2007 beta release

Print Setup command added to the File menu, allowing you to designate which printer for your printouts.

Import Items command now can import appointments and tasks from Spanish language editions of Microsoft Outlook.

New Birthday Memo Item command gains Ctrl+Shift+Insert shortcut.

New Anniversary Memo Item command gains Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Insert shortcut.

New Work Holiday Memo Item command gains Alt+Shift+Insert shortcut.

Alarms: The maximum number of concurrent alarm dialogs is increased from 4 to 10. Also fixed a bug introduced in the January 3, 2007 release where a pending alarm window could appear off-screen when TimeTo™ was minimized, thus making it seem to the user that TimeTo™ had crashed.

Splittable: Unchecking a splittable item now conveniently automatically triggers Balance All Days in order to adjust your schedule accordingly. Interface now explains automatic triggering of Balance All Days on Splittable items, and also explains choices when marking a splittable item as Done.

Done command now can no longer clone the wrong item when in Priority View and Offer To Clone checkbox is checked.

Done & Fill Gap command’s Ctrl+Shift+Space shortcut now works properly again.

Calendar Window: Fixed bug introduced in a recent beta release where an undocked Calendar Window could wrongly not be restored upon re-launch for some users.

Balance Day and Balance All Days have both had logic improved as to how Priority is considered in ordering items on today and on dates in the coming week.

Lighten Load By Priority command has had Ctrl+Alt+DownArrow reinstated for the comfort of legacy users, so now both it and the new Shift+Alt+DownArrow combination yield this command.

Increase Load command has had Ctrl+Alt+UpArrow reinstated for the comfort of legacy users, so now both it and the new Shift+Alt+UpArrow combination yield this command.

Keyboard Shortcuts command added to Help menu, providing a guide to all keyboard shortcuts in TimeTo™.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help and more new topics. Improvement to automatic healing of disconnected recurring exception items. Other small interface improvements and bug fixes.

Installer: Installer generally improved, including better support for non-English users. Installer can now be used for updating as well as initial installation.

January 3, 2007 public release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) includes improved explanatory messages. The Body of an appointment in Outlook now results in a Note in the corresponding TimeTo™ item. Improvements to how changes to the body of an Outlook task are reflected in the corresponding Note in TimeTo. Some unnecessary notifications removed.

Check Out command now offers, when complete, to Close This Schedule (thus exiting TimeTo™ if only one schedule was open).

Filters now also influence Daily Time By Project Report, Daily Time Spent On Tagged Projects, Weekly Time Spent On Tagged Projects, and Weekly Time Spent On Life Projects reports.

Alarm can now send SMS alarm messages (up to 5,000 free messages a month) to any SMS-enabled device in North America from your Internet-connected computer, by simply adding “sms” at the beginning of the alarm telephone number (for example, “sms6135651212″). Hyphens and the leading 1 are optional. Mobile phone customers with numbers registered in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Guam can receive TimeTo™ alarm messages anywhere in the World where they can receive text messages. Recipients pay only for standard text messaging charges to their carrier for receiving such messages (which is provided free by many carriers).

Alarm can now send e-mail alarm messages to any e-mail address you specify, via your default e-mail program.

Non-minimized alarm dialogs gain a Delete button and a Done button, so you can decline to snooze as well as delete or done the item all in one click.

Duplicate command now traps a bug where duplicating an item with a Note containing over 1,070 characters would wrongly cause TimeTo™ to crash.

Lighten Load By Priority command’s shortcut key changed from Ctrl+Alt+DownArrow to Shift+Alt+DownArrow, in order to no longer conflict with the Intel Centrino standard of using Ctrl+Alt+DownArrow to rotate the display on tablet PCs. Lighten Load By Urgency now becomes Ctrl+Shift+DownArrow.

Increase Load command’s shortcut key changed from Ctrl+Alt+UpArrow to Shift+Alt+UpArrow, in order to no longer conflict with the Intel Centrino standard of using Ctrl+Alt+UpArrow to restore rotation of the display on tablet PCs.

All input fields for hours and minutes, such as the Duration field in item properties, now can accept a comma delimiter between hours and minutes (in addition to colon, period, or nothing) in support of users in countries like Germany and Switzerland where the comma is often used in this way.

If you do not register Pro Mode by the end of the grace period, TimeTo™ is now more lenient about letting you continue with reminders or switch to Light Mode rather than not allowing you to launch at all.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help content. Other small interface improvements. Area code list updated to reflect changes in North American area codes.

November 27, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) fixes bug where multiple changes to the Start Time of an Outlook item could possibly not all appear in TimeTo™. Also, migrating your installation to a new computer now results in TimeTo™ automatically detecting the need to install the TimeTo Outlook Plug-in in the Startup Group of the new computer if Outlook To TimeTo synchronization had already been selected in Synchronization Settings before the migration. Also, if you make a change in Outlook to an item that is not in TimeTo™ (because it was created when synchronization was not on), it will conveniently be created in TimeTo™. The Body of Tasks in Outlook now results in a Note in the corresponding TimeTo™ item. Also, other improvements to stability, messaging, and responsiveness. Also, correction to problem experienced by some users of British date format, where years of items transferred from Outlook to TimeTo then back to Outlook could wrongly appear in the year 1899. Also, memos no longer transferred from Outlook to TimeTo™ (as some users were finding this annoying… if anyone values this, tell us and we can make it a preference).

Interrupt command’s October 10, 2006 improvement now works properly for conflicting items as well.

Balance All Days includes fix of bug (introduced September 10, 2006) where for some users Balance All Days could wrongly automatically launch at times it should not (for instance in the midst of an Import or while Balance Today or Balance All Days was already running. Also, Balance All Days can no longer happen to automatically launch during Import Items, thus making the Import Items command more stable.

Launching from command prompt: You can now launch a particular TimeTo™ schedule using command line parameters from the Command Prompt or in a Windows batch file.

Help on the Web: The entire content of the Help command within TimeTo™ is also now also available on the Web athttps://www.davidberman.com/software/timetohelp .

Help and usability: Help now includes Forward, Font, and Print buttons. Help now remembers your preferred size and position of its window. Further improvements to Help, including more help topics. Other small interface improvements. Some additional small bugs fixed.

 

October 28, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) includes improved logic for synchronization. Synchronization Settings moved to pro mode. Also fixed a bug where, for some users, deleting an item in Outlook could wrongly cause Outlook to close.

Import Items command’s CSV format import logic improved, including fixing a bug that could cause a crash if two imports were done in a row.

Transfer to Other PC now transfers all your preferences as well, and has clearer dialogs and Help. It also includes a fix to a bug introduced in July 2006 where an innocuous “Starting flags…” window could wrongly would not disappear when it should during Check In.

In multiple day views, the viewed day that currently has your focus is now highlighted (by dimming the headings of the other dates).

Work Holiday Items are now labeled”holiday” rather than “memo” in your schedule, to make them more obvious. As well, dates that include a work holiday memo now have a green date and day of week, and say “WORK HOLIDAY” in their statistics line (pro mode only).

Countdown Timer window now pops up when the countdown reaches zero, if you had minimized the window. It also now warns you if Mute Alarm Sounds is checked in Other Settings when you start the timer. The window also gains 2-Minute Start and 5-Minute Start buttons, allowing you to set and start these two popular intervals all in one click. So, for instance, if are a fan of David Allen’s 2-minute rule, you can simply press Shift+D then Alt+2 to start a two-minute timer. The Countdown Timer window has also been enlarged so that it can be more easily viewed from a distance. Other small interface improvements made to Countdown Timer as well.

Fonts Settings improves support for fonts using Central European, Vietnamese and Chinese Scripts.

Other Settings: You can now see the impact of changing between Light Mode and Pro Mode immediately upon selecting those radio buttons (i.e. without having to close the Other Settings window).

Get Technical Support command now helps you e-mail directly or use a Web form to request help.

Help and usability: All windows now have a Help button. Further improvements to Help. Other small interface improvements. Some additional small bugs fixed.

 

October 10, 2006 public release

Export Appointments to Outlook or Google Calendar commands’ CSV options now generate a file with a .csv extension rather than a .txt extension.

Export Tasks To Outlook commands has had logic refined regarding what qualifies as a task.

Interrupt command is now clever enough to adjust the Duration of the interrupted item to match changes you may choose to make to the Start Time of the interruption item. The interruption item now has a default title “Interruption:” rather than the former blank title. The continuation item now has the suffix “(continued)” to also clarify what is going on.

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) synchronization includes improved logic for synchronization of recurring items from TimeTo™ to Outlook. Also improved the logic introduced in the October 7, 2006 release where an unnecessary message could appear saying “The TimeTo schedule that is to synchronize from Outlook is located at 0…”.

Help and usability: Further improvements to Help.

 

October 7, 2006 beta release

Import Items command is now cleverer about immediately recognizing wrongly-formatted incoming CSV files, and invalid dates. Maximum size of import file increased to 500,000 bytes.

Calendar Window now resizes more gracefully.

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) now gracefully detects incoming dates from Outlook which would be invalid in TimeTo™ (outside of 1986 to 2068), and includes many other small improvements to stability, including fixing a bug that could sometimes cause a new Outlook item to wrongly result in more than one new TimeTo™ item.

Help and usability: More windows gain context-sensitive Help buttons. Messaging has been improved on several dialog boxes. Improvements to optional opening sequence for new users. Additional minor bugs have been fixed. More improvements made to Help.

 

September 28, 2006 public release

Import Items command includes many small improvements and bug fixes for Outlook import from both comma-delimited and tab-delimited formats, including that TimeTo now ignores if you have Splittable checked in New Item Preferences for imported Outlook appointments, since this could result in an incoming appointment from Outlook wrongly appearing to not have a Set Start Time when it first arrives in your schedule.

Help and usability: Many more windows gained context-sensitive Help buttons. Aesthetics have been improved on several dialog boxes. There is an improved optional opening sequence to better orient new users. Additional minor bugs have been fixed.

 

September 23, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta) now transfers recurring items as well as non-recurring, and includes additional refinements to stability, item synchronization and speed. Also, annoying appearance of “Because you’ve deleted this item, the scheduled alarm repeat is also cancelled” message during synchronization has been removed.

Import Items command includes many small improvements for importing Outlook items. Most notably, CSV imports now imports the body of Outlook items into the Note of the resulting TimeTo item.

Filters: Dramatic improvement in interactive filtering speed, responsiveness, and load time of Filters window. Filter Calendar Window checkbox added to Filters window, so you can control whether Filters will apply to the Calendar Window’s coloring of busy days. Filters window improved so that views and Calendar Window immediately react to changes you make in Filters.

Balance All Days and Balance Day logic further refined, backing off on some of the aggressiveness implemented in the September 10, 2006 beta release.

Sleep Report added to Reports menu, which provides statistics on how much time you are sleeping.

Program responsiveness for users running TimeTo from a USB memory stick significantly enhanced.

Moving the main window, Calendar Window, Filters window, and the 31-Day Busy Navigator window is now smoother, faster, and more responsive.

Resizing the main window, Calendar Window, and 31-Day Busy Navigator window is now smoother, faster, and more responsive.

Minimizing, maximizing and restoring the main window and Filterswindow is now smoother and faster.

Help and usability: More improvements to messages and aesthetics, including more Don’t Ask Me Again checkboxes and Help buttons on more windows. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

September 10, 2006 beta release

All TimeTo settings now are entirely stored in the TimeTo folder (many in a new file called TimeTo.ini), therefore your settings will persist even if you are running TimeTo™ on more than one computer from a USB memory stickor if your computer has tight security restrictions. Migration to the new storage structure is automatic. Backward compatibility with earlier TimeTo™ versions is also maintained.

Import Items command now can import CSV files from Microsoft Outlook. Command is also generally more robust when importing uncommon content in Outlook tab-delimited export files.

Duplicate, Hope, and Launch Web Site In Title commands added to the right-click menu for items on all views (except Month View) and Projects List.

Focus Now command: new command (from the View menu, or press Backspace) allows you to temporarily see only the very next things you should be doing. A new Maximum Focus Now Items field in Other Settings allows you to choose how many items appear when you Focus Now. Devotees of David Allen’s GTD will likely wish to set this to 1.

Day View: Localization issue solved for non-Western fonts that were not properly displaying the 1, 2, and 3 numerals preceding the numbered Focus Now items.

Projects Tree now reacts to Filters. Also fixed bug where some items Done today were still wrongly continuing to appear on the Projects Tree until tomorrow.

Alarm Settings: Also Dial option improved in terms of how it detects Skype calls, and how it gives feedback to you about its progress.

Calendar Window: user interface for rightclick moves improved.

Balance Day: Logic improved to resolve more conflicts, and potential push conflicting items to a future day where allowed and helpful. Activity indicator added.

Balance All Days: Balance All Days logic now does a better job of resolving conflicts within the coming week.

Other Settings gains a Reset Don’t Again Checkboxes button, so can reset all instances where you have checked such checkboxes.

Help and usability: Help file completed: there is now a help topic for every command in TimeTo. More improvements to messages and aesthetics, including our first Don’t Ask Me Again checkboxes. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

August 16, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta): Additional refinements to stability and item synchronization.

Import Items command now can import appointments and tasks from Swedish version of Microsoft Outlook. Also, bug fixed that would cause TimeTo™ to crash while importing Outlook format if the Windows date format did not match the TimeTo™ date format, or an incoming appointment had a multi-line Description. Import feature generally more robust when importing uncommon content in Outlook export files. Bug fixed where an import file in TimeTo™ format that contained an item that began with a string of 16 or more characters with no spaces would crash TimeTo™.

Export Appointments To Microsoft Outlook commands renamed to Export Appointments To Outlook Or Google Calendar. The command now gives you the choice of export in comma separated format (CSV) as well as the existing tab-separated format. The former format is designed for export toGoogle Calendar, as well as giving you a different way to import into Outlook or other programs that can import CSV format. Also, bug fixed that was causing appointments that were conflicting (red) in TimeTo™ to possibly not have the correct Start Time in Outlook Calendar or sometimes cause an entire import into Outlook to fail.

Day views statistics conflict reporting improved, including now displaying the number of conflicts and fixed bug where sometime conflicting total could show as zero even though conflicting items totaled more than zero. Also, done items are no longer included in the total.

Calendar Window: Fixed bug introduced in July 19, 2006 beta release where undocked Calendar Window would wrongly not be restored upon re-launch.

Help and usability: More improvements to messages and aesthetics, including opening sequence. Context-sensitive help buttons added to many dialogs. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

August 6, 2006 public release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta): About TimeTo command now tells you if TimeTo Outlook Plug-in is running and which version. TimeTo™ memos now become appointments in Outlook if they have a Set Start Time, and tasks if they do not. Additional refinements to stability and item synchronization.

Date picker on all date fields now displays Darken Busier Days information (if enabled for the Calendar Window), so you can see which days are heavily booked as you select a date.

Import Items: Fixed bug introduced in June 28, 2006 public release that could cause items imported from a file in TimeTo format to wrongly appear on today rather than the viewed day.

Balance Today command renamed Balance Day, as it now balances whatever day you are viewing (if you are not in a Day View or a multiple day view, it balances today), to help you plan future days more proactively.

Balance Today Every X Minutes renamed Balance Day Every X Minutes, as it now balances whatever day you are viewing (if you are not in a Day View or a multiple day view, it balances today), thus helping you even more.

Launch TimeTo When I Start Windows checkbox added to Other Settings, so you can easily add or remove TimeTo from your Startup group now from within TimeTo™.

Help and usability: More improvements to messages and aesthetics, including opening sequence, Calendar Window and 31-Day Busy Navigator. More tutorial lessons. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

August 1, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta): Fix of bug where a TimeTo™ set date item that had previously had a flexible date would arrive in Outlook as an appointment with an incorrect duration. Fix of bug where a new or changed Outlook appointment that arrives in TimeTo™ does not initially appear in the TimeTo schedule scheduled at the correct time on the Day View (even though its properties do exhibit the correct Start Time). Fixed a bug where items created and deleted in Outlook would not always automatically delete in TimeTo™. Fixed a bug where deleting an item in TimeTo’s Alphabetic View would not necessarily delete the corresponding item in Outlook. Several other small improvements.

Startup: Splash screen replaces loading screen. First-time users now get a series of hand-holding messages after startup, including an offer to load tutorial items, to help them get oriented more quickly.

World Clocks/Stock Ticker font is now user-adjustable: the font you designate in Day Views Text Font in Fonts Settings now immediately applies to the World Clocks/Stock Ticker as well. This also means that you can adjust its size with the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons on the toolbar.

Regional languages support extended to time zones and the World Clock/Stock Ticker, so if your operating system is configured to use non-Western fonts, you can now designate, for instance, a city name in a non-Western alphabet in the Time Zones Settings: it will then appear in the World Clocks/Stock Ticker Settings, and if selected there it will then appear in the non-Western alphabet within the World Clocks/Stock Ticker on the main window.

31-Day Navigator: Now immediately resizes when you click Shift+Zoom In or Shift+Zoom Out icons on the toolbar, for better interaction.

Projects Tree: Fixed bug where items Done today would wrongly continue to appear on the tree until tomorrow.

Printouts: Include Private Items checkbox moved from Other Settings to Printouts Settings window (so it is easier to find).

Help and usability: More improvements to error messages and aesthetics. Tutorial enhanced. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

July 27, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta): Many small improvements and fixes, including fixed bug where some date formats were not translating properly between TimeTo and Outlook,and bug where some new items were not instantly traveling from Outlook to TimeTo.

Modify, Delete, and nine other commands added to the right-click menu for items on all views (except Month View) and Projects List.

Alarm snooze now shows the snooze alarm time on Day View and multiple day views (for example, [Alarm:Zzz…9:45am] means the alarm will sound again at 945am).

Calendar submenu is now called Calendar Window, and the submenu is now available Light mode too, and renamed Calendar Window. Calendar submenu commands now dim and undim as appropriate. Calendar button on toolbar renamed “Display/Hide Calendar Window” as it now can hide as well as display the Calendar Window.

Regional languages support extended to now include the Calendar Window, so now months and days of week appear in the regional language and alphabet: this window now picks up its Script from whatever Script setting you designate in Day/Multiple Day Views Text Font in Fonts Settings.

Help and usability: More improvements to error messages and aesthetics. Additional minor bugs remedied.

July 23, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta): Improvements to how alarms are sent to Outlook.

Filters: Today Only filter added, which filters out all items not scheduled today.

Alarm snooze maximum time increased from 99 to 120 minutes (and bug fixed where times over 120 minutes would alarm again too soon)

Help and usability: Help completed! (every command now has a help topic). More improvements to error messages and aesthetics (including improvements to default fonts and World Timeline for new users). Installer fixed for new users regarding use of non-Western languages. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

July 19, 2006 beta release

TimeTo Outlook Plug-in (beta):

  • Synchronization from TimeTo to Microsoft Outlook in real time. Items added, changed, or deleted in TimeTo™ will be reflected in Microsoft Outlook’s Calendar, Tasks, and Memos, moments later (or the next time you launch Outlook). As well, by synchronizing your Blackberry, Palm, or PocketPC device to Outlook, you will have synchronized your device from TimeTo™.
  • Synchronization from Microsoft Outlook to TimeTo in real time. Calendar appointments, Tasks, and Memos added to Microsoft Outlook will automatically appear moments later in TimeTo™. As well, by synchronizing your Blackberry, Palm, or PocketPC device to Outlook, you will then synchronize your device to TimeTo™.
  • Palm Handheld Settings command changed to Synchronization Settings, as it now includes Microsoft Outlook synchronization settings as well.

Start command now offers to move item to today for you, if you try to Start a flexible-date item on a future date.

Done! command added to the right-click menu for items on all views (except Month View) and Projects List.

Weekly Time Spent On Tagged Projects bug fixed that could cause miscalculation of final two weeks totals in some circumstances.

New Item Preferences now allow you to set a relative Deadline, so that you can have new items start with a flexible date with a deadline relative to today’s date (for instance, you could set it to always be the date the item is created, or a week after the item is created).

Help and usability: More Help topics and refinements. More improvements to error messages and aesthetics. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

June 28, 2006 release

Regional languages support: Although the TimeTo™ interface remains in English, you can now type in many non-“Western” character sets, including right-to-left alphabets, into fields (such as item titles, the Find command, and Notes), and your words will be stored and displayed properly. Thus, these alphabets are now all supported: Arabic, Baltic, Central European, Cyrillic (Russian), East European, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Hangul (Korean), Johab (Korean), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese. You can even mix languages in one string (assuming the font you have selected supports more than one alphabet).

Multiple monitors support for the Calendar improved for users who display their TimeTo™ on a secondary monitor or across more than one monitor.

Import Items command import of Microsoft Outlook calendar and task items improved to handle more character combinations properly.

Export Tasks To Microsoft Outlook: fixed bug where the export file could lack its .txt extension for some users.

Month View: All eight of the New Item commands are now available from the Insert menu when you are in Month View. You can also now right-click on any date on the month view to start a New Item for that date. The date of the schedule you were on before you switched to Month View now appears in red on the Month View, and you can click once on any Month View date to change to that date (double-click to switch to Day view for that date). As well, commands that do not work from Month View now tell you so. And we made a number of small aesthetic improvements to Month View, too.

Hide (Until Startable): Hidden items now show as closed shutters [[[]]] rather than blank on lists of items, so they can be differentiated from gaps in your schedule.

Alarm: Fixed bug introduced in May 23, 2006 beta release where if TimeTo was minimized to the status bar and an alarm went off, the alarm dialog would be hard to get to.

Label setting of an item can now be specified in the item properties window (as well as in the ways that you could already do so). You can also now set a preference for the Label setting for new items in New Item Preferences.

Fonts Settings now remember non-Western settings of the Script for each font. This means that you can, for instance, be running an Eastern European version of Windows, yet set your Fonts Settings to use Arial with the Script set to use the Greek character set.

World Clocks/Stock Ticker Settings gains an Apply button so you can immediately experiment with how the result will look. If the World Clocks/Stock Ticker wasn’t enabled already, it automatically gets enabled when you click Apply or OK.

Help and usability: More Help topics and refinements. More improvements to error messages and aesthetics. Additional minor bugs remedied.

May 23, 2006 release

More automatic backups: In addition to the existing backups TimeTo™ already automatically makes of your schedule file every minute and upon every launch, TimeTo™ now also keeps three recent random backups (frequency based upon how active you are in TimeTo™), plus a daily backup from each day of the week.

Export Appointments to Microsoft Outlook now yields a file called TimeToApptsToOutlook.txt rather than calling it export.txt, for clarity and so you can export both appointment and tasks one after each other without one file overwriting the other.

Export Tasks to Microsoft Outlook now yields a file called TimeToTasksToOutlook.txt rather than calling it export.txt, for clarity and so you can export both appointment and tasks one after each other without one file overwriting the other.

ImportOnceSilent.txt feature: New feature added where if you place a file called ImportOnceSilent.txt into your TimeTo folder, TimeTo™ automatically imports the file to your schedule, then deletes the file after the import is complete, without bothering you at any point in the process. You can use this feature to automatically import items from other software, such as Microsoft Outlook, by setting up that software to export to this special file name.

Day View: To better serve people in all markets and currencies, the green rectangle that appears if an item has an Expected Return that indicates the relative Expected Return/Hour of the item now adjusts its color range based upon your Hourly Rate (as set in Value of Time Settings): it reaches its maximum color for items having an Expected Return/Hour of at least ten times your Hourly Rate. (If you have not set an Hourly Rate, the scale is based on an hourly rate of 100.)

Browse Notes Mode: Fixed bug introduced in May 13, 2006 release where TimeTo™ sometimes does not navigate properly when in Browse Notes mode.

Alarms: When an Alarm goes off, the dialog box still comes up over any other application you are running, but conveniently leaves the focus on the other application, so that your work is not interrupted and so you don’t accidentally dispatch it with keystrokes intended for the application you are working in. As well the Snooze window now shows the beginning of the item’s title, so you can tell multiple Snooze windows apart.

Calendar: Rescheduling an item to another day by right-clicking on the Calendar now includes a confirmation warning, clearer logic, and is no longer allowed from the Month View (to avoid confusion).

Calendar: Darken Busier Days now darkens days in the entire next month as well as the current month, in concert with new Show ___ Weeks In Calendar setting in Other Settings.

Daily Time By Items Report: Fixed rare bug that would cause some users with a certain rare configuration of data to have some projects not be counted in the Daily Time By Items Report.

Weekly Time Spent On Life Projects and Weekly Time Spent of Tagged Projects: Fixed bug that would cause some users to wrongly show 0.00 hours in weeks 12 through 26.

Dial command: North American area codes list updated to reflect all recent changes in area code designations.

Fonts Settings | Screen Fonts changes now are all reflected in your current view as soon as you click OK on your font choice.

Value of Time Settings now suggests a billable hours goals based upon your Work Hours Settings. Changes to your Hourly Rate are now reflected in your current view as soon as you click OK.

Other Settings: You can now toggle in and out of the Other Settings window by pressing Alt+O (the old Shift+Z still brings up Other Settings too).

Show ___ Weeks On Calendar: This new setting in Other Settings allows you to set how many weeks to display on the Calendar.

Help and usability: More Help topics and refinements, including comprehensive help topics regarding multiuser use. More improvements to error messages and aesthetics. Additional minor bugs remedied.

 

May 13, 2006 release

Import Items command now can automatically recognize and perform a basic import of Microsoft Outlook calendar and task items generated by Outlook’s Import And Export command.

Export Appointments to Microsoft Outlook improved so that TimeTo™ appointments can now be sent on from Outlook to the Calendar ofBlackberry, PocketPC or Palm OS devices (such as the PalmOne Treo) .

Export Tasks to Microsoft Outlook: Export today’s non-recurring tasks, or all non-recurring tasks from a range of days of your choice, by choosing the new Export Tasks To Microsoft Outlook commands (from the Export As Text submenu on the File menu). You can then easily send them on to your Palm OS or PocketPC device.

Send TimeTo To System Tray button added to toolbar. Also, you can now type Ctrl+Shift+R to restore TimeTo from the system tray. Also, bug fixed where in some cases TimeTo’s windows were not restored to the same sizes after TimeTo™ was restored from the system tray.

Projects: Fixed bug that could cause the Project field of items assigned to certain projects to revert to “none” for users with a certain rare configuration of data. (Such users may still experience a bug where project time for such projects does not get counted in some reports: this fix appears in our next release.)

Postpone One Hour command now offers you the choice of whether to extend the Latest End Time when the Latest End Time is insufficient to accommodate the postponement. If you agree to this, then the Latest End Time is changed to the postponed time plus the item’s duration.

Weekly Time Spent On Life Projects command added to Statistics submenu on Reports menu, providing 26 weeks of summaries of how much time you’ve been spending on life projects.

Weekly Time Spent On Tagged Projects statistic increased to report on 26 weeks rather than 10 weeks. Also bug fixed where range of measured dates was sometimes slightly incorrect. Also fixed bug where average could wrongly include dates in the partial week following the most recent full week.

Other Settings: interface improved so that you can see the visual impact of changing most settings immediately upon checking or unchecking a setting, without having to close the Other Settings window to see the impact. We’ve done the same for the number of days choice in My Multiple Day Settings.

Other Settings: No Strikethrough On Done Items setting has been renamed Strikethroughs on Done Items, to avoid the confusing double negative. Your existing preference is automatically switched to match (checked if unchecked or vice versa), so you don’t have to adjust your setting after installing the update.

Balance Life Projects now avoids choosing an item that cannot be started today when choosing important items to potentially promote for each life project.

Toolbar aesthetics improved. Also, bug where rightmost portion of toolbar was sometimes truncated if main window was resized dramatically has been fixed.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help, including help topics added. Minor improvements to error messages and aesthetics. A few other minor bugs remedied.

April 16, 2006 public release

Send TimeTo To System Tray command added to File menu, with a Ctrl+Shift+S shortcut that works throughout TimeTo™ to send TimeTo™ schedules to the Windows System Tray. When in the System Tray, clicking the icon restores the window, while right-clicking yields a menu allowing you to restore the window, exit TimeTo™, or add a new item.

This Four Weeks On A Page printout command added to the Appointment Calendar submenu (from Print submenu of File menu), which yields an appointment calendar for four weeks starting with the current week, printed on one page, starting on the first day of the current week.

Import Items command gains Ctrl+Shift+I shortcut. No longer crashes during import when certain rare characters are included in the import file. Fixed misleading question (introduced in Feb.19/2006 release) when importing a file called import.txt .

Export submenu: Every export command on the submenu now offers to display the resulting file immediately after creation.

Export Day View commands and Export Alphabetical View command now yield an export file whose format has been improved to more readily import into other software.

Project Notes contains history of done items for each project: In order to make it easy to see a history of what has been completed on a project, each time an item that is assigned to a project is Done, the Note for that project now gains a row showing the date and time that the item was marked Done, as well as its title. (If the project did not yet have a Note, one is created the first time you complete an item of that project.)

Day View/multiple day views: Bug fixed where if Hide Done Items was enabled and the first item on the viewed day’s list was marked Done then gaps in the schedule were wrongly not showing on the viewed day.

Undo/Redo command added to Note’s Edit menu.

Make Exception To Shared Note command added to Note’s File menu. Choosing this command will cause an instance of a Shared Note to become its own note that you can edit or delete without affecting the Shared Note.

The command is available when you open a Note directly from a view or in Browse Notes mode, but not if you open a note from the Item Properties window.

Notes now fully supports Eastern European languages: Implementation of Right-Alt key combinations to yield national characters, combined with the recent addition of the Notes Font command (allowing selection of an Eastern European font) now allows selection and use of full Eastern European characters.

Date fields without years: In earlier versions of TimeTo™, if you left the year out when typing a date in a date field (for example you type 11/11 for November 11), TimeTo™ would assume the closest date to today, going either six months into the past or six months into the future. Taking into account that users typically are planning for the future, we have changed this to assume you meant the next occurrence of that date, unless you specify a date earlier that is either in the current month or in the immediately previous month: in such cases the previous occurrence of that date appears (for example if it’s December 2006 and you enter January 1 or October 31 we assume you mean 2007, while if you enter November 1 or December 1 we assume you mean 2006).

Date fields shortcuts: You can now indicate yesterday’s date in any date field by typing “yes” or “yesterday” or any short form in between, as well as “-1″. You can now indicate today’s date in any date field by typing “tod” or “toda” as well as “today” or a zero.

Daily Time By Project Report command now displays its report in your default text editor rather than necessarily Windows Notepad.

Items Report gains Job # column. Also, project selection pulldown now shows over twice as many projects at once. Also, format improved, including adding time and date report generated and by whom. Also, report now displays in your default text editor rather than necessarily Windows Notepad.

Printouts Settings now allows you to include Alphabetical View in yourFavorite Printouts.

Use More Vertical Space As Duration Rises setting in Other Settings no longer results in thin horizontal lines of varying widths sometimes appearing between items on Day View and multiple day views.

Balance Day Every ___ Minutes setting added to Other Settings (replacing existing Balance Today Once A Minute) so that you can now dictate how often automatic Balance Day occurs.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help, including a substantial rewrite of the help topic for Covey enthusiasts, integrating the new Balance Life Projects and Project Notes history features intended to simplify weekly and annual planning. More help topics added. Interface during background processing made more responsive. Minor improvements to error messages and aesthetics. A few other minor bugs remedied.

February 19, 2006 public release

Balance Life Projects: This powerful new feature builds on Stephen Covey’s fourth generation planner concept (described in his Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People and First Things First), then goes beyond Covey’s technique. For those who balance their role/goals weekly as per Covey’s advice, this tool replaces most weekly planning. Instead, TimeTo™ continuously balances your roles for you. Here’s how: any number of projects can now be designated as “life projects” by adding an exclamation mark to the beginning of the project’s name (Covey enthusiasts would thus create a life project for every one of their “roles”). With the goal of making sure that you make progress on at least one priority item on each of your life projects every week, enable the Balance Life Projects checkbox in Other Settings to cause TimeTo™ to automatically maximize the priority of your most important item assigned to each Life Project that TimeTo™ notices that you haven’t completed any items for within the past week. Thus, with Balance Life Projects active, TimeTo™ will continuously encourage you to make at least some progress every seven days on each of your life’s important roles; thus balancing importance… automatically.

Day View’s schedule statistics line now reacts more immediately to changes in your information. Also fixed a rare bug that could cause TimeTo™ to crash (or show all date strings wrongly with extra numerals) when Show Schedule Statistics checked and Expected Returns Active checked and today’s schedule heavily overbooked.

Help and usability: More improvements to Help. Also, more minor tweaks to terminology. Area code table updated. A few other minor bugs remedied.

January 30, 2006 public release

Import Items now lets you choose which file to import (defaulting to import.txt) rather than only importing the file called import.txt . You can use this feature to keep standing lists of items you require for specific days (for instance, a teacher may have twenty things they do on any day they teach a certain seminar: they could put those twenty items (including start times and durations) in a file called ImportSeminarDay.txt and then import it on any day that deserves it. Other ideas: things you do the day before a trip, things you do the day before a holiday,

Importonce.txt feature: New feature added where if you place a file called ImportOnce.txt into your TimeTo folder, TimeTo™ automatically imports the file to your schedule, then deletes the file after the import is complete (the import process is otherwise identical to if you had imported the file import.txt using the existing Import Items command).You can use this feature to automatically import items from other software, by setting up that software to export to this special file name.

Export Appointments To Microsoft Outlook command modified so that appointments default to “busy” rather than “free” in the Show Time As field.

Multiple Day View Tiling changes now are immediately exhibited if you are already in Multiple Day View or My Multiple Day View.

Browse Notes Mode: Gains accelerator key combination Ctrl+N.

Calendar now shows eight weeks of dates rather than six, thus extending several weeks into the next month, to make it easier to plan ahead and especially easier to right-click drop items onto future dates when you are near the end of the current month. The dropdown calendar associated with every date field also now shows eight weeks of dates.

Earliest Begin Date: When you create a new item for Day View or a multiple day view, the Earliest Begin Date of the new item now conveniently defaults to the date of the viewed date.

Balance Day: Balance Day improved to resolve more conflicts instantly in complex situations, and to refresh schedule statistics immediately.

Projects Tree: Bug fixed where in some circumstances, such as having inserted a new item, all projects would appear expanded on the tree rather than TimeTo™ remembering which ones you had expanded and which ones not.

Recurring items now no longer show as “exception” when marked as Done.

Help and usability: More help, including a help topic on how to use TimeTo™ with all major desktop search programs. Also, more minor tweaks to terminology and to improve stability.

Charityware destination changed January 1 to Children’s International Summer Villages.

December 17, 2005 beta release

USB flash drive support improved: Support for TimeTo™ running from a USB flash drive enhanced by making TimeTo™ cleverer about automatically handling the situation where the drive letter assigned to the USB flash drive differs from machine to machine.

Wheelmouse support: TimeTo™ now supports use of a wheelmouse, so, for instance, you can now scroll up and down the list of items in a Day View or within the Notes window, using the wheel on your mouse if your mouse has one.

Modify Item: Bug fixed which was causing contention for the Alt+O keyboard shortcut between the Note button and the OK button. The Note button is now Alt+E.

Note: You can now designate the font to use for displaying and printing Notes, through the new Note Screen Font command (from Screen Fonts of Fonts Settings submenu or from the Settings menu within the Note window).

Projects Tree: Bug fixed where new items would not always immediately show up on the Projects Tree. Bug fixed where new projects did not immediately appear in alphabetical order in the Projects Tree.

Earliest Begin Date, Deadline: In item properties, if you have an Earliest Begin Date that is later than the Deadline, TimeTo now adjusts the Deadline to equal the Earliest Begin Date. Also, bug fixed which could cause you to be warned of this condition twice in succession rather than once.

Alarm: Dial Mobile, Pager or Skype: Fixed bug (introduced September 27, 2005) that caused two unnecessary OK dialog boxes to appear before proceeding with Skype dialing from the Alarm command.

Balance All Days: Unable to Schedule dialog now displays the Earliest Begin Time and Latest End Time of the item being considered for deadline extension, to help you consider whether to Edit it.

Balance All Days, Labels: Disabled functionality introduced September 2005 where items labeled with Label 7 (“special day” or “banner day”) would act like work holidays, forbidding flexible-date items from being scheduled on a day with a label 7 item, since this was confusing users and the Work Holiday Memo Item feature is a better way to achieve the same outcome.

Suggest A Feature, Request a Quote commands: Two commands added to Help menu to suggest new features or request a cost proposal for custom modifications.

About: Path and file name of current schedule file now appears in the About box. About command gains shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N in both light and pro mode.

Help and usability: More help, including a new help topic on how to use TimeTo™ for Stephen Covey enthusiasts. Minor tweaks to terminology and to improve stability.

 

November 18, 2005 public release

Launch from installer: Bug fixed which could cause a crash when the installer launched TimeTo™ with sample items (in that first session only), if you chose to view the Day View earlier than November 12, 2005 during that session. Sample items improved.

Help and usability: More help added.

 

November 16, 2005 public release

Earliest Begin Date, Deadline: In item properties, if you have an Earliest Begin Date that is later than the Deadline, TimeTo™ now warns you and then blanks the Earliest Begin Date (rather than dangerously blanking the Deadline as it did in earlier releases).

Tutorial file not found: Fixes installer bug in the November 10, 2005 release where installer will sometimes not load tutorial file (and installing this patch also remedies the problem if you have already installed that version).

Help and usability: Minor tweaks to help, terminology and to improve stability.

 

November 10, 2005 public release

Improved international support:

  • Skype and Set Address Book commands will now work properly when TimeTo™ is installed on non-English versions of Windows.
  • Throughout TimeTo™, dollars are no longer the assumed currency.

Toolbar: Added a Balance Today button, to the left of the Balance All Days button. Added a New Item button.

Date fields: Users who have their Windows date format set to a format where the year comes first no longer have to type the year: TimeTo™ will assume the current year if just the month and date are typed in Date fields (just as TimeTo™ has done for other date formats up until now).

Export Appointments to Microsoft Outlook: Export today’s non-recurring appointments, or all non-recurring appointments from a range of days of your choice, by choosing the new Export Appointments To Microsoft Outlook commands (from the Export As Text submenu on the File menu).

Import Items, Export As Text, View Export.txt: Interface messages improved and dialogs added to make the processes clearer. Bug fixed that would sometimes have import.txt and/or export.txt not sought, created, or displayed in correct folder if TimeTo™ not installed in a typical folder.

Sample and lesson items, Delete Sample & Lesson Items command:Sample and lesson items can now be labeled with square brackets (for instance, [sample] ) instead of curly brackets. The square brackets are now our preference because the curly brackets had the possibility in some rare cases to interfere with variables (since variables are always in curly brackets).

Special Day items: Modification made so that special day items loaded during installation as part of the sample data can be either recurring or non-recurring on set future dates. Many special days added to the sample data (they are only samples: so many special days from many cultures and countries are absent. We bias towards the regions where our users tend to reside, and intend to add more based upon suggestions from users).

Load TimeTo Tutorial command: This new command (on the Help menu) adds a series of one-a-day TimeTo tutorial lessons to your schedule, starting on today’s date. They can be removed with the new Delete Sample & Lesson Items command (from the Edit menu).

Delete Sample & Lesson Items command: This command is now always on the Edit menu. It will delete all items whose titles begin with “[sample” or “[lesson”, to work in conjunction with the new installer which will optionally load sample items into new schedules, and the new Load TimeTo Tutorial command. Thus, this command allows you to delete all the sample and lesson items once you are done with them, while leaving the rest of your schedule intact. Existing users unfortunately cannot retroactively load the sample items into their schedules, however if you wish you can install TimeTo™ in a separate folder just to experience the samples. Bug fixed in installer that would cause sample information to often not load.

Delete [Special Day] Items command: This new command on the Edit menu deletes all items whose titles start with “[special day]”. Such items are now added when you choose to install sample information while installing TimeTo™.

Day View/Multiple Day View: Now possible to turn off the appearance of the Batting Order (the 1, 2, and 3 next to the titles of the next three startable items). (For instructions on how, please refer to the Day View help topic).

Cut, Copy, Paste: Further refinements made so that you can cut and past items within and between schedules (including their start time) and yet also Paste into text fields.

Projects View: Choosing the Today command (or Today button) when in Projects View now switches you from Projects View to Day View.

Projects Tree: Edit menu (and all its commands) no longer available when in Projects Tree, since it was too confusing that when choosing to modify an item you were editing the item selected in your most recent view rather than the one highlighted in the Projects Tree.

Duplicate Selected Item: In day or multiple day views, if the item selected for duplicating is an instance of a recurring item (or an exception instance of a recurring item), TimeTo™ now offers you the choice of inserting a single new item or inserting a new set of recurring items.

Alarms can now cause a Skype call: The Also Dial option in the Alarm button in item properties now will dial Skype instead of your modem if the number you provide is a Skype or SkypeOut number.

Alarms: Alarm messages clarified.

Hide Until Startable: Hide Until Startable checkbox moved from Recurring properties window to main properties window, so that the checkbox is available for non-recurring items as well.

Start: Fixed bug that could cause a flexible-date item on an overbooked schedule to wrongly move to the next day when started.

Offer To Clone When Done: Bug fixed where a cloned flexible date item wrongly would yield a new item with a Set Date instead of a flexible date.

Next Day, Previous Day: + and – accelerator keys enabled for Next Day and Previous Day commands respectively.

Lighten Load: Lighten Load command split into two sub-commands, so you can now Lighten Load biasing towards either Priority (pushing items away that are of the least important Priority) or Urgency (pushing items away whose Deadline is blank or furthest away).

Balance All Days, Holiday Memo Items, Keep Clear Dates: Any day that contains a holiday memo item (now called a Work Holiday Memo Item) or an item of Label 7 (the “banner day” label) is now automatically a Keep Clear day (which means that Balance All Days won’t try to schedule flexible-date items on that date). This makes it easy to set up recurring Keep Clear days and as many Keep Clear days as you’d like, in addition to those set in Balance Settings.

Balance All Days: Bug fixed where if an item was marked Done during the Balancing All Days process, it could sometimes get left on a future day rather than moved to today, which in turn would cause it wrongly to still be a candidate for Balance All Days in the future.

Stopwatch: Redesigned, with cleverer controls.

Countdown Timer: Alarm that sounds when countdown completes now repeats unless Suppress Alarm Repeats checked in Other Settings. Dialog box redesigned with cleverer controls.

Add A Schedule to Multiusers Menu: Command to add a schedule of another user to Multiusers menu now on Multiusers menu. Open Schedule command on File menu eliminated.

Light Mode / Pro Mode: Screen refresh lag when switching modes eliminated.

Time Zones Settings, World Clocks: TimeTo™ now ships with 30 customizable time zones (compared to the previous 21). (This only applies automatically to new installations: if you have an existing installation and wish to increase you time zones to 30, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the new Time Zones Settings help topic.) Bug fixed that would cause the World Clocks/Stock Ticker to flicker each time they were refreshed for some users (bug introduced in August 19/2005 release).

Default colors and fonts altered to better accommodate users with color deficiencies (this change affects new users only since existing users will have already potentially set their colors).

Other Settings: Hide Gaps Of Less Than x Minutes: Field added to let you set whatever number minutes you’d like (up to 999), rather than be limited to only 5 minutes.

Other Settings: Show Which Week of Year setting now in Day/Multiple Day View section of Other Settings.

Order TimeTo Licenses Online command: There are now two commands for ordering TimeTo™, one for online and the other for mail or fax. The new one uses a secure Web-based online order form instead of depending upon your e-mail program (which was unreliable for some users, due to their security infrastructures).

Check for TimeTo Updates: Fixed intermittent unreliability of this command.

Attend a Seminar command: This new command (on the Help menu) brings you to registration information about David Berman’s priority management seminars, including discounts for registered TimeTo™ users.

Help and usability: Help system continues to near being complete. Many further tweaks made to command names (including the Print Appointment Calendars submenu) and the To Do List becoming Print Day View, language and screen appearance to make things clearer and more consistent. Context-sensitive help begins to appear. A few other minor bugs remedied.

 

September 4, 2005 public release

Dial command, Skype support: You can now make Skype (and SkypeOut) calls from the Dial command in TimeTo™, thus autodialing anywhere in the World over the Internet, potentially for free. Dial window redesigned to accommodate longer Dialing Settings prefixes. Dial replaces Address Book on the toolbar.

Metric sizes in Page Setup, more day planner formats: Added full support for Metric paper sizes (A4, A5) to the Page Setup choices. Also added 8 popular Metric day planner formats (please tell us if there are any more Imperial or Metric day planner formats that you’d like to see added).

Print Projects List: Removed internal TimeTo™ numbers from printout content, to simplify.

Drag & drop triggers: When you drag and drop a file onto a view to automatically add a trigger to the highlighted item, you can now see the resulting trigger immediately in the item title.

Cut, Copy, Paste items: You can now copy the title of a highlighted item from any view and paste the title anywhere you’d like by highlighting the item, choosing the Copy command, then choosing the Paste command. If you choose Cut, then the item is deleted (as if you had used the Delete command) however the title ends up in the Clipboard for potential future pasting.

Undelete: The Undelete command now has a hotkey: Ctrl+Shift+Z.

Cancel command: This new command (on the Advanced Timekeeping menu in pro mode) marks an item as Done with zero duration (or its elapsed duration if it had been started) and prefixes “Cancelled: ” on the title.

Calendar: Bug fixed which was causing the pop-up calendar setting of docked vs. floating to sometimes be forgotten from session to session, and the corresponding menu indicator to sometimes be inaccurate.

New Item Preferences: Simplified window by removing title, rank and recurring objects, since they cannot be preset to a default and thus the presence of the objects were misleading.

Note: File name of text file that holds the notes now appears in the caption of the Note editing window, so you know where to look for it if you wish to access the file directly from your Notes folder.

Item Properties: Non-memo items with durations of zero minutes now show zero in the Duration field rather than “memo”. All fields in item properties now have a unique hotkey.

Hope command: No longer switches to Memo command for memo items.

Projects Tree: Moved to View menu. Hotkey Ctrl+T enabled (Date & Time Stamp now has hotkey Shift+Ctrl+T). Bug fixed that would sometimes cause crash when adding New Item while viewing Projects Tree.

Balance All Days: Progress percentage indicator now always visible during Balance All Days. Balance All Days conflict window redesigned, including now showing entire item title.

Balance All Days, Balance Day: Bug fixed that could cause Balance All Days and Balance Day commands to not launch upon your request the first time you had launched TimeTo™ on a given day. Bug fixed that sometimes stopped these features from running because TimeTo™ wrongly thought that it was still busy announcing reminder days-ahead alarms.

Shorter Duration: If the Duration is less than five minutes and greater than zero, choosing Shorter Duration to reduce the duration by 5 minutes now changes the duration to zero rather than staying at the present value.

Done For Now And Finish Later, Record Failed Attempt: These two commands now can be used in Hide Done Items mode. Removed trailing ampersand in Done For Now And Finish Later, since the ampersand was disrupting triggers.

Start: Bug fixed where flexible-items on a day other than today could be started and would not necessarily move to today: fixed by now only allowing items with set start times to be started on a day other than today.

Expected Returns Active: Opportunity Costs Active setting renamed “Expected Returns Active”, for greater clarity.

View Export File: TimeTo™ will now use your preferred application associated with .txt files in Windows to display the export file, rather than forcing the use of Microsoft’s Notepad.

Date fields: Every date field in TimeTo™ now includes a pulldown calendar to help you choose dates.

Technical Support command: The command now offers to launch an e-mail to TimeTo™ technical support for you.

Visit TimeTo Online Forum command: This new command takes you to the TimeTo Users Yahoo group.

Visit www.timeto.org command: This new command takes you to the TimeTo Web presence.

Check for TimeTo Updaters command: This new command takes you to the updaters page on the TimeTo Web site.

Subscribe to TimeTo bulletins command: This new command lets you subscribe to the TimeTo updaters e-mail bulletins.

Order Licenses form: Made clearer, explains that credit card numbers will be encrypted before transmission, explains PayPal option, now includes link to PayPal payment.

Help and usability: Help system continues to make substantial strides towards being complete. Many further small tweaks made to command names, language and screen appearance to make things clearer and more consistent.

 

August 19, 2005 public release

Flash drive use: Increased portability of Palm conduit for users running TimeTo™ entirely from a flash memory drive.

Day View/Multiple Day Views:

  • New setting in Other Settings allows you choose to show the end time (in addition to the begin time) of all gaps.
  • Expected Return statistics added to statistics at top of view.
  • Expected Return/Hour color rectangle logic changed to ensure that very low values are visible while broadening the range of colors used for higher values, and changed to green from red, to better reflect the concept of opportunity.
  • Use More Vertical Space As Duration Rises setting (in Other Settings) now results in a more prominent difference in item heights than in previous releases.

New Memo Item: Added an Underscored checkbox, similar in functionality to the Underscored checkbox in the New Item command.

Item Properties: Priority field: Fix to the known bug where under some conditions the Priority field on the Item screen was wrongly not always accepting all letters of the alphabet as it should, and the drop down control would not drop. Now you can enter Priorities from A through Z or blank by either typing or using the pulldown list. (If you have not yet installed this update, there is a simple workaround that you can use with previous releases: if you find you cannot type the letter you wish, simply press Shift+Tab, then Tab, and you’ll find you will now indeed be able to type the letter you wish.)

Item Properties: Rank: 4-digit ranks now supported.

Item Properties: After Hours: Non-work Hours renamed “After Hours” for clarity, and interface tweaked to be clearer.

Item Properties: Expected Return: Opportunity Cost/Day field replaced with Expected Return field and calculations refined.

Recurring Dialog: “31” button on date of month picker replaced with “last” button as if selected the item will recur on the last day of the month, no matter how many days in the month.

Started Items: Changed indicator of start from “:01/:30″ to “:01<:30″ to differentiate from split items which also uses the slash character.

Interrupt command: Re-designed to be clearer.

Balance All Days:

  • Bug fixed that was affecting Balance All Days ability to always properly sort priorities.
  • Bug fixed in Balancing All Days where, when interacting with Balance All Days dialog box and choosing to type a new Deadline earlier than the suggested new Deadline, TimeTo™ could sometimes wrongly deny this by wrongly claiming that the new Deadline was later than the existing Earliest Begin Date.
  • Change to behavior of Skip Rest of Items button: Skip Rest of Items now spins through rest of list, resulting in the benefit of remaining unscheduled items not being arbitrarily placed.
  • The warning which appears when you choose to Extend Deadline for an item when Balance All Days tells you it won’t fit in your schedule will now only warn if you are extending the date by at least a month (rather than at present warning you when you are extending the date by at least a week).
  • Balance All Days progress indicator now more verbose.

Color and Label Settings windows redesigned and refined to be clearer.Redundant “normal” color setting on Label Settings window removed. Default labels now clearer (e.g., “normal” -> “none”, “special” -> “special day” (applies to new installations only).

North American area codes list updated to reflect some recent changes in area code designations.

About Box: added grace period counter/indication that user is registered.

Help and usability: Help system continues to make substantial strides towards being complete. Hotkeys added to most menu commands that did not yet have them. Elsewhere, many further small tweaks made to language to make things clearer.

July 22, 2005 public release

Autoexec/exec launching: Logic substantially improved to allow launching of programs and multiple filenames with embedded spaces and/or long filenames, as well as generally cleverer parsing of what you intended in terms of naming the program and/or file(s) to be launched. Clearer error messages explaining what has gone wrong when launches don’t work. “exec” renamed “st@rt” and autoexec renamed “st@rtyes”, for clarity (old terms still work, for backward compatibility).

Zoom In, Zoom Out buttons gain Ctrl and Shift options: The button bar’s Zoom In and Zoom Out keys can now be pressed in conjunction with the Ctrl and Shift keys. To adjust day/multiple day views headings, hold the Control key while clicking on the Zoom In or Zoom Out icon. To adjust day/multiple day view item begin times (for those without Set Start Times), hold down the Shift key while clicking on the Zoom In or Zoom Out icon. (All of these settings are equivalent to the Size settings available in Settings > Fonts Settings > Screen.)

Balance All Days: Balance All Days routine substantially improved. As well, a bug has been fixed that could occur if clicking the Delete button while Editing an Item during Balance All Days. Bug fixed that was wrongly causing the same item to potentially appear repeatedly while balancing all days.

Other Settings: Chime At Top of Hour: The chime sound plays now when you check or uncheck this checkbox, so you’ll know what sound to expect.

Other Settings: TimeTo™.log setting:Added “Write Activity To TimeTo.log File” setting to Other Settings to disable the diagnostic TimeTo.log (this log file was developed for diagnostic purposes, but some users found it uncomfortably large, so it now it defaults to off, with the option now to switch it on).

Help and usability: Our admittedly weak Help file continues to move towards our intention of being substantial and complete. Elsewhere in the program, more small tweaks made to language to make things clearer.

Order form: Improved to reflect our clarified pricing, sales tax, and charitable policy.

Installer: Fixed bug where default gapfillers list not always installed.

Custom programming now available: You now have the option of having us add features upon request on a custom fixed-quote basis, and if they are features we feel many users will find valuable we will subsidize their development.

 

 

January 19, 2005 public release

Welcome Screen: Welcome screen load time shortened.

Carry TimeTo™ on a USB memory drive: You can now carry both the TimeTo™ software and your data on a USB drive, thus being able to carry your TimeTo™ with you and access it from any Windows computer with a USB port.

Day and Multiple Day Views: New setting added to Other Settings allowing user to designate whether entering a new item on a day other than the one currently being viewed will cause the view to move to that day.

Alarm: TimeTo™ will now remind you to set an Alarm for items that have a Set Start Time but no alarm.

Autoexec, exec macros: TimeTo™ will now launch more than one file at once if both files do not have any spaces and you separate them with a comma.

Hide Done Items: Bug fixed where Hide Done Items state would be inaccurately reported.

Balance All Days: Added warning message if you extend the date of an item during Balance All Days by more than a week. Fixed bug which could occasionally cause the “Error: while check integrity…” message to appear unnecessarily during Balance All Days. Clicking Close box in upper right corner is now equivalent to clicking Skip Rest button.

Lighten Load: Logic improved so that TimeTo™ biases toward choosing items that have no deadline first, and then items whose deadline is as far away as possible.

June 2, 2004 public release

Color scheme improved to be more accessible to visually-impaired people.

Delete Item with Notes now yields warning: If you try to delete an item that has notes, added warning dialog: “The item you are about to delete has these Notes attached to it: “xxx”, which will be deleted also. Are you sure you want to delete the item and its notes?”

Items can now be started even if they are not on today’s schedule: It used to be that if you tried to use the Start command (from the Edit menu) on an item that is not on today’s schedule, you got a message saying “only items from today can be started “. Now, if you launch an item that is not on today’s schedule, the item is automatically moved to today’s schedule and is started. If you start an item that is not today, it’s agent launches just like it would if it was on today, and the item and focus gets moved to today, as it had been been scheduled on today’s date.

Flexible-dated items now land more conveniently: When you create a new flexible-item today, or change the deadline of an existing flexibly-dated item, and today’s schedule already has conflicting total time, TimeTo™ will now conveniently put the item on tomorrow’s list or another future day (within the parameters of its deadline).

Notes gain Select All command: Added Select All (Ctrl+A) command to the Edit menu when using Notes.

Recurring Item clarification: We fixed a mislabeled radio button on Edit Item window where “Delete All Instances” should have read “Delete This Instance”.

 

February 13, 2004 release

Day View clearer: The legend of information at the top of each view is improved and clearer. Flexible-dated items that are due today now show as black, just like fixed-date items do, so it is clear what is due today. You can still tell at a glance which items are flexible, as the flexible items say “(flexible due today)” after their title on the list.

New Item: If you create or move a flexibly-dated item, it is now placed on a future day within its date range if the current day is already overbooked, rather than always being placed on the current day.

Calendar: Bug fixed where in the final week of the calendar year, Calendar would sometimes wrongly default on launch to December of the following year rather of the present year.

Other Settings: Hide Done Items: A bug was fixed where this setting would spontaneously no longer stick.

 

November 19, 2003 release

Balance All Days:

  • Balance All Days feature has a substantially improved dialog when reporting conflicts and what choices you have, and has also been reworded completely to make its use far clearer. The dialog now offers a Change Deadline To field with a suggested date for a deadline date extension which you can edit or accept as suggested by clicking the Change Deadline button. We have also added an Edit Item button, so you can instead choose to fully edit the item that is conflicting. You can also choose to Delete Item or Done Item (to mark it as done). You can also choose to Skip All Other Items (which is equivalent to pressing Cancel in the old interface).
  • Each time you choose to Skip an Item (i.e. ignore the advice to extend its date, TimeTo™ now automatically increases its Priority by one unit (e.g., from B3 to B2) thus reducing the chance for a conflict in the future. Since two items cannot have the same priority, whatever was B2 before now becomes B3.
  • You are now returned to viewing the same day as you were viewing when the Balance All Days feature was launched (in the past, you would sometimes end up on the last day processed by the routine).

Schedule View date headings: Date formats have been tidied up in various date formats to be formatted more pleasingly.

New item time conflict dialog: When you save a new item and it conflicts with an existing item, the dialog now tells you the time range of the conflicting item.

Variables (previously known as “macros”):

  • “Macros” have been renamed “variables”, to clarify what they do.
  • Various bugs in the date variables have been fixed that were previously causing them to disappear from the item title or not work properly.
  • A new variable has been added called {origin monthyear} which displays month and year in this format: “Sep 2002″
  • The variable called “origin day” has been renamed “origin dayofweek” to make it clearer (“origin day” still works too, for backward compatibility)

Various other improvements have been made to dialog boxes and wording throughout the program, and to the Help.

September 24, 2003 release

Password Login: Made clearer, buttons simplified, better error handling.

Item Titles:

  • You now get a warning if you try to make a title too long (more than 1,000 character limit), including when you paste text into the title, to avoid accidentally not realizing that the title got truncated.
  • Leading spaces in titles are now automatically trimmed, thus making sure that leading spaces don’t cause such items to get sorted at the top of alphabetical lists.
  • Trailing carriage returns at the end of titles are now automatically removed, thus avoiding seeing the “…” in a title when viewed on a schedule which would mislead you into thinking there is more text to be viewed when in fact there is not.
  • Various other improvements have been made to dialog boxes and wording throughout the program, and to the Help.

Viewing Schedules: Items that are fluid yet are due today now show in black just like items due today, so that you can at a glance differentiate the must-get-dones from the plan-to-get-dones (you can still tell them apart, because the fluid items are followed by the phrase “[due today]”).

How Months appear in dates improved: Main heading dates on Schedule Views, macros, and various dialog boxes now present the month in letters rather than as a number, thus eliminating ambiguity between, for instance 1/2/03 and 2/1/03, and also making it more obvious when you’ve accidentally navigated to the wrong day.

Balance All Days minutes settings: In Other Settings, you can now specify how many minutes between automatic balancing of all days.

Throughout: We reworked every dialog and error message in the program, to increase clarity and consistency, and thus improve ease of use.


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