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What's New in Personal Timeclock™

Note: Each version includes all of the features of the earlier versions.
If you are upgrading from version 4.3 or earlier, read these notes about how to upgrade to the current version.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.7

  • This release fixes a problem that would have stopped the programs from working after January 18, 2038. (What a relief to get that one fixed in time.)

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.6

  • Editing a saved memo is now more intuitive.
  • When you exit from PTC while checked into a project, you will now see a warning screen. This is to prevent new users from clicking the X box to get the window out of the way--without realizing that doing so shuts the timeclock down altogether.
  • There is a new format for Hours (session durations) in the Reporter: HHH.HH (hours and hundredths of an hour).
  • The limit on the number of hours that can be totalled from sessions on reports has been increased from about 600,000 to about 2,000,000,000 hours.
  • Scrolling has been fixed for huge detail reports (more than about 60,000 entries).
  • Maximize buttons have been added to the report screens.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.5

  • When entering dates into both the Timeclock and the Reporter, omitting the year will cause the current year to be used.
  • Both programs now behave better on computers with more than one monitor.
  • You can now specify that Personal Timeclock read only the times for the current day from the log file when it starts up.
  • Projects can now have any number of saved memos, and you can choose from these (or enter a new memo) when checking in.
  • The Offline Checkin/Checkout dialog will default to the same date you used previously, making it easier to enter several sessions for the same day.
  • There is a new format for session durations in the Reporter: HHH.HH (hours and hundredths).

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.4

  • In a modification required for Windows Vista, data files are now stored in the My Documents folder (Documents on Vista) rather than the folder in which the programs are installed. Here are instructions on how to upgrade from Personal Timeclock v4.3 or earlier.
  • The "classic" help file is no longer available because WinHelp is not supported by Vista. (The modern help file is better anyway.)

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.3

NOTES: If you are using Personal Timeclock 4.2 or earlier, your saved report settings will be deleted when you upgrade to 4.3. Before upgrading, write down the settings of all of your saved reports so you will be able to recreate them after upgrading!

The log file format in version 4.3 has changed: an hourly rate now appears between the project and the memo. If you regularly import your log files into other applications, you should be aware of this change.

  • There is a new function that automatically backs up your log file (added to version 4.3a).
  • The help file has been completely revised, has a new expanded index, and includes many new screen images with graphic step-by-step instructions and tips. A PDF version of the help file is now available for those who prefer a printed manual to online help. And there is now an HTML version of the help file for those who prefer the newer HTML help style (with the attached table of contents) over the classic Windows help style.
  • You can now specify whether or not to ask for a memo on each individual project and category.
  • Each project and category can have an hourly rate assigned to it.
  • You can now enter either a checkout time or a duration in the Offline Checkin screen.
  • The Add/delete/change Categories and Projects screen, and the Hide/Show Projects screen can now be used even when you're checked into a project.
  • You can now hide and show projects from the Add/delete/change Categories and Projects screen.
  • Memos are now remembered for each individual project.
  • A new menu entry, Reload project list, rereads the project list. This is useful in multi-user environments after someone has modified the list.
  • When entering a memo or a note, you can now choose whether the Enter key starts a new line in the memo or closes the screen.
  • The time of day in reports can now be shown with or without seconds.
  • Detail reports can now show the rate for a session and the amount (rate times duration).
  • Summary reports can now show the total amount and average rate.
  • You can now select entries to be included on a report by rate and amount in addition to hours (duration), and you can create more sophisticated selection criteria.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.2

  • Memos can now be multi-line.
  • The Hide/Show Projects dialog allows you to select multiple categories and projects and hide or show them all at once.
  • You can easily check into hidden projects, or projects in hidden categories; you can also easily create and check into temporary categories and projects.
  • When you try to check out earlier than you checked in, you have more choices for dealing with the old session.
  • You can set environment variables to customize the window title, and to specify the project and log files.
  • The Change Projects dialog now lets you copy all the projects in one category to another category.
  • When adding a new project, you can automatically add it to all categories.
  • The Reporter has a new Batch capability that lets you run several predefined reports at once.
  • A new command line option can be used to automatically create a report when the Reporter starts.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.1

  • The Adjust Checkin/Checkout feature is now easier to use.
  • You can now choose whether or not summary reports are broken down by category.
  • You can now use the Shift and Ctrl keys to help select categories and projects to include on a report.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 4.0

  • The product is now called Personal Timeclock.
  • It is now much easier to download and install updates to new revisions from the Internet.
  • You can now display your categories and projects using more than one row.
  • You can set up a hot key to quickly access Personal Timeclock.
  • You can now choose between military and AM/PM time formats.
  • If you try to adjust the check-out time of a session before the check-in time, you now have the option of discarding the original check in altogether.
  • The Adjust Checkin/Checkout feature now lets you specify a particular time of day in addition to how many minutes ago.
  • You can specify which day weekly reports should begin with.
  • Durations on reports can now be rounded to any increment you choose (e.g. nearest 15 minutes).
  • When exporting report data to a file, the duration is now written in the same format as on the report.
  • On reports with subtotals, the descriptive subtitle is now optional.
  • You can now choose whether or not to count notes as sessions on reports.
  • You can set a preference for AM/PM or military time, but you can change the setting on each individual report.
  • The preference of printing a grand total on detail reports with subtotals can now be changed on each individual report.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 3.3

  • When a category contains more projects than will fit in the window, scroll bars now appear so that you can access all of the projects.
  • There is now an option to exit the program when you check into a project. This is useful if your work requires you to restart your computer often.
  • New command line options to force a particular log file, project file, window title, or to define environment variables. These options are useful when several people need to use Personal Timeclock on the same computer.
  • You can now choose whether or not to check out when Personal Timeclock exits.
  • You can now use a saved report by just double-clicking on its name.

What's New in Personal Timeclock 3.0

  • The new Security Editor allows you to disable features of Personal Timeclock that are not appropriate when you want to keep track of your employees' time. For example, you can prevent an employee who arrives late from adjusting his checkin time to make it appear that he was on time, or from editing the log file to change previous entries.
  • Memos may now be much longer (up to 1000 characters).
  • In Detail reports, long memos are displayed on as many lines as needed rather than being truncated to the column width.
  • You can now enter a memo when checking out of a project with CrashGuard.
  • You can enter a note for a project without having to check into it.
  • There is a new Restore menu entry to simplify restoring a log file you previously backed up.
  • The Personal Timeclock icon can now be put in the system tray instead of taking space on the taskbar. Move the mouse over the icon to see what project you're checked into.
  • You can now set a reminder to ask whether you're still idle after a given interval.
  • Reports can now be exported directly to tab-delimited text files, which simplifies importing them into spreadsheets, databases and other applications.
  • When entering multi-line report titles, you no longer have to hold the Ctrl key down while pressing Enter.

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