What's New

Version 2.43

17th October 2016

This version rolls back the new swipe implementation using the new macOS navigation controller.

There appear to be UI problems on El Capitan and potential crashes when people use keyboard navigation really, really fast.I knew it was a big underlying change with plenty of risks, but I felt confident that I had tested it sufficiently and it is essential for moving the tool forward. I guess I am not a fast enough swiper.. Sorry guys!

Version 2.42

17th October 2016

This release fixes hot key functionality that we broke during the previous release's extensive refactoring. Sorry!

Version 2.41

12th October 2016

This release features a completely re-implemented navigation through the workflow using modern macOS technologies.

After we were concentrating on other products over the summer, Vitamin-R development is now once again fully under way!

Version 2.40

26th April 2016

The new version fixes a bug that could cause the main menu not to appear properly on some systems.

Version 2.39

8th March 2016

This latest release adds the experimental ability to execute AppleScripts at certain points to facilitate the integration with other tools.

Full documentation is available in the Help Book and by using the associated ? button in the Integrations tab of the Preferences.

Version 2.38

17th February 2016

This is the first time that we ship Swift code in a production version of any of our tools.

We also make a few minor UI tweaks.

Version 2.37

2nd February 2016

This release fixes a software update vulnerability in the Sparkle framework that was exposed on the 29th of January.

Version 2.36

28th December 2015

The new version delivers minor bug fixes.

Version 2.35

24th November 2015

The new version features an improved mailing list opt-in interface and is the first to be built with our new in-housecomponent framework.

Version 2.33

28th October 2015

This new version fixes a crash-upon-start issue with 2.33. Sorry!

Version 2.33

28th October 2015

This new version fixes an auto-update bug on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Version 2.32

24th September 2015

This new version is built with Xcode 7 and updates the Mac App Store receipt checking.

Version 2.31

2nd September 2015

The new version fixes a startup bug affecting some users.

Version 2.30

26th August 2015

The new version provides improved Mac OS 10.11 compatibility.

Version 2.29

6th August 2015

The new version improves the installation experience.

Version 2.28

21st July 2015

The new release allows for default time slice and break duration of up to 60 minutes

Version 2.27

7th July 2015

The new release avoids accidental termination of the program during time slices or timed breaks.

Version 2.26

16th June 2015

The new release adds wider support for speech tags in the notification system.

Version 2.25

12 May 2015

The new release adds support for the iPad version of Vitamin-R for iOS.

Version 2.24

14th April 2015

The new release delivers a number of bug fixes:

  • fixes a bug that would cause negative time slice durations to be reported
  • fixes a bug that could cause corrupted log files to crash the application

Version 2.23

3rd March 2015

Delivers a minor bug fix.

Version 2.22

20th January 2015

This version now analyzes the custom speech notification messages to choose an appropriate voice for English ornon-English languages.

Version 2.21

5th January 2015

The new version fixes a problem where the text to speech featurewould use international voices to speak English text.

This release requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Version 2.20

9th December 2014

This releaserequires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

We took the unusual step of requiring the latest version of Mac OS Xso early in its life cycle because previous versions of Vitamin-R madeheavy use of custom drawing and much of its aesthetics clashed with thenew "flatter" Yosemite look & feel.

Custom drawing also comes with a cost in terms of development andmaintenance effort, effort that is often better spent on featuredevelopment. Previous versions of Mac OS X did not offer any standardcontrols that were suitable for a HUD-style application such asVitamin-R, but Yosemite adds its own "vibrant dark" materialand controls, which provide a more unified user interface experience, soI am keen to adopt this as early as possible.

Users of older Mac OS X versions, can obviously still download, useor purchase earlier versions.

  • adopts new Mac OS X 10.10 vibrant dark material throughout
  • re-designed Now & Later Board
  • adopts Mac OS X 10.10 only technologies
  • compatible with dark mode menu bar
  • re-written popup-window location code for better multiple monitorsupport
  • new application icon
  • new installer background
  • new icons throughout the application
  • adopted new Helvetica Neue system font
  • removed BGHUDAppKit dependency
  • minor bug fixes

Version 2.20 beta 2

18th November 2014

This releaserequires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

In this second beta for the new Yosemite look & feel, we havefixed a number of minor bugs introduced in the previous version.

Version 2.20 beta 1

31st October 2014

This is the first release thatrequires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

We took the unusual step of requiring the latest version of Mac OS Xso early in its life cycle because previous versions of Vitamin-R madeheavy use of custom drawing and much of its aesthetics clashed with thenew "flatter" Yosemite look & feel.

Custom drawing also comes with a cost in terms of development andmaintenance effort, effort that is often better spent on featuredevelopment. Previous versions of Mac OS X did not offer any standardcontrols that were suitable for a HUD-style application such asVitamin-R, but Yosemite adds its own "vibrant dark" materialand controls, which provide a more unified user interface experience, soI am keen to adopt this as early as possible.

Users of older Mac OS X versions, can obviously still download, useor purchase earlier versions.

  • adopts new Mac OS X 10.10 vibrant dark material throughout
  • re-designed Now & Later Board
  • adopts Mac OS X 10.10 only technologies
  • compatible with dark mode menu bar
  • re-written popup-window location code for better multiple monitorsupport
  • new application icon
  • new installer background
  • new icons throughout the application
  • adopted new Helvetica Neue system font
  • removed BGHUDAppKit dependency
  • minor bug fixes

Version 2.19

13th August 2014

This release fixes:

  • a cosmetic bug where on some Macs a random character would bedisplayed after some button titles
  • a potential international date formatting bug

Version 2.18

5th August 2014

This release fixes a sorting bug in the Log Book.

Version 2.17

31st July 2014

This release fixes a minor menu bug.

Version 2.16

30th July 2014

This release fixes a Mavericks bug that could make Vitamin-R's menubar disappear.

Version 2.15

29th July 2014

This new version requiresMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

This release lays the groundwork for the upcoming Mac-to-iPhone syncfeature and fixes a minor bug.

Version 2.14

12th June 2014

This new version requiresMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

This release includes a number of bug fixes and minorimprovements:

  • fixes a bug that could cause spoken notifications to be spokenseveral times
  • fixes a potential timing bug
  • makes improvements to energy efficiency
  • adds menu links to Vitamin-R for iPhone
  • inserts a dismissable workflow step about Vitamin-R to iPhone
  • updates OmniFocus 2 integration and makes it clear that theautomatic ticking of completed items will only work with OmniFocus 2Pro, as the OmniGroup has removed AppleScript support from the baseversion.

Version 2.13

13th May 2014

This new version requiresMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

This release adds support for Mac OS XReminders. You can now select reminders that are overdue by lessthan 24 hours or are due within the next 24 hours.

They appear in the "Target" popup menu in the "DefineObjective" step. Selecting them will insert their description asyour current objective.

Reminders are great because they can be captured on any Mac OS X oriOS device and are synchronized to all your devices automatically. Youcan use them to create a working set of objectives for your day byscheduling them as being due for today.

This current version does not yet mark your Reminders as completewhen you finish working on your time slice. We are working on this andwe should be able to ship this feature in the near future.

Version 2.12

7th April 2014

This new version requiresMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

This release implements a set of new experimental behaviours designedto make it harder to just "forget" about Vitamin-R.

"Behaviours" were originally scheduled to be released withversion 2.0 and allow Vitamin-R to provide situation-aware guidancebased on the time of the day, the day of the week, which programs arerunning, keywords in your objectives, previous concentration levels,etc. While such a feature is potentially of great benefit, it also runsa high risk of being annoying if not done right. The line betweenhelpful and obnoxious is very thin and we decided on a more progressiveand experimental roll-out.

In this first stage, the behaviours are limited to popping upunobstrusive reminders when you appear to have forgotten all aboutVitamin-R and it is quite easy to completely miss their existence.

Just in case, the reminders do start to annoy you, you can easilyswitch them off in the preferences. Please also do let us know atreiff@publicspace.net. Wealways appreciate your feedback.

Version 2.11

25th March 2014

This new version requiresMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

This release replaces our custom notifications with Mac OS X nativenotifications.

Version 2.10

28th February 2014

This release fixes a number of issues introduced through themigration to the modern ARC architecture.

Version 2.09

26th February 2014

This release fixes a problem with the notification preferencespane.

Version 2.08

11th February 2014

This new version is the first to requireMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

It fixes a rare bug with the Calendar integration that would causeslow performance for users with a lot of repeating events.

Version 2.07

21st January 2014

The new version moves to the new Automatic Reference Counting memoryarchitecture.

Version 2.06

24th October 2013

The new version addresses an issue on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericksinstallations with multiple displays.

Version 2.05

22nd October 2013

The new version delivers improved support for Mac OS X 10.9Mavericks.

Version 2.04

9th September 2013

The new version delivers support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericksmulti-screen setups.

You can now use re-dock the Vitamin-R popup window to the menu bar oneither monitor by clicking its icon.

Version 2.03

23rd July 2013

The new version ensures that visual notifications are transparent tomouse clicks.

Version 2.02

25th June 2013

The new version handles the addition or removal of external displaysmore gracefully, preventing the pop over window from becomingdisconnected from the menu bar icon.

Version 2.01

18th June 2013

This release makes it easier to join our newopt-in mailing list.

Version 2.0

4th June 2013

We are excited to announce that Version 2 of Vitamin-R is nowavailable.

Version 2 is a paid upgrade, find out more on thebrand-new websiteor check up your discountedupgrading options.

Version 1.97

24th April 2013

This version delivers compatibility with Things 2.2.

Version 1.96

9th April 2013

This version fixes two minor bugs:

Several users on Mac OS X 10.8.3 have reported crashes with"data detectors" switched on in the "Now & LaterBoard". This is a Mac OS X problem that we can't do anything about,so as data detectors are a very minor feature they are now switched offby default for new users.

If you experience crashes under 10.8.3, you can switch off datadetectors in the "Now & Later Board" tab of the"Preferences..." pane.

This version also fixes a problem with the <Minute...> tags inthe speech notifications.

Version 1.95

19th February 2013

This version fixes the order in which entries appear in the LogBook.

Version 1.94

31st January 2013

This version adds support for theMindWaveMobile brain-computer interface headset.

Version 1.93

8th January 2013

This version fixes a rare startup bug related to third party diskdrives.

Version 1.92

4th December 2012

This version fixes a few UI quirks.

Version 1.91

16th November 2012

This version fixes a workflow bug.

Version 1.90

24th October 2012

This version makes a number of minor bug fixes.

Version 1.89

25th September 2012

This version provides in-line search for the Now & Later Boardand fixes a minor bug.

Version 1.88

22nd August 2012

This version improves integration with the Mac App Store version.

If you have downloaded version 1.87 during the two hours it was up,please update to this version in order to unlock your applicationcorrectly.

Version 1.87

22nd August 2012

This version improves integration with the Mac App Store version.

Version 1.86

30th July 2012

This version makes a few minor improvements, including experimentalsupport for NeuroSky's MindSet brain-computer interface and Retinaapplication icon.

This release is compiled against the 10.7 SDK, a change forced by thefact that Apple's Xcode Developer Tools for Mountain Lion ship without a10.6 SDK. This should not impact 10.6 Snow Leopard users, butthe current release does appear to be broken on Mac OS X 10.6.

We are investigating, but for nowSnow Leopard users should revert toversion 1.85, availablefrom the product home page.

Version 1.85

23rd July 2012

This version fixes a high CPU usage problem during time slices andmakes a few minor user interface improvements.

Version 1.84

5th July 2012

This version fixes a high CPU usage problem on 32-bit systems.

Version 1.83

29th June 2012

This version fixes a bug that would prevent the Now & Later Boardfrom appearing.

Version 1.82

25th June 2012

This newest version adds fully optimized Retina graphics for the newMacBook Pro models.

The release also makes numerous minor improvements, including

  • NeuroSky MindWave data is now automatically averaged providing amuch superior view of your current concentration levels
  • corrects a drawing bug in Mission Control
  • many minor graphical drawing improvements in controls, icons andbackgrounds

Version 1.81

15th June 2012

This latest release fixes a "jumping" shadow displayissue.

Version 1.80

5th June 2012

  • iCal events now appear above the duration sliders if they begin withinthe next 60 minutes to allow to modify your time slice durationsaccordingly
  • iCal event display can be switched off from the "Miscellaneous"section of the "Preferences..."
  • you can click on the time bubbles (3:45pm, etc.) to set an exactfinishing time
  • you can type durations in the duration dialogs, e.g. type "5"for 5 minutes or "1" followed by "5" for 15 minutes,etc.
  • duration adjustment sliders during time slices are now "live"and can be adjusted by the second, not just by the minute
  • windows are now drawn "shaper" and throw shadows

Minor fixes:

  • duration sliders remember their last values more consistently
  • new clock icon for time presets in the duration sliders

Version 1.79

24th March 2012

The new version features a rewritten Help book and fixes a number ofminor issues:

  • right click menu fix
  • Finder window fix
  • mindset/ mindwave reading fix

Version 1.78

6th March 2012

The new version adds warnings before time slices expire.

Version 1.77

24th January 2012

The new release refines the visual notifications to provide improvedfeedback during task execution.

Version 1.76

3rd January 2012

The new release adds built-in visual notifications to provideimproved state feedback.

You can still switch to Growl-based notifications in the"Notifications" tab of the "Preferences..." dialog.

Version 1.75

14th December 2011

This new version adds an "hour of the day" chart thatallows you to visualize how your concentration levels vary over thecourse of the workday. Use this new feature to better organize your workday and take full advantage of your "best" working hours.

Version 1.74

22nd November 2011

You can now use a 5 finger swipe instead of clicking the "GoBack" or "Continue" buttons.

Version 1.73

11th November 2011

This release disables the optional new dimming feature when windowauto-hiding is switched off.

Version 1.72

8th November 2011

The new version adds the ability to optionally dim the screen beforethe end of a time slice or timed break.

Version 1.71

26th October 2011

The new version fixes minor issues with the duration sliders.

Version 1.70

18th October 2011

This latest release adds experimental support for NeuroSky's $99MindWave brain wave sensor.

Currently Vitamin-R includes experimental support for:

  • visualizing "attention" and "meditation"levels
  • averaging them over a time slice
  • pre-selecting the appropriate "focus" level in the"rate your time slice" step

For more information, consult ourMindWavepage.

Version 1.69

26th September 2011

The new version refines the noise machine controls.

Version 1.68

7th September 2011

The new version adds the ability to automatically close all openFinder windows at the beginning of a time slice to reduce distractingclutter.

Version 1.67

9th August 2011

The new version adds the ability to exclude specific applicationsfrom the "Eliminate distractions" step.

Version 1.66

19th July 2011

The new version adds advanced customization of Growlnotifications.

Version 1.65

28th June 2011

This new version adds integration with Potion Factory'sThe Hit Listto do list.

The integration is the same as that already offered for CulturedCode'sThingsand OmniGroup'sOmniFocus:

  • drag & drop action items straight into Vitamin-R's objectivefield
  • click the hyperlink to go back to the item in The Hit List
  • the item automatically gets marked as completed in The Hit List whenyou log your time slice as completed
  • the hyperlink in the Vitamin-R Log Book remains clickable

Beta Testers Wanted!

If you are interested in doing some beta testing on Vitamin-R, pleasecontact me directly at:reiff@publicspace.net.

You will from time to time be sent links to pre-release versions ofVitamin-R and be expected to provide insightful feedback ranging from"it's just crashing" to "perhaps this isn't really theway to do it at all, why don't you consider..".

Version 1.64

7th June 2011

This latest release adds support for using Vitamin-R theGrowl Notificationframework.

This is currently switched off by default, so if you want to use thisfeature you need to activate it in the Notifications tab of thePreferences dialog ("Vitamin-R" ->"Preferences...").

Full documentation is available in the Help book ("Help"-> "Vitamin-R Help").

Version 1.63

17th May 2011

The new release

  • addresses an issue with some customized workflows.

Version 1.62

10th May 2011

The new release

  • changes the default font to Helvetica Neue
  • fixes a problem with sound output at the end of time slices

Version 1.61

3rd May 2011

The new release fixes two issues:

  • on some machines some sounds were playing unreliably
  • the bold text attributes could disappear from the objective fieldupon relaunching

Version 1.60

27th April 2011

In the "notification" section of the preferences you cannow specify separate sounds or voice messages to be played when:

  • you stop a time slice before it has elapsed
  • you pause a time slice
  • the time slice elapses

Version 1.59

19th April 2011

The new version extends the range of possible time slice and timedbreak durations from 2 to 60 minutes.

Version 1.58

12th April 2011

This new version overhauls the preferences dialog and adds new voiceand sound notification behaviours.

Version 1.57

29th March 2011

This new version introducestagsto Vitamin-R.

Tags are simply labels associated with your time slice. You enterthem at the bottom of the objective field and separate them with commas,semi-colons or by pressing the tab key.

Tags are logged to your log book and Vitamin-R helps you by offeringto auto-complete previously used tags.

A simple use of tags is to associate multiple time slices with thesame "project". Just use the project name as the tag.

Vitamin-R's support for tags is still at its very beginning.In fact you can do little besides adding tags, visualize them in yourlog book or export them via the CSV (command separated values)feature.

Rest assured that tags are an integral part of the future ofVitamin-R and that they will quickly become much more powerful. In thecoming weeks a new "reporting" feature will be added that willgive you statistics about time slices filtered by tags.

The main use for this will be to find out how much time you havespent working on time slices associated with tags. So go ahead and tagtime slices with project and/or client names as of now and very soon,you'll be able to use the information in billing your time to yourclients!

Version 1.56 & 1.55

10th March 2011

Version 1.56 fixes a crashing issue.

Version 1.55 fixes a minor cosmetic issue that caused the Help menuto appear twice.

Yesterday's version 1.54 delivers the long-awaitedcustomizable workflowthat allows you to switch off the parts of the workflow that you may notbe interested in and decide what happens for the decision steps that areskipped, e.g.

  • switch off the "breadcrumbs" or the "priming"technique features
  • skip the "eliminate distractions" step
  • always use 25 minutes for the time slice duration rather than askingeach time
  • always take a 5 minute timed break after successfully completing anobjective
  • automatically extend a time slice if the objective hasn't beencompleted yet
  • etc, etc.

This will be of particular value to those who want to implement themore rigidPomodoro Techniqueworkflow that dictates the length of the "pomodoros" and"breaks".

You can customize the workflow from the "Preferences..."dialog.

Version 1.54

9th March 2011

This new release delivers the long-awaitedcustomizable workflowthat allows you to switch off the parts of the workflow that you may notbe interested in and decide what happens for the decision steps that areskipped, e.g.

  • switch off the "breadcrumbs" or the "priming"technique features
  • skip the "eliminate distractions" step
  • always use 25 minutes for the time slice duration rather than askingeach time
  • always take a 5 minute timed break after successfully completing anobjective
  • automatically extend a time slice if the objective hasn't beencompleted yet
  • etc, etc.

This will be of particular value to those who want to implement themore rigidPomodoro Techniqueworkflow that dictates the length of the "pomodoros" and"breaks".

Version 1.53

7th March 2011

This release adds support for custom Dropbox folder locations.

Version 1.52

2nd March 2011

This release fixes an issue that prevented users from switching todropbox cloud synching of their log books before they completed theirfirst time slice.

Version 1.51

23rd February 2011

This new version now supportslog book synchronization between multiple Macs, so that you canwork on multiple machines but have a single log book and producestatistics based on your work in multiple locations.

The new mechanism is based on Dropbox and will require that youcreate a free Dropbox account if you do not yet have one.

You can activate the new synchronization service via the"Sync" tab in the Preferences... dialog. Full documentation isprovided in the Help book (choose "Vitamin-R Help" in the"Help" menu).

Please contact us if you experience any problems.

Version 1.50

20th February 2011

This is a minor bug fix relating to the automatic software updatingsystem.

Version 1.49

18th February 2011

This is the first Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard-only release ofVitamin-R.

Dropping the Mac OS X 10.5 backwards compatibility has allowed us toclean up the code, use more modern build tools, make the downloadsmaller, and most importantly, we hope that this move will allow us tofurther speed up the development of the tool.

We usually support the current version of Mac OS X and one previousversion to allow customers plenty of time to upgrade.

Apple has, however, made a number of moves in the last few weeks thatmake it harder than ever to maintain backwards compatibility. The MacApp Store requires that code be targeted to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopardand Apple's XCode 4 development tools that have gone to Gold Master lastweek have dropped the Mac OS X 10.5 SDK and PowerPC supportentirely.

Vitamin-R was developed from scratch for Snow Leopard using many SnowLeopard-only APIs. Shortly after its launch last April, we got so manyrequests for a Leopard-compatible version that we spent someconsiderable time creating a backwards compatible version. At the time,it looked as if this was going to be a one-time investment and as longas we didn't use any further Snow Leopard-only technology we would befine. Unfortunately, the reality was quite differentt and a good 90% ofall bugs that we've squashed in Vitamin-R this past year, wereLeopard-only bugs and almost all of them due to Apple's implementationof the Objective-C 2.0 64-bit garbage collected architecture that wasintroduced in Leopard not quite being up to scratch until Mac OS X 10.6came out. As a result we have spent endless hours trying to find fixesand workarounds for these problems and we've ended up spending nearly asmuch time on fixing these Leopard problems as in moving Vitamin-Rforward.

In other words, the time has come to get ready for Mac OS X 10.7 Lionand drop Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility a few months early.

Obviously, the current, 1.48 release will remain on the websiteindefinitely and we've made sure that the auto-update feature won'toverwrite your current version with an incompatible Mac OS X 10.6-onlyversion by mistake.

Version 1.48

7th February 2011

More Mac App Store-related fixes.

This is also probably going to be the lastMac OS 10.5 Leopard compatiblerelease.

Version 1.47

4th February 2011

This new version allows the console output to be suppressed bydeactivating it from the "Miscellaneous" tab of the"Preferences..." and fixes a problem with preferences not beensaved correctly due to recent Mac App Store changes.

Version 1.46

2nd February 2011

This new version further improves keyboard navigation and alertstrial users to the absence (due to Apple restrictions) of docklessoperation from the Mac App Store version of Vitamin-R.

Version 1.45

29th January 2011

This new version makes it easier to purchase from the Mac AppStore.

Version 1.44

26th January 2011

This new version makes substantial stability improvements on Mac OS X10.5 Leopard.

Version 1.43

26th January 2011

This new version restores software updating and resolves a startupproblem on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, both related to Mac App Storechanges.

Version 1.42

25th January 2011

This new version includes a number of minor bug fixes:

  • global keyboard shortcuts are now less likely to conflict withexisting shortcuts
  • fixed a display value problem when "live" adjusting timeslice durations
  • fixes a problem relating to URLs within the Now & Later andObjective text areas
  • a number of minor fixes for the Mac App Store version

Version 1.41

19th January 2011

It is now possible to adjust the duration of a time slice during thetime slice.

Version 1.40

6th January 2011

The new version:

  • eliminates the throughly uncool "jumping" around of themain dialog when the application starts up
  • fixes a bug in FastType affecting bulletted lists
  • goes back to the GCC 4.2 compiler because of problems with thegenerated code of Mac OS X Leopard

Version 1.39

3rd January 2011

This new version delivers a number of bug fixes and minorimprovements:

  • fixes a refresh problem for the main popup window
  • fixes a bug in the duration slider
  • introduces a new log file naming convention in preparation for ourupcoming Mac-to-Mac synching feature using Dropbox
  • automatic migration from old to new log file naming convention atfirst launch
  • internal changes to allow Vitamin-R to be submitted to the Mac AppStore
  • updated version of BGHUDAppKit controls

As mention in passing above, we are working on Mac-to-Macsynchronization of log files using the free Dropbox service. If anybodyis interested in beta testing this feature please contact us at:support@publicspace.net

Version 1.38

7th December 2010

The new version allows the logs to be exported in CSV format.

Comma-Separated Values (CSV) is a standard data exchange format whichis supported by most spreadsheet, data analysis, billing and databaseprograms.

You can perform an export by selecting "Export to CSVfile..." in the "Logs" submenu of the "Tools"menu. Full documenation of the used format is available under"Vitamin-R Help" in the "Help" menu.

Version 1.37

30th November 2010

The new release adds a new week day statistical chart, which allowsyou to become more aware about how your ability to concentrate evolvesover the course of the week.

Version 1.36

24th November 2010

The new release replaces the Adobe Flash-based charting feature withan HTML 5-based implementation.

Version 1.35

16th November 2010

The new release adds the ability to visualize statistics about yourtime slices using the new "Statistics Window" available underthe "Tool" menu or by pressing Command-1.

The chart displays both the total time worked on time slices overvarious periods and your concentration levels during this time. Moreinformation can be found in the Help book available under the"Vitamin-R Help" item in the "Help" menu.

This is but the first of many charts and analysis options planned forfuture releases, but already allows you to detect patterns, such as yourmost productive days of the week, compare your concentration levels overthe course of week, etc.

As such it's an invaluable resource for learning more about your ownwork habits and making changes to how you work and how you plan yourweek. Expect much more in future releases.

Version 1.34

5th November 2010

This release fixes a bug introduced in Tuesday's release that couldcause the main Vitamin-R window to appear with a zero width on some MacOS X 10.5 Leopard systems.

Version 1.33

2nd November 2010

This release focuses on consolidating the vast array of changes andenhancements made to the tool in the first 6 months after its initialrelease in April 2010. In fact, the frenetic pace of developmentresulted in no less than 32 updates and have transformed the tool froman innovative experiment into a day-to-day work horse.

Many of the changes are "under the hood", but result in amuch improved overall user experience. Rough edges, especially in thewindow management have been removed, inconsistencies in behaviourbetween the various modes that the tool can be run in (as a fullapplication, a dockless application, with or without automatic windowhiding, etc.) have been removed, disparate internal structures unified,keyboard-only operation has been streamlined, menus consolidated, etc,etc.

All in all, this latest release is a solid foundation for theimprovements planned for the next 6 months of continuousdevelopment.

We hope you'll enjoy using it.

Version 1.32

12th October 2010

The new version provides a host of minor enhancements.

  • improved behavior when working with multiple Mac OS X
  • "Spaces"
  • more robust switching between "full application" and"dockless" operation.
  • enhanced bullet list behavior
  • "Noise Machine Integration" topic listed directly in the"Help" menu
  • appearance panel closing behavior fixed
  • intermittent now & later board font properties oddnessfixed

Version 1.31

6th October 2010

This new version provides integration between Vitamin-R and our newNoise Machineproduct.

Noise Machine is a white, pink and brown noise generator andsoundscape player designed to help you mask distracting noise andproduce an ambience suitable for concentrated work.

It comes with 17 additional high quality soundscapes:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Babbling Brook
  • Beach with Seagulls
  • Savannah Crickets at Night
  • Deep Space Rumble
  • Engine Room
  • Fierce Wind
  • Florida Keys Light Rain
  • Icy Stream
  • Icy Cold Wind
  • Little Italy Sidewalk Café
  • Ocean Surf
  • Idyllic Morning in the Park
  • Thunder
  • Thunder with Rain
  • Reactor Core
  • Waterfall

Best of all, Noise Machine isfreefor all registered Vitamin-R users.

Vitamin-R can play the sounds contained in Noise Machineautomatically when a time slice starts and stop it when the time sliceis over, via the "continuous sound" option in the"Preferences...". You can also manually activate the sounds inthe "Noise Machine" section of the "Tools" menu.

Noise Machine does not need to be running for this to work, but itwill need to be installed in the Applications folder and you do need torestart Vitamin-R after installing Noise Machine so that it can detectthe sound files.

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

Version 1.30

28th September 2010

The new version adds an improved version of the noise machineincluded in version 1.29:

  • completely gapless playback for white, pink and brown noise
  • synchronized with the beginnig and end of a time slice
  • second completely separate noise machine that can be manuallycontrolled via the Tools -> Noise Machine menu
  • important Leopard fix that should effectively work around a Leopardbug that caused crashes on some systems
  • improved error logging for problems when switching between"full application" and "dockless" operation

Version 1.29

11th September 2010

This is a fix for a situation where you potentially had to click theunlock code link twice in order to unlock the program.

Version 1.28

7th September 2010

This release improves support for Francesco Cirillo's PomodoroTechnique by allowing you play a continuously ticking clock sound duringyour time slices.

The Vitamin-R productivity system and Cirillo's Pomodoro Techniquehave much in common and many Pomodoro users are using Vitamin-R toimplement a more flexible version of this technique. Cirillo advocatesthe use of a continuously ticking clock to focus attention on the taskat hand and to "condition" yourself to concentrate as soon asyou hear the sound.

Version 1.28 also includes a basic white, brown and pink noisegenerator.

We are working on a standalone noise generatorcalled "NoiseMachine"which will be released in the next few weeks. It will also be able toplay a variety of "soundscapes". Most if not all of itsfeatures will be integrated directly into Vitamin-R as well and"Noise Machine" will befreefor all Vitamin-R owners. It will unlockautomaticallyif it finds an unlocked version of Vitamin-R.

Version 1.27

25th August 2010

This release adds sound and speech notifications during and at theend of timed breaks.

Tip:If you have not yet tried timed breaks, please do. They provide a goodway of enjoying a guilt-free break while making sure that you get backto work within a reasonable amount of timed. They only need a littlegetting used to while delivering great benefits.

Version 1.26

18th August 2010

This release simplifies the way in which the duration of a timesliceis reported in the user log to avoid confusion.

Version 1.25

12th August 2010

This release (hopefully permanently) fixes a intermittent crashingbug affecting some Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard machines, caused by a memorymanagement problem in the Mac OS X 10.5 text system.

Version 1.24

5th August 2010

This release fixes a problem where the sound preferences would notwork correctly.

Version 1.23

4th August 2010

This latest release brings back thelog bookfeature introduced in version 1.22:

  • more resilient to missing, incomplete or incorrectly formatteddata
  • user logs only read at the moment when the information isneeded

The new version also adds:

  • the ability to select between three different menu bar icons (usefulmostly when running on smaller laptop screens)
  • fixes the gear menu on the Now & Later Board to correctly allowclick and drag operation
  • fixes a size problem with the objective text view

Version 1.22

30th July 2010

This latest release fixes a crashing bug with the previousrelease.

The Log Book feature which caused these crashes has been removeduntil the problem can be fixed properly.

If you have already auto-updated to version 1.21, you will need tomanually download this version from the web site to replace the oldversion. Sorry!

Version 1.21

28th July 2010

This latest release adds alog bookthat allows the time slice logs to be consulted more easily.

You can reach this feature via the Command-L keyboard shortcut orunder the "Log" menu.

Version 1.20

22nd July 2010

This latest release make a number of improvements andrefinements:

  • can now speak a custom sentence at the end of a time slice
  • adds a new alarm sound for signalling the end of a time slice
  • updates the preferences pane
  • makes some cosmetic refinements to the menu bar item

Version 1.19

15th July 2010

This latest release fixes a bug with the unlocking mechanismintroduced by the Things integration.

Version 1.18

13th July 2010

This latest release delivers the much awaited integration withThingsfrom Cultured Code.

  • drag & drop to dos from Things into Vitamin-R's objectivefield
  • click the newly created hyperlink to get back to your to do inThings
  • when you mark the objective as completed in Vitamin-R, allassociated to-dos are marked as completed and moved to the Log Book inThings
  • Help Book updated with "Things Integration" section

It is also now possible to dis-able the auto-hiding of Vitamin-R'sthe main pop up window.

Version 1.17

6th July 2010

This latest release fixes minor issues with the keyboard navigationand operation as a dockless application.

Version 1.16

29th June 2010

The new release features numerous refinements of the text editingfeatures and improvesOmniFocusintegration.

Version 1.15

24th June 2010

The new release prevents accidental deletion of now & later boardsheets.

Version 1.14

22nd June 2010

The new release allows for greater control over text editingfeatures:

  • a default font for all text views can be selected
  • rich text editing features, such as spell checking, grammarchecking, smart dashes, smart quotes, etc can now be switched on and offglobally from the preferences

Reminders are now also played during time slice extensions and aLeopard-only crashing bug has been fixed.

Version 1.13

15th June 2010

This release focuses on the Now & Later Board.

Some people have expressed confusion about the strikethrough texttrait and felt that it had become "sticky". The new releasemakes it much easier to understand what is happening and how to get outof the "strikethrough" mode. The main text traits (bold,italic, underline and strikethrough) are now displayed in a mini texttoolbar at the bottom of the window. This makes it obvious which texttraits are currently active, and allows them to be toggled on and offmore conveniently.

In addition, two new items were added to the gear menu to facilitateworking with the strikethrough text trait. "Make Plain Text"strips the selection of all text traits and "Strikethrough"toggles the trait.

Version 1.12

8th June 2010

This release adds the Command-Up Arrow shortcut key for accessing the"gear" menu quickly via the keyboard.

Version 1.11

1st June 2010

This release allows the tool to run as a "dock-less"application being accessible solely via its menu bar status item and itsglobal keyboard shortcuts, thus making it much less obtrusive as it doesnot appear in the dock or the Command-Tab application switchinglist.

Click the (R) icon in the menu bar or press Control-R to activate theapplication. Right-click the (R) icon to bring up the main menu.

If you prefer working with a "full" application thatpresents a menu bar, a dock icon and appears in the Command-Tabapplication switching list, select "Run as FullApplication..." from the "Gear" menu.

Version 1.10

17th May 2010

This release fixes the global Control-R shortcut.

Version 1.09

17th May 2010

This release fixes a bug that affects only users who have chosen toremove the "Start Timed Break" shortcut.

Version 1.08

17th May 2010

This release fixes a bug that affected the later pad keyboardshortcut and its customization.

Version 1.07

11th May 2010

This release delivers an integration with OmniGroup's popularOmniFocusto-do list manager.

Vitamin-R is designed to complement traditional to-do list managersand enrich them with better support during actual task execution. Theintegration allows tasks to be dragged and dropped directly fromOmniFocus into Vitamin-R's "objective" field where this willcreate a clickable link that brings the user straight back to the taskin OmniFocus. These links are included in the time slice log filescreated by Vitamin-R and remain clickable.

When a time slice whose objective is linked to an OmniFocus task islogged as "completed" in Vitamin-R, the item willautomatically be marked as completed in OmniFocus.

This behavior can be switched off from the Preferences dialog.

Similar integrations with Cultured Code'sThingsand other to-do list managers are planned for future releases.

Version 1.06

5th May 2010

This is a fairly big release that delivers a number of usabilityimprovements and cosmetic changes.

We have changed the default"pop-up" window styleto more closely resemble the Mac OS X Snow Leopard dock menu"bubbles" complete with rounded corners, transparency andwhite outline.

Better still, we have provided you with extensive control over howthe pop-up window is drawn. Select the "Appearance"item in the "Vitamin-R" menu and you will be furnished withcontrols allowing you to change the window background color and opacity,the rounding of the corners, the insets, the size of the "toparrow", the borders, the gradient, etc.

If you preferred the "old" more rectangular style, it'seasy to imitate it with the help of the appearance panel.

We'd love to see what you come up with so, please feel free to sendscreenshots of your own creations tosupport@publicspace.net. Weare thinking about adding a few "user presets" so if you wantto share your creations, please do not hesitate.

On the usability front, the biggest improvements center aroundkeyboard control. You can now control the entire applicationwithout taking your hands off the keyboard.

Command-Left Arrow
Command-BackspaceGo the previous screenCommand-Right Arrow
Command-Return
Command-EnterGo to the next screenEscape
Command-WClose the pop-up windowControl-RToggle Vitamin-RTabNext fieldShift-TabPrevious fieldControl-TabNext field when in text fieldControl-Shift-TabPrevious field when in text field

In order to be able to tab through all controls, you will need toswitch on "Full keyboard access":

  1. go to the "Apple" menu
  2. select "System Preferences..."
  3. Select "Keyboard"
  4. Select the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab
  5. choose "All Controls" in the "Full KeyboardAccess"

The other major improvement in this new release is that it is nowpossible topause time slices.

Other changes include better menu bar item tracking, minor bug fixes,tweaks, etc.

Version 1.05

27th April 2010

Fixes a few more teething problems:

  • Now & Later Board contents are now once again savedautomatically to prevent data loss in the event of a crash.
  • the pop-up window now sticks to its menu bar item even when this ismoved.
  • the pop-up window now positions itself properly if the dock menu ispositioned to the right of the main screen.

Version 1.04

26th April 2010

Major changes to the Now & Later Board and the FastTypefeature:

  • "gear" menu gives easy access rich text controls: rulers,fonts, styles, colors
  • bullets now create RTF text lists providing more intuitive controlover list creation, indentation, etc.
  • new "numbered" lists
  • much improved undo behavior
  • Command-W and Escape key dismiss the window

Workflow changes:

  • can now move to next screen via Command-Right Arrow orCommand-Return
  • can move back to previous screen via Command-Left Arrow orCommand-Backspace

Version 1.01/ 1.02/ 1.03

20th April 2010

Version 1.03 fixes Leopard compatibility that was briefly broken inversion 1.01 and 1.02 that were uploaded earlier today; if you havealready downloaded 1.01 or 1.02 on a Leopard machine, you needre-download and install the application via drag & drop. Sorry!

This is the first of a series of hopefully quick releases that try tosort out some teething problems with version 1.0.

This release:

  • fixes the shortcut customization option for the "Read ObjectiveAloud" feature
  • adds a help book entry on how to choose the "right"duration for your time slice.. and in the process it clarifies thesignificance of the "Motivation Level" and "ResistanceLevel" indicators
  • updates the help book with clarifications, corrections and additions
  • replaces the term "totalling", which in US English isspelled with one L and in UK English is spelled with two, thus causingunsightly red underlines either in the UK or the US..
  • activates Undo for the objective text area in the "Rate YourTime Slice" UI
  • allows the font and color to be freely chosen for the objective textarea

Version 1.0

17th April 2010

This is the first full release of Vitamin-R.

Version 0.10

15th April 2010

It would appear that the iCal integration introduced in version 0.8yesterday is causing high CPU usage on some machines.

This release disables the feature until the problem can be properlyanalyzed and a full fix can be released.

Version 0.9

15th April 2010

This is the first release candidate for version 1.0 of Vitamin-R.

The release adds a new feature for managing to-do lists within thenow & later board.

  • Typing--(two minus signs) at the end of a line of text will strike out (draw aline all the way across) the entire line.

In practice this works better than adding the checkmark (typedone') at the end of the line, because it's easier to see, not to mention moresatisfying than just deleting the line.

The new version also:

  • updates the Help Book
  • solves a quitting problem where the Now & Later Board wouldobscure the
  • quit dialog.

The performance analysis and statistics features are not ready forprime-time yet, but will be rolled out shortly after the upcoming 1.0release.

Version 0.8

14th April 2010

The new version adds more sophisticated time controls allowing you toeasily judge how a time slice fits into your schedule.

On Snow Leopard, the time control shows calendar events around thecurrent time slice to provide a better context for your decisions.

The new version also:

  • make changes to how the windows work with other applications eliminatingsome awkward situations
  • changes some font settings in the Now & Later board
  • makes the objective area fully aware of hyperlinks (useful whenworking with OmniFocus for instance), images, etc.
  • corrects some spelling mistakes and UK English phrasings
  • sets the defaults to more frequent speech and sound reminders

Your feedback is always important but especially crucial at thisstage of development, so please do not hesitate to contact us at:support@publicspace.net.

Version 0.7

8th April 2010

We are quickly approaching version 1.0, so there are plenty ofrefinements in the latest update:

  • Now & Later Board uses black text on de-saturated colouredbackgrounds for better legibility and easier integration with other textsources
  • main window now remains open when the application is inactive whichmakes dragging and dropping task items from OmniFocus, Things and othersources much easier
  • all text templates revised with easier to follow and shorteddescriptions
  • priming template rewritten
  • hiding and quitting dialogs updated
  • background colors for the different pads can now be set in thePreferences dialog
  • various minor and cosmetic refinements

Version 0.6

2nd April 2010

New release in this release:

  • Now & Later Board background transparency can now be adjustedwith a slider
  • darker Now & Later Board window
  • links to website
  • updated main window

Version 0.5

31st March 2010

This new release:

  • fixes some issues with the logging feature
  • fixes objective editing from the info window
  • makes various cosmetic changes
  • displays the current day of the trial in the window

Version 0.4

30th March 2010

This new release features a complete user interface re-vamp based onearly customer feedback.

The wordy interface is replaced with a streamlined menu bar pop-upthat is somewhat reminiscent of the iPad menus. We feel that this hasmade the whole user experience much more intuitive as it is much simplerto figure out what is happening at the moment and what options youhave.

Version 0.3

29th March 2010

This release fixes a start-up bug on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Version 0.2

29th March 2010

This release fixes a start-up bug that affects some systems.Apparently we have run into a limitation of the ShortcutRecorderframework that we are using.

Meanwhile, the main feedback we have received so far is that theinterface is too wordy and thus feels clunky and overcomplicated.. so weare currently busy re-working the interface to bring it to minimalistperfection. Work is going very well and we think you'll love the sparklyclean new style. We sure do. Expect a first glimpse later this week.

Version 0.1

26th March 2010

After the first fews days of public testing, the consensus amongsttesters seems to be that the program is already stable and has caused nomajor problems, so we are dropping the "beta" and are goingfor the pre-release countdown.

The current version number basically means "stable enough towork with on day-to-day basis, but some features are not yet 100%complete". Expect a 1.0 release in the next few weeks.

Overnight a crash report relating to Apple Data Detectors in the Now& Later Board reached us. Data detectors are Apple’s wizardry thatdetects phone numbers, addresses and dates in your text documents andbrings up options like creating an appointment in iCal, etc. They can bevery handy which is why I switched them on, but they have never beenvery stable on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to address theproblem because the crashing code is all Apple's and all third partydevelopers can do is to switch the feature on or off.

While investigating the problem, I came across lots of crashes inMail.app on Leopard, so it looks like the data detectors simply are notworking that reliably on Leopard.

As a result, the 0.1 release of Vitamin-R switches off the automaticdata detection on Leopard by default. Data detectors remain switched onin Snow Leopard. Whichever platform you are on, you can manually switchautomatic data detection on or off in the Preferences dialog. This maylead to the occasional crash on Leopard, but this is probably a veryrare problem.

In my experience, people are very reluctant to report problems orgive feedback on pre-release software, assuming that the developer mustbe getting tons of reports of the problems that they experience.Unfortunately, this also means that it is not uncommon that no problemsare reported in beta testing and then when the 1.0 release comes out,everybody goes “I can’t believe that still haven’t fixed this!”.

So please, please. Report any problems you encounter.

We can only fix problems that we know about!

Version 0.01 beta 2

25th March 2010

This second beta streamlines the workflow so that you can start a newtime slice as soon as you have completed the previous one without havingto take a break in between.

Taking regular guilt-free breaks is still important, but there is nopoint in forcing breaks when none is needed.

The new release also fixes a bug where Vitamin-R would quit insteadof hiding.

Version 0.01 beta 1

24th March 2010

This is the first public beta release of our new productivityapplication.


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