Processing timer software?

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  1. wiggy

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    Does anyone know if there are any apps where you can put in the times for each step of a process and then it will provide a countdown - digital stopwatch type of thing. I've seen a couple mentioned in various places but the links are dead as are the email addresses of the authors.

    Also has anyone used a scanner as a colour analyser - was wondering if it would be possible?
     
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    There's some good free Italian timer software, I'm looking for the link.

    There used to be a load a few years ago, but I think they weren't updated frm Win 3.1 :D
     
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    There will be Open Source process control, meant for industry and although over spec for hand processing may be quite usable.
     
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    I think Ian meant this. See "Darkroom software" link. in "Darkroom" menu.
     
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    Hmmm... if there were a simple timer for Windows that could run in several windows at once, that would be really handy for alt-process work. When I expose negs for albumen, I've usually got three or more negs exposing simultaneously in different print frames. I usually use a small Paterson process timer that can handle three processes at once, and if I need more, I start using other timers, like the one on my iPod, the microwave oven, Digisix meter, watch, etc. It would be handy just to line them all up on my laptop.
     
  6. Ian Grant

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    David, there was it just vanished as we progressed with paying Bill Gates.

    Ian
     
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    No it was different, I've installed it & can't find it :D I might have deleted/uninstalled. But I'm talking quite new last month or so.

    Ian
     
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    I remember, somewhere back in Win 3.1. I think I may still have 3.1 installation disks hidden away in storage. Maybe I'll dig them out and see if there's some sort of "timer.exe" there. When I'm traveling, I've often wished I could use my laptop as an alarm clock. Doesn't that seem like an obvious sort of application? Instead I use the alarm clock on my Digisix, because of course a light meter should have an alarm clock.
     
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    That looks really good - Ta
     
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    No the timers were CICA or Simtel shareware/freeware, not part of Windows, Gates gives nothing decent away free :smile:

    Ian
     
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    Lucky me - old hardware solution

    I landed an 80's Vivitar 'Process Time Commander' in a darkroom lot buy up a few years ago. It is the cats meow for me. 3 separate 6 step timers that can be set up to run on own, or chained to one another. Digital display(dimmable) shows where it is at and what step and program it is running

    It can squack at you when you should start draining, squack when to advance to the next step, counts up how late you are advancing to the next step when you are advancing manually, etc.

    There is also a digital timer for enlarging that is more common.

    The PTC had an optional temperature probe, and the enlarger timer had a sensor probe. I have never seen any documentation on these, and would love to find out more on them, to home build this functionality.

    The power supply modules on these go flaky, but are easily repaired; I have rehabbed three of them, before giving them new lives via *baying them away. Contact me if you have a dead Vivitar timer, and I can guide you to how your electrical fix it man can bring them back if you are not up to it yourself.
     
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    I use that all the time. Works very well on my laptop in the darkroom.

    The Wet-side part has the process timer and you can open multiple copies (if you can keep track of them!).

    Bob.
     

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    I wrote my own windows based program for the wet side. If you would give me some ideas as how you want it to work may be I can write a better one. Multiple timers is a good idea I think.
     
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    Bob...where is that software available...?
     
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    Sorry: it was a bit confusing - you'd have to follow the reply to the reply I replied to in order to find the original link given by Andrey! Sortcut = http://www.bonavolta.ch/hobby/en/photo/darktools.htm

    :smile:

    Cheers, Bob.