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I created a simple alert many moons ago and have used it every day, all day since.
I just wanted something that I could open and forget, then get alerts when events occur.
I've read many threads here at FF, so I thought it was time to give something back to the community, so i re-skinned the app to make it look pretty and offer it for free with no registration, no obligation and i look forward to any feedback and/or suggestions.
It's only for Windows I'm afraid and i've only ever tested it on Win XP, so any Vista / Win 7 testers would be appreciated.
Here's a screenshot:
I registered a website for the download: fx news alert
p.s. no more events today, so change your computer date/time to have a play and see how it functions but tomorrow is a smorgasbord of news, so you'll find the app very useful.
Edit (7th Sept '11) for alpha ver 2.0 release
User case scenario
This is how I use the app...
Apply your filter preference - mine are set to 'all'
Set your alarm preference - mine is 15mins ahead of any event
I then load the widget by clicking this icon on the main screen
I move the widget to the bottom right of my desktop, near the system tray, where i can quickly mute event by left clicking the icon when it's docked in the system tray.
I hover over the icon every now and then to see what's coming up. I either right click and delete the event or left click and press mute.
If it's an event of interest, I'll go back to main screen and reset the alarm to 5 or 2 minutes before the event.
Great So Far!
Very nice application. I have Windows 7 and it installed just fine. It also sounded an alarm 15 minutes before mortgage news came out, just like I set it.
Thank you for providing this to the community.
All the best to you!
Thanks a lot
Works great with my Windows 7 as well. Loads very fast. I've played around with other news applications, and this is the most user friendly by far. Nicely done.
3 comments: First, it forgot my settings when I exited. So I guess you have to reset all your preferences every time you start it up. That's kind of a pain. Second, the slider bar seems a but much. For me, a 1/2/5/15/30 min selection same as the bar timer would work just as well. Or even better, a blank customizable input box. Third would be a refresh button -- or again, a customizable window for how often you would like the indi to refresh.
The second 2 would be my wish list, but the first seems to be a problem that should be fixed.
Great work over-all. Thanks for sharing!
Sensation!!! works on windows 32-bit vista! Thanks
I think it will work fine ) Thank you
thank you so much pal, looks very good.
have a good one!!
I get an error.
Date time compare. Are dates same:
String was not recognized as a valid DateTime.
I'm running Win7.
This is a great little application.
The only problem I've had with it is a "script error" came up for some reason; but, it's only happened once so far.
Its Simple and Its Brilliant
I like this app loads and will use it during my next trading day.
Brilliant idea and so useful.
Top Marks dude.
Definitely will have a play with it. Thanks.
love it thanks
* UPDATE *
I live in the UK and only ever took into account the daylight savings, so other timezones didn't display for people; apologies for the oversight.
I've now included a settings screen, which you can view by clicking the cog thingy in the top right of the main screen.
There was a great feature request by forexhard for buttons instead of a slider - i think this works beautifully as it compounds the apps intention of click 'n forget.
Hopefully, also fixed the Date time compare error some may have experienced. If others get this message, please let me know which regional settings you use in Windows.
@stevetwo - was that script error on the Forex News Sites screen? It's an incompatibility with the browser and page scripts that is beyond my control. I get the same when i click dukascopy link, so i may remove that link for a better one.
Again, i welcome testers to see if this update installs okay and the timezones all work as they should.
First let me say thanks. this is a nice piece of software to have in the background. I trade emini futures and therefore am only impacted by USD events. Is there a way to make it to where you are able to choose what events you want alarms based on country? thanks
FiatFap, yes it was in the Forex News Sites screen. But, I got it from clicking on Fxstreet.com - Dukascopy worked fine.
Also, this might be a stupid question, but is there any way to just turn off the alarm once you're notified other than just muting it or clicking out of the application? Something along the lines of clicking in the alarm area to turn off and reset the alarm for the next news alert or an alarm reset button would be great.
Amazing work, and quick, too. The time selection features are perfect, and it remembers my settings now, too.
My only other request would be a volume control & alarm choices. I literally jumped from my chair the first time the siren went off! LOL How about a numeric volume selection from 1-10, and a few basic Windows-type sound sets to pick from? Something a bit less dramatic? If you add the sound choices to the new settings window, then you can use the old siren space on the skin for the volume control.
I'll just plop another icon on the toolbar for sounds.
Your requests are easily implemented, but i'd prefer suggestions for sound files. Can you upload some for me to include? No more than 1-2 secs in length, so it doesn't loop over itself when it checks events.
@stevetwo - it already does that; if you want to ignore the news, you press [mute], then as it removes the event, it resets automatically to sound the next event so you don't forget. Have i misunderstood your request?
@forexhard - I forgot to ask, but this request didn't make sense to me:
"Third would be a refresh button -- or again, a customizable window for how often you would like the indi to refresh."
The app is constantly 'sniffing' the events table and checking your clock, so i'm not sure what you mean by a refresh button as there's nothing to manually refresh.
I was just being extra cautious when I saw that it was deleting my preferences before. If it already self-refreshes, then please ignore the request.
I don't know how to provide you with sound examples. But something more like a doorbell, or a telephone ring, or a robotic beep or ping, would be perfect.
Do you want a button that deletes the upcoming event (and the alarm that's playing) and gets ready for the next event?
Very nice application, works well.
Just an idea - can we have a digital clock on the top panel, saves having to look elsewhere & confirms your timezone ?
So for your request, i'd have to retrieve a server time from a website by screen scraping a <div> tag from here for example, or create a PHP page on my own server and extrapolate the time that way.
All of the above would be necessary based on the assumption that your computer time is incorrect in the first place.
So I'd prefer not to facilitate this request as it's easier for users to ensure their own PC time is correct and then the app just adds the timezone hours chosen to the news event time.
I could add a clock, but it would just be replicating your system time. FF has a time on their settings page as it just pulls it from their server, so is independent of a users machine time.
Can you let me know which language is selected in the drop down in control panel -> Regional and Language Settings, or you could use this app i did.
Thanks for the bug report.
Also, how did you get that OpenUsersBrowser error? Did you click the News Sites button at the bottom?
Does the app work okay, besides these two errors?
Edit: The error occurs because your regional setting is using 7:12am instead of 07:12. I'll fix this bug for next release.
thank you for your reply,
i get that openuserbrowser by clicking in the uper left button (fx news alert)
and the app work okay besides those two erros.
I just downloaded it and it worked well on windows 7. Thumbs up!! thanks.I think the GUI can be improved upon though.
update - alpha v1.2
* UPDATE *
I am getting an error when starting the fx alert.
See attached jpg
The fx alert loads after deleting the error panel about 10 times.
The feature for currency symbols should allow me to remove currencies that I do not have interest in, similar to the filter that is in the forex factory calendar. Is that possible ?
I also got the same error this morning as i overlooked this scenario in my haste.
I've fixed the bug. Can you download from fx news site and try again please.
Seems to be Ok now,
What is the delete button for ?
How do you add your own sound file ?
Enable currency symbols to be deselectable ?
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