Installing problems. Graph too large.


For such a basic program this has to be one of the most confusing to install.
The exe file is so far removed from the front end I spent ages trying to find it within bin or x86 or somewhere (I cannot quite remember). An exe self installer instead of 'unzip and find the exe' would have been a little less hassle.
When I did eventually find the exe file I noticed that I had created the wrong shortcut in my startup folder from FreeMeter instead of FreeMeterRevival and ended up with my computer freezing at shut down, until manually closing FreeMeter finally released the block.
I wondered why a pop up every time it loaded was telling me that my version was newer than the one on line. It kept telling me that 'you have version 1.5.5351. The version on line was 1.5.2872.' I thought ...strange when I downloaded version 9.3.15.
Should not have been possible anyway to load an older version from the setup files for the latest version!
I have had to remove FreeMeterRevival anyway because basically the graph screen is now far too large and cannot be reduced in size any further it seems. It takes up far too much screen area to be kept 'on top'. Version 1.5.3351 which is the one I initially installed (from the version 9.3.15 files) was much smaller and compact (much the same size as BitMeter2).
From an initial look I liked everything else about FreeMeterRevival but because of all this unfortunately for now its back to BitMeter2. It is a shame because a lot of thought and hard work has gone into making the 'revival' version such a super little program.


Biche wrote Mar 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Thanks crisoco for your feedback, I will try to improve some of the issues you point out. The original source code was such a mess, I think it was developed with SharpDevelop, which has not as good as Visual Studio. Here's some changes I will be doing :
  • I'll will create an Installer for this project.
  • I'll remove the version checkup, since it's checking against the original source code.
  • I'll make the form be resizable.
I've already seen BitMeter2, but since I wanted something that I can modified via code source, I chose to update the FreeMeter program.

wrote Mar 16, 2009 at 12:39 PM

crisoco2394 wrote Mar 16, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Thank you for looking at improving FreeMeter Revival.
If the graph can be resized down to quite small this will be helpful.
I have BitMeter set as low as it will go at 33 x 14mm screen size. As I previously said I had the original FreeMeter set this width and it was perfectly OK when I tried it.
I have to say that I do prefer FreeMeter Revival to anything else on the internet because the scrolling graph has a very clear display and the d/l and u/l readouts are also very clear.
When you have got out the changes I will download it again and see how I get on.
I am not pushing you but have you any idea of timescale. It is just that I have no automation to inform me when a new beta is available so I will have to keep looking.

The main reason I wanted a monitor was to be alerted when my download maximum was nearly reached. BitMeter2 I find OK but a bit of a nuisance because it relies on me remembering to cancel the old alert and set a new alert at the start of each month because it is used as an alert for any download.
I have not tested out this facility in FreeMeter Revival because of all the other issues. Would I be alerted if my download of 10gb is exceeded in ANY month or will I have to set this download amount at the start of each month like I do in BitMeter to get alerts?

Biche wrote Mar 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I will have a new release sometime this week. I've already planned to have an option to show/hide the status bar to get more space. Also, the tray icon is a good indicator of what going on.

I started this project because I wanted a tool for monitoring my monthly bandwidth usage. I did not retested this functionality, so it will be fully tested for the next update.

One way to be inform of new release, is to use the RSS button on the top right of any codeplex tab, this way you will have a easy view on this. I will also make sure to post back here and close the issue to make sure you receive an email.

I was mainly focused to update the code side, to be easier to understand/maintain, but give me all the feedback/bugs you may have by opening new issue, I will try to add some features. This will drive the next development stage.

wrote Mar 17, 2009 at 1:43 AM

Biche wrote Apr 11, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Hi crisoco,

just to let you know that I finally released a new version of the application. Sorry for the delay, I was so busy with everything else...

Drop me your comments and fill in any issues that you will discover.


crisoco2394 wrote Apr 14, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Hello Biche,
It is such a shame that you have used .NET Framework 3.5 for the FreeMeterRevival. I started to install 9.4.11 but when I noticed it was about to install .NET Framework 3.5 I aborted the setup.
Sorry, as I know you are putting a lot of hard work into this project and I so wanted to test it out but my previous experiences of trying to install .NET framework 3.0 were so bad that I would not risk using any program that requires anything above version 2.
I know that your program would not have installed as the .NET Framework would not have installed and that would have required me uninstalling all the previous .NET versions and then re-installing everything over again. It is just not worth all the hassle. This is the only updating issue I have ever had with Microsoft products so I am afraid I shall have to forget FreeMeterRevival for the timebeing.
Thank you.
Kind regards.

wrote Feb 13, 2013 at 1:57 AM