#350 Task Scheduler UI

closed
nobody
2013-02-13
2013-01-16
PCTRS80
No

I would like to thank you for making this application, it is vary fast and useful. However the UI could use a little clarification. It is not readily apparent in the UI that you can even create/schedule sync/backup operations. Maybe adding a reference in the settings menu to the help file on how to create/schedule a task.

Now with all that being said...
I like to put in a request for a Task Scheduler/UI to make Scheduling Tasks simpler/easier. By adding a BUILT-IN scheduling system you can give the application wider appeal. I understand that it is easier for you to simply use an existing scheduling system in Windows/Linux. I work with a few people that use a different application simply because they can manage scheduled tasks in the application itself.

With a few enhancements this product could rival much bigger applications.

Discussion

  • zhnmju123
    zhnmju123
    2013-01-20

    This is similar to
    https://sourceforge.net/p/freefilesync/feature-requests/37/
    which is pretty old, but most of the rationale still holds.

    BTW there is already a link to the help file: The small button on the right hand side when saving a .ffs_batch file.

     
  • PCTRS80
    PCTRS80
    2013-01-24

    I understand your pains, as a solo developer you have to prioritize what you can and cant do.

    So i have a follow on question, Is there a way to create a macro to configure the Windows Task Scheduler? If there is could you create a UI the basically build the macros for the user?

    In the end If i cant pass this product to people with little more then basic computer skills and have them configure a simple backup/sync to an external hard drive I will have to keep looking for another application.

    I ask you this question... How many times have you seen the major/only selling point of a piece of software/hardware being "easy to use" or "simple to configure". Sometimes it is the little things that make it the most marketable.

    I work with hardware/software developers that seem to forget that at some point a non-developer will have to use the stuff they build.

     
    Last edit: PCTRS80 2013-01-24
  • zhnmju123
    zhnmju123
    2013-01-24

    Every new feature adds complexity and it's not always clear if it is justified. In the case of a scheduling facility we're talking about a "convenience feature" only, since there is the alternative of just entering the command "FreeFileSync.exe Syncjob.ffs_batch" into the OS's task scheduler. This doesn't look too difficult and it includes all the features each of which end users would demand at some time anyway.

     
  • zhnmju123
    zhnmju123
    2013-02-13

    • status: open --> closed