FS can execute automatically Synchronizations or Backup at the time you defined in the timer list. That’s a useful feature you can use to keep your machines and external disks always backed up or synchronized without moving a finger. Please note, in order to make FS fires the timers, FoldersSynchronizer application must be left open. FS doesn’t automatically launch itself and fire the timers. If you need to set up an “always working backup/sync” you should use the hidden-background application H.FoldersSynchronizer which is free for all the FS registered users.


• Go to the “Timer” panel choosing “Timer” from the “Option” menu, or clicking on the “Clock” icon in the drawer view. Each Session can specify up to 32 timers.

• Timer On: check the check-box “Timer On” to enable and edit the timer list.


• Define a Timer:

Click on a cell of the list and edit the timer in the "Set Timer" dialog (see the picture below). To delete a timer from the list click on the cell holding down the ALT key. To deactivate/activate a timer click on the column "On" of the timer. The dialog "Set Timer" presents the following fields:

• Start Hour/Minutes: it specifies the time the timer will start (e.g. 9:00).

• Start Month/Day/Year: it specifies the day the timer will start (e.g. Jan, 1st, 2011).

• Repeating Interval check-box: if you don't mark this check-box, the timer will be executed at the start date/time and not longer. If you mark this check-box the timer will be executed again at each interval you set (e.g. each 2 hours) and starting from the start time and start date. If you defined:

start time = 9:00

start date = 1 January 2011

interval hours = 2

FS, starting from 1st Jan 2011, everyday, will execute the timer every 2 hours starting from the 9:00 to midnight. Thus everyday FS will execute the timer at 9:00 a.m., at 11:00, at 13:00, ...23:00 (the last one). If you want FS executes the timer every 2 hours for all day long, you have to set:

start time = 00:00

start date = 1st January 2011

interval hour = 2

• End Time check-box: if you don't mark this check-box, and the check-box "Repeating Interval" is on, the timer will be executed forever. Instead, if you mark this check-box, FS everyday will stop the timer at the time you specified in the fields "End Hours" and "End Minutes". If you defined:

start time = 9:00

start date = 1st January 2011

interval hour = 2

end time = 18:00

FS everyday will execute the timer every 2 hours starting from 9:00 and ending at 18:00. Thus everyday FS will execute the timer at 9:00 a.m., at 11:00, at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 (the last one).

• End Date check-box: if you don't mark this check-box, the timer will be executed forever. Instead, if you mark this check-box, FS will stop the timer at the date you specified in the fields "End Date". After this date, the time will never work longer.

• Execute On: if you want FS executes the timer on certain days of the week, simply mark only the check-boxes related to those days. For example, if you want FS executes the timer defined above, only from Monday to Friday, simply mark the check-boxes "Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu" and "Fri" and unmark the check-boxes "Sat" and "Sun".




Today Timer Scheduling window
Once you defined the timers, you can better control and s
ee the today active timers list in the Timer Scheduling window calling the menu item Window:Timer Scheduling. This window lists all the today's active timers defined for the current session. You cannot edit the timers from this window. In order to edit the timers you have to go to the Timer panel. If you selected "All" as current session (in the pop-up menu Sessions), you will see here all the active timers defined for all the sessions.


Each row of the scheduling list contains the following fields:

  1. The pound # indicates the progressive timer number.

  2. The violet arrow xx
    indicates the next timer FS is going to execute.
  3. Start: the date/time that timer will be executed.

  4. Session: the session that will be executed on the date/time.

  5. State: Wait, Run, or Done.

  6. Errors: the amount of the errors (only for timers already done).



• You can delete only a timer when "Done". Simply select the row you want to delete and press the key "Delete". You can extend the selection using the shift and/or the command keys.
• You can double click on a timer done row in order to open the Log file (if any) related to the session done. This is useful if you want to quickly inspect the Log file of a sync/backup executed by a timer. You have to activate the check-box "Save Log File" in the Preferences panel in order to make FS write log files at the end of each session.
• Every time you set up the Timer list the go to the Console panel, FS will delete the timers "Done" from the "Scheduling Timer" window then will build the today timer scheduling list starting from the first executable today's timer.
• Every time the system date changes, FS in less than 10 seconds, updates the list of the today's active timers. If you want to see the list of the active timers FS will execute on a given day in the future, you can temporary set the system date (System Preferences/Date&Time panel) to that given date, wait 10 seconds and check the new FS timer list. Then remember to set back the system date to its original date.
• Every time you launch the application, FS will build the today timer scheduling list starting from the first executable today's timer.
• Every time you change session from the popUp menu in the console, FS will update the "Wait" timers but will not delete the timers "Done".
• When a timer is running, the timer row text color changes to red and the "State" field reports "Run".

 

Timers