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How to monitor your C# application via Google Analytics or Matomo/Piwik

SoftMeter, our application usage analytics library, is a kind of minimal SDK for Google Analytics tracking (and Matomo/Piwik, in Beta).

By embedding SoftMeter in your C# desktop software, you can send hits to Google Analytics or Matomo/Piwik. Then you can use a normal Google analytics or Matomo/Piwik account to remotely monitor and track the usage of your software, together with any exceptions or crashes. Your can see how your software is being used both in real-time and in historical reports, compare month by month, or year by year.

Software Usage Analytics for free with SoftMeter + Google analytics

Google Analytics is the most popular platform for website statistics.

If we imagine our desktop or mobile software as a website, shouldn't we be using the same successful analytics platform also for our software usage analytics?

This is the idea that sparked the creation of SoftMeter, our software usage analytics library for Windows, MacOS and IOS.

MacOS 10.14 Mojave, screensaver problem, solved!

It happened that the StarMessage screensaver had a problem under the new Mojave MacOS version. Due to a change in the operating system's screensaver framework, StarMessage lost its ability to draw on the screen. Many other screensavers for MacOS were also affected in the same way.

See beyond the download: SoftMeter v0.6.3 released

SoftMeter v0.6.3 was released.

If you are already using SoftMeter to monitor your application usage, please upgrade. The API remains the same so the upgrade is simply a replacement of the library file (DLL in Windows, dylib in MacOS).

If you are not using SoftMeter, read on.

Application analytics dashboard | Free analytics for your Windows or MacOS application

As software developers for desktop software, we monitor how visitors arrive at our website, which pages they visit the most, which are the entry and exit pages. We also measure the number our software was downloaded. And then, after the download, there is silence: We do not know if the user installed the software if he/she keeps using it or he/she abandoned it the next day. We do not know how many active users we have. Software usage analytics is the category of tools that can help throw light in these questions that every developer has.

Application analytics is the new tool that allows you to look into these matters for the first time.

Macbook screensaver: StarMessage for MacOS

Your new MacBook (or Mac) comes with some built-in Apple screensavers, but you would certainly prefer a bigger variety of Macbook screensavers to choose from. Read here our suggestions for your Macbook screensaver.

Installation analytics for shareware and desktop software applications

Installation analytics is the technique of gathering installation statistics directly from the distributed software installers.

The developers can see even in real-time the stream of installations and uninstalls of their software, understand the impact of their advertising, detect remote problems immediately after the release.

Having installation analytics in your software is essential for your success in this brutally competitive internet.

Digital clock screensaver - StarMessage v.5.7.4

A digital clock functionality was added to the screensaver version 5.74.

You can now see the current time in 24 or 12 hours format, include or exclude the seconds. You can additionally select the color of the digital clock display, and its movement speed. Together with the time, you will, of course, see all the other animations of the StarMessage screensaver.

Installation analytics for Inno Setup

It's time you see some instalaltion analytics for your shareware or other types of desktop software.

With SoftMeter, you can monitor your software's distribution and installation analytics using InnoSetup, and Google Analytics. A free and easy to implement solution.

Google analytics reporting examples for tracking software/shareware desktop applications

By using SoftMeter in your shareware/software application you can see runtime statistics of your desktop program via the Google Analytics platform.

As a shareware developer, you are probably already using Google analytics for your website traffic as it is a free and reliable solution. With our SoftMeter library, you can now also monitor the usage of your software program.

In this article, you can see examples of the reports that you will get.

Checkist: How to transfer a domain name from Godaddy to Namecheap, in 50 minutes (15 steps)

This procedure to transfer your domain name from one registrar to another requires less than 10 minutes of your time. Together with the waiting time for the servers to update, the domain switch takes from 50 minutes to few hours to complete. As this is completed in less than a day, you can perform the transfer just a few days before the renewal date your domain.

StarMessage screensaver v5.5.6 (Windows, Mac), v5.5.7 (Apple store) released

- Internal improvements of the screensaver

- Better illumination of the new moon phase

- Better registration system for paying users

- More quotes in the full version (v.5.5.7)

- More quotes in the free version (v.5.5.7)

- Better launch options and more clear explanatory messages (v.5.5.7)

Go get the free version from our website [Windows], [MacOS].

StarMessage screensaver v5.5.2 released

The new version v5.5.2 of the screensaver is released.

It contains more famous quotes and internal improvements.

Go get the free version from our website [Windows], [MacOS] or from the [Mac Apple store].

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