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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.
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.
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.
This blog describes how you can add installation analytics to your existing Installaware script.
With the installation analytics you will be able to see the daily/monthly/yearly number of installations and uninstalls, the operating systems where the installations occur, the countries of your users and much more.
Application analytics is a new practice and still only very few desktop applications use.
It is unique and powerful because it allows you, for the first time, to see beyond the download of your desktop software.
Here is the opportunity: You can become a development hero by implementing this new practice into your software.
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.
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.
Website vs Mobile App types of reporting views in Google Analytics, and the measurement protocol.
The Google measurement protocol can send PageViews, ScreenViews and Events to your Google Analytics account.
See a comparison listing the similarities and differences between the two types of reporting views: Website vs Mobile App.
Version 0.5.3 of libAppTelemetry (now called SoftMeter) was released.
With SoftMeter you can monitor the usage statistics of your desktop program (Windows, MacOS) and the size of your user base.
SoftMeter has a free edition.
It works with Google Analytics, which is also free.
The illumination of the moon image is improved together with the accuracy of the moon phase percent. More options were added to control the power settings and to keep the computer awake and avoid sleep/low power mode.
StarReminder is a Tasks Reminding utility that you can easily use as an electronic calendar, task organizer, daily planner, alarm clock and birthday reminder.
You can have reminders, alerts for specific dates and times. With the advanced (but easy to user) scheduling options you can setup recurring reminders (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.).
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.
This procedure requires less that 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.
A list of free online tools that will help webmasters check their website for errors, inconsistenices, and issues like the DNS propagation, site load speed, HTML validity, website health, website who is who history, SSL status, and more.
- 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)