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A topic by ThatRaisinTho created May 23, 2017 Views: 1,158 Replies: 5
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I don't have experience setting these kinds of things up, so I think I have it downloaded but not installed. All I have done so far is pressed download on the website, and gotten the folder full of a few things.  I haven't done anything else to the folder or anything. What do I do from here to get this to work?

You copy the folder to a location of your choosing (which will unzip) and run it from there.  No installer is necessary.

I did that, or at least I think I did, and all that is appearing is a new, blank window with a few words on it. Can you walk me through downloading it and other stuff you need to do before setting it up?

The next step after opening Time Split Tracker is to open one of your split files to use (command-O should do it, or you can do that from the menu).  The default mode of the program is a timer without any splits.

what is a split file and how do i create it? my live split tracker is just a white window with 0:00:00 at the bottom and all my commands do absolutely nothing

I can certainly help you create a split file if you would like.  The file is what defines and stores the splits and their times, so it is essential to have a file that has the splits for the run you are doing.  There are sample split files that come with Time Split Tracker.

Another way to set up the split file if you have WINE installed is to get the Windows version (or just borrow someones windows machine for a bit) and use it to edit the splits within the program. I hope this feature will be added to the Mac version soon.

Here is the section from the manual about the format of the split file:

File Format for Splits File: The files Time Split Tracker uses are tab delimited, so it is easily to modify this in a spreadsheet program. Just save it as a tab delimited.

The first line is the info for the file. Its first column is the total number of attempts for the splits. The second column is the TimeOffset; the amount of time (can be negative) to offset the timer's starting time from zero. The third column is the path and filename for the image for the splits file. This is relative to the split file's location. This is what is displayed next to the splits' title.

The next line has the headers for the columns. The first column is the title for the splits. The second column is "Best Splits" which will be overwritten by the program since it is a reserved column. The remainder of the columns are for the comparison splits.

The remainder of the lines are in pairs and have the split data. The first line in the pair is the time data for the split. The first column is the split name, and the remainder are the times for the split, except the best split which is the elapsed time. The format must be in h:mm:ss.zz (zz is the hundredths of the second) or it will not be recognized properly. The number of time data must match the number of headers. The second line in the pair is the row's image file and the split notes. The first column is the path and filename of the image for the split. This is relative to the split file's location. The rest of the columns are the notes for each time in the split. Note that in a text editor/spreadsheet, a tab must be entered as |t and a return as a |n since the characters normally would break the file format. These show up normally in the the notes editing in Time Split Tracker.