Version 2.21 6.May.2002
* Add support for Xinerama. Requested by Orion Hodson <email@example.com>.
Version 2.20 17.Apr.2002
* Add `title' option. Suggested, and patch provided, by Dale Thatcher
* Finally fix `--multiscreen' option. Thanks to Orion Hodson
<firstname.lastname@example.org> for lending his multihead machine.
Version 2.19 8.Feb.2002
* The escalation "clock" corresponding to `after=TIME' options proceeds
even after you cancel a break by deleting all the xwrits windows.
Therefore, you can no longer prevent escalation by deleting xwrits
windows with your window manager.
* Locking code works with large `lock-picture's. Reported by Carlos
O'Donell Jr. <email@example.com>.
* Add `bars-picture' option. If you specify your own `lock-picture', then
`bars-picture' defaults to a black screen. Say `bars-picture="&bars"' to
get the old behavior.
* Add `+verbose' option for debugging.
* Xwrits checks whether other clients pay attention to KeyRelease events,
as well as KeyPress events. This may improve its interaction with certain
window managers. For example, xwrits seemed to come up less frequently
than it should when I was using KDE.
* `--multiscreen' still doesn't seem to work, but I don't know why.
Version 2.18 21.Dec.2001
* Fix `--multiscreen' option. Reported by Jamie Zawinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Version 2.17 18.Dec.2001
* Add `--multiscreen' option. Requested by Jamie Zawinski <email@example.com>.
Version 2.16 23.Aug.2001
* Choose font more carefully, to avoid null pointer dereferences. Problem
reported by Sharif Nassar <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Version 2.15 18.Apr.2001
* Xwrits processes play nicely with one another. For example, two xwrits
processes with `+top' no longer fight each other to get to the top of the
window stack; and xwrits processes inform one another when you click on a
window to take a break. Requested by Thomer M. Gil
<email@example.com>, who runs two xwrits processes at once: one for
microbreaks, one for longer breaks.
Version 2.14 15.Feb.2001
* Fixed new crash when `+lock' and `+breakclock' were both supplied.
Reported by Chris Keane <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Fixed time-adjusting code when the system clock jumps backwards: Do not
use the remaining-timeout value to calculate how much the system clock
has changed. The symptom was that xwrits windows would stop animating if
the system clock jumped backwards (even by a little bit).
Version 2.13 11.Feb.2001
* Documented multiple `breaktime' specifications. This lets you, for
example, make a break longer depending on how long you waited to take it.
See the ESCALATION section of the manual page. These were added in an
earlier version, but never documented.
* The escalation "clock" corresponding to `after=TIME' options proceeds
even while xwrits thinks you're resting. Therefore, you can no longer
prevent escalation by clicking on the xwrits window (making it think
you're resting) and then typing some more. Requested by Conrad Hughes
* Bug fix: The `breakclock' always counts down from the end of the break.
Previously, it counted back from a random time when `+mouse' was true.
Reported by Tijn Porcelijn <email@example.com>.
* Hopefully fixed bugs that were causing xwrits to crash on Chris Keane
* Bug fix: Erasing messages on the lock screen didn't completely work if
the hand picture was in the way. This resulted in unreadable displays.
* Hopefully fixed bugs that caused animation to stop sometimes.
* The lock screen now shows how many characters of your unlock password
Version 2.12 14.Nov.2000
* Changed Alarm structure into a doubly linked list. May improve
performance when there are many xwrits windows.
Version 2.11 29.Jan.2000
* Fixed bug: destroying xwrits windows with the window manager could
corrupt memory and eventually cause a crash. Reported by Anders
Version 2.10 5.Jan.2000
* Xwrits can simultaneously monitor multiple displays (and report problems
on all of them). Just give the `display' option multiple times.
* Added `lock-picture' option.
* Fixed bug: default `canceltime' could be longer than `typetime'.
* Fixed bug: sometimes the warning window picture would stop being
Version 2.9 30.Dec.1999
* `german' is now its own beast: an animated gesture suggested by Andreas
* When `+quota' is on and you take a quota break, xwrits lengthens your
typing time by that amount, as well as shortening your break time by that
amount. Now a break cycle -- the time from when one break is over, until
when the next break is over -- is the same length of time (typetime plus
breaktime) whether or not `+quota' is in use. Suggested by Justin Wells
* Added `minbreaktime' for use with `+quota'. It defaults to half the break
length or the quota time, whichever is longer. Suggested by Justin Wells
* Added `canceltime' option. This is the amount of time that you are
allowed to type if you cancel a break (by deleting all xwrits windows
with the window manager). Suggested, again, by Justin Wells
* Made GIF records read-only. This should result in slightly better memory
performance in all cases, and especially for people running more than one
xwrits at once.
Version 2.9b1 10.Aug.1999
* Added `+quota' option. With `+quota=TIME' on, if you leave your
workstation idle for more than TIME, xwrits will subtract that idle time
from the length of the next break. Requested by Justin Wells
* Xwrits always monitors your key presses, even with `-idle'. Sort of
requested by Malcolm Ross Kinsella Ryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Changed semantics of `+idle=IDLETIME'. Now the IDLETIME argument is the
amount of time that must pass before an idle period is treated like a
break. Something like this was requested by Peter Boult
* Pressing the mouse button on an xwrits window counts as a key press.
* Thickened index finger on `+finger=korean' picture.
* Added `german', `japanese', and `russian' as synonyms for
Version 2.8 9.Aug.1999
* Added the `+cheat' option to allow limited cheating during a break.
* Extended `+finger' to `+finger=CULTURE', and included a rude Korean
* You can set the mouse motion detector's sensitivity with
`+mouse[=SENSITIVITY]'. Default sensitivity has been raised to 15 pixels.
Requested by Radoslaw Stachowiak <email@example.com>.
* Changed the way times are parsed for consistency. Now a fractional number
like `2.5' means 2.5 minutes, not 2.5 seconds. You can still get 2.5
seconds with `:2.5'. A clarification of the time situation was originally
requested by Sam Ockman <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Fixed bugs in `+multiply': iconifying a multiplied warning window would
cause a crash, and new warning windows wouldn't have clocks attached.
* Fixed bugs in picture loading code: multiple `flashtime' options had no
effect since 2.8b1.
Version 2.8b2 4.Aug.1999
* Xwrits can finally monitor your mouse movements with the `+mouse' option.
I've been meaning to implement this feature for years. It has been
requested by Radoslaw Stachowiak <email@example.com>, Justin
Wells <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Chris Brand
<email@example.com>, Mark Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Alex
Westner <email@example.com>, Peter Boult <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Malcolm
Ross Kinsella Ryan <email@example.com>, Sam Ockman
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, and possibly others.
* You can specify your own GIF pictures or animations for the warning,
resting, and ready windows with the `--warning-picture',
`--rest-picture', and `--ready-picture' options. I've been meaning to
implement this feature for a while, too. Tom Murphy
<email@example.com> also requested it.
* Various code cleanups and some bug fixes.
Version 2.8b1 3.Aug.1999
* Fixed bugs related to the count of how many hands were actively visible.
This surfaced in several ways: too few multiplied windows, deleting
xwrits windows could cause a segmentation fault, and so forth. Bug
reported by Darko Marinov <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Different `+top' behavior: now warning windows look at the window
stacking order and try to keep themselves on top.
* Simplified clock drawing mechanism.
* Updated GIF library to 0.9999.
Version 2.7.3 28.Dec.1998
* Updated GIF library to 0.99; moved to config.h-based configuration.
* Use the failing-malloc library to avoid problems with some systems' bad
Version 2.7.2 16.Dec.1998
* Another bug fix in code for adjusting break length (sometimes it wouldn't
notice that a break should be over, and would incorrectly start
flashing when you typed).
* Finally, real `--help'!
Version 2.7.1 9.Dec.1998
* Fixed bug where breaks would often be dramatically shortened for no good
reason. (The problem: there were several static variables named
last_key_time, instead of one global variable.)
Version 2.7 7.Dec.1998
* Xwrits will adjust the length it wants you to rest depending on how long
it's been since you last typed. Bug reported by A.T. Hofkamp
* Xwrits now behaves robustly when the system time is adjusted backwards.
* The xwrits package now uses automake.
Version 2.6.5 6.Oct.1998
* Makefiles: Fixed vpath builds and problems with old `make's (makes which
didn't support $< in explicit rules).
Version 2.6.4 26.Sep.1998
* Added `--help' (well, `help') to conform to GNU program behavior standards.
* Makefiles: Added `make uninstall' target, enabled `./configure's
program name transformations, made VPATH builds possible.
Version 2.6.3 7.Sep.1998
* No user-visible changes (fixed configuration bugs and renamed some
Version 2.6.2 17.Aug.1998
* Bug fix: If `idle' was off, the warning window would never appear (it was
waiting for a key press -- stupid, since it wasn't listening for any key
presses). Bug reported by Malcolm Ross Kinsella Ryan
Version 2.6.1 8.Jun.1998
* Fixed the clock, which will now disappear properly instead of leaving a
black square (even in mono).
Version 2.6 29.May.1998
* Made and included pictures for monochromatic screens and added `mono'
* Bug fixes for `lock', `clock' and `breakclock'.
* Restored the time argument to `idle'.
Version 2.6b8 27.May.1998
* Added support for --long-options and --version.
* Fixed race condition in schedule.c, which could result in losing
keystrokes. Bug reported by Gregory Galperin <email@example.com>.
Version 2.6b7 23.May.1998
* Clock improvements: fixed problem with black-on-black clock on 24-plane
displays (it had to do with visual selection: WhitePixel wasn't white
since the Visual was not the default). Also improved clock appearance and
made it appear more like when it's supposed to. Bug reported by Erez
Version 2.6b6 5.May.1998
* Improved the configure script to use <sys/types.h> for u_int32_t, etc.
* Fixed bug in gifx.c: on a 24-plane display, any picture came out all
black. (The problem: implementation-specific behavior of <<;
specifically, I expected 1<<32 == 0 for 32-bit ints.) Bug reported by
Alexander Konstantinou <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Matthew Lewis
* Added visual searching: xwrits will now use a TrueColor visual if
Version 2.6b4 5.May.1998
* Updated GIF library to 0.9, the version used in Gifsicle. This has
temporarily broken support for monochrome displays, but will hopefully
fix other bugs some people have experienced.
Version 2.6b3 24.Nov.1997
* Fixed installation and improved the configure script.
* Fixed bug with freeing memory multiple times. Works better on Linux now.
Thanks to Albert L. Ting <email@example.com> for a patch.
Version 2.5 13.Nov.1995
* The most important change is the +idle option, on by default, which makes
xwrits slightly smarter than an alarm clock. The code has also been
completely reorganized around the Alarm concept, which makes it much
* Many, many more options have been added. The code has been cleaned up a
great deal, and also expanded a great deal. Comments should still be
added to the code.
* Xwrits no longer uses XPM files. Instead, it uses GIF files, with some
proprietary extensions. The GIF files are compiled into C files, then
object files, and read from memory. This makes xwrits a much, much
smaller executable, faster, and more portable.
Version 1 Summer 1994
* Original distribution.