Project status, some numbers, and the future

Hello all!

It has been a while since I last posted here in the blog, mainly because since I created the twitter and facebook account I’ve been posting feed updates through there. However, today I will share some thoughts and numbers about the current status of my BatteryCare project.

I must say, I never thought that my little app would become so widely used around the world! As you know I keep developing it because that’s something I love to do and I’m proud that people enjoy it alot.

Recieving positive feedback and congratulations about my work is the most rewarding thing in a developers world! :)

So, some facts:

We are almost reaching 1 year of public release status and until now, the program has been updated 46 times! This is the consequence of being constantly in the workbench, improving!

Since the last update, on the 4th of February, more than 50.000 updates were downloaded, so what does this mean? Well, at first glance it could tell us the aproximate number of BatteryCare installations out there, and we might assume that there’s around 50.000 people using the program around the world.

Everytime the program boots, it checks for updates by contacting the update server, so I have the statistics about the daily usage of the program, here’s a graph to better ilustrate:

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As you can see the number of visits are also around the 50.000.

I never thought it would reach a scale like this! :) I’m very happy that there is a full stadium of people using BatteryCare around the world!

So, the current status is presented, now what are the guidelines for the future?

Well there’s so many improvements I want to bring to the app, but recently I haven’t had the time to develop them! :(

Some things that are on the roadmap for a near future:

  • A new settings panel, since the one in the main window is small and will not have the ability to acomodate the growing number of options in the program;
  • Automatic battery calibration procedure;
  • Automate the process of running BatteryCare with admin previleges even with UAC activated;
  • Provide more robust discharge cycles managment, sometimes the file that contains this info gets corrupted if Windows crashes;
  • Improve the main window interface so that it can blend better with the Windows Aero style, giving the program a more professional look;
  • Provide the user with the most configurations possible, in order to give the user full power and control over the application, full customization is the key;
  • Ultimately, some harder stuff, like monitoring multiple batteries, and also providing the ability to create battery profiles so that users that swap batteries keep different statistics for each battery.

So, basically, the way to go in the future is working on making a good tool into a better tool with more features and more customization! All this in a simpler package that even the average Joe can handle :)

My wishes now are that the program will continue to grow and even more people use it!

Also I want to thank you all for the feedback and tips, and also a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been supporting my work through donations. Small as they may be, they all help.

I will not post in portuguese anymore due to the globalization of the project, also I guess almost everybody reads english in these days, thanks to the “interwebs” phenomenon :)


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3 Responses to “Project status, some numbers, and the future”

  1. Greg says:

    I want to personally thank you for such a great product, and the future improvements you’ve listed so far are exactly what I would have wanted. Especially the automatic calibration. Kudos to you for creating such an elegant and useful application and please keep up the good work!

  2. Ryan says:

    How great the software is! I kept using it ever since the first time I saw it. The software includes everything I need to save power and save battery wear automatically, as well as detailed description for all the technical terminology.

    However there is a minor bug. On some certain CPUs, I believe, the temperature readings are incorrect, at least on my Core 2 Duo T5800. The temp displayed is higher than 70 degree right after boot-up. I will be glad to test update soft once you fixed this.

    And here comes a suggestion. I don’t know if you have heard the APM (Advanced Power Management) problem on several WD and Hitachi hard drives. APM modules on those HDs are too “advanced” that it increases “load cycle count” dramatically, which could lead to serious problem in a short time. If we turn APM off, however, it will increase the power consumption of the HD. Since APM settings cannot be remembered by the hard disk itself, there always need some software to change the initial settings of the hard disk. So, I hope you could add this function in BatteryCare. When the power cable is plugged in, turn off APM function to save the hard disk and when the laptop is depending on battery, turn on APM so that battery can hold up longer. And users are able to set APM to permanent OFF even if the laptop is running on battery.

    Thank you again for this phenomenon software BatteryCare.

  3. Ryan says:

    you are welcome to contact me and please don’t let me down :) cheer up!