To make adding new events easy and quick, there
are six wizards you can use. Click the Event Wizard icon from
the main dialog and you'll be able to choose which kind of Event
you'd like to create.
After entering the required information the wizard
will create the event and add the triggers and actions as required.
a wizard creates can also be hand-created with the Event Manager.
You can also use the Event Manager to later change
or add to events created with the Event Wizard, you generally
have a lot more options you can access from there too.
Add Url Wizard is just a quick thingie to make an event for you
that is setup to check web pages and notify you.
still have to use the Event Manager to do any extra complex checks,
but for the majority of your web page checks this is all you need.
If you explore the Toolfish program directory, you'll see a directory
called "cache". This is where Toolfish stores all the
web pages it compares against.
The URL of the website to monitor/compare - Just cut
and paste in the URL you want to watch. If you specify only a
domain name, not an actual file, toolfish will internally name
the file index.htm or unknown.htm depending on the circumstance.
- Hitting this button will load the site and show you exactly
what Toolfish read. If a site isn't working properly this is a
good way to figure out what is wrong. You might see what error
the page is giving or that you or are monitoring the wrong frame,
entering the URL you can hit Add It and you're done or go ahead
and customize a few extra basic settings...
Notification settings +++
Changed - This controls how sensitive the web check
is. If a page is only hand updated, 1 percent is fine.
If a page tends to show different advertisements each time you
view it or random quotes or other things you would like to ignore,
set the percent to a higher number to ignore those changes. Sometimes
you have to experiment a bit. (Use the Run Now option from the
Event Manager to help you with this)
Toolfish notices when content is just moved or shifted on the
page and will score the change accordingly using an advanced proprietary
of checks - You can set how often Toolfish will check
the page. Every 6 hours is generally a good idea, it really depends
on the site and how quickly you need to be notified.
Please be aware that it is considered very rude to 'hammer' a
site and check too often. Some sites may notice this and ban your
IP or your ISP from reaching the site in an effort to keep traffic
and server load down.
check the site policy of sites you wish to monitor and use common
sense. (i.e., checking once a second is a bad, baaad idea!)
If a site has changed, what should it do? +++
it - This writes a message to the log clearly explaining
the site was updated. It's actually a little redundant because
the Web Compare event will write something too.
Sound - Plays a chime. The actual .wav file used can
be set using the Event Manager if needed.
a window - This is the most evasive way to be notified,
it basically forces you to notice the change and click OK. Not
- My personal favorite, this uses text to speech to 'tell' you
about the update. You can enter a custom message such as "Hey,
someone posted on your guest book!" or leave it the way it
The $LAST_COMPARE_URL$ is a dynamic
token that automatically is converted to the URL that was
tested. If it's a long URL you probably should write in a custom
message otherwise the voice is going to read the entire URL to
it - This takes the information you've entered and
creates the event. It will be run right away. Please note that
the first time it is run you will see a message like "Caching
web page for future compares", so the first time it will
always say it's been "changed" because it has nothing
to compare it with.
let's you quickly set up a site or port to be monitored. Follow
the onscreen instructions and click Create Event to get it going,
the site will immediately be checked.
view or reset statistics, use the Event Manager to find this event
(It will be placed in the Site Monitor folder automatically) and
double click it or click the Edit button. Next double click the
Site Monitor action.
let's you an email box to automatically scan at intervals. When
new email is found it is announced using Text To Speech technology.
the email sounds interesting, you can open real email program
and check it out. Toolfish's email monitoring is nondestructive,
it never deletes or changes email on the server, it just let's
you know when they come in.
can use this wizard to setup as many accounts as you need.
Wizard and Recurrent Reminder Wizard
are two reminder wizards - "Reminder Wizard"
and "Recurrent Reminder Wizard". If you need
a one time reminder, such as a dental appointment, choose the
first one. If you wish it to be automatically rescheduled daily,
weekly, monthly or yearly, choose recurrent.
click the day you wish to be reminded and enter the time. Don't
forget to set the AM/PM part too!
Reminder only: Set the reschedule settings as desired. If
you choose daily, uncheck any days you do not with to be
Add this event! when you're finished and it will automatically
be added to the "Reminders" folder of the Event Manager
for easy access later.
it is a one-time reminder, it will be automatically deleted after
it is activated.
Clock Time Adjust Wizard
computers are amazingly fast but they still can't keep correct
time! Even a brand new computer can lose (or gain) as much as
thirty seconds per day.
wizard setups a regular 'check up' where it will go online and
grab the correct time and fix your clock. It's very careful about
validating the data it receives and correctly calculating your
local time based on your global windows time-zone settings.
message to the log letting you know how many seconds or minutes
your clock was adjusted is given upon each check.