iTimer, an application from Crescendo Software, for regulating Internet use from one computer, is now up to version 3.0. The update adds the ability to time not only monthly, but also daily and yearly periods for individual users, according to Chris Carruthers of Crescendo. However, it’s not totally compatible with Mac OS 9.1.
The Mac only app, which supports multiple users and is fully administrable, now packs a reworked and streamlined admin section to accommodate new accounting periods. A new “Log Only” feature allows use with permanent connections (cable, DSL, etc.), and a new HTML help system has been added, reports MacTech magazine.
With iTimer, multiple users can have their own name, icon, password, and daily, monthly, or yearly time limit. A complete log is maintained for each user’s Internet connections, date and time of logging-on, and duration of surf. Logs can be viewed and exported from all periods of use for any user. And a floating window lets users view their status while using other applications.
You can download iTimer, a US$15 shareware product, from the Crescendo Web site; it’s a 750k file. Owners of previous versions can upgrade for free by using their old registration numbers.
System requirements are a Power Mac, at least 8 MB of RAM, approximately 2 MB of available hard disk space, and Mac OS 7.6 through Mac OS 9.0.4 with Open Transport. Unfortunately, Mac OS 9.1 is only supported with iTimer’s “log only” mode. It’s not possible to use iTimer to connect and disconnect dial-up connections when running Mac OS 9.1.