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Be notified when programs are done processing with Tell When Done

[1]We all multitask. (Don’t even try to claim you don’t.) For me it is so bad sometimes I multi-task just for the sake of multitasking. Multitasking on a computer often involves doing something else while you wait for a program to do work in the background. Because of this multitasking craze, some programs display audio or visual prompts to users to inform users when they are done doing whatever they do. However, many programs display no such prompt. This is where Tell When Done comes in.

Tell When Done Tells You When Something Is Done

Tell When Done is a small, portable program that monitors the activity of programs. When it determines a program has finished doing whatever processing it was doing, Tell When Done prompts you with a window telling you X has finished its processing:

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How It Determines What Is Done

The developer doesn’t provide any specific information on how Tell When Done determines a program has finished processing. My semi-educated guess is Tell When Done monitors CPU usage activity of software and when CPU usage falls below a specific threshold (again, there is no information on what this threshold is) Tell When Done marks that program as having finished its processing.

Using Tell When Done

Using Tell When Done is very easy. First off it is a portable program so there is no need to install it — just unzip the download and run the EXE file. Once you have Tell When Done up and running, you press the Win + T hotkeys on your keyboard to tell Tell When Done which program to monitor. When the hotkey is pressed, Tell When Done starts monitoring the active window so be sure to make the window of the program you want to monitor active before pressing Win + T.

When the monitored process has finished processing, Tell When Done displays a popup notification to you, telling you processing has finished and giving you the option to bring that program to the front. If you wish to have Tell When Done stop monitoring prior to the finish of processing, pressing Win + T again does that for you.

If you wish to use hotkeys other than Win + T, right-clicking on Tell When Done’s system tray icon and selecting Settings allows you to change the hotkey to whatever you want:

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Ways To Improve Tell When Done

Tell When Done is a new program so I can’t rip the developer too hard. After all, it will (hopefully) improve in the future. Still, though, these are my suggestions on how to improve Tell When Done:

Conclusion

For being a new program, Tell When Done isn’t bad. However, because of its limitations – specifically being only able to monitor one process at a time and not properly detecting which EXE is doing the processing – I can’t see Tell When Done being too terribly useful in its current form. Still, I suggest keeping an eye on this one.

You can grab Tell When Done from the links below:

Version reviewed: v1.0.7

Supported OS: Windows XP and higher

Download size: 269 KB

Malware status: VirusTotal scan results (1/43) [4]

Tell When Done homepage [5] [direct download [6]]

[via Ghacks [7]]