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Introducing Simon 5!

Simon version 5 is now available. It is a massive update, introducing a much-requested feature: syncing the Simon data between multiple Macs, plus a Simon Status service, a Link Checker filter, improved Find filter, iMessage and Speak Error notifiers, a new app icon, and much more.

Important: please note that Simon 5 requires a minimum of macOS 10.12 (Sierra), and is a paid upgrade from Simon 4. Purchasers since September 1, 2020 automatically get a version 5 license (that also works in previous versions).

Read the Simon What's New page for details.

New Feature Requests: Notifiers and Services

New Feature Requests:
- Part of Notifiers - In the "Automatically Pause Notifiers" area, create an option for "No Notifiers after X Notifications Pause for Y Time". For frequent checks, numerous notifications can be overwelming.

- Make specialized FTP and SFTP Service types with more clearly worded formats
+ "Does Directory Exist"
+ "Does File Exist"
+ "Has File Changed"
+ "Has Permissions Changed"
+ "Has Modfication Date Changed"
+ "Has Created Date Changed"
Details of file properties should be available in FTP/SFTP directory listing. Yes, one could make a shell or other script and just HTTP to that looking for changes, but why not make that easier for people. Also, having the script on the same server would make it obvious what you are monitoring if someone hacks into your server.

- Part of Notifiers - Sound kind, add a "Sound Level Setting" or "Volume" for this Notification (like in Speech with slider control). If system volume is high, notifications are overwelming, if system volume is to low, notification go unheard.

David Sinclair's picture

Re: New Feature Requests: Notifiers and Services

Thank you for the suggestions.

For notifiers, you can use the "only notify once for each failure" option to avoid getting too many notifications.

Those services sound like good ideas. You could create them via the Script plugin — that way the script will be in Simon, not on the server. If you do, please send them so they can be shared with others.

I agree that a sound volume option would be a useful addition to the Sound plugin.

Thanks again.