Auction Reminder is a tool that allows you to set alerts for everyday events - anything from a dentists appointment several months away to something quick and simple such as food cooking in the oven. What separates it from other reminder software is that it allows you to import items from eBay, allowing you to keep up to date on auctions that are ending soon, and those which are scheduled to end several days away.
The prices of items are updated every 5 minutes on the main screen so that you do not have to check eBay to keep up to date.
For the advanced user, templates can be created for commonly used tasks to save time. Much of the user interface is customizable, allowing you to add your own backgrounds and change the themes and colors.
From the main screen you can view all of your current reminders. They can be sorted by their end time, title, description or price on eBay items.
You have two main options to add reminders, you can either add one manually by clicking on 'Add Reminder' (see here) or clicking on 'Import Watchlist' to automatically create reminders based on your eBay watchlist items. Click here to view the import watchlist screen.
If you do not wish an alert for a reminder to be displayed when it is due then you can untick the box next to it under the 'Active' column. Alternatively, if you do not wish for alerts to be displayed for any reminders then you can put Auction Reminder into silent mode by ticking the option under the 'Alerts' menu.
The background and colors of Auction Reminder can be changed by clicking on the 'Schemes' menu. This also allows you to add your own background and styles.
Prices for imported items are automatically updated every 5 minutes (this can be disabled in the preferences menu). If someone has placed a bid on an item and the price has changed since the last check then it is displayed in red. An example is shown here:
It is safe to close Auction Reminder, it will remain in the tray until specifically told to exit. You can bring it into view again by clicking the icon:
You can also bring up a menu by right clicking on the icon. This allows you to see the time of the next reminder and serves as a shortcut to a few functions.
The next reminder can also be viewed from the main screen by clicking on the 'Info' menu. This will also show you the last time the prices for imported items were updated.
There are a few shortcuts which can be used on the main screen:
This is the main screen for setting up a reminder. Set the day and time in the top left corner. A warning will be given if you attempt to set a date or time in the past when you are done.
Recurrenence can be set if you would like to be reminded constantly of an event. For example, if you walk the dog every day in the morning, you could set it to recur every 1 day. The reminder will then be extended by this period when the alert fires.
It is possible to set an advance warning to make sure that reminders are seen. Set a time period and a warning bubble like the one below should be displayed before the end.
A title and description are not mandatory, however they will help you to identify your reminder in future.
You should only be concerned about the advanced screen if you want finer control over what happens when an alert is shown or if you would like to run an application or visit a website.
Templates are useful to save time if you find yourself using the same settings for every new reminder you make. You can enter the common attributes your reminders share, give the template a name and then click 'Save As Template'. From now on you will be able to go to this screen and load the template every time you want to use those frequent settings. Alternatively, you can click on 'Set Template As Default' and they will be used every time you create a new reminder in future.
Ticking 'Store Reminder's Date And Time' will also save the date and time with the other settings. Reminders using this template will then automatically be set to this time, otherwise the current system time will be used instead.
In order to import your watchlists (or get regular price updates) you must first login.
Warning: You should not enter your eBay username or password, but use your Auction Reminder login instead. If you have not yet created an account then you can do so by clicking on 'New User'. The process is simple and only requires you to choose a username and password. It is important that these are different than your eBay login details.
If you use a specific eBay site related to your country then you can also choose it on this screen.
Ticking the 'Automatically Log In When Application Starts' box means that you will log in every single time Auction Reminder loads. This is useful if you do not wish to type your username and password every time it starts, or want price updates without having to log in first.
Note: This will save your Auction Show password to disk for future use, so do not use this option on a public computer.
Once logged in, a web browser will load allowing you to choose which eBay items you want to import from your watchlists.
Items that have been displayed before and items that have already ended will be unticked automatically. Everything else will be ticked by default.
Once you have finished, click the 'Add Selected Items as Reminders' and close the browser window. Only the ticked items will be imported.
When returning to Auction Reminder, you should see the following screen:
Choose the desired template to apply to all of your incoming items and the number of minutes before the end of each auction when you want to be notified. Finally click the 'Import' button to automatically generate reminders out of your items.