Work out to your music.
4.1 How do I adjust he beep or alert volumes?
4.2 Songs Are Device-Specific
4.3 No iTunes Song Playback on Apple TV
4.4 Playback Over Bluetooth
4.5 Loading Playlist Takes Time
4.6 Pause the Workout but continue playing Music
4.7 Delayed Playback with Apple Music
5 Contacting tredje design
5.1 How can I become a beta tester?
5.2 When will MC-Timer become available in my language?
5.3 I think I found a bug. What should I do?
5.4 My question is still unanswered. What can I do now?
Not supported yet, sorry.
The version number is mentioned at the bottom of the settings screen; press the Settings button to open it. Alternatively, you can find it in the MC-Timer section in the Settings app. The version number is also mentioned in the text of the email that is generated when you select "Compose a Mail with Your Suggestion".
There are three timers (counters) in the playback view:
Any of these three can be changed to count up instead of down by tapping on them. Alternatively, you can change the counting directions using the corresponding options in the settings.
Note that the music step counter has an up/down indicator next to its value to make the counting direction easier to see. No indicator is shown for the other timers since their values change every second.
Every workout usually starts with a 5-second countdown.
If you prefer a longer countdown, say 10 seconds, insert a new set at the beginning of your workout using repeats: 1, music: 0, and pause: 10 seconds.
Essentially, the 5-second countdown is only used for workouts that start with a music step. If your workout starts with a pause step, then the pause will be used without any countdown.
Beginning with version 1.3, you can "like" a workout by tapping on the heart-styled Like button in the top-right of the workout edit screen.
This affects the sort order of the workouts in the list. Liked workouts are listed before other workouts. Secondly, workouts are sorted by how often you have used them, and by when they were last used.
If you want a workout to be listed near the top, tap on "Like".
In addition (or instead of) the alert sounds, you can enable countdown beeps. While alert sounds are played at the start of a work or rest phase, the countdown beeps are played BEFORE the phase changes.
The beeps will be played even when there is music; so if you enabled countdown beeps as your "Music Stop Sound", the beeps will be heard in the last seconds of the music playback.
You can enable two types of countdown beeps:
If you enabled the five-seconds countdown beeps as well as an alert sound, you may notice that the longer 0-second beep plays at the same time as the alert sound. In this scenario, in order to make sure that the alert sound is audible, the intensity of the final "beeeeeeep" is therefore reduced, i.e. it is "faded out" when it is followed by an alert sound.
Exercise pairs are exercises that should be repeated twice, for instance, calf raises first for the left foot, then for the right foot. You could define two exercises: "Calf raises, left foot" and "Calf raises, right foot", but if you enabled to shuffle your exercise suggestions, these two exercises will in most cases NOT be shown one after the other.
Instead, you can define an exercise pair: "Calf raises, left/right foot", which can be expanded into "Calf raises, left foot", immediately followed by "Calf raises, right foot". These expanded exercise pairs will always be shown one after the other, even if the exercise list is shuffled.
To use this feature, enable the option to "Expand Exercise Pairs" and define your paired exercises with word-slash-word sequences (without spaces between the words and the slash). Example: "Left/Right lunges".
Note that only a single word on either side of the slash is handled in this way. However, you could have multiple pairs as in: "Left/Right forward/backward lunges" which would be expanded into four exercises.
To prevent a slash from being expanded, use spaces: "Squats / Jumping Squats".
[Requires MC-Timer, version 1.4 or later].
Beginning with version 1.5, you can change the volume levels of the beep and alert sounds. To do so, open the settings within the app, i.e. press the "Settings" button at the bottom of the workout list.
In the settings, you will find two sliders with which you can adjust the volume levels relative to the volume of your music. The recommended default values are:
Songs and playlists from your own (iTunes) library that you have added to MC-Timer on one device, are not automatically available on other devices. For missing items, you may see a "( Not Found on this Device )" placeholder, or you may see a question-mark in place of the cover artwork and a grayed out title.
To be able to play items from your own library, you may need to download the items (again) on the device where you wish to play them. You can do that in the Music app,
Alternatively, select songs or playlists from Apple Music which are always available on all of your devices.
Much like Apple's Music app on Apple TV, MC-Timer on Apple TV can only play songs from Apple Music; any songs or playlists from your (iTunes) media library cannot be played on Apple TV.
This is a platform-specific limitation. Apple TV has no in-built support to access items from to your (iTunes) media library. Bummer.
For optimum results with Apple TV, a subscription to Apple Music is advised.
While it is possible to stream music from other devices, the playback control always resides on the device that is streaming the music. The MC-Timer app on Apple TV has no access to the streamed content and can therefore not control its playback, sorry.
To enable playback on a device connected via Bluetooth, press the AirPlay button in the bottom-right corner of the playback screen and select the name of your device in the list. If your device were not listed, make sure that your iPhone or iPad is paired with the device. You can do that in the Settings app.
For the first music phase in your session, playback over Bluetooth often incurs a 5-10 second connection delay, but subsequent songs usually play on-time.
However, for some devices like the first generation Apple HomePod, the music start/stop sounds, may not be re-directed to the external speakers. This is a known issue and it appears to be an iOS limitation.
On occasion, it has also been observed that the volume slider may disappear and that the AirPlay connection is shown as offline while the music is in fact still playing on the remote device. This appears to be a fault in iOS.
For direct playback on Apple TV, we recommend the MC-Timer app that you can download via the App Store.
You may see longer loading times mainly when your session is set-up to use songs or playlists from Apple Music. Playlist details may need to be downloaded before their tracks can be queued for playback. Also, when using songs from both Apple Music and your media library, multiple queues will need to be set up, especially if shuffle mode is enabled.
All of this can add up. Please be patient.
Since version 1.6, there is a secondary pause button that lets you do this. When music is playing, you can press the smaller pause button – the one shown within a circle - to pause the workout. This will pause the progress, but the music from your playlist will continue playing.
Apple Music will usually download the songs on your playlist on demand. If your network connection is slow, it can happen that the music doesn't start playing at exactly the right time.
N.B. To avoid longer delays, MC-Timer may pause the music for a second when (1) the "Skip to Next Song" playback option is on and (2) if you had set the pause time between music steps to "0". In these cases, the first second of consecutive music steps would be quiet.
In general, if delayed playback is something that you wish to avoid, then you should download the songs to your device. You can do this in the Music app.
Note that songs from your (iTunes) music library, once downloaded to your device, will work without glitches.
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