I have waited a long time for the release of TickoPrint, and yesterday, the software was released to the public. I downloaded the basic version, which doesn’t show beat error or amplitude, but just the trace.
Wanting to support the project, I forked out the £ 8.50 for the full version, only to find out that it doesn’t show the amplitude, nor lets you modify the lift angle. Quite a lot of money for an app, and quite restricted for that sort of dosh. They apparently want to release a more expensive version, that will then show the amplitude as well. For £ 8.50, I want to see the amplitude, please!
I am using an ETA 2824-2, as I want something with a stable beat error and beat rate. And stable it is – the movement on my Witschi Watch Expert 2. Constant beat rate, constant beat error (of 0 ms).
As you can see, the software picks up the watch signal quite well, as there are only a few missing dots. But we now see a beat error of 1.0ms, and a very variable beat rate – -1s/day when the photo was taken, but you can see that at that point the graph was quite level. Before, I had a beat error of close to -30s/day.
My problem here is that my customers will of course buy this software and use it on their phone – who doesn’t want a timegrapher to check on their watches?
Now if I were a customer of mine, and I’d get back this ETA from a service, and see the above graph, I’d be well miffed with the service I got for my money. But in reality, the movement is in perfect condition, and doing exactly what it should do. But according to TickoPrint, the performance is terrible, and as a customer, I will be very dissatisfied with the service my watchmaker gave me.
I exchanged a few emails with Thomas Krim from Tickoprint, but he basically told me that I have to live with having paid £ 8.50 and having pretty incomplete software, and that the performance was due to me not using a dedicated microphone.
Their web site gives instructions on how to build one, but considering that the software picked up the watch signal, I don’t think I want to go through with the hassle of buying the components and soldering cables.