Benchmark Application Start Up Times With AppTimer

When creating an application, it is important for developers to know how much time it takes to load up once the user clicks its executable file. Imagine if you are trying out a new application, and when you run it, it takes ages to load. Most probably you will not use the application again, right? There are plenty of alternatives available for each type of software and if you want people to use your tool, you should make sure that everything is running smoothly. AppTimer is an application start up time bench marking tool that lets you run an executable file a pre-specified number of times, and check how long it takes for the application to be ready for use after execution. The application logs the start up times to a log file after each execution of the application. It comes in handy if you are trying to compare the performance of one software on different hardware, or multiple software on a single hardware.

To start, enter the path of the application that you want to test in Application, any command line arguments that you want to pass to the executable file in Cmd Line, path of the log file that will be created during the testing process in Log File, and name of the main window of the application being run in Window Name. Since AppTimer attempts a sub-string match, the Window Name doesn’t need to be exactly same as actual window title. Specify the number of executions and delay between executions in Executions and Delay respectively.

The Window Detection Method has Input Idle (Window is detected after it start to accept user input), Window Name (uses Window Name entered in the field above), Exact Match (matches exact window name; it can only be used with Window Name option) and Visible (window is queried about a visible status; it also requires Window Name).

Choose WM_Close, WM_SYSCOMMAND or Alt+F4 method for closing the window under Window Close Method. Click Run App after all configurations are done.

Open the log file in any text editor to view and compare application run time data. You can view the time used up for each start listed in the notepad. The lower the time, the better it is for you.

Log - Notepad

AppTimer is a portable applications and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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