You know what they say after “location, location, location?” “Timing is everything.”
If you’re a Mac timer geek then you already know there are a dozen different times available for Mac users to time anything and everything. Egg timers. Event timers. Alert timers. What Mac users really, really need is a creatively named timer utility that is powerful and easy to use.
Name That Timer Utility
Any timer utility that’s worthy of consideration must have certain basics. Multiple alarms. Countdown timers. Date countdowns. Basic stop watches. And a feature or two not available in other times.
What would you name such a gifted Mac timer utility?
If you were a Mac developer and you’ve done three versions of such a timer utility already, maybe you’d call it Timer Utility 4 and just leave it at that. So, that’s what it is. Timer Utility 4.
Alright, so Timer Utility doesn’t knock you over with a creative name. A good app knocks you over with capability, power, elegance, ease of use, and an extra helping of eye candy.
Click on a tab to choose any one of the basic timers. Alarm clock. Countdown timer. Date countdown. Stopwatch.
Click the plus + sign to add a new alarm and click New Alarm to change the name. Double click to edit the timer values. Click the Start button to start the alarm.
See? Nothing difficult here.
Timer Utility works similarly across all types of timers. The Countdown timer requires a value (instead of a set time). The Date countdown timer requires a date.
The Stopwatches (you can have multiples) have Start and Reset buttons, and Split and Lap buttons.
Preferences include an option to prevent your Mac from going to sleep, playing a ticking sound, and when quitting, give you a warning about running timers. Here’s where Timer Utility gets cool.
Other options include enabling the Dock icon to act as a liver timer (so you can see at a glance how much time is left), or enable a similarly dynamic Menubar, or both. Even accuracy has options—seconds, deciseconds, centiseconds.
If you’re happy so far then you’ll love this option. It’s the Actions Editor. Assign an action to the Alarm Clock, Countdown timer or Date Countdowns. 12 different actions are available ranging from play alarm, play a sound, speak, launch or quit an app, launch a file, or flash the screen (and others).
If timing is your life then you’ll like Timer Utility’s Project Report Viewer which places all the timer trackings into an orderly view, and lets you export the details (CSV or PDF).
Clearly, the not-too-creatively-inspired name Timer Utility is greater than the sum of the parts and worthy of anyone who uses a Mac to time or track anything.