As a mommy I learned something interesting. People learn in different ways. Some of us are visual, some verbal, some analytical.
It’s a lesson I learned from my three daughters, each one different than the other, different than me or my husband. For example, my husband likes iCal alerts on his Mac. To me, they’re bothersome. I needed something more visual to alert me to an event.
Counting Down vs. Alerts & Alarms
My favorite kitchen device is the countdown timer. Years ago I found a number of Mac apps that feature countdowns. For me, counting down to a specific time is better than a pop up alert.
Fortunately, Mac users have many counters from which to choose.
TimeLeft4 is the one with all the bells and whistles. But I mean that in a nice way.
Think of a Mac app that counts down to specific dates and times. With a quick glance you can see how much time remains before vacation, before soccer practice begins, before the boss and his wife come for dinner.
Instead of a calendar and alarms, TimeLeft4 gives you a timer countdown with an alarm.
The DaysLeft4 tab lists all your events and the number of days. TimeLeft4 is the mother of all count down timers. Preferences abound.
You control everything from Date and Time format, to Timer Window position and the Appearance of the Timer Windows (over two dozen).
Each countdown event is a simple fill in box.
The real fun begins with the countdown timers and reminders.
These can be configured for size, screen location, color, translucency, and more.
The idea of using a countdown timer is sound and attractive to those of use who are linearly impaired but love visual and aural reminders.
If there’s a problem with TimeLeft4 it’s configuration.
There are too many choices, too much twiddling opportunity, too many buttons to click.
You may prefer the even more elegant Clockwork to countdown. It’s simpler to use easier to setup, but still counts down to specific events and gives you plenty of alerts.
Different timer strokes for different folks, right?