Many are free, most cost a few dollars, and some are downright crazy expensive (which makes no sense considering the plethora of free timer apps for the iPhone and iPad).
You may not want to part with much of your hard earned money for a time that simply times repetitive activities, but you’re sure to like what it does (even if what it does is better served coming from an iPhone or iPad).
What Price Timer?
Here at Mac360 we tend not to be too critical of an app developer regarding the price of an app.
Your Mac may need a timer app for a variety of reasons, including everything from a specific task on a do list to yoga exercises.
FlexTime is a very attractive Mac app which creates activity timers that can play sounds (both when the activity starts and when it completes).
What you want in a timer app is the option to create multiple timers, quickly and easily, and have simple controls with just the right amount of basic features.
To that basic objective, FlexTime does well.
The controls on the Toolbar are simple and easy to understand. Click the green New button to create a new activity. Click the red Delete button to delete an activity.
Each activity can have a name, a time duration, and then actions to start and complete the timer. As an activity is in progress, you’re greeted with the very large numbers for the completed time so you can view status from a distance.
Timed activities can also be stacked and set to play one after the other (including an interim sound to signify a change from one activity to another).
Simply put, FlexTime is not only attractive, but it’s easy to operate and not cluttered with superfluous or dubious functionality.
In other words, to use FlexTime is to like FlexTime.
What can you use it to time? Yoga, for one (though it just seems wrong to take your Mac to yoga class). Or, office breaks, or study breaks, laundry, meditation, or tasks on your to do list.
On the geeky side, FlexTime is flexible beyond most timers in that it’s fully scriptable. Create your own cues in AppleScript or Perl or Python or nearly any language that runs on the Mac.
That customizable capability begins to justify FlexTime’s price tag. I just can’t see taking your Mac to yoga class.