I was looking for a decent timer slash stopwatch for my Mac and came across a really elegant, simple, and free one called StopwatchX. It’s so good the Mac app developer doesn’t want anyone to know about it. That got me to enlarge my search.
Stopping And Starting Time
High on the list of most popular stopwatches for the Mac– and probably because it’s simple, it works, and it’s free– is Mr. Stopwatch.
Click the Mac’s Menubar to reveal Mr. Stopwatch, then click to start the stopwatch timer. Hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds and a lap timer; all in one (Mr. Stopwatch is also standalone, and can float over other app windows).
Also free is Stoppy. What I like about this one is the multiple lap timers and the simple interface. It also uses keyboard shortcuts and prints out the timings.
There’s nothing really deluxe about Stopwatch Deluxe which works much like Stoppy and is free, too. This one is unique in that the timing is displayed in the Menubar even when the app window is hidden.
In the not-so-free and still-cheap-at-99-cents category is Menu Stopwatch which also lives in the Menubar but as a drop down. Click to open, click to start. No milliseconds or lap timing for the extra 99-cents, though.
The same less-than-a-dollar price tag also gets you the cleverly named StopWatch. It’s also Menubar only. Click to start and stop and resume. Getting StopWatch to reset to zero takes a magician. And, no hot keys for your money.
Just a Timer hits the same 99-cent threshold but uses custom sounds and you can control the volume. Keyboard shortcuts work, too. Start with the Return key, stop with the Escape key, pause and resume with the Space bar. Appropriately named, though.
At this point you’re probably thinking, ‘Why are the free stopwatches better than those with a price tag?‘ I thought the same thing.
One of the top sellers in the Mac App Store is Simple Stopwatch, which, compared to others, is more than simple. This one is resizable, has keyboard shortcuts, times up to 24-hours, and can be on top of other windows or fade away when inactive. It does laps, too.
StopWatchMenu does multiple timings from the Menubar. Timings can be stopped and restarted, renamed and deleted.
My favorite stopwatch is simply titled Time and will appeal more to Star Trek TNG fans than to stopwatch traditionalists. It’s loaded with features but the 27 color themes are decidedly Star Trekian in nature.
Time has 15 alarm sound effects built in, but also displays the date (day, weekday, month, and year). Seconds display is a toggle and sound can be muted. Built in is an alarm clock, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer with an alarm.
And, of course, Time displays the millennium St*rDate. Live long and prosper with Time