They have students in the classroom, and tests and projects that must be timed. Sure, any watch, egg timer, or stopwatch will do, but that requires close attention as the timer winds down. Mac users have plenty of timer choices, and here are two I recommend to teachers.
Time It Here, Time It There
First on my list is a unique Menubar timer utility appropriately named Timey which gives you timer and stopwatch modes in the Menubar but with an extension for Notification Center’s Today section.
What I like about Timey is the convenience– it’s available from within any Mac app by being in the Menubar– and one click gets you either timer or a stopwatch mode. There’s also a fullscreen mode, global keyboard shortcuts, and for OS X Yosemite users, a dark mode to match the dark style in the Menubar.
Timey is great to track projects, work hours, tests, classroom time, or anything that needs a click, time tracking, and an end.
From the same Mac developer of Timey comes Nice Timer which works much the same way, except that it lives in the Mac’s Dock instead of the Menubar (which is usually overcrowded with must-have utilities).
Nice Timer works the same way. There’s a timer and stopwatch mode, five different styles, an extension to show up in the Today section of Notification Center, and global keyboard shortcuts.
Both timer apps are priced right and useful for anyone who needs a quick way to time an event, or set a timer.
What I’d like to see with both are more alarms– the Mac system alarms are used by many different apps, so having a very distinct sound at the end of a countdown is a big plus. Otherwise, nicely done, simple to use, priced about right, and useful for many.