We Mincey folk have a reputation for being efficient. It might be genetic. It might also be that we like to time what we do and race against ourselves. Each member of the Atlanta clan has an iPhone packed with timer apps.
For those who slave over a Mac’s hot keyboard, there are plenty of timer apps which can help you become more productive and efficient; whether racing against yourself or the clock to get a task done, knowing how long it takes to finish a task from the start goes a long way toward becoming an efficient Mac user. Here’s a tool that can help.
Your Time Is Up
Time Up is a simple Mac countdown timer with alarms. It’s easy to setup and use and priced about right at 99-cents. How it works couldn’t be simpler, either. Set it up with a new countdown. Click the big tree Start button and Time Up starts counting down.
Despite the simple interface Time Up comes with a few features that make it worth the time and effort. Each timer can be named and assigned a specific alarm (or, a built-in voice, or a visual alarm) so you know when you’ve reached the end of the countdown.
One click to Preferences will give you options for the Sound alert, the Voice alert, or the Speak message alert (just type in the text). Sound volume for each is controlled via a slider bar. The Visual alert can be either the typical Dock icon bounce or the message displayed on the screen.
Timer apps run aplenty for the Mac. Some are simple timers. Others are good for managing time and billing. Time Up can export timings to a CSV file which can then be imported into a spreadsheet. While 99-cents is a good price for a simple timer, perhaps the best timer app is ‘hr‘ and while it’s no longer free, it is packed with features, certainly worthy of consideration, but does not have a try-before-you-buy option.