Timers for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad are a dime a dozen. Sometimes less. Most timers do one thing. They time an event. For a timer to be truly useful it needs to be handy and display a highly visible countdown.
Say what? A timer is a timer, right? Nope. Not all timers are created equal. Some are advanced just enough to be worthy of mostly four and five stars among a few thousand reviewers. Enter Red Hot Timer. It’s not point and click. It’s take and drag.
No macOS Timer
One of my absolute favorite applications resides on iPhone, iPad, and Watch. It’s called Clock. It features a World Clock, an Alarm, a Bedtime function, a Stopwatch, and a Timer. I use it everyday. Clock does not have a macOS equivalent so you have to hit the third party market for a timer solution.
Red Hot Timer may have the most colorful timer icon, but it also has the easiest interface to create a new timer. Just click and pull the icon in the Menubar to set the time. That’s it.
Add timers as you need. Each new timer will show up in the app window and count down accordingly. The countdown timers are colorful, easily resized with a click and grab to the app window’s corner.
Red Hot Timer also has a number of sounds which play when the countdown timer is complete. You can also ad a custom sound. What I like about Red Hot Timer is the ability to look to see the countdown in multiple locations. It’s visible in the Menubar at the top, in the timer app window, and in the Dock icon.
Or, go fullscreen.
Red Hot Timer has its own set of sounds with a custom sound option. Sounds can be looped, too. And it has its own Do Not Disturb setting. What I like about Apple’s iOS Clock app is that it ignores Do Not Disturb. What good is a timer or alarm when it can be muted?
Configuration is self explanatory.
Another nice feature is to have the countdown window appear just before the timer ends. Red Hot Timer is free to try but comes with an in-app purchase option which lets you add batteries to go beyond the three timers per day limitation for free. Simple. Elegant. Very Mac-like.