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CNET Editors' review
The Cool Timer is free alarm clock software that allows you to set up a countdown timer on your desktop down to the minute and second you want. It is an easy and cool way to keep track of your tasks and scheduling.
The interface is very easy to understand and definitely user friendly. There are only a few feature buttons like Start Timer, Pause Timer and Stop Timer, which are all you really need to get started. There doesn't seem to be any limit on how many hours you can set the timer for. Our testing didn't show any glitches or issues with this software. This is a cute if not cool way to countdown, thanks to the Preferences options. The timer can be set to reveal an image as it counts and Cool Timer provides some cute pictures. The alarm sound options are diverse as well, and fun to test out. The software also has an alarm clock and stop watch mode, which aren't obvious from a cursory sweep of the features.
The installation process was simple and didn't cause any issues. Uninstalling is just as simple. There are no limitations when downloading this free software since there is no registered version that will cost you money and restrict the features. This software is very easy to use and to set up even for a novice user. We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute way to keep track of time on their computer.
From Harmony Hollow Software:
Handy timer utility with many cool features. Can be used like an oven timer in countdown mode, an alarm clock, or a stopwatch. Unique visualization feature shows time passage graphically using any of several high-quality, built-in images or any image on your computer. In countdown mode, the image is gradually wiped away or revealed in a radial, clock-like, sweep pattern in sync with the time as it passes. This is good for kids who can't yet comprehend time passage using digits to understand how much time is left on the counter or for adults who prefer a visual representation of time as opposed to digits. This feature can be quickly and easily toggled on or off at any time. Use any of several built-in alarm sounds or any sound file on your computer. Countdown mode is great for teachers or parents to set a time limit for kids' tasks or activities. There is even a customizable, scrolling marquee message that can pop up when the alarm sounds. You can enter any text for the message and even specify the text color. Use the program in alarm clock mode to wake you up at any time of day using any sound you choose as an alarm. There is also a configurable snooze feature that silences the alarm temporarily for a short amount of time that you specify so you can sleep a little longer. Stopwatch mode is great to keep track of how much time you spend on a particular project if you are charging customers by the hour. It uses precision down to hundredths of a second. You can save preset time lengths and alarm clock times in countdown and alarm clock mode to re-enter them quickly and easily should you need to use the same times frequently. Several instances of the program can be run simultaneously to time several things at once. Each instance can be labeled in its title bar to uniquely identify what is being timed by each one. The program's digits can be enlarged to full-screen size if you need to see them from a great distance.
What's new in this version: Version 4.9.3 added new sound to built-in alarm sounds.
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All versions:3.5 stars
out of 248 votes
Current version:2.0 stars
out of 4 votes
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"good timer app, loaded with crapware"
Version: Cool Timer 4.9.3
excellent timer, you can use it to see how friggin long it will take you to hunt down and uninstall all the crap it installs even after you clicked the 'no thanks' boxes.
trojan horse loaded with nasty greek soldiers.
infuriating subterfuge and sabotage, alarming access to 'all data on all sites' from 'lucky savings' self invading malware.
"There is a way to keep from installing the extra crap."
Version: Cool Timer 4.9.3
I have always like cool timer I use it will exercising in my room.
I don't like that you have to make shore both are unchecked the toolbar in both setups the one from downloads.com as well as the cool timer installation program.
After downloading install it.Once you open it to install it.CNET Download.com porgram will open. It says Cool Timer and below that it says SweetPacks>Express (recommended) Install SweetPacks in all browsers, set Bing as my default search engine in all browsers.
But if you click Custom Installation uncheck Install SweetPacks toolbar in all browsers, set Bing as my default search engine in all browsers.
After unchecking just click next and then I do not accept.Then next again and then it will say."Thank you. Your download is complete." Then just click install now.
Once you are in the Cool Timer installation just click skip which is the GRAY BUTTON. It will skip the installation of the program Instant access to coupons-save money with luckysaving widget!. By clicking Skip you do not need to install that program.
Once you click skip then just switch from Typical Installation (recommended) to Custom Installation And then uncheck the box.Then click Next then a new window will pop up sayign you are going to install it if you click next. Just click cancle and then the cool timer program will open a installation window.Then click next and then I accept the agreement.Then next again,and again.Once finished it will only install the cool timer program without all the extra crap.
"Not Cool at all."
Version: Cool Timer 4.9.3
didn't get that far
won't start without internet connection
Why does a timer program require internet access? Don't know or care what it was up to, when it wouldn't run after I blocked it in the firewall it was in the trash. On a side note, nice how CNET wanted me to download a 700k installer to download a 180k program...
"NOW COMES WITH MALWARE!"
Version: Cool Timer 4.9.3
Installs Bing, even if you diligently uncheck while installing Cool Timer.
Instals SweetDeals, or sum such crap.
Garbage, still with old version if you can find it and avoid CNet, I guess.
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