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Free Countdown Timer

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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    607,887
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 22, 2016
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Free Countdown Timer is a basic program that provides a simple alarm clock with just enough features to be fun. Everyone's had the experience of sitting down at the computer and suddenly realizing that hours have passed in the blink of an eye. Whether you need to remind yourself of an upcoming event or just give yourself a reminder of how much time you've spent online, Free Countdown Timer is a good choice.

The program's interface is clean and very easy to navigate. Adding an event is as simple as clicking the Add button and filling in the relevant details. Free Countdown Timer can sound an alarm after a specified amount of time has passed--from hours to seconds--or at a particular date and time. The program comes with a variety of alarm sounds, but you can easily select your own sounds or songs to use instead. There are a few extras that really make this program shine, including snooze and loop options, and the program's capability of waking the computer from sleep mode or turning on the monitor power. An online Help file doesn't offer much in the way of guidance, but that's okay; everything about Free Countdown Timer is easy to figure out. Overall, there's nothing about this program that really knocked our socks off, but we think it's a great choice if you're looking for a functional, attractive desktop alarm clock.

Free Countdown Timer installs and uninstalls without issues.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Fantastic, simple yet very versatile."

September 06, 2015  |  By RNdaSilva1

2015-09-06 01:53:57  |  By RNdaSilva1

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.1

Pros

Easy to use, self explanatory. No instructions needed.

Cons

For the price no cons.

Summary

Definitely recommend.

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5 stars

"Very handy. Minimalistic, yet feature-rich."

March 08, 2015  |  By Breaking_Ball_01

2015-03-08 10:17:44  |  By Breaking_Ball_01

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.1

Pros

A countdown timer that is simple, but not restrictive. It does exactly what I need it to and then some. Mostly use it for helping avoid digital eye strain with the 20-20-20 rule.

Cons

CS's website doesn't mention this product so I figured the best channel to report this was here. From 1:50am to 2:00am during daylight savings shift, when this program is set to startup on boot, it renders your Windows 7 PC inoperable. Clicking on anything just immediately returns focus to this program. Could not open command prompt, start menu, or Run dialog. I could actually open Task Manager, but I still could not use it to kill the process. Rebooting the PC didn't help either, until rebooting after 2:00am. Using version 3.1. I hope this gets fixed in a future version.

Summary

Only gave it 4.5 stars due to major bug I just experienced, albeit for only 10 minutes. See Cons.

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5 stars

"Best such freeware utility I found after trying many"

September 26, 2014  |  By kjbaumga

2014-09-26 18:57:03  |  By kjbaumga

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.1

Pros

For free, this is the best countdown timer that I found. It not only can play any sound you like, but can execute any file, such as launching a JPG image or notepad document. Other features are listed above: unlimited timers, and you can configure each timer individually, such as the volume of the sound.

Cons

Limitations are that the timer text is about one short paragraph. But if you need longer text, just put it in a text file or image file and have FCT launch it. A "con" is that the reminder windows in the free version are very basic. The pay version (Hot Alarm Clock) I believe has more options. An alternative program that is more aesthetically pleasing is "TimeLeft", which seems very good but has very limited options in the trial version.

Another weakness is that your options are to run timers every set number of minutes or hours, or to run them daily, weekly, monthly and so on. But what if you want a timer to run say, three times a day, or M/W/F ? Then you need to create three timers. This won't work for the needs of some people.

Summary

I've found it very useful. It's helpful for practical reminders, but also for self-help purposes, such as reminding yourself of mantras, goals, inspiring quotes, automatically opening to-do lists, and so on.

Knowing some programming, I combined it with programs I wrote AutoIt, a program that lets you use macros to automate stuff in Windows, which extends the abilities of this program. For example, I can use AutoIt to set a reminder to run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is a con I mentioned.

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5 stars

"Great little timer!"

April 24, 2014  |  By janeri9

2014-04-24 22:19:26  |  By janeri9

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.1

Pros

Does everything it offers.
No-fuss Windows installation

Cons

Number of alarm repeats - none, one or infinite. Would be nice to have more than one but less than "come back and turn me off or I will drive you insane"

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5 stars

"Best timer, having all I want"

March 09, 2014  |  By leyhuong

2014-03-09 07:07:43  |  By leyhuong

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.1

Pros

Easy to use, easy to setup, different templates, multiple times at the same time

Cons

There is no cons for the software.

Summary

Highly recommend

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5 stars

"Does what it should and does it well"

February 15, 2014  |  By BlankStarkman

2014-02-15 11:47:58  |  By BlankStarkman

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.0

Pros

Everything

Cons

Nothing at all.

Summary

I needed a countdown timer for when I make tea; I like to sit at the ocmputer and forget about the clock. This program works wonderful. Has a memory setting for each time so that I can use it over and over without having set it up each time.

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4 stars

"very useful"

December 24, 2013  |  By noelcurray

2013-12-24 17:04:57  |  By noelcurray

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.0

Pros

light software
very understandable interface

Cons

none so far

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5 stars

"Best of what I've seen but still not perfect"

November 05, 2013  |  By hrobky

2013-11-05 07:12:29  |  By hrobky

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.0

Pros

- standard windows look
- more simultaneous timers
- "till time" or "fixed interval" countdown
- personalized alarm sound, popup message and snooze interval
- closing to system tray, optionally on windows startup

Cons

Minor bugs:
- ADDING NEW TIMER AFTER AN ALARM WENT OFF CAUSES DIVISION BY ZERO - please solve quickly!!! (v3.0; Okt 28)
- After pressing the "now" button time picking tool closes. You have to reopen it to adjust the alarm up or down a minute.

Requires installation

Not able to set a config location. Registry? %appdata%? I would like to place the alarms file to a shared folder and display time remaining on all workstations e.g. during programming contests.

Even more beautiful would be adding a third kind of alarm: "network alarm". User would be able to open a config file containing the alarm setting read only. The alarm would be automatically updated on file change.

Summary

Most feature rich program with the most standard interface I've tested but still bit buggy. Does not display any ads, although it contains few buttons for developer webpages (help, product page...).

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5 stars

"easy to use"

October 31, 2013  |  By jkpriebe

2013-10-31 12:58:10  |  By jkpriebe

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 3.0

Pros

this is easy to use, which is good, because I need easy. I needed to set for 10 min repeated every 15 minutes. I was able to do this with a couple steps.

Cons

I didn't find any, but I haven't used it extensively yet.

Summary

worth using.

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5 stars

"Excellent countdown timer"

September 15, 2013  |  By soscar

2013-09-15 13:21:47  |  By soscar

 |  Version: Free Countdown Timer 2.7.2

Pros

Does what it's supposed to, simply and easily.

Cons

No cons discovered

Summary

Fine countdown timer.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.1
Version 4.0.1:
  • Improved some translations of the user interface.
  • Fixed: Issue with turning on volume after wakeup in Windows 10.
General
Publisher Comfort Software
Publisher web site http://www.comfort-software.com/
Release Date January 21, 2016
Date Added January 22, 2016
Version 4.0.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Alarms & Clock Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.87MB
File Name FreeCountdownTimerSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 607,887
Downloads Last Week 1,975
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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