Sometimes the most basic programs turn out to be surprisingly useful. Free Desktop Timer is a simple utility that allows you to create multiple timers on your desktop. This is one of those kinds of things that you might not even know you need until you try it.
Once installed, Free Desktop Timer appears as an icon in the system tray, ensuring that it's always handy when you need it. The program's interface is attractive, with eight different nice-looking skins to choose from. Arrows on the interface above and below the second, minute, and hour spaces let you select the amount of time you want to set the timer for. There are three different sounds--a buzz, a peep, and a cuckoo--and you can also have the program shut down their computer or put it in standby or hibernation mode. Best of all, Free Desktop Timer lets you create multiple timers, which is fantastic if you're trying to coordinate a variety of different dishes that have to cook for different times, tracking how long multiple kids have to stay in time-out, or working on any other kind of time-sensitive projects. The program doesn't have a Help file, but that's no big deal; everything about it is intuitive. Overall, we think that Free Desktop Timer is a great choice for anyone seeking a simple timer--or two, or more--that can live unobtrusively on your desktop.
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Easy to use timer for your desktop.
You can create an unlimited number of timers, select a skin according to your taste, choose a sound signal.
The timer can also turn off your computer.
Absolutely free program.
The pros are it works. It keeps time well and hovers above windows nicely.
Theres a few. Firstly, I use dual monitors about 1/3 of the time and this can get "stuck" sometimes in the void between the two monitors. Additionally, I am hooked up to a powerful sound system and you CANNOT alter how loud the alarm will be. I'll just be sitting there catching up on some news and then horrendous blaring in my ears. I know I can limit the sound directly from the program in general - but I don't see why this can't be an option in the program itself.
Second con, its specifically a countdown timer - basically, its not a "timer" in truth.
Third con - it locks up occasionally, especially when I run a fullscreen application (like most games) I'm not aware that it isnt working until I see that it is at zero, blinking, with no noise. VERY frustrating, but this has only specifically happened twice.
Fourth con - and this is HUGE. It lets you run multiple timers, BUT you can't label them. So I have a timer go off and I can't for the life of me remember what it meant...
Its good, lite, and effective. But if you are going to put alot of demand on the application, look elsewhere. I believe I am going to look for less intuitive designs (and less attractive ones) than continuing with this one - it simply doesn't keep up.
Updated on May 23, 2015
UPDATE: Broken completely, will not uninstall or reinstall/overwrite. It simply flashes all zeroes no matter what time you set it at and the alarm instantly blares.
Ever seen one of those wind-up kitchen timers? They count down. Ever seen an hourglass timer? It counts down? Counting down is basically what a timer is designed to do. Otherwise, like fibrofogged says, it's a stopwatch you need.
I just downloaded this timer so I could accomplish some of my 5-minute assignments with a writing course I am now taking. I really like this timer, especially considering that it is free.
Great timer, up-or-down counting in seconds, minutes, and hours. Warning flashes just before timing out. No nag screens. No unexpected or clandestine internet activity with it either.
None that I can see.
I do have one regret about this timer, timers in general, though. I regret that I hadn't used a desktop timer before. I tend to get 'involved' with the computer and time slips by very easily. Now, when I get involved in researching, writing, studying, etc., I just set the timer for an hour or so. That way, I can get up and take a break every so often to keep the blood from pooling in the ankles, etc.
- Very clean looking options for a digital timer - counts up or down eitherway - nice "times up" chimes - Simple and to the point - nice enough to keep on my desktop. Not weak looking in the GUI - Perfect for what I needed - Best of all, I thought something like this would be offered free by everyone but nearly everyone wants to charge for a timer. This company gives you a great timer for FREE and as far as I can seen no malware, spyware, nag screens or other.
Honestly, none that I can see.
I rarely post reviews but depend on them as much as most. With the one review this received being so negative I had to counter it with an absolute 5 star review because it is exactly what it says it is in everyway and absolutely perfect for what I needed.
I'm taking some very important "Timed" exams and have the study material but wanted to time myself to practice picking up the pace in order to finish quickly as well as accurately thus the search for a good timer and this is the ticket so thank to the programmer for offering this to us for free.