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Free Desktop Timer

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    202,079
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"works free no threats"

August 02, 2015  |  By najob505

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2.1

Pros

simple install
no threats from Webroot

Cons

none

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3 stars

"Its not "that" great"

March 14, 2015  |  By RaynWisp

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

The pros are it works. It keeps time well and hovers above windows nicely.

Cons

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...

Summary

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.

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2 stars

"ONLY A COUNTDOWN TIMER"

January 05, 2015  |  By Keytutor

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

Only a countdown timer

Cons

only a countdown timer. For those of us who have to record the number of study hours this is not the tool we need.

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5 stars

"Great program"

November 08, 2014

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

customizable skin, easy to set, option to float above windows, is small, so you can have it float on top at the bottom of your screen, but it doesn't obstruct anything

Cons

I wish there was a way to pause it without having to completely reset, but no big deal, still love it

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4 stars

"Great little program does works as designed very well."

April 30, 2014  |  By karenrz

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

Simple to use; versatile; effective.

Cons

Does not stay in place, but tends to move around vertically on my screen.

Summary

Overall worth downloading because it works perfectly fine. I just wish it would stay where I put it until "I" move it - hence only 4 stars!

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4 stars

"it works pretty good"

April 28, 2014  |  By sonnyboy66

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

I really like the alarm

Cons

it is not a bad program

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1 stars

"Sucks! Doesn't work! Deleted it!"

April 20, 2014  |  By montroxz3

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

00000000000!

Cons

See above!

Summary

See above!

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4 stars

"Its a timer and that's what it does"

April 20, 2014  |  By yfredf

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

Its simple, no fuss no mss

Cons

If your looking for a time super rich in features ( system wake up, shut down or sleep) this is not it.

Summary

This does the job I need done.

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1 stars

"its not a TIMER."

January 29, 2014  |  By SujathaPatel22

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

CNET had 4.5 stars, cnet lost too.

Cons

Its NOT a timer. Its grossly misrepresented in this sense. Its only a COUNTDOWN timer. If we want to time how long it takes from now till some even starts, it cannot do that. Again, it is NOT a timer.

Summary

Its not a timer.

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5 stars

"Downloaded for writing workshop course"

November 14, 2013  |  By pretty_kitty_kat

 |  Version: Free Desktop Timer 1.2

Pros

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.

Cons

None that I can see.

Summary

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.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2.1
Version 1.2.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Drive Software
Publisher web site http://www.drive-software.com
Release Date July 27, 2015
Date Added July 27, 2015
Version 1.2.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Alarms & Clock Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 801.81KB
File Name desktoptimer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 202,079
Downloads Last Week 1,965
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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