Timers and alarms can help you keep track of all kinds of things, whether they're reminding you of your 2:00 meeting or that it's time to take the cake out of the oven. Jumbo Timer is a flexible program that combines timer, alarm clock, and stopwatch features and allows users to create as many of them as they need. Unfortunately, functional problems limited the usefulness of this otherwise promising program.
Jumbo Timer has a simple interface. The numbers of the clock or timer are displayed in an easy-to-read typeface in black on a white background, with an attractive blue border. You can configure the program by clicking on a small Settings button that appears when you mouse over the interface. This opens a large but well-organized configuration panel. You can select whether you want to use the Stop Watch, Count Down, or Alarm Clock, enable seconds or tenths of seconds, change the display colors, set hot keys, and more. Each alarm has space for recording a title and any relevant notes; these will show when the alarm goes off. Notification options include a sound file -- the program comes with 10 of them -- or having the program speak the alarm's title.
This is where we first ran into problems with Jumbo Timer; although users have the option of selecting their own sound file to use for the alarm, when we tried this, the program crashed repeatedly. The real deal breaker, however, came when we attempted to create multiple alarms, which is one of Jumbo Timer's most touted features. This is done by right-clicking on an existing clock and selecting the Clone option from the context menu. In theory, this is supposed to create a new clock that can be configured as desired. In practice, though, it just caused the program to crash every time we tried it. This is unfortunate, because Jumbo Timer is otherwise a very useful program with a lot of attractive qualities.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Jumbo Timer 2.21. The trial version is limited to 15 days.
Unlimited timers with cloning function. Resizable window - from tiny to full screen - only your screen size is the limit. Settings and timers are saved and loaded automatically. Timers can work as a Stop Watch, as a Count Down timer or as an Alarm Clock. Timers can be paused and resumed later, even after program shutdown. Optional Auto-Resume on program start - launches a timer which has been interrupted. Scientific-use accuracy. Jumbo Timer features a display accuracy of 1 second or (optional) 1/10 second, but a calculation accuracy of better than 1/100,000 (10-6) seconds internally (even on interrupted use). Time spans are calculated from the start time and the current time, which guarantees the highest accuracy . Counts up to (or down from) 100 hours (over 4 days). Colors and Fonts can be changed (several color combo presets are included). Global, configurable hotkeys to start, stop, reset and show/hide all timers. Each timer can have a title bar with a changeable title, to remind you what it was set for. Display days, hours, minutes, seconds and 1/10 seconds (days, seconds and 1/10 seconds optional). 12 hour (AM/PM) or 24 hour (military time) format support. Optional sound signal on alarm - plays any sound file in wav, mp3 or wma format or speaks the timer title. Optional Alarm Popup. Timer can auto-restart (start over) and optionally count the time, while not being active.
What's new in this version:
Version 2.4 enabled correct functionality on systems with other than normal screen resolution (like 125%) for cloning function and "limit to screen area" function.