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Pomodoro

Editors' Review

by   / January 23, 2011

It's not always easy to tackle items on your to-do list, especially if the list is long or contains large, potentially overwhelming items. One effective way to make progress on such tasks is to set a particular amount of time that you plan to work on something. Spend 15 minutes responding to e-mails. Spend 45 minutes reorganizing the basement. Whatever you need to do, it can be easier if you break it into smaller, time-limited chunks. And that's what Pomodoro aims to do. The program's interface leaves a lot to be desired, and truth be told, you can accomplish the exact same effect with a kitchen timer or most cell phones. Still, Pomodoro works well enough for what it is.

The program's interface is laughably awful; it's a small square, and its buttons are labeled with such tiny text that they're almost illegible. Nonetheless, Pomodoro is pretty easy to figure out. It's a good thing, too, because there's no Help file. You simply enter the name of the task, then select how long you want to spend on it, how long you want to allot for breaks, and whether you want the program to play a ticking sound as it runs (probably not) or a beep or alarm when the time is up. Click the Start button, and Pomodoro displays a timer that counts down the minutes and seconds. You can pause or stop the program with two other buttons, and that's about it. It's not a fancy program, and it's definitely not much to look at, but it does work as it's supposed to. Its ridiculous interface might be worth putting up with if you find that it helps you get things done.

Pomodoro installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program with reservations.

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Editors' Review

by   / January 23, 2011

It's not always easy to tackle items on your to-do list, especially if the list is long or contains large, potentially overwhelming items. One effective way to make progress on such tasks is to set a particular amount of time that you plan to work on something. Spend 15 minutes responding to e-mails. Spend 45 minutes reorganizing the basement. Whatever you need to do, it can be easier if you break it into smaller, time-limited chunks. And that's what Pomodoro aims to do. The program's interface leaves a lot to be desired, and truth be told, you can accomplish the exact same effect with a kitchen timer or most cell phones. Still, Pomodoro works well enough for what it is.

The program's interface is laughably awful; it's a small square, and its buttons are labeled with such tiny text that they're almost illegible. Nonetheless, Pomodoro is pretty easy to figure out. It's a good thing, too, because there's no Help file. You simply enter the name of the task, then select how long you want to spend on it, how long you want to allot for breaks, and whether you want the program to play a ticking sound as it runs (probably not) or a beep or alarm when the time is up. Click the Start button, and Pomodoro displays a timer that counts down the minutes and seconds. You can pause or stop the program with two other buttons, and that's about it. It's not a fancy program, and it's definitely not much to look at, but it does work as it's supposed to. Its ridiculous interface might be worth putting up with if you find that it helps you get things done.

Pomodoro installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program with reservations.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.0.12

Version 1.0.0.12 incorporates some installer bug fixes as well as a great sortable task list that keeps track of things to do and records things done plus automatic task data storage.

General

Publisher Mill Square Software
Publisher web site http://www.millsquaresoftware.com
Release Date December 21, 2009
Date Added November 15, 2010
Version 1.0.0.12

Category

Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 866.5KB
File Name PomodoroSelfExtractingInstaller.EXE

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,782
Downloads Last Week 6

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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