Although this program is billed as a time saver, you'll probably spend more time with Time Manager managing your software than your time. Time Manager acts like a stopwatch to chart time remaining before a certain event. Once a timer has completed its countdown, the program alerts you with a sound or a pop-up dialog box, or completes a task--such as turning off the computer, backing up files, or connecting to a network, for example--that you preprogram. The program unfortunately only allows one countdown at a time, so if you've multiple tasks, this won't be your manager of choice. Its features are few, and the program's stability is suspect, we encountered a number of program errors during testing. A somewhat clunky interface makes setting defaults and other programming choices challenging. Since Time Manager is shareware, be sure to test it before you plunk down your change.
What's new in version 2.0
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedMarch 13, 2003
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
This handy 32-bit utility lets you select from either timer or stopwatch modes, so you can count up or down to an event. Five things can happen when the time reaches 00:00:00: Time Manager can play a sound, pop up a customizable dialog box, launch a program, shut down your PC, or restart your PC. Its features include a maximize button and always-on-top functionality. It is a very simple program and is perfect for day-to-day time management.