I would like something that is simple to use.


Depending on the functionalities you want :

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  • It claims that I can't install iChrono widget as it is not a valid widget :-( – Casebash Aug 30 '10 at 23:14
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    @Casebash, strange. I just installed iChrono without problems on my mac. I run 10.6.4. – neoneye Sep 4 '10 at 10:11

Menubar Countdown is good if you just want to countdown something http://capablehands.net/menubarcountdown

License Menubar Countdown is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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  • That is a very nice solution for when I want to keep track of how much time is left, but sometimes I want to set and forget – Casebash Aug 30 '10 at 23:19

It's not a dashboard widget, but the Apimac Timer application is free (there's a paid Pro version with additional features) and functions as a stopwatch, countdown timer, and alarm clock. Nice and handy.

http://www.apimac.com/timer/ alt text alt text alt text

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  • couldn't you add this to the best apps? – Loïc Wolff Aug 25 '10 at 19:05

For counting down a repeating task, Pomodoro is useful (and free): http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/

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Not a widget, but since there's always a browser around, the Timer Tab web app does the trick for me.


Here's a selection of features:

  • timer + alarm clock + stopwatch
  • works offline
  • fullscreen countdown by clicking on the countdown
  • keyboard control:
    • , , , : control inputs,
    • f: toggle fullscreen,
    • space: toggle pause
  • customizable:
    • audio alarm: any Youtube clip
    • background: any image on the web
  • countdown in the browser tab title and tab icon

Now, if Chrome happens to be the browser of your choice, there's also the Chrome app, providing you with some extra features:

  • optional sound and Chrome notification
  • use the "tab to search" chrome feature to set the timer
  • etc.

Now, it's up to you to consider if this is a reasonable alternative to a widget.

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  • but it's not a widget, as requested by the OP. – Daniel Mar 16 '12 at 14:21
  • @DanielL agreed, and thanks for emphasizing it. I've edited my response to make it clearer that this is not a widget, but an alternative. – Marius Butuc Mar 16 '12 at 15:01
  • Unless of course, it can be made into a web clip and retain the necessary functionality? – Stephen Rudolph Mar 16 '12 at 15:55

I know 2 of them:

  1. StopWatchWidget
  2. tTimer

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  • Why the downvote? – Casebash Aug 30 '10 at 23:12
  • @Casebash must asks whom voted. – Am1rr3zA Aug 30 '10 at 23:29
  • Goodness, that first one is grotesque. – Timothy Mueller-Harder Feb 20 '12 at 11:23

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