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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> Timers
Timers      (July 2007)

Timers tend to be simple utilities which can act as countdown or countup timers. Typically, an alarm (visual or audible) is optionally at the end of the timed interval. Some timers also offer multiple timed intervals and support the launch of an executable program at the end of the intervals.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your timer needs:

  • gbOfficeTimer
    gbOfficeTimer is a freeware tool for counting down or up. At the end of the timed interval an alarm can be set or an application launched.

    gbOfficeTimer also provides a number of additional features which are in effect during a countdown. Background images, slideshows, cartoon animations, and screensavers are available to make the wait more enjoyable.

    gbOfficeTimer is one of my freeware applications.

Timer Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from timer software. Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.

  1. Quick access
  2. Multiple standard settings
  3. Accuracy
  4. Multiple timers
  5. Early warnings
  6. Alarm (visible, audible, launch)
  7. Count up/down
  8. Options

Candidate Programs
These are the programs included in this review. If a program you're interested in is not on the list, be sure to check my review of reminder programs, whose features sometimes overlap those of the timers included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. Alarm
  2. gbOfficeTimer
  3. Kana Reminder
  4. SwizzTool
  5. Time Trek
  6. TimeLeft
  7. WinAlarm
  8. ZeroTimer
  1. TimeLeft $20
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other timer programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.