5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 8, 2007 8:48 AM by Tux Kapono
Tux Kapono Level 1 (80 points)
This is the simplest request yet I can't find anything like this.

Say you're working on your Mac and you've got something on the stove or oven, or have clothes in the laundry, or you have to leave the house in ten minutes, or anything where you just want to be buzzed in a short time period. Cell phones do this easily via their alarm clock, why can't a Mac?

No iCal please - I don't want to create an event (much less have to wait to open the app) just to be reminded about something in a few minutes. No stand-alone alarm clock apps please, for the same reason. Just a widget that acts as an egg timer/alarm clock would be fantastic!

Macbook 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • jwilkinson1977 Level 2 (290 points)
    There is a timer..
    Under the Clock widget. You have 4 choices, World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch, and Timer.
    Just set how many minutes you want and click start.
  • Kyn Drake Level 7 (21,545 points)
    Setting the time's really cool, too. It's an analog type of control where you can spin the controls like the "Price is Right" to set the time and tap it to stop the spin.
  • Tux Kapono Level 1 (80 points)
    That'd be great, but the World Clock widget I have as default doesn't have that (the only two settings are continent and city), and I can't find it in the Widgets section of Apple's Dashboard website.
  • Wesley Furgiuele Level 3 (665 points)
    First of all -- you're actually asking about a timer on Mac OS X, the regular old full version, right? You're not asking about a timer on the iPhone. You will probably have more luck with an answer to this question by posting this in the right discussion group. (I was confused at first by your request because my answer would have been the same as the above, which is that the phone does have a simple timer on it.)

    That being said, I'm surprised there's no simple timer built into Mac OS X. I can swear I've used one before, but maybe that was back in the OS 9 days. Funny...

    You can probably find an AppleScript or Automater action that simply prompts you for the amount of time you want to wait and then runs in the background for that duration until time's up, so that might be another group to check.
  • Tux Kapono Level 1 (80 points)
    Thanks, wrong forum. I guess the iPhone takes top priority now in the Discussion Forums, being that it's at the very top. Even the iPod is practically hidden now.