Many Mac apps have interesting or memorable names; some obvious, others distinct. I’m thinking Safari, Firefox, Chrome as memorable browsers. Other apps have descriptive names. Think Photoshop, Photos, Calendar, Contacts, or Mail.
Still other descriptive apps for the Mac take a more playful but measured tone with their name, but one that is equally descriptive. Here’s one such app. It’s called Nice Timer. Guess what it does. Yes, it’s a nice timer.
Let me start with the obvious first. A timer is useful in oh so many ways. For me, while I’m on my Mac, I tend to time tasks and projects, which improves productivity and efficiency. Nice Timer is exactly what it claims to be. A. Nice. Timer.
In fact, Nice Timer is one of the– and there’s no other way to put this– nicest looking Mac timers available. It times two ways. As a timer. And as a stop watch. Using Nice Timer is also, well, nice, mostly because it’s simple and self explanatory.
Select the Timer or Stopwatch mode with a click to the radio button. For Timer mode, set the hours, minutes, or seconds, and select an alarm sound. For Stopwatch mode, simply click the Start button to begin timing.
Nice Timer resides in both the Dock and the Mac’s Menubar so it’s accessible from within almost any Mac app and that means you can use it to time tasks, project components, or anything else that needs to be timed. It comes with global keyboard shortcuts, multiple styles, and it fits into Notification Center’s Today View extensions, again, just a click away.
Considering the nominal cost, NiceTimer is a good value for those who want to track time with little effort. The app’s developer seems to have a thing for timers and clocks, and has other useful, attractive, and inexpensive timer apps. What I’d like to see are more customizable alarms instead of the anemic OS X alarm sounds and an option to run in both Dock and Menubar.
Otherwise, there is just nothing to not like about Nice timer. Maybe that’s what makes it so, uh, well, nice.