Tomato Timer (inspired by Pomodoro Tech)
By Jiri Tichy
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Tomato Timer is an excellent tool for your task and time management. It helps you to get work done effectively. Stop procrastination and become more productive with this tool.
The application is inspired by time management method which uses a timer to break down periods of work into longer intervals separated by short breaks. After several work periods take a longer break.
There are five basic steps to implement the technique:
1. decide on the task to be done and mark it active
2. set the timer to 25 minutes (or whatever time suits you best)
3. work on the task until the timer rings
4. take a short break (5 minutes)
5. every four work periods take a longer break (25 minutes)
Tomato Timer helps you with this time management technique. You'll be more efficient and better focused on your work. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
Elapsed timer is announced either by your own spoken text or by a sound.
Note: When you start the application only a small icon sits at the top menu bar so nothing is distracting you from your work.
Requirements: OS X 10.7 or newer is required for the task management functionality
- add an option for autohiding / closing windows
What's New in Version 2.0.0
- Mac-like UI
- configurable work period counter
- sound volume settings
- Notification Center integration (OSX 10.8+ required)
- fixed minor bugs
UI much improved in v2
“Mac-like UI” at the top of the new features list made me very excited! And after checking out the new version, it didn’t disappoint. The UI in this version is way better than v1. Still a few funny things (like play buttons for previewing the alert sounds rather than auto-playing as you select them), but I’m very, very happy with the improvements. Thank you to the developer!
A like new Mac like UI, but there are some problems. One is really major one.
When I click any of the timer buttons on main window (start, short break, long break), the main view does not hide automatically. You need to close it with x (also no CMD+w shortcut support).
Also button icons on main window are ugly as hell.
Otherwise app still serves its purpose.
This is a great App. It does everything I need, and the developer is obviously working hard to address the concerns of reviewers.
I love that I can see the time elapsed (or the time until completion) displayed in the menu bar.