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
Tends to delete complete Pomodoros on Mac suspend/resume
I used to really like this app, and was using it to time track all my tasks, but I’ve found that it tends to fail to correctly save pomodoros upon when you suspend and resume your Mac, especially upon app restart. I’ve lost anywhere between 10-20 hours that way, which is extremely concerning considering that I’ve been using this app to track contract work and bill time. Very disappointing because otherwise the setup is super simple and workable.
Don’t get this app for serious work!
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.