This is the free version of VisTimer. It is similar to the paid version, except the maximum timer setting is limited to 10 minutes. The paid version has a maximum timer setting of 23 hours and 59 minutes. It is also supported by advertising banners which are not present in the paid version. The VisTimer was developed to provide a gentle implementation of time imposed limits. It utilizes an animated shrinking pie chart to depict elapsed time. Visual thinkers, especially when they are children, have difficulty conceptualizing time. Being able to see the changing pie chart as time passes makes it easier to understand time and duration. It is easy to explain to a child that when the circle is completely gone, an activity is finished or a task must be completed. There is an Early Warning preference setting to indicate the timer is approaching completion. This provides a gentle reminder to prepare and set expectations. Even the color of the pie chart can be customized to a calming favorite color. A large or small digital countdown display can be turned on or off. Sleep mode (Auto-Lock) can also be disabled while the timer is running. This keeps the VisTimer display visible for the duration of the countdown. Sometimes allowing a child to participate in selecting these preferences creates a sense of ownership and commitment. The VisTimer can also operate in Lock Mode, where all settings are locked after the timer is started. This imparts it with a higher sense of authority and detaches its consequences from you.
The low stress animated circle combined with restful colors and gentle sounds also make it ideal for timing relaxation activities such as meditation and yoga.
VisTimerLite 1.3 has been updated to run on iOS 11.
Ratings and Reviews
Would be perfect, but......
This would be SO perfect for kids to learn how much time is left for certain tasks, but the only real problem with it is that no matter what you set the time for, the beginning graphic is always a whole circle. Would be nice if it would be a partial circle, depending on how long you set it for. I realize this presents problem of what amount of time a whole circle represents. Logical choice is one hour, but that could be configurable if needed. Having a partial circle option would allow kids to learn that 15 minutes is way longer than 1 minute, for instance. For me, this timer is almost useless without this option. But since the app is *almost* exactly what I need, I'll give it 4 stars, in hopes of being able to someday give it 5. It's literally perfect in every other way. Would happily install the paid version if this one thing were changed.
Works exactly as described
It should be obvious that the free version is for evaluation. I tried it and could see it would do exactly what I wanted. This is great tool and I happily paid the 2 bucks to be able to set the timer for any desired duration. A student gets intuitive visual representation of the passage of time, e.g. when needing to wait for something or when having limited time to engage in preferred activity.
Perfect for my kids
I work in special education and I use this app daily with my kiddos. It is perfect for those who can’t yet read numbers or just need the visual to help calm down. I love the added touch of the warning sounds so they know when time is almost up. Perfect.
Just sad it does not work with iOS 11 yet. I’ve really needed it since I’ve updated.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.