This is the second part of the review of GTD Timer. The first part of the review is here.
3. Controlling GTD Timer window
Small semitransparent window which shows countdown also provides features to control the timer.
First of all, tiny controls in the bottom of the window allow to start, pause and stop timer, as well as set time period of two or ten minutes. Button with small clock icon calls time selection window described in the first part of the review of GTD Timer. Last control with pin icon allows to place countdown window on top of other windows in the system or behave like normal window (turn on by default).
Next, left mouse click on the time in the center of the window behaves as start/stop control. Small triangle button in the upper right corner of the window allows minimizing (hiding) window, cross button closes timer. To move the window on the screen use free area before or after the time shown to do left click and drag the window.
Finally, all controls in the window have keyboard shortcuts as described in the help system:
• Space - start timer
• Enter or T - open time selection window
• S - stop timer
• P - pause timer
• Keys 1, 2, 3..0 - start timer with number of minutes from 1 to 10
• C - open configuration window
• O - switch on/off timer's on top while counting feature
4. Using presets
Presets – one of the most interesting features of the software. Presets are useful in two situations: to allow quickly switching between different settings and to allow distinguishing between multiple running copies of the timer. Preset switching possible only in a commercial version of the software.
Firstly, presets configured in special settings section include tray icon text and background color (which shows time left for the timer), sound played when countdown finishes (default beeper, .WAV file or no sound at all) and actions which will be described in the last part of the review. It is possible to create any number of new presets or modify existing predefined presets.
Secondly, while it is possible to choose preset manually in time selection window, GTD Timer allows automatically selecting next preset when another copy of the software starts (this option set in configuration dialog).
So, setting one preset for one occasion and one for another allows to use GTD Timer as presentation timer as well as just kitchen or egg timer.
Continue to the final part of the review >>