Best Timer App Ever! Works So Good!, Although i would love to see a wigit timer in this app also that would be nice!
PROBLEMATIC IN YOSEMITE
I would have rated at 5 stars if it weren’t for 2 issues: 1) In Yosemite the darker menubar option results in not being able to see the countdown numbers, (except in the last 10 seconds when they turn red). 2) If one runs out to get the mail (for example) and a timer goes off, when you come back to your mac you will have no way of knowing. This is because the howler window will not pop up from being minimized or hidden when a timer finishes. This is using OSX Yosemite. The only way to counter this is to set the howler to continue howling, which in some enviroments is not a good idea. I wanted to like this app but the 2 flaws are substantial…...
Simple and Effective
Positively the easiest timer to use that I've encountered in 25 years of using Macs. I'm no longer young, however, and the wolf and crow sounds that are used for alarms don't delight me and can't be heard from the kitchen. I have added a host of other, more usable alarm sounds to my system and use those instead.
one major flaw
I've only been using Howler Pro for a couple days, but in general it works quite well for me. Has countdown timers, alarm and stopwatches (though you can't save a stopwatch as a preset for some reason or create one directly--you have to create a timer and then switch it to be a stopwatch, which makes little sense to me).However, there is one *major* flaw to the app that causes me to dock it 2 stars: if you stop a timer, then when you start it again, the timer is now forevermore a timer for only the remaining time. This becomes a big problem if you have, say a 10-minute countdown timer that repeats (so that after it goes off it will start again automatically). If you stop that timer with 7 minutes left, then when you resume it, it will now be a 7 minute timer. This means that when it goes off, you might reasonably expect it to start counting down 10 minutes again, but instead it will only count down 7 minutes over and over. There doesn't appear to be any way to change this behavior, so I now need to remember when I've paused a repeating timer, because when it goes off, I'll have to fix it manually.I can't think of why anybody would want a timer to behave this way, but at the very least there should be the *option* to have it act like pausing any other timer in the world.
HOWLER APP HOWLING FUN
I teach in a rural remote school in the interior of Alaska. Wolves and Ravens are common animals in our area. My kids BEG for me to time them using the Howler Timer app. It's easy to use and opens quickly. Great idea for alarm sounds! My students and I love it.