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Chimoo Timer is a simple countdown/up timer featuring speech recognition and text-to-speech support.


  • Speech Recognition (for Start, Stop, Reset, "current value", and "disable speech recognition").
  • Speech support for counting seconds, speaking alerts.
  • "Tick" sound on seconds.
  • Count up and count down modes.
  • Floating mini window mode takes up less space.
  • Low CPU usage (esp. when in background or hidden).
  • Written with Cocoa - native to Mac OS X.
  • Dock menu to start/stop/reset timer.
  • Multiplier view for counting elapsed frames.
  • more...

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • [new feature] New menu extra optionally displays timer in menu bar.
  • [new feature] Dock icon can be hidden when menu extra is shown.
  • [new feature] Greatly expanded text-to-speech options including count down expiration warning, ability to speak last ten seconds of a countdown, and customizable voice and speech rate settings.
  • [new feature] Retooled speech recognition system more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Mikael B Member IconComment+415
Mikael B

Does Chimoo Timer remember tracked time until next session?

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Version 1.5
Jeremiahtwice Member IconReview+1

I love Chimoo Timer, I've been using it for years. Does everything you want and is highly customizable. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Version 1.5
luka Member IconReview+0

I think this is a great timer. It is simple and doesn't take up a lot of hard drive space. You have the option of having the timer displayed on the menu bar so you can still keep track of time if you have the screen in use. Alarms can range from a variety of beeps or even a voice alert. Only been using it for a month but it seems stable.

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Version 1.5
l0xby Member IconReview+50

"Set Count Down" from the menubar doesn't work. First of all, the window doesn't come to the forground so it looks like nothing happens. Secondly, when you change the time in the window, it doesn't get applied to the timer.

Would also be nice if it would allow me to enter "108 minutes" and it would be smart enough to convert that to 1h 48m. Right now, the app limits you to 2-digits in the minute field (max 59 minutes).

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Version 1.5
bb805 Member IconComment+1

Nice new features. Mine won't work on my iMac with Panther, but it works fine on my iMac with Tiger.

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Version 1.5
wizard2 Member IconReview+64

Very nicely done -- love the new features -- but greatly prefer the OLD interface, especially the timer fonts. The new font is numerically-challenged for readability.

Keep up the superb work. YES -- I will gladly donate!

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Version 1.5b3
Chimoosoft (Developer)

The fonts can be changed in the new interface to whatever you desire.

Lou Kingman Member IconComment+0
Lou Kingman

Great timer, but it should have unlimited number of beeps as an option. If an alarm clock beeped only three times, I wonder how many of us would make it to work on time.

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Version 1.3.1
Ianweir Member IconComment+19

All I can say is wow. I was looking for a simple and powerfull timer to keep track of my working at home hours, and this nifty little app is exactly what I was looking for.
Simple, easy to use, and best of all, it is free!
I can find no fault with it. :)

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Version 1.3.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

Nice app - BUT it leaves within several days a 23MB !!! system.log with useless entries such as:
'2003-11-22 10:49:30.334 ChimooTimer[411] App is inactive
2003-11-22 10:49:30.335 ChimooTimer[411] setBackgroundMode called'

Please get rid of these debug statements.

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member Icon

The new version (1.1.2) removes these debug statements.

Wizard2 Member IconReview+64

Downloaded ChimooTimer with great skepticism -- yet another timer... but this one
is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Hands-off operation, clean graphics, precise timing, excellent voice implementation.... W O W !

Chimoo 'gets it' when it comes to a useful Mac app that looks and works great.

Please keep up the excellent work!

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Version 1.1
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Downloads 10,430
Version Downloads 5,138
License Free
Date 05 Mar 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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