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Menubar Countdown is a simple countdown timer that displays itself on the right side of the Mac OS X menu bar.

To set the timer, click on the display and select the Start... menu item. A dialog will appear that allows you to specify the countdown time in hours, minutes, and seconds. The dialog also allows you to specify which of the following forms of notification you want when the timer gets down to 00:00:00:

  • Play the system alert sound
  • Display an alert window
  • Make a spoken announcement. You can specify the text to be spoken.
  • Growl

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Add support for Growl notifications. The Announcement text specified in the Start dialog will be displayed in the Growl notification window.
  • New application icon
  • Command-X, Command-C, Command-V, and Command-A now work in the text fields in the settings dialog
  • Command-R is now a shortcut key for the Restart Countdown... button in the alert window
  • Add more...


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Growl 0.7 or later required for Growl notifications

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RudyR6771 Member IconReview+0

This is even better than the countdown timer I use on my linux machine. I appreciate the simplicity along with the sophistication of a user-configurable text-to-voice message.

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Version 1.2
vanstar Member IconReview+2

simple and works!

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Version 1.2
Winco Member IconReview+87

It just works! Perfect!

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Version 1.2
Doc-Renaud Member IconReview+135

Perfect, just perfect! Could not be simpler and more efficient.
Thanks a lot for this, and giving it for free.

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Version 1.2
gcoghill Member IconReview+218

Excellent timer app! Very odd this hasn't been done before, but just about perfect as-is.

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Version 1.2
Sunhill2227 Member IconReview+2

This is a great little application that does what it says. There are plenty of countdown timers available in dashboard, but for what I use it for, dashboard is really inconvenient. I'd suggest the option of using a different alert sound than the system alert sound. Otherwise it's great.

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Downloads 10,020
Version Downloads 9,468
License Free
Date 25 Jun 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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