Version: 5.4.5 || Release Date: 2011-01-01 || License: Shareware ($10) Developer: Philippe Galmel | App Owner: lrivers

Timer, stopwatch application.

Minuteur is an egg timer and a stopwatch. The intention was to have a timer which is simple and immediate in use. Minuteur is also very flexible and extremely configurable. Particular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of the programme. The basic functionality of Minuteur is intuitive enough to be used right from the start.

  • To set the timer quickly, type the required delay on the numeric keypad. To set a period of 30 minutes, type 3000 (for 30 minutes, 0 seconds). Type 300000 for 3 hours, or just 30 for 30 seconds. The countdown starts immediately.
  • hhmm. To set the alarm to go off at a specific time, hold Option/Alt and type the time in the format
  • To start the stopwatch, hold Option/Alt and press Enter.
  • To stop any timing, press Return, Enter or Escape.
  • To pause Minuteur, press Spacebar.

To make the most of the deeper features however, you should spend a few minutes reading the help. Particular attention has been paid to the ergonomics of the programme. The basic functionality of Minuteur is intuitive enough to be used right from the start.

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18 Opinions

Very slick design, and I wanted very much to like it. Unfortunately the design remains counter-intuitive, and if I don't use it every day, I soon forget how it works. The stopwatch (count-up timer) quits after 10 minutes and I cannot discover how to overcome this. The manual is in very poor English and I don't have time to translate the French. I give up. Adieu, Minuteur.

Minuteur can easily be scripted, eg:

I love Minuteur and paid for a license when it was donationware. It’s a terrific app. The other day I became interested in the Pomodoro Technique (http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/) which relies heavily on timed bursts of work and rest (25 and 5/30 minutes respectively) and found that Minuteur was up for the challenge of continuous timed events (25/5/25/5/25/5/25/30) which can be accessed via Edit > Sequences.

While I tend to use the default iPhone timer to time most things as it’s always with me I still find Minuteur to be the best timer for the Mac.

Does anyone an app that would do this on windows?

I'm particularly interested in the progress bar, that visually displays the remaining time.

I checked the new site, and there are apps for windows, but not this one. :(

The new homepage is http://www.phg-home.com/index_mac.html

@akatsuki : a widget wouldn't be able to show remaining time on its dock icon, nor display the remaining time bar next to the menu bar icon, for instance.

A bit too expensive for a timer. Nice interface though. It would frankly be a lot better as a widget though.

Version 5 comes with a lot of nice little touches... but the biggest change is that it's gone from being donationware to shareware (as in it stops working after 21 days).
It's a nice little program, but it would never contribute enough to my life to be worth paying for.

version 5.0.1? this isn't correct, it's still

@amberv : I also use Path Finder instead of the Finder, including to show the Desktop. However, leaving the Finder open and hidden, isn't a big sacrifice: it only uses around 10MB of real memory (on 10.4).
But I agree that this requirement is hard to understand... :)

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