Widget wanted: simple tap timer in notification center

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by motulist, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. motulist macrumors 601

    motulist

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    I'm looking for a simple widget that'll do this. I want to have a button in the Notification Center that'll automatically start a timer counting down a pre-set amount of time.

    Several times a day I have to set a timer that lasts for 3 hours 25 minutes, and timers that last 3 hours and 30 minutes. Doing it through timer apps uses a bunch of taps and steps that could all be cut out by a widget with pre-set durations.

    So in the Notification Center I want one button that says "start counting down 3:30" and another that says "start counting down 3:25". So I could just swipe down, tap a timer to start it, then swipe up.

    Anyone know of a widget like this?
     
  2. Pug72 macrumors 6502a

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    Would probably be easier asking Siri to, "Set timer for 3 hours 25 minutes."
     
  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wouldn't work for several reasons. For starters, sometimes I need to run timers concurrently, and the iOS app can only run one at a time.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    There seems to be a timer widget Today Timer (Timer Widget) by R.P.A. Tech
    https://appsto.re/us/anst2.i which can do some of what you are asking but I'm not sure if it can do multiple ones and basically ones that repeatedly become available daily.
     
  5. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks but that doesn't do what I want. If I have to type in the timer duration every time I want to start it, then it doesn't save me any steps over launching a regular timer app.
     
  6. 6836838 Suspended

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    Spec it out on elance, someone will build it for you.
     
  7. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Interesting idea, but I highly doubt that anyone would create it for the 1.99 maximum that a simple timer like this is worth. If it doesn't already exist then someone would be smart to create it, because widgets are a brand spanking new app category, and a basic function like a pre-set time will surely get filled very soon, and whoever creates it first will get the first-mover advantage.
     
  8. 6836838 Suspended

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    If you have a good idea and it doesn't exist, make it.
     
  9. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'd like to, but I don't know how to program.
     
  10. 6836838 Suspended

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    That's why I mentioned elance.com :) Or you could learn Swift ;)
     
  11. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

    motulist

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    And that's why I mentioned that I doubt anyone would program an app for a one-time price of $1.99 ;)



    Hah, yeah, that would take about a million taps in order to wind up creating an app that saves me maybe 9 taps each day, which by my rough calculation means I'd have to use the app every single day for 305 years before it would start saving me more taps than I put in to create the app.
     
  12. expendableboy macrumors newbie

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    Second

    I'll second this idea.

    Let me have 1 click timers and put a smile on my face.

    (Emphasis on 1 click. Preconfigure once, and then 1 click from there on)
     
  13. dehory macrumors regular

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    I've been looking for a one-tap multiple timer widget in the NC too. So far, Vidgets is kind of doing the job for me. It's not the prettiest NC widget, but it's free and works better than, say, Timeless (which inexplicably doesn't allow you to initiate a timer from the NC – just view running timers).

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    The issue with all NC timer widgets (for that matter, timer apps in general) is that their alerts can't be as intrusive as the native iOS clock app's timer. For important one-time alerts, I find that I still need to set a timer through Siri or Control Center.
     
  14. dsh3 macrumors 6502

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    How about Toggl Timer?
     

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