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Menubar Countdown 1.2 Released

Menubar Countdown icon

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

Version 1.2 has these new features:

  • Supports Growl notifications. The Announcement text specified in the Start dialog will be displayed in the Growl notification window.
  • New application icon
  • Adds option to hide seconds in the menu bar
  • Shows start-timer dialog when application launches (behavior can be disabled in Settings dialog)
  • 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

To download the application or get more information, see the Menubar Countdown product page.

JacksOrBetter 1.2 Available

JacksOrBetter Screenshot

Version 1.2 of JacksOrBetter for the iPhone and iPod Touch is now available. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can get it from the App Store.

JacksOrBetter focuses on ease-of-use and simple gameplay.

Features include the following:

  • Large, easy-to-read and easy-to-press buttons
  • Minimal, pleasant sound effects
  • Subtle animation
  • Onscreen instructions
  • No advertising

Playing Sounds when Menubar Countdown Timer Expires

An often requested feature for Menubar Countdown is the ability to specify a sound to be played when the timer expires. This can already be done, using the Growl support in Menubar Countdown.

See this article for details on using Growl to play sounds: Growl Tip: Make MarsEdit, any app, play custom sound alarms

Mac App Guide Review of Menubar Countdown

The Mac App Guide video podcast has reviewed Menubar Countdown. The review includes a demonstration of how to use it.

See MAG 23: Handy Countdown Timer (Freeware) for Mac OS X.

“Special Pass” for iPhone and iPod Touch Now Available

Should your spouse do the dishes for you? Do you need to go to the head of the line? Are you deserving of special treatment? Then you need a Special Pass!

This application displays a message indicating to all that you are a member of the Special People Club. A mesmerizing background animation will quell any objections to your claim.

Special Pass is available as a free download from the App Store.