Usually, there is no need for an extra clock in a web browser's status bar, because of the operating system clock. It may be helpful for users who are hiding the taskbar by default though. But the Firefox add-on Simple Timer is not just adding a clock to the status bar of the browser, it can do a lot more than that. Actually that much, that its configuration may be confusing to some users.
The extension displays an icon in the status bar after installation. Hovering over the icon displays various information including the current data and time, the time spend on the current browsing session and the daily session, the time at other locations in the world and several other information including countdowns, projects, notifications and alerts. Lots to digest at the beginning but it all sorts out after some time.
It is possible to keep the icon in the status bar, or change it in the extensive options of the add-on. It can be replaced by a clock, browser session time, daily browsing time, count up time or both browsing times.
Additional timezones and locations can be configured in the options. Those are displayed in the tooltip then and available for use when configuring notifications as well.
The very same options page offers additional customizations, for instance to change the tooltip display which is set to display everything by default. It is furthermore possible to move the icon of the add-on to the toolbar instead, which is good for users who do not use a status bar or prefer the icon to show up at the top of the browser.
Not everything is handled in the add-on's options though. A right-click on the Simple Timer icon displays a context menu with options to configure notifications and the calendar among other things. Notifications basically consist of a description and time, with additional options available. It is for instance possible to configure notifications to use other timezones or to make them recurring events. By default, popups are displayed to display notifications. It is possible to add audio and dialog notifications in addition to that.
Calendar events can be configured pretty much the same way. The add-on unfortunately does not offer to connect with popular calendar services such as Google Calendar, which would make it easier to configure and maintain.
All events need to be added manually with options to configure alerts ahead of time.
Simple Timer offers lots of interesting options for Firefox users. It could use some polishing, like the ability to display multiple clocks in the browser or integration of external calendar services. The Firefox extension is compatible with both Firefox 3 and 4.Advertisement
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