I’m trying to figure out the real differences between these to apps before I use them too extensively. I hope someone who have tested them both could help me fill out the blanks.
Countdown by Ralf van Dooren are simple but effective. You have to create the Timer variable in the app and you can then use it in the flows, set the number of seconds (start/update) and stop it by setting 0 seconds. You can also manually set seconds in the app for testing purposes.
The downside is that all your variables will be permanently left in the app, and it can be somewhat hard to differentiate if you change add similar names. This annoys the heck out of me.
Countdown Timers by Jerome Bos works similarly. It seems like the main difference here are a couple.
- There’s a differentiation between starting a new countdown timer and updating an existing one. It means that you can create new timers from the flows and don’t have to go into the app. That’s good for most people I think.
- When timer have been used/created it’s sorted in a neat list of used timers (since last app restart) and you can Set a timer for it and stop the timer (like Countdown), but you can also pause.
The upside of using this app is that the variable list will be clean and tidy because it removes the not used variables. There’s also the added random function.
The downside is the not so logical divide between Start New timer and Update Existing timer. If you remove all cards “Setting a New timer” and the app is restarted, then that timer variable will be removed. But if you just have one “Update Existing Timer” card which pointed to the same variable, it’s still created and used again. Even after variable have been removed from the app list after a restart. Well, I guess that’s better than producing lots of errors in flow, but sill it would be less confusing having one single “New/Update Timer” card to avoid the confusion. If it’s a brand new one, you could write the desired text and if it’s a used one you get the dropdown list of available variable names.
Are there any major differences I don’t see here? Are any of those able to for example add a certain amount of seconds to the timers? I did not find such function, even though Countdown mentions “adjust” in one of the cards.