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Pomodoro Windows 7 gadget

Posted in widgets, windows 7 by sharovatov on 3 December 2009

I was really inspired by http://tomatoi.st/ web service which provides an easy to use web interface for Pomodoro time management technique.

But unfortunately, tomatoi.st is down due to overload too often, so I spent 20 minutes and prepared a simple Windows 7 pomodoro gadget. It does just what’s needed – showing timers:

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Click on “Work” button to start 25 minutes work interval, “short br” – to get 5 minutes short break timeout, “long br” for a 15 minutes long break.

It’s dead easy to download and install – just click here. Or you can inspect the code if you want to – gadget is just a zip file with html, css and js inside.

Ah, and I have to warn you – when a period of time is over, it starts playing Alert.wav every second until you set a new period.

For more information about Windows 7 gadgets you read the following posts on my blog:

  1. introduction to the gadgets platform
  2. Exploring Windows Desktop Gadgets 
  3. Exploring Windows Desktop Gadgets #2 – security and limitations
  4. Exploring Windows Desktop Gadgets #3 – settings storage
  5. Exploring Windows Desktop Gadgets #4 – flyouts

Or read MSDN.

P.S. this gadget doesn’t have any settings or flyout or anything else – it’s very simple.


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  4. noactive said, on 11 January 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Pomodoro Windows 7 gadget .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

  5. Rene said, on 8 March 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Nice gadget, but sometimes I would like to pause the gadget. But it just keeps running until the specified time is over

  6. Chris said, on 31 March 2010 at 5:50 pm

    In response to Rene the reason it does not pause is because a unit of work (25min) is consider a single unit that is not to be broken up. So if you would stop the pomodoro you should start new one.

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  8. windows 7 gadget said, on 24 August 2010 at 1:54 am

    Pomodoro Windows 7 gadget .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

  9. Chuck said, on 31 August 2010 at 4:12 pm

    This thing is close to what I need, but:

    1) There needs to be a simple way to turn it OFF or pause it. for lunch, meetings, the end of the day, and all the other periods that I’m not actually in Pomodoro mode. I don’t want to have to close and re-open the gadget to do this. That much is a dealbreaker for me and I’ll use a different time gadget instead.

    2) would be nice to have option to set different work intervals, not everyone uses the strict 25 min, sometimes you want a shorter timebox, and othertimes might require a longer one.

    3) I’d love an optional ticking sound, for some of us that’s the in the zone sound

    4) volume control(s)

  10. Noz said, on 28 October 2010 at 9:58 am

    How do I install this? Here it says that gadgets are supposed to end in a .gadget extension http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/windows-7-gadget.htm I’d also like a ticking noise (the option to choose our own click might be nice…)

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  14. Ben said, on 22 February 2011 at 11:14 pm

    This is just what I’m after. One small issue: the width is a little narrow so the buttons wrap to a second line.

  15. Robin said, on 2 March 2011 at 8:18 am

    I can understand not having a pause button to not break the flow of Pomodoros, however it would could there be a way to right click and turn it off. I don’t want to have to close the gadget to go to lunch and drag it out again when i get back.

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  17. Steve Barber said, on 6 June 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for the gadget, but it’s not really that good for using the Pomodoro technique unless you can turn it off. Not using the timer during free time outside of the work timetable is a key part of the Pomodor Technique. Having to close it to get rid of it and then searching the Gadget menu to find it again is really a weird way to have to do this. Just a little ‘off’ button that sets the timer to zero until you press another button is all we need for this to be AWESOME.

  18. Steve Barber said, on 6 June 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Ok, so I decided that rather than ask for someone else to make things better (hi Vitaly!), that I could do it myself. So I did. I added on ‘off’ button to the pomodoro gadget. If anyone wants it, it is available for download here: http://www.panix.com/~sbarber/pomodoro_gadget/pomodoro11.gadget
    If you’ve installed the pomodoro gadget already, I think you will have to uninstall it before trying the new one. Let me know if you have any trouble with it.

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  20. fabio said, on 16 August 2011 at 9:43 am

    very nice .. need to eliminate sound for a visual alert and watch out negative values : seconds are decreasing when minutes increase ..

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    The sound has stopped working – any tips on how to get it back?

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  24. Catherine Rose said, on 20 October 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you Steve Barber for creating one with the stop option. Next up- nicer alarms :)

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  27. Alex said, on 3 January 2012 at 1:51 pm

    how do I INSTALL this ?

  28. ert said, on 6 January 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Sharovatov and Steve Barber.

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