SAMPLE APP: Countdown Timer Using Youtube Video & URL Parameters for Start Time

There have been a lot of requests for a built-in timer/ stopwatch feature:

Timers cant wait
I have a task management app. I would like to
Stopwatch Feature

Others have created samples that add/edit rows to measure a duration:

Simulate a Timer in your app

But there’s no live countdown (or count up) on the screen. :crying_cat_face:


This sample app uses a different approach, to create a live countdown:

The timer sheet just stores the duration, and a name for the timer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-30 at 11.41.50 AM

Then an Action is used to open this 10 minute ‘countdown’ video on Youtube.

The URL parameter start=### can be used to start the video at any point.

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Very clever!

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It’ll be even more useful when the new iframe view is released. It’s a little clunky switching back and forth to the browser/ Youtube, but in an iframe this will be a decent solution for timers. I imagine you could have an action to ‘reset’ the iframe and start the timer over.

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