Whatever happened to the promise of voice control on our Macs? You know, I say something, and my Mac giggles and wiggles and burps out some acknowledging chime, and then does what I said to do.
Where’s that? In reality, it doesn’t exist yet. If you want to add a simple event to your Mac’s calendar, haul out the keyboard and mouse and click away, ad infinitum.
Talk To Your Mac With Fingers
The promise of a Star Trek computer that listens and does what its told and then talks to us in our native language is what it is. Science fiction.
The reality of 21st century computing comes home in the simple task of using iCal to add an event at a specific time.
Click to open iCal, point the mouse to the day and time you want the event, double click, start typing, and keep clicking to add alerts, change the day and date and time, and so on.
Where’s the fun in that?
Remind Me Later is an elegant Mac app that begs for voice recognition, but performs admirably for those with rudimentary typing skills.
This decidedly old style app does something iCal cannot. Enter instant events, limited number of clicks, and in a language you understand. Remind Me Later resides in your Mac’s Menubar (hey, Mac developers—space is limited up there).
Click it. Type in your reminder. Click Add Event to iCal. Two clicks. Plus typing. Wait. Wait. Typing? Like Dr. Phil, Remind Me Later understands you.
Without having to fire up iCal and get lost in the complexity of it all, and then getting, a), depressed because you got lost, and b), there’s twenty eleven items you missed, Remind Me Later lets you type in what you want and automagically does the rest.
“Buy food at 4pm tomorrow.” How hard is that? The app actually figures out that you mean buy food and the time and date is 4pm on the morrow.
Even better, you can ignore the eccentricities and complexities of iCal. Add an event and it just shows up in iCal.
And that gets synchronized with your iPhone or iPad or other mandatory-for-Mac-users-to-own iDevice.
Remind Me Later is smart enough to know that doing something in 1 hour and 45 minutes means what you say it means. Enter a date—Feb 4 at 10am—and you get what you expect. Block off time—Addams Family (in laws) in town from Monday to Sunday—and it blocks off the whole time and schedules a rare, highly communicable (and fake) disease so you’ll be quarantined for the duration of their visit.
Alright, not quite. But that’s a feature request you really want, right?
Remind Me Later is one of those simple little apps that does what you wish iCal did in the first place. And, like iCal, it’s free. It’s Friday. All is right with the world.