To-do alarms and alerts don’t mean much if they’re too complicated to use. For some, even Apple’s iCal is too much work.
What procrastinators like me need is an app that’s drop dead easy to use, remembers what I tell it, and syncs with iCal without my help. Oh, and it should pleasantly alert me to an upcoming task, and requires the least amount of discipline from me.
Think Different Alarms
What is they say about cameras? The best camera is the one you have with you when you need to take a picture. Likewise, the best reminder app is the one you’ll use.
Not only will the value of Alarms Express be obvious to you in an instant, it’s also an app that gets used.
It resides in your Mac’s overcrowded Menubar. Drag and item you want to set as a reminder and a time line appears.
Drop in a contact name (someone you want to call), links to web sites to view later, any Mac file to be reviewed, or just create a simple reminder with a click.
Tasks and reminders can be changed or reset by dragging them across the time line.
That simplicity makes Alarms Express very usable right after installation.
All that ease of use is missing a few key requirements to match my list. It doesn’t sync with iCal. It doesn’t have Growl notifications (please get Grow—wonderful free add on for many Mac apps, or check Alexis’ review Free: The Best Mac Notification And Alert System). And no keyboard short cuts.
In a reversal of roles, Alarms Express has a big brother which has all those features and a few more. You can download a demo of the full-featured, and slightly more expensive Alarms to try it out.
Of course, there’s no trial capability built-in to the Mac App Store, which is where Alarms Express resides. Go figure. Both versions are worth a look, but start with Alarms first. Of course, if you want to get all geeky with your alerts and clocks and tools, there’s always Alarm Clock Pro.