For what it’s worth, our Macs are quiet, behind-the-scenes beasts of burden. They give plenty and demand little.
One function I’d like to see more of is in the realm of notifications (another beef I have with the iPhone, which needs beefier notifications). Growl is nice. Howl is better. Think of a Mac alert system that actually makes some noise as an alert.
One Trick Pony Alert!
In this whole web vs. native apps argument, one thing is often overlooked. Native apps do more. What native apps do they do better. And, client-side web apps are really native apps anyway.
Regardless, here’s a Mac app that pretty much does only one thing.
A one trick pony app should not be required to do too much.
Howler Pro doesn’t do too much so it doesn’t cost much. It does more than the free Howler version and it does what you think a Mac alert system should do. It alerts you when a timer goes off.
Simply put, Howler Pro is a timer. Set the hours, minutes, seconds, and click the Start button. Simple, eh?
Set up as many Howler timers as you need. The More Options button gives you options on the alert sound (it really needs a loud howl), and finishing options.
Finishing Options are set in Preferences and include the sound, alert text, and what you want Howler Pro to do when it’s down howling (or, alerting).
That means you can have one Howler alert launch another Howler alert, chaining them together, or having it set launch one of the many Preset actions.
Howler also runs as a stopwatch and counts down, instead of up. Or, maybe it’s the other way around.
That’s about it. Yes, there are a couple of tricks in this one trick pony app, but it does what you want in an alert. It makes noise, and you choose the noise and when it goes off.
The only real negative is no try-before-you-buy version because it’s a Mac App Store only purchase, but the free version will give you an idea how Howler Pro works, sans a few features.