Have Mac, will travel. It’s what I do for a living. Travel. The Mac simply comes along to improve my life while traveling, and keep me connected. The bane of on the go living is time. And alarm clocks. I must have half a dozen devices to keep me on time, either with alarms, notifications, actions, buzzes, beeps, and bongs.
Here’s my story of the penultimate Mac alarm clock. It’s not just an alarm. It’s a way of life. A way to let the Mac do the work.
13 Ways To Use A Digital Alarm Clock
Tick tock. Captain Hook hated that sound because he knew the crocodile that snatched his hand was near (or, was it an alligator? I get them mixed up).
Sometimes I feel the same sense of foreboding when I simply glance at my watch or a clock.
Fortunately, I’ve come to rely on Alarm Clock Pro for many of my Mac notifications, alerts, and actions.
ACP is more than a simple alarm clock app. If you’re busy and on the go, Mac in hand, check out this list of what your Mac can do.
- Play an audio or video file (good for alarms)
- Send an email according to schedule
- Send a text message to a mobile phone
- Open documents at a specific time
- Open apps at a specific time
- Play an iTunes playlist (on schedule)
- Open Safari to a specific site
- Snap a screenshot of your Mac
- Start or stop the screensaver
- Wake your Mac from sleep on a schedule
- Startup and shut down your Mac
- Logout from your Mac
- Combinations of the above
Alright, nice list. How does it work? Start with Preferences to get an idea of what’s there, what you can do.
The seven major tabs at the top of Preferences control everything from basics, to type of alert, action exclusions, what to do at startup, tasks, and more.
This is not your daddy’s alarm clock. It’s a serious app. From Preferences move to the app itself. The Toolbar is where the action is. Click New to start a new alarm. Click edit to edit.
Dates can be specified precisely and matched to an alarm. Many different alarms are available.
And, for what it’s worth, there are some very basic functions, too. Like a clock. A stopwatch. Specific reminders with actions attached.
It’s like programming a clock to do many things beyond telling time, but not as difficult to set up as your VCR.
Alarm Clock Pro is a useful, dependable app. But it suffers from a few issues. The interface is cluttered like a Mac app from 1999.
Setting up multiple time zones is great for me because I’m on the road, but it’s not always clear what some of the alarm functions do. And, there’s Koingo’s onerous update policy. Small updates with few additional features or functions carry an unexpected price tag.
If you’re into alerts and alarms, try 36 Timers, Clocks, Stop Watches And Alarms With Alerts. Or, to keep it simple, Try The Mac Timer App That’s A Fruit And A Vegetable.