If I have a single, gnawing disappointment about using a computer in the 21st century, it’s the lack of bi-directional communication. We’re still living in 1984. We type or point or click. The Mac does something. It beeps or pops up a window, but there’s very little interaction beyond the basics that came with the Mac in 1984. FaceTime and Skype have done little more than make the Mac a window to someone else’s face.
When it comes to capturing information from me, my Mac is little more than an expensive doorstop or shoe box. Even my favorite memo app, Voice Memo is a digital shoebox for notes in audio form.
Why Talk To Your Mac?
My iPhone comes with a voice memo app, and I use it while I’m out and about. It’s nothing more than a voice memo storage device.
At some point I have to go back to the iPhone and listen to my own voice messages.
Voice Memo for the Mac is the same thing with one exceptional difference. The recorded memos can be sent to yourself in the future.
The built-in alarm calendar can be used to make sure your voice message gets listened to in the future. Set the date and time and Voice Memo will play your message accordingly.
The app features two basic screens; the Mini Style is good to record, and the Smart is good for playback.
Usage is self explanatory. Click to begin recording, then set a specific date to have the message played back to you.
While your voice is recording, the status bar turns green. Don’t ask why. Green is not the normal color for recording. Red would be better. Maybe with a blinking or pulsating color.
I use the voice memo in my iPhone more than I used Voice Memo on the Mac.
Maybe it’s because the iPhone is more flexible, more personable, and travels with me.
Maybe it’s because the Mac isn’t as intimate (it never goes into my pocket).
Regardless, the Voice Memo scheduler is worth the few bucks on the price tag. I’d like to see an option to edit or export the audio file. But other solutions are available for the Mac, too.