My husband is really, really into Dr. Who. Maybe it has something to do with galavanting all over the universe with a different hot young woman every year or so.
It must be a guy thing because I just don’t sympathize or empathize or approve of the fantasy. What I do like, however, is the TARDIS; Dr. Who’s time machine. Why? Forget the time machine aspect. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s just that the TARDIS is actually bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Talk about ultimate value and exceeding expectations.
My Friday Freebie App of the Week is just like the TARDIS.
Bigger On The Inside And Not Free
What if you had a Mac app that did more than you expected? And, instead of free, it actually cost money.
See? That’s the TARDIS effect. It’s all different than expectations.
TinyAlarm is a Mac app that exceeds expectations. First, it’s an alarm. It makes a sound at a predetermined time.
That should be free, but it’s not. See? Exceeding expectations. Second, TinyAlarm is much more useful than a mere alarm.
First, it resides in your Mac’s Menubar, so it’s easily accessible in any app. One click and you’re ready to set an alarm.
As you would expect with a simple alarm clock on your Mac, TinyAlarm provides a quick click to upcoming times. Select one and the alarm is set.
If the preselected times are not convenient, one more click lets you customize the alarm time; by time or number of minutes.
Preferences give you even more options.
Select a specific alarm sound with a click. Select the number of times the alarm sounds. And select the alarm speed.
Or, use text reminders. You don’t know how handy that function is. It solves the problem of tying a string around your finger to remember something and forgetting what it is you needed to remember.
Don’t tell me that’s never happened to you, OK?
TinyAlarm features a snooze time, a Repeat Until Cleared option, and can be launched upon startup.
The alarm sounds are not just the typical Mac alarms, either. Dozens more are included so you can really customize the alarm.
When you click on the TinyAlarm icon in the Menubar you also get a visual cue to upcoming reminders; again, very handy.
The only thing really missing is an easier way to manage multiple alarms (you do them one at a time) and a way to have the text alarm pop up on screen. The whole of TinyAlarm is greater than the sum of the parts, which makes it especially appealing. Oh, and the price. It’s cheap. Cheaper than cheap. And try-before-you-buy.