It’s also free and built-in to every Mac, so most of us are familiar with at least simple scheduling. At the other end of the scale are project management apps. They’re expensive and complicated.
In between are apps like the venerable Scheduler for Mac which, well, schedules specific actions that your Mac can perform when you, uh, schedule them.
What You Didn’t Know Needed A Schedule
After using a Mac for over a dozen years and trying out hundreds of apps, I’ve come across the strangest Mac scheduling app ever.
That’s not strangest in a bad sense, either. Scheduler sets up alerts and performs specific actions you may need.
Scheduler has for basic functions, some of which are not easily found in other apps, let alone all in one app.
For example, you can schedule alerts for specific tasks. When the time arrives you get an alert to remind you of the task. It even has a snooze button. Scheduler’s alerts trick is the alert itself, which is customizable. You can record your own.
Scheduler also launches Mac apps according to, yes, you guessed it. A schedule. Simply click the New Launch button, select an app, set the launch options, and Scheduler launches the app accordingly.
What else gets scheduled?
Scheduler also launches documents at a specific time (vs. just launching the app), using a similar interface. Give the launch a name, set the date, select the document to open, set the options and Scheduler will launch the document at the chosen date and time.
Finally, and oddly comfortable with other features in Scheduler, there’s an option to launch specific web pages in the browser of your choice.
Give the launch a name, add the date and time, enter the web page to open, select which browser to use, set a few options (like repeat), and you’re good to go. Scheduler will launch the browser and download the selected web page URL.
All these alerts can be saved and used again, of course, and each can be edited at any time. In all the time I’ve used Scheduler it’s not failed to launch a scheduled task.
Can you name another Mac scheduler app that works like Scheduler?
It launches Alerts, Applications, Documents, and Web Pages according to dates and times that you set up in the simple controls.
To top it off, Scheduler is remarkably simple to setup and use, and it’s free. I’ve been around the Mac for many years and I don’t recall running into an app that works like Scheduler.
It’s an odd duck, but well done, and works as expected.