The only problem I’ve run into, made especially acute in OS X Mountain Lion, is all the alarms and alerts going off on all my Apple devices at the same time. The country may need a chicken in every pot, a good five cent cigar, or politicians that can only tell the truth, but the best we have today is a reinvention of the alarm clock as a Mac app.
It Looks Like A Duck…
If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, how does one go about reinventing the alarm clock? What do you expect from an alarm clock? A timed alarm, right?
That’s so 1999. Or, maybe 1899. Today’s alarm clocks have a duty, a requirement, to do more than merely tell the time and wake us up at the appointed time.
Alarm Pro claims to reinvent the alarm clock. It does not. Instead, it brings Mac alarm clock apps to another level of usefulness in an attractive, fun-to-use interface which is more reminiscent of iPhone and iPad apps than the Mac.
Think about why you use an alarm clock. It wakes you up. Alarm Pro does that but also displays the time, plays music from an iTunes playlist, and fades in and out.
The colorful Alarm Pro interface displays all the basics in living color.
In fact, you can select the background colors, customize the weather forecast and conditions by location, and set various and sundry alarms to alert you when you least expect it.
Alarm Pro comes with nearly a dozen alarm sounds which range from alarm clock to rooster, from machine gun to bell, and from sunny day to traffic jam.
I’m not altogether sure how sunny day is much of an alarm, but if it’s background sounds from a pleasant, sunny day which gradually increases in sound volume, that might make for a more comfortable awakening on Sunday morning.
One click of the Alarm Pro icon in the Menubar and you’re ready to create a new alarm with specific alarms and times. Nice, right?
Here’s what I think is the killer issue with Mac alarms. They don’t work when your Mac is asleep. Sometimes, Alarm Pro wouldn’t even work when the screensaver was on while the Mac was awake. A fun and easy to use alarm clock on the Mac isn’t much of a bargain if it can’t sound the alarm you created Every. Time. Please.