Alright, maybe there’s not exactly 127 ways to wake up by using your Mac as an alarm clock, but Alarm Clock Pro has more ways to alarm you than any other Mac app.
If there were such a thing as a professional alarm clock, as used by professionals, this would be the one.
Alarm Types, Tools, And Events
It doesn’t take much effort to find alarm clock apps on the Mac App Store. Many are free and the rest cost barely a few dollars. All act like a dumb alarm clock.
Alarm Clock Pro deserves to be called a professional app because it does more than any dozen alarm clock apps combined.
It features Alarm Types which play an alarm on specific dates, dynamic dates, relative dates, weekly dates, a specified number of minutes, and a bunch of timers.
The Alarm Tools in Alarm Clock Pro are more than expected. There’s the snooze alarm, a snooze alarm on varying intervals, exclusions to prevent alarms from executing, presets for new alarms, calendar events alarm, and events can be imported from Calendar in OS X.
OK, so we have alarm types and alarm tools. All that’s left is alarm events. Check the list.
- Adjust the system volume
- Bounce the Dock icon
- Bring Alarm Clock Pro foremost
- Change iTunes volume
- Compose an e-mail
- Display an alarm notice
- Flash the menubar icon
- Modify the system volume mute setting
- Open a file
- Open a URL
- Perform a shell command
- Perform an AppleScript action
- Ping a web URL
- Play a random iTunes song
- Play an iTunes Playlist
- Play an iTunes web broadcast
- Play multimedia files
- Play the system beep
- Play/Pause iTunes
- Put the computer to sleep
- Quit Alarm Clock Pro
- Record an entry to the system console
- Restart the computer
- Send a text message
- Send an e-mail
- Send an e-mail with a screenshot and/or web cam shot
- Show a text alert
- Show an alert in GROWL
- Shutdown the computer
- Speak a random line of text
- Speak some text
- Stop iTunes
- Take a screenshot (with an optional timestamp)
- Take a web cam shot (with an optional timestamp)
- Toggle the screensaver
Here’s where the fun begins. Mix and match alarm events with types and tools using Alarm Clock Pro’s control panel.
The interface has a standard toolbar across the top littered with mostly self explanatory tools.
Create a new alarm, edit an alarm, set up alarms in a calendar, time events, and more.
Alarm Clock Pro’s extensive functions mean you can create alarms for everything from waking up to music, opening a file, giving you a reminder, send an email or text, even shutdown the Mac.
I like to think of this app as tinker toy set whereby you create your alarms step-by-step to perform different actions at different times.
Therein lies the only problem with Alarm Clock Pro. It’s really more of a power user tool for the Mac. It can do simple alarms, but is capable of much more, including custom actions tied to a date and time.
You won’t find that capability in the 99-cent simpleton alarm clocks in the Mac App Store. There’s also a version of Alarm Clock Pro for iPhone and iPad and it’s free.