Any Mac app with ‘alarm clock’ in the name sets up a certain expectation, right? You’re expecting a timer with an alarm, but what you get is more of an automated action utility with the wrong name.
I’m Thinking ‘AutoActionTron’
I’ve used Alarm Clock Pro for years and it’s not because I need an alarm clock on my Mac; not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Anything resembling an alarm clock carries a certain connotation– set an alarm to remind you to do something.
What do you can an app that actually performs what you want done? See? Alarm Clock doesn’t fit in the name.
I’m thinking ‘AutoActionTron.’ Regardless, Alarm Clock Pro is the name we’re stuck with for now, so let me run down a list of what this so-called clock with an alarm actually does.
There are three components in Alarm Clock Pro. As you would expect, there are Alarm Types– alarms which go off at specific times or date, or every week, or every Monday or every x-number of minutes.
Then there are the fun options.
Alarm Tools represent the snooze alarms, exclusions (when alarms will not ring), preset alarms, auto launching of alarms, and so on.
I’m saving the best for last.
Alarm Events is an extensive list of actions in Alarm Clock Pro which can be attached to an alarm. It can be something simply like adjusting the iTunes volume at a certain time, or logging out from your Mac at a set time.
Set an alarm with actions and you can open a file or URL at a specific time, run an AppleScript, restart your Mac, send an email at a specific time, grab a screenshot or iSight camera shot and send that in an email (great way to add a little security to your Mac while you’re gone).
To sum it all up, select an alarm type, then add an event (which should be named an ‘action’) to run at a specific time. There’s a long laundry list of actions in Alarm Events which you can use to automate all kinds of functions. And, yes, there’s an alarm clock, a clock that’s resizable, and plenty of alarm and alert options.
See? Alarm Clock Pro doesn’t do it justice. I like AutoActionTron.