After all, a Calendar event alert here, and a Reminder alarm there, plus notices of email, tweets, and messages can’t be all bad, and they’re even better if they sync up and play nice-nice on every Apple device, right? Right? Here’s a free Mac app that promises notifications everywhere.
Pushing Bullets Since 2014
Pushbullet has the right idea. It moves notifications back and forth, to and fro, across almost every desktop, notebook, or mobile device you’re likely to own.
That means all those computing devices in your house could light up like a Christmas Tree the night of December 24th.
Pushbullet pushes notifications– calls, texts, et al– across a multitude of devices; Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, plus the most popular browsers; Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and even Opera.
For me, I’m becoming inundated with notifications, but another feature in Pushbullet is to die for– the option to send files between devices. That, my friends, is praiseworthy for a techno-gal who works on both Windows and Mac, and helps to support both iOS and Android devices during my day job.
Pushbullet also has channels to follow so you can be notified of almost anything anywhere at any time on any device.
Notifications, files, and links can follow you around and always be available on whatever device you’re using at the moment. It’s easy to copy and paste between devices. Copy here, paste there. Cool, no?
Instead of using email or Dropbox to share files, they can be pushed by Pushbullet and opened on the appropriate application.
As a concept, Pushbullet gets high marks and I can see benefit, especially when sharing files between users and devices. It’s early in the product’s lifecycle so some of the bugs will be worked out over time (it’s not easy to get the same thing to work on every device platform).
The only real issue I have is that I’m already swimming in notifications and an app that amplifies that isn’t one that I want to pay for, but I’d pay for one that put everything in a single location and knew where I was at the moment. That’s a bit Big Brotherish but alerts, alarms, files, and links are coming from every direction these days.