Kudos to Apple for providing a useful Reminders app that works well within the company’s highly curated ecosystem. I can ask Siri– Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch– to set a reminder or set an alert for any occasion and almost for any time period. Even with that capability there’s a burgeoning cottage industry among Reminders-like apps for the Mac.
There really isn’t much to not like about the built-in Mac Reminders app. It works. It doesn’t do much. But it works. So, what if you need more in Reminders? Or, you find Reminders to be just a bit too spartan to the point of sterile? Or, you want Reminders to be Menubar accessible so it’s available from within any Mac app?
Enter Smart Reminder. This is a Reminders-like app but with more polish, more options, more preferences, and a list of useful pre-made reminders and tasks that make it function a bit like if Calendar Events married Reminders.
Smart Reminder has a number of functions that I prefer over Reminders on the Mac, and a few that bother me, and one that’s almost a deal breaker.
First up, all reminders are easily viewed; more so than in Reminders. Second, you can see the event time as a stack of reminders, and reminders can be categorized. And setting a reminder is much easier with the clock and built-in calendar. Those are all pluses. So too are the pre-reminder alerts. And, you can view reminders from past events, set up repetitive reminders, and even perform actions that occur at the end of a reminder, like open a website, or get visual effects to catch your eye.
Smart Reminder also comes with multiple themes which match whatever reminder type you need.
- Life Event
- General Reminder
- Wedding Anniversary
- Office Meeting
- Coffee Break
- Date with Girlfriend
That makes the list of reminders look rather simplistic. These are rather impressive looking and anything but mundane.
Smart Reminder is free to try but is freemium; all the features come in the premium version from the Mac App Store, but the price is right at less than $2.00.
There’s no iOS version so you cannot sync Smart Reminders with iPhone and iPad, and increasingly that’s become something of a requirement for me with utility apps. Yes, I have plenty of apps that are Mac only, but utilities are a different issue. There is a growing expectation that such apps should have counterparts on iOS.