You’d think Mac users have become a digital nation of people who suffer from memory loss because there are so many reminder apps available.
A quick search of the Mac App Store turns up a few dozen reminder, alert, and alarm apps that purport to remind us of something we must be destined to forget. While many such apps range in price from free to a few dollars of pocket change, some are built to extract us from our hard earned money.
That’s the story of Big Event Reminder, a useful reminder app that has a longer list of potential users than presidential candidates have donors.
Big Event Reminder simply reminds you of what you tell it to remind you, and it does it with an alert that can also be linked to an action.
Preferences are straightforward and self explanatory. Select the position on the Mac’s screen for the reminder to be displayed.
Choose from one of four actions, including play music, display an image, open a URL in Safari, and an effect.
Each reminder is a New Event. Give it a name, set the date and time and repeat, choose the notification settings and the action for each.
Events can be one time or recurring. It will play a song from iTunes, and is smart enough to wake your Mac from sleep mode (or, send it to sleep). It can even lock the Mac.
You control the look and feel of the reminders (font, size, color, background). Big Events Calendar also integrates with iCal and there’s the rub. You have to think of it as an expensive and customizable addition to iCal (which also has reminders built-in and it’s free).
If all you need is a reminder, use iCal. If you need reminders that perform specific actions, Big Event Reminder is a pricey alternative.