Got Siri? Apple’s intelligent voice assistant hasn’t made it to the Mac (limited to iPhone 4S, iPHone 5, and iPad 3 users), but there’s little question that voice interaction between humans and our computing devices is the future.
One elegant app that gets you about half way to Siri is Voice Reminder EX. This clever Mac utility supports voice and text reminders, and can use the Mac’s built-in text-to-speech engine to read aloud your reminders.
Like interaction with Siri, Voice Reminder EX is simple. It sits in the Mac’s Menubar awaiting your command.
Set a reminder using the handy drop down calendar. Add or delete reminders with a click. Set a specific date and time for a reminder, or use a timer for the reminder.
Voice Reminder EX can remind you via voice (using the built-in text-to-speech engine in OS X), or just use a pop up text reminder.
Dozens of reminders can be searched and listed. And reminders can be set up to recur on specific days of the week.
What’s nice about Voice Reminder EX is that it’s always available from the Menubar with a click. Although it tracks dozens or hundreds of reminders, it works better when reminders are limited (who wants to track through a long list?).
I’d like to see an option for a pop up alert reminder with a sound instead of a voice. That could get creepy if you work on your Mac in an office or school environment.