Whether it’s a simple reminder, or a wake up call, all of us need an alarm from time to time. Check out the Mac App Store and you’ll find a few dozen alarm clocks, and timers with alerts that range from free to almost free to, at most, a few dollars.
Which Mac alarm is the best? That’ll depend on your needs, of course, but it’s difficult to pass up TinyAlarm. This one takes up residence in the Mac’s Menubar and features a one-click method to create a new alarm.
Click the Menubar, select Create Alarm from the drop down menu. Click settings and fill in an alarm name.
TinyAlarm isn’t really tiny on features. Alarms can be set to repeat, or play at a specific time and date. There’s even a built-in snooze option.
As to alarms, TinyAlarm lets you select a specific sound for an alarm, and use one of OS X’s built-in voices to speak the alarm name (sometimes it’s easy to forget what alarm a sound is attached to).
The alarm sounds can be Mac system sounds, a custom recording sound, or music from iTunes. Music will fade in slowly so as not to scare your bladder into submission when the alarm sounds.
TinyAlarm does multiple alarms, a status report, Notification Center support, and has enough features that users report that it’s no longer a simple TinyAlarm. It’s still simple enough to enjoy using, though.