One of them is Message. This interesting app displays messages on your Mac’s screen at varying intervals. Big whoop, right? Except the messages are design to inspire, motivate, and teach. They’re not subliminal messages (they’re whatever is opposite of subliminal… conscious?), either. They’re right up there at the top of the Mac’s screen and pretty much unavoidable.
Setting up Message takes a few seconds. Check the list order. Slide to set the on-screen time for each message. And slide again to set the period of time between messages.
Other control settings include font size and color (and there’s an option to simply see the message or hear the message; which I found a bit disconcerting).
What about the messages in Message. It features five default categories and each category has five messages, but you can create your own categories and insert messages into each.
That means Message can give you inspiring quotes or new vocabulary words or simply personal propaganda (Big Brother style).
That built-in flexibility and option to control your own messages in Message opens up a number of possibilities. There’s no question that having an inspiring quote pop up on screen multiple times throughout the day can give you warm and fuzzy feelings.
It’s also a good way to learn to spell, or learn new vocabulary words, or even a foreign language. You control the messages within Message, including the time displayed on screen, and the time between messages.
As useful as Message will be over a period of time, there’s one gotcha. It takes time and effort to create the messages in the first place. Message would be more valuable (and a time saver) if there were multiple libraries of messages which could be imported into the app.