Do you use your Mac as an alarm clock? Most of the time, I don’t either. When I travel I set the Mac to start up at a particular time, and that acts as a traveling alarm clock, but mostly I use the iPhone as an alarm clock and timer.
Why would anyone need a Mac alarm clock? No iPhone? No iPad? Fair enough, yet a few dozen alarm clocks are available for the Mac, including one that has more digital muscle than all the others combined.
It’s called Alarm Clock Pro, a Swiss Army Knife alarm clock that’s been around awhile. I’ve been using it for a week and this is one of those utilities that has a growing laundry list of options that can come in handy– beyond acting as an alarm clock.
ACP can be setup to play iTunes on a schedule; a single song or a complete playlist. Ditto for playing a movie, or a streaming URL, but also email messages and text messages. In other words, there’s lots going on inside Alarm Clock Pro, but you’ll need to dig into it to get it to match your personal workflow.
Also built in to Alarm Clock Pro are a bunch of stop watch, timer, and alarm clock functions. Think kitchen timer on steroids. Each has custom sounds, too. Almost as an afterthought there are world clocks, and a calculator to determine the difference between two time periods.
All those are mostly surface functions. Alarm Clock Pro has a few professional level features, too, including Unix shell access, onscreen notifications, and options to launch websites or apps at a specific time. ACP isn’t your father’s traditional alarm clock, hence the price tag.
Personally, I find it a bit geeky, which in this case means I have to look around for use cases to match the list of functions.