The Macs in my home office have a number of utilities; apps which do this or that at specific times during the day, on certain days, or regularly– you know, like a clock. One of the apps which makes it happen is called Alarm Clock Pro, which is loaded with features that go way beyond an alarm sound.
Using a built-in timer, Alarm Clock Pro can adjust the system volume, change iTunes sound volume, logout, open a website URL, open a file, quit, put the Mac to sleep, send a text message, open and send an email, and a whole bunch more.
It’s like an alarm clock with 50 functions. Select the one you want, select the time, set it and forget it. Alarm Clock Pro makes it happen. While this useful tool is a bit complicated and has many options, the learning curve is gentle. Start with a simple alarm, then add actions.
What’s not to like? Alarm Clock Pro isn’t cheap, but the app has been around for years and continues to add functions which are actually useful.
Here’s the rub. Koingo, the company that publishes Alarm Clock Pro, is undergoing some changes. The founder has retired and both the business model and product lineup are about to change. Dramatically.
Alarm Clock Pro is not among the apps that Koingo plans to retain, as the company moves to a subscription model with fewer Mac apps. What happens to Alarm Clock Pro? It might be sold. It might not be sold. While I suspect the app will be around for awhile, stability and dependability is important to me, so I’m in the process of looking for a replacement.