You know what they say. ‘The road less traveled is often less traveled for a good reason.’ That doesn’t stop someone from creating a Mac app that’s more of a solution looking for a problem than something you’d use every day.
Echoes for the Mac is a bit like that. If you want or need to send voice announcements– as opposed to email or a text message– to everyone connected to your local network, Echoes is the app you need.
The way it works is simple enough. Select Announce from the drop down menu in the Menubar. Record your message, and then click the Send button. Your announcement is sent to every Mac connected to your local network.*
That makes Echoes a multi-Mac PA system for the office or home. It’s also easy to setup specific groups so everyone doesn’t get the same message. There’s also a popup window which displays which Mac users heard the message.**
Echoes doesn’t use a connected server, or social accounts, or email, or anything else. It works on local networks of Mac in home or office using Apple’s Bonjour technology. All you need to do is install Echoes on each Mac and it just works.
What’s not to like?
Echoes fits into the category of a solution looking for a problem. Can you imagine an office cubicle farm where each Mac in each cubicle blasts out an audio message from the boss (like an interoffice public announcement system)?
Other caveats, besides the inability to send a voice message over the public internet:
* Each Mac needs a copy of Echoes and that could raise the price tag significantly.
** The notification only displays which Macs played the audio announcement, not which Mac users heard the announcement. If they’re away from their desk, too bad.
Simply adding a voice message to Messages in OS X Yosemite will do the job for less (just make sure all Mac users upgrade to Yosemite and have Messages setup).