MiniMinder is a small utility program that lets you set reminders for yourself about upcoming events, deadlines, and anniversaries. You can decide how long in advance you want an item to appear on the main list of alerts, where you can see at a glance what's going on in the near future.
Scheduling options: For each event you create, you can set whether this is a one-time thing or whether it's an item that you want to recur with regularity. Select daily, monthly, quarterly, or yearly to have a reminder appear multiple times without having to enter the information repeatedly.
Customizable interface: While the app does come with a moderately unattractive greenish background color, you can change this through the Settings menu. Select from a wide variety of colors to make the app's interface as appealing as possible for you.
Clunky interface: MiniMinder does not have a terribly intuitive interface, so it takes a bit of poking around before you figure out how to access all of the features. Since it's not a complicated program, this doesn't take too long, but it certainly doesn't add to the user experience at all.
Featureless: Compared to other programs of this type, MiniMinder comes up a little short in the features department. With only a few options for setting recurring reminders and no calendar view, this app is just about as bare bones as they come.
MiniMinder is free, and it does work the way it's supposed to. So if you don't mind the limitations listed above, it may be a good program to try. But there are definitely other similar programs out there that offer a bit more, both in terms of features and user experience.
When you reach the desktop, MiniMinder greets you with a slick, daily countdown to all the upcoming dates and alarms you wish to track. You can set yearly, quarterly, monthly or daily events, events such as the 4th Thursday of the month, events in increments such as every 28 days and MiniMinder can also calculate the dates for floating holidays such as Easter and Passover.
Each event can be set with its own unique advance notice and when an event is taken care of (birthday card sent, credit card payment made) you can right-click it from the Reminders Window and chose to hide it until its next occurrence. Setting alarms is as simple as adding a time inside your event title and you can watch the countdown to your alarm times from the Reminders Window. To top it all off, an impressive collection of Daily Quotes files have been submitted by fans of the MiniMinder. These Daily Quotes can optionally be served along with your daily reminders.
What's new in this version:
Version 8.5 adds new user submissions to the Daily Quotes feature as well as improved printing support.