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MiniMinder

CNET Editors' review

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Bottom Line

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.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, easy to use"

    September 9, 2013  |   By crabboy

    Version: MiniMinder 8.4

    Pros

    Reminds me of upcoming events in a simple, easily configurable app.

    Cons

    Isn't pretty. So what.

    Summary

    I don't need a full-fledged calendar program. I have a few that never get used. I just need a reminder of upcoming birthdays, bills due, and other events. This does the trick.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The quickest, easiest solution out there"

    February 6, 2013  |  

    Version: MiniMinder 8.4

    Pros

    All sorts of event types, from yearly (anniversaries, birthdays) to counting the days from an event in the distant future or past, to floating holidays like Easter and the Jewish holidays. Best thing is, the whole program contains just two screens and it's very quick to add new dates.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Well worth the donation, I don't know where I'd be without my daily reminders.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Mini Minder"

    December 23, 2012  |   By guvnobob

    Version: MiniMinder 8.4

    Pros

    I've used mini minder for years. Really great little program.

    Cons

    New computer. Donloaded and installed. For some reason, the reminder blip doesn't show at boot up. Have to manually open it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice, simple, easy-to-use program"

    December 10, 2012  |   By Choderus

    Version: MiniMinder 8.4

    Pros

    I have been using Mini-Minder for several years now. I looked at various calendar programs but most were really more than I needed.

    I like the list & countdown features for upcoming events. It doesn't help me to look at a day on a calendar in order to gauge how far in the future something is taking place. The Mini-Minder lets me know exactly how many days away (or months & days, depending on your preference) something is taking place, or a bill is due, or my next VACATION is. You can put the year in for a birthday/anniversary and every reminder will tell you how old the person, or how long married, etc.

    You can customize the colors, fonts, sounds, pop-ups, etc. It's easy to do and learn. The CNET reviewer couldn't have spent very much time with this program, and it is obvious from my experience as well as the other positive user reviews here.

    Cons

    Cannot download directly from developer site, must do so here, thereby facing a deluge of extra unwanted add-ons trying to sneak their way in.

    Summary

    As of today (Dec 10) the "Download Now" with the CNET Installer does NOT link to the newest version (8.4). You will end up installing 8.3 again through this. Click on the "Direct Download Link" link underneath that and this will give you the updated 8.4 version of Mini-Minder.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Can't get sound working, but reminder works well."

    January 29, 2012  |   By 48chevy48

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    Works ok for me.

    Cons

    sound notification problem.

    Summary

    There may be better ones out there, but this is easy to use and free.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what I wanted"

    January 23, 2012  |   By caribsun

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none come to mind

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Useful little memoriser"

    September 5, 2011  |   By SHoselitz

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    Quick and easy to use
    Light on resources

    Cons

    Ideally should store the data (dates.txt) in "my docs" by default so that it can be more found and easily backed up

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and Efficient!"

    May 23, 2011  |   By DrOmarFaruque

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    Useful, easy to use.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Summary

    Really useful. Have been using it for at least 5 years, I think!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and powerful"

    March 25, 2011  |   By icouldiwill

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    - Clear and highly customizable list of alarms.
    - Easy on the memory. Doesn't slow down anything.
    - Does what it says.

    Cons

    Nothing disturbing.

    Summary

    Impossible to understand why CNET rating is so unfair with this. It is the best program of its kind these days.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy to set up and even easier to use a grat reminder"

    January 3, 2011  |   By bpassionb

    Version: MiniMinder 8.3

    Pros

    works well

    Cons

    none so far

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