Pester for Mac

Pester for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 17 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.1b18
File Size:
2.08MB
Date Added:
January 28, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
3,888
Downloads Last Week:
19
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Pester is a freeware alarm clock utility that provides a simple way to set timed reminders, along with a few cool extras.

Of course, you can use iCal and other scheduling software to alert you to upcoming events, but sometimes these apps are overkill--like, for example, when you're just putting something in the oven, or you're trying to remember to catch a bus. Pester occupies a middle ground between iCal and more bare-bones timers (such as egg-timer widgets), letting you quickly set an event, name it, choose a countdown or a specific time for the alert, and then (if you want) pick from a variety of alert options, including displaying a message, playing a sound (a standard alert, or even opening an MP3 or image file), speaking the name of your event aloud, and bouncing the Dock icon. Pester lets you set multiple alerts (unfortunately, there's no way to edit them), and you can snooze alarms with a variety of options. One of Pester's coolest features is the ability to create a hot key that lets you set alarms from any application.

Pester is officially beta software, and the interface isn't exactly pretty, but if you're looking for a simple, reliable timer with some flexible extras, Pester is a great, no-cost choice.

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    Results 1-10 of 14

  • 4 stars

    "Does what is needed"

    August 24, 2013   |   By griswolf

    Version: Pester 1.1b16

    Pros

    Simple, obvious, useful

    Cons

    GUI is a little busy
    I would like to have the message scroll chooser choose that message's recent time by default
    starts a little bit slow

    Summary

    1000s of times more valuable than the price. :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Small and sweet"

    October 26, 2011   |   By dmlockwood

    Version: Pester 1.1b13

    Pros

    I love this little app. It does everything one could ask of a 'reminder' application and more. It has earned a permanent location in my application dock.

    Cons

    There are no cons as far as I can tell. What could anyone ask of a free app?

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  • 2 stars

    "Pester does not pester"

    July 30, 2011   |   By dmillergh

    Version: Pester 1.1b13

    Pros

    The design is generally intuitive. Being able to enter a time and date is much nicer than having to figure out how many minutes until you need to be reminded about that meeting several hours away yet.

    Cons

    The application usually did not show up on top of the application in use. Often, it failed to capture my attention. If my Mac was asleep or closed, I would expect Pester to immediately popup with any pending alarms, but that did not happen.

    Summary

    If you are sure you will have your Mac open, awake, and idle, or if you will be using your Mac at the time, but paying close attention for the bouncing icon, Pester is a pretty decent reminder. Note, however, Pester does not necessarily wait for you to notice it. If you are looking for a reminder that will be in your face and persistent, this should not be your choice. I found it much too subtle, and it gave up much too easily to deserve its moniker.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to set; lots of notification options"

    June 30, 2011   |   By BobHunter7

    Version: Pester 1.1b13

    Pros

    Lots of different notification options (voice, music, growl, jumping icon). You can quickly set an alarm by putting in either the minutes to go or the exact time it should go off. Time remaining shows on the icon in your dock.

    Cons

    Can only set one alarm at any given time.

    Summary

    The price is right (free) an it has all the features you need most of the time.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple to use"

    June 30, 2011   |   By frickebob

    Version: Pester 1.1b13

    Pros

    for mw its simple to use and is a great help in the kitchen.

    Cons

    none as long as they don't add to many gadgets to it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Basic but great"

    August 31, 2010   |   By gillnz

    Version: Pester 1.1b11

    Pros

    Very simple to use and intuitive. Lots of different alarm sounds and ways to be notified.

    Cons

    Not sophisticated - but then it is freeware.

    Summary

    A great alternative to the reminders on ical and much simpler to use.

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  • 1 stars

    "Hung Up and Did not work"

    August 29, 2010   |   By eric100--2008

    Version: Pester 1.1b11

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Tried to get it to do the simple warning in one minute and hung up and would not quit.
    MacBook Pro 10.6. Had to force quit first time after running.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very limited timer"

    August 14, 2010   |   By rsjrocket88

    Version: Pester 1.1b10

    Pros

    not much. Interface is simple enough.

    Cons

    won't wake from sleep, if you shut down it won't remember anything you scheduled for the same day or the next. Don't shut your computer down because it won't recycle your schedule. Might as well use iCal.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does just what it says ..."

    January 01, 2007   |   By bravelandman

    Version: Pester 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Simple and efficient alarm while your working on your mac! A floating window pops up and reminds you of your appointment or whatever. Nothing more, nothing more : works perfect for me.

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  • 5 stars

    "A fatal flaw"

    December 13, 2006   |   By Akopman

    Version: Pester 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    A nice simple interface. Would be very useful except for a fatal flaw. Let's assume I set a reminder for tomorrow at 8:00 AM. However, I over sleep and turn on the computer at 8:05 AM. -> No reminder appears.

    Yes there is a record of an expired reminder if you check the reminder log, but I may never do that.

    Sorry. Much too limited an approach

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