Pester for Mac

Pester for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1b19
  • Total Downloads:
    4,084
  • Date Added:
    November 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    2.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    27
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1b19

- Display messages in help tags in notification alerts, useful when messages are too large to fit.
- Display singular time units (second, minute, etc.) in the popup menu as appropriate.
- Improve speech voice handling: limit the voice pop-up menu's contents to the voices you have enabled in System Preferences; more reliably select non-MacinTalk voices (previously, the default voice was used); do not display «unknown» in the voice pop-up menu; update the voice pop-up menu when voices are enabled or disabled.
- Support natural-language date and time entry on OS X Yosemite (10.10), by linking to Perl 5.16 on OS X 10.9-10.10. Perl 5.12 remains in use on OS X 10.7-10.8.
- Adjust some user interface elements to account for changes in OS X Yosemite.
- Update Developer ID code signing for Apple's changes to Gatekeeper in OS X 10.9.5 and 10.10.
- Work around a bug in OS X 10.10 which initially scrolled the first alarm in the alarm list out of view.
- Update Sparkle to 1.7.1.
- Code cleanups and modernization without (intended) changes in functionality; remove some code which was never used.
- Note: This version requires OS X 10.7 or later; 1.1b18 is the last version of Pester to support Mac OS X 10.6.8.
General
Publisher Nicholas Riley
Publisher web site http://web.sabi.net/nriley/software/
Release Date November 16, 2014
Date Added November 16, 2014
Version 1.1b19
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.28MB
File Name Pester-1.1b19.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,084
Downloads Last Week 27
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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