Editors' reviewThis freeware utility creates time-sensitive alerts to notify users about new information on user-selected topics. Phonotic Alert Engine's dull interface runs in the background and can be accessed in the tools tray. The program offers a Load a New Alerter icon that opens up an online directory where users select from topics such as news, health, entertainment, and daily tidbits; however, creating customized alerts is difficult and requires a few visits to the help file. The program also gives users more control over their alerts with the ability to configure how, when, and in which format alerts are sent. Delivery options include email, SMS, or desktop reminders. This program may appeal to users who are looking for an easier way to stay up-to-date on specific topics and want to manage their alerts from one program.
With Alert Engine you can receive instant alert messages about stock prices at Yahoo, mortgage rates at Wells Fargo, local events at Ticket Master, movie releases at Blockbuster, political news updates at Washington Post, in short about any content of your choice as soon as the information you are searching for becomes available. You receive free personalized alerts to your cell phone or pager as well as to your e-mail and desktop without subscribing to any web site. Stop visiting the same web sites over and over for a new content; let the content find you with the Alert Engine.