This software alarm clock earns big points for its extensive features and flexibility. Talking Time Keeper lets you schedule alarms, set timers, and check world times. It comes with seven voices, one male, five female, and a Morgan Freeman sound-alike. You can download more from the developer's site.
There are options to create your own voices and program skins, but the extensive alarm features are the real strength here. For example, you can set picture alarms with MP3 audio and schedule programs to launch at a certain time. There's even an interactive global day-and-night map with accurate sunrise and sunset times. The main-menu interface is compact and intuitive, and it supports skins for greater customization. A simple screensaver displays the current time and the world map.
A 24-hour clock is supported, too. We didn't like that we couldn't preview voices from within the preferences window, and that there was no support for importing appointments from other calendars. Mouse-over tooltips would've gone a long way towards identifying the function of various arrows and buttons. Nevertheless, we think Talking Time Keeper is a reasonable download for those who want a time manager with a human touch.
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