Imagine a world where you’re never late for your meetings because you can pre-plan everything using a little app. Y’all are here. It’s a reminder app called Remember. macOS computer owners can now use it to create reminders on the user’s desktop.
Unlike Google’s long-standing Reminders app, Remember’s functionality is nice and simple. You can set reminders for yourself, or get them for someone else. There’s a big ‘Do Not Disturb’ button that stops reminders from being sent to people who don’t know you, as well as the ability to manage to-do lists and reply to messages.
By far, the app’s biggest strength is its clear UI. For example, you can use it to list events for yourself, assign reminders, highlight the calendar, and save items for a task list. The app also lets you set recurring reminders that last for a few days or weeks. As long as you’re logged into your iCloud account, it can also push reminders to your devices in an attempt to curb the mass checking of your calendar.
As you can see in the video, the app doesn’t appear to be terribly smart; and for some reason, it never really went into action for me. This is despite the fact that I knew about an upcoming meeting in Outlook – I just chose not to tell Remember in advance.
If you’re reading this on your Mac, you might still be too lazy to use reminders on your own. Remember is now available for free in the Mac App Store.
What I love about the app is how easy it is to use, and let you continue with your work in the background. I’d bet a lot of you reading this article are thinking that it would be much more useful on a phone, where you can dictate voice memos and easily get notifications. Remember is apparently perfect for screen sharing because you can set up a note on the screen.
The app’s slightly rudimentary language might seem a bit unsophisticated, but it’s incredibly handy when you’re multitasking on a Mac. Your calendar, appointments, and reminders are all contained in a simple interface, and you can easily take down the details for multiple people at once.
That said, you might want to think twice about using Remember on a smartphone. Here’s why: while Apple’s app lets you read out the text of your reminders, this feature isn’t available on the iPhone version of Remember. The fact that iOS doesn’t allow iOS users to access reminders directly means that it’s not a true Mac app – at least on a usage standpoint.
It’s also unclear why an app like Remember is only available for Mac – and not iOS. This is a problem because Apple’s operating system has a lot of stuff in common with macOS, like apps built with traditional coding principles (things like that gray closing with a haptic feedback button). If Remember was built for iOS, it would be a lot easier for developers to port it to the iPhone.
I’ve been using Remember for the past few weeks, and I’m definitely impressed. The app isn’t as capable as some of the more advanced reminders Google’s recently released, but it’s a lot better than some of the dumber reminders I used to find in the past.
Now that it’s available in the Mac App Store, I’m seriously looking forward to SeeSee. Hopefully, Apple will be more transparent with what features the Reminders app can be used for. In the meantime, remind everyone you know to check out this reminder-loving app.
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