Arise

Alarms, alarms and more alarms $19 (about £12) De­vel­oper Kallaxa, kallaxa.com OS OS X 10.7+ Re­quires iTunes, web con­nec­tion (both op­tional)

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Arise is an alerts sys­tem that lets you de­fine alarms and timers that trig­ger ac­tions. It can fire up iTunes (and wake a sleep­ing Mac), play web ra­dio or alert sounds, take pho­tos and screen grabs, set vis­ual alerts, and send emails or post to a web page. There are also fea­tures for cre­at­ing logs, ex­e­cut­ing com­mands and run­ning shell scripts when the alert fires. How­ever, such depth com­pro­mises Arise’s el­e­gance. You ac­cess ex­ist­ing and new timers through a menu bar ex­tra, and there’s a sep­a­rate iOS-like win­dow for hous­ing alarms that would be bet­ter suited to be­ing a stan­dard app ac­cessed us­ing the Dock. The edit­ing UI is sim­ple but work­man­like, un­til you ven­ture into web and script­ing. Some op­tions are a bit hid­den away, such as week­day-only alarms; still, the alerts work well and there’s plenty here if you’re limited by your cur­rent alarm sys­tem. Craig Gran­nell

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