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Alarm++ Review

When you look at how alarms are configured in the windows operating system, you'd probably come to the conclusion that the system used is not all that comfortable. One would expect an alarm system to be tied to the system clock for instance, for easy configuration. That is unfortunately not the case. One of the only options that Windows users have is to hijack the Windows Task Scheduler for alarm configurations. Then again, it is highly inflexible for that purpose. Specialized third party software is what is needed.

Alarm++ is a sophisticated reminder and scheduling software for the Windows operating system. The program is lightweight and does not use many system resources.

alarm++

New alarms can be added with a right-click on the program's system tray icon and the selection of New Alarm. A configuration window opens in which the new alarm can be configured in.

First thing you need to do here is to change the name of the alarm to a more descriptive one. You can then change the time and date for the first alarm, its offset, snooze time and if it should be ignored after the event has taken place.

Menus on the left lead to highly configurable options.

Repeat

Alarms can be repeated minutely, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly.

repeat alarm

They can be configured to repeat forever, until a specific date, a set amount of times or never.

Advanced

Configure advanced alarm parameters like the days of the week, the weeks of the month or the months the alarm should be triggered in.

system alarm

You could set the alarm to be triggered only on workdays, on weekends or during a specific month of the year. You can furthermore limit the alarm to times of the day, e.g. from 8 to 5 on workdays.

Media

Media can be added to each alarm. This can be the standard computer speaker beep in a set frequency or duration, or a media file (wav, mp3, wma) that can be played once or until the alarm event window is dismissed.

media

Speech

Use computer voices for speech reminders. Just enter the test, pick the installed voice and set the volume to configure this option.

voice alarm

An option to load a text document is missing.

Window

Handles the position of the alarm window on the computer. It is possible to hide the window to only get other types of alarms (e.g. sound).

alarm window

The size and position of the window can be configured here, as well as animations, transparency and balloon tips.

Application

You can run applications whenever an alarm is triggered on the system. You could use it to play your favorite song on wake up, run your backup software, open your email client or web sites in the morning.

applications

Applications can be started with or without arguments. It is even possible to load websites or documents right away. The default viewer will be used in this case.

Applications can be run automatically when the even is triggered, or when the user interacts with the alarm window.

Mail

Send emails to one or multiple recipients when the alarm triggers. You could use it to send email reminders about birthdays or important events to an email address that you can check while on the road.

Main application window, alarm window

All alarms are displayed in the main application window. Alarms are listed with their name, date time and when they are scheduled.

alarm list

Templates are displayed on the left. You can click on any alarm or template in the list to edit it right away here. alarms can be sorted with a click on a column header.

The alarm window, if configured to display, looks the following way.

alarm

Snooze is a handy feature that can be used to delay the alarm for a set amount of time.

Verdict

Alarm++ is a feature complete alarm program for the Windows operating system that is leaving little to be desired. The software is simple to use yet highly configurable to give advanced users all the options they may require to configure alarms on their systems.

You can download and try Alarm++ at the developer website.

Giveaway

We have 10 Alarm++ licenses for this giveaway. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win one of those licenses. Tell us why you'd like to win the alarm program.

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Comments

  1. Chandra said on December 6, 2011 at 10:05 am
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    Just want to try it.

  2. Nguyenthong said on December 6, 2011 at 10:15 am
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    Great.please count me in.Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. William said on December 6, 2011 at 10:24 am
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    Looks very useful.

  4. ParisMan said on December 6, 2011 at 10:27 am
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    Looks and sounds great application; can’t wait to lay me hands on it.

  5. mickay said on December 6, 2011 at 10:38 am
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    I’d like to win a software as it’s my the worst disadvantage that I have difficulties to wake up.

  6. hlm said on December 6, 2011 at 10:58 am
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    Why I want the Alarm++ software :

    Because currently didn’t have any alarm software installed in my PC. Alarm++ seems to offer more than just alarm functionality. so very excited to give it a try. Thanks Ghacks.

  7. Jared Woods said on December 6, 2011 at 11:00 am
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    Looks neat, and would help with my personal productivity.

  8. Dejan said on December 6, 2011 at 11:01 am
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    Really looks powerful

  9. Nguyenthong said on December 6, 2011 at 11:02 am
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    I usually go to work early every day,this will help me to wake up!!!!!!!!thanks

  10. Dalv Kade said on December 6, 2011 at 11:05 am
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    I’d like one of those… Great toy for keeping me organized

  11. Eva said on December 6, 2011 at 11:07 am
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    I’d like a license for this program because I’ve wished for a function like this in Windows for a while.The task manager is a bit too much hassle to use regularly, and I don’t always want to clutter up my calendar software with simple one-time reminders. So I’d like to try this software.

  12. Gary said on December 6, 2011 at 11:10 am
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    Sounds like a genuinely useful program, another obvious one Microsoft forgot!

  13. G Rajesh said on December 6, 2011 at 11:26 am
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    The program Alarm++ is bundled with basic features like snooze,skip, repeats, ignore, restrict events options plus advanced features like network message options, auto email options. Good UI with lots of to with Alarm

    It come with it name Alarm ++
    Hope one license for me

  14. Ryan said on December 6, 2011 at 11:37 am
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    This looks like the perfect program for alarms. It does suck that its so hard to find a decent alarm for the PC. I want this bad!

  15. ódio said on December 6, 2011 at 11:50 am
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    Cool…. count me in on this too.

  16. MerleOne said on December 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm
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    Very versatile and many options. I keep forgetting things, such as TV recorder progamming, getting promotions in time, etc. That would be useful.
    Thanks.

  17. Roberto Quero Amate said on December 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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    Good program. Very easy to use.

  18. lello siddi said on December 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm
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    WOW! It seem a very comprehensive software! I should really need it…
    Please. Count me into this competition, Martin.
    Cheers!
    Lello.Siddi.

  19. Tal said on December 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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    Cool, Can I get one?
    It is wonderful app. for reminders and etc.
    Thanks in advanced,
    Tal

  20. azziz07 said on December 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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    Wake me Up before you Go with Alarm++, running important task without forgeting to be efficient and Alarm++ will ensure that will not forget. Thanks for the contest.

  21. sidd said on December 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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    Thanks for this Giveaway sir.Please count me in.
    I am a very busy person and i usually forgot many things that must be done necessarily and so alarm ++ will help me in alerting about those things and events .I want this helpful soft.Please count me in.Hope i win.

    Regards,
    sidd

  22. Menorki said on December 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm
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    At last a good notification/reminder system.

    Very interested in using that tool!

  23. TRY said on December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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    Seems quite useful, Thanks for the giveaway.

    Regards

  24. Jordan Humberto de Souza said on December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm
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    Count me in!!! I find myself losing appointments and forgetting to take my lunch off the fridge lately!!! =]

  25. JFP said on December 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm
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    Pretty nice alarm.

    Seems to be very usefull.

  26. Lee said on December 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm
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    This is awesome – please count me in the draw – I have so many things to remind myself to do at work – this would really come in handy!

  27. biorden said on December 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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    Looks promising. I hope the author will include option for using text files for reading aloud. I hope to get free license too :)

  28. Umberto said on December 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm
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    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d like to win the the alarm program because, as a student, I’m always operating under several different schedules simultaneously. Having such a multi-functional alarm program would be an asset.

  29. Chris said on December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm
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    This program looks great. I love the minutely and hourly repeats, which are priceless for reminding me to do things I need to do several times a day (drink water, stretch, rest my eyes, etc). I also am very interested in the app launch upon alarm.

    I really hope I luck out on a license to this. Thank you for the giveaway!

  30. Johan Gustavsson said on December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm
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    I’d like to have this program. It can be be handy to have, so that I can be reminded to go to bed…

  31. Cool said on December 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm
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    Ouch this little tool sound fun. Cunt me in too would like to give it a try :)

  32. Michael said on December 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm
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    I tend to get very absorbed in what I’m working on and lose track of time, so something like this would be a huge help.

  33. tinwheeler said on December 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm
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    An extra chance for someone else. If I win please pass my win to the next person in line. Thanks & Merry Christmas

  34. Grr said on December 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm
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    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I would call Alarm++ a complete package which includes all the features one could expect in an alarm. I agree that it’s a sophisticated reminder and scheduling software, and would like to win a license for it.

    Please count me in.

    Thanks,
    Grr

  35. Shreyas Deshmukh said on December 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm
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    I must say this software is a plethora of many options to customize under one hood!! I would love to be a lucky winner for it!! Best one for daily purposes!!

  36. Suranjith said on December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm
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    I frequently use windows mail calendar to add my appointments but for me it doesn’t work well, may be this will be a good option to try and replace other reminder programs. Count me in…

  37. vhick said on December 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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    I really nice programs. Too many options to manage my time automate some of my task. This program suit my needs.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. spam said on December 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm
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    A lot of features for an alarm software. Please count me in

  39. J Borsheim said on December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm
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    WOW!!! No excuse for being late again. I especially like the e-mail reminder, I find that I’m periodically late with Birthday Greetings that I send out year after year. The extensive configurations make the program manageable for any and all windows systems. Thanx for highlighting the program.

  40. Dave said on December 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm
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    This is a piece of software I have been looking for a long time: A good, flexable, decent looking alarm clock for windows. I could never find one. Count me in on the “giveaway”. =)

  41. jennys said on December 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm
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    wow, so much better than what comes with windows

  42. Ryan M. said on December 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm
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    I’d like to win a license because I refuse to use widgets from Gadgets, and other free alternative alarm programs for Windows seem lacking in comparison to Alarm++.

  43. Egil said on December 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm
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    Been looking for something like this so please count me in :)

  44. NRL said on December 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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    Hi,

    I’d like to win this for my son (I hope that’s OK). My son and I live with my elderly parents. Both my father and I have medical challenges. The four of us help each other. The problem is that my son is always playing games and loses track of time so he gets yelled at all the time. We are sick of yelling at him. This alarm would be perfect for him. This is why I would like to win this giveaway.

    Thank,

    NRL

    PS: If I’m not a giveaway winner, can someone suggest a good freeware program? He has a Vista 32-Bit computer.

  45. While said on December 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm
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    I will be happy to win this application. I will use it to organize and direct the workflow in my workplace!

  46. teo said on December 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm
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    Please,count me in.Thanks

  47. smaragdus said on December 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm
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    Alarm++ seems to be a very powerful and feature-rich alarm manager.

  48. jelson said on December 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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    I’ve been wanting an app like for several years but haven’t found one that does what I want. Alarm++ looks like a winner. Definitely count me in. Thanks.

  49. Bob Johnson said on December 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm
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    Thanks Martin, I do need a good alarm to do Backups in the middle of the night.
    Bob

  50. Have said on December 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm
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    Hi! To work in the morning I always wake up in the electronic alarm clocks. But a chance to wake up being woken up an advanced alarm clock. I want to try to win an excellent program Alarm + +.
    Best regards!

  51. Bobby Roughton said on December 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm
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    I am interested in this program because it help remind me of things I need to do while working on my computer. I like the features it has.

  52. IT_Andy said on December 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm
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    to know, when to go to bed ;-}

  53. Frank said on December 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm
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    I’m retired now and find myself even busier than when I was working. The Alarm++ program will be a big help to keeping on track.

  54. jimy said on December 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm
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    This is a really nice piece of software. I have benn using another alarm software that doesn’t have half the features this one has and I would love to have this on my systme. It looks like it would really increase my productivity and help with shcedule reminders etc.

  55. omar said on December 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm
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    omg this is really what i was looking for i didnt know there is a program like it i neeeeeed it so much i cant help me to notice that i need to do too many stuff

  56. Orlando said on December 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm
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    Hola Martin,

    Es una excelente herramienta de organización, en particular por su bajo consumo de recursos.

    Espero obtener una licencia. Gracias por tu constante investigación.

  57. bungeshea said on December 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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    I’d love to be a part of the draw!

  58. Andrew said on December 7, 2011 at 12:37 am
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    I’d love to get a license. I’ve never used alarm software since a good one has never arisen and calender software is cumbersome for this purpose. But this looks awesome and comprehensive with some really creative features – especially helpful for a college student.

  59. Bill said on December 7, 2011 at 1:18 am
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    Add me to the list. Sounds interesting.

    Bill

  60. Darek said on December 7, 2011 at 1:27 am
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    This is a good program. I like it. Thanks for giveaway.

  61. mike said on December 7, 2011 at 1:30 am
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    count me in pls.tks

  62. BlogWurm said on December 7, 2011 at 2:05 am
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    Hello Martin,

    today i’m running low on time,
    so this time there is no longer rhyme,
    but it’s enough for a “scrabble” in the line.

    Alarm ++ is for me an

    [A]dvanced reminder which
    [L]ets you not forget your
    [A]ll-important events if they are
    [R]are, unique or
    [M]ore frequently.

    Its interesting features are:
    [+] Basic: repeating event, snooze, skip, …
    [+] Advanced: Email reminder, …

    Thank you Martin and the Developer of Alarm++ for this nice giveaway.

    Best Regards
    BlogWurm

  63. john d said on December 7, 2011 at 2:13 am
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    please give me a license.

    john d

  64. kangjin said on December 7, 2011 at 2:44 am
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    I’m always waking up late!!!

  65. Chandrasekar said on December 7, 2011 at 2:53 am
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    I am a lad who spends most of his time on computer.Am currently preparing for interviews so a software like alarm++ would definitely help me in keep track of time and be successful.Hope ghacks.net could provide me this wonderful giveaway and i promise to spread thy website to my friends.

  66. joe said on December 7, 2011 at 5:34 am
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    I would love to win a copy of Alarm ++ great looking program would help me out immensely

  67. emt_32 said on December 7, 2011 at 8:21 am
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    Nice giveaway
    thanks .

  68. Rajesh Ghadye said on December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am
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    One of the best scheduling manager, lots of functions of alarms available, well designed UI, Great in auto functions.

    Count me in for it, thanks

  69. Abhishek Nair said on December 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm
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    Its a great program with loads of features. Seems just right for my ‘complex’ needs. Thanks a lot for this giveaway. Count me in.

  70. Tan Choon Yong said on December 21, 2011 at 7:43 am
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    I would like to win this so that I may always do things in time

  71. David said on December 23, 2011 at 8:37 am
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    Thanks for the chance and happy holidays!

  72. EverArale said on December 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm
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    I would like to try it, so I hope I will get one license of this software.Thanks for your giveaway!! ^_^

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