To avoid becoming a jaded technorati elite who complains about everything Apple does not do (the way I expect or want), it’s good to recognize that Apple has a wide spectrum of customers. Take OS X’s Reminders app. It’s good for what it does, but there are better options for the more discriminating Mac user.
What would make Reminders for the masses of Apple customers better than it is already?
Apple’s much neglected Menubar in OS X could use an overhaul because it gets cluttered quickly, but it’s just so darn convenient to use. Always visible, always available in every Mac app, with useful utility just a click away.
Speed Reminder does just one thing. It lets you create reminders for Reminders without having to open and find the built-in Reminders app. Just click on Speedy Reminder in the Menubar, and fill in the details.
You get quick access to create reminders with notes, a title, alarm and due date, recurring capability, and even priority.
Instead of opening Reminders, or keeping it open and switching to it from your current app, Speedy Reminder does it all with a click so you keep your focus on the foremost app on your Mac’s screen.
As it should be, Preferences are nominal, and options are basic and self explanatory.
Speedy Reminder is exactly the kind of utility app which makes using the Mac’s Menubar so great. Unfortunately, it highlights the growing problem with the Menubar. App clutter. It’s easy to collect more Menubar utilities than there is space in the Menubar. Worse, how do you control the apps in the Menubar?
MenuBar ReArranger. This add on utility makes Menubar app management and organization a bit more civilized. At least it does until Apple figures out what a valued resource the Menubar can really be.