Awaken
Awaken 5.0.12
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Digital alarm clock uses iTunes to wake you.   Demo ($6.99)
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Awaken turns your Mac into the ultimate music alarm clock and sleep timer.

Alarms
  • Wake up to your music or built-in sounds
  • Supports multiple alarms with sorting and labeling
  • Customizable snooze control
  • Create one-time alarms, weekly alarms, or target a specific date
  • Gradually fade in the music volume and screen brightness
  • Launch applications or files at alarm time
  • Controllable via Apple Remote and keyboard shortcuts
  • Auto-stop alarms after a customizable duration
Sleep
What's New
Version 5.0.12:
  • Compatibility fixes for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Awaken User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
(14)
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+88
Tekl commented on 03 Oct 2013
To bad it cannot shutdown. It only supports sleep. Cool would be a feature to shutdown after playing an album or a playlist in iTunes.
[Version 5.0.12]


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Nontroppo commented on 28 Sep 2012
This is currently very broken on a retina macbook on 10.8.2. I've emailed embraceware twice, and no responses. Plus we cannot download the latest version outside of the app store. Not a good experience at the moment...
[Version 5.0.6]

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Nontroppo replied on 09 Oct 2012
Just to update, I got a belated reply from Embraceware letting me know the retina problems will be fixed in Awaken 6 and it will be a free update for Awaken 5 users, and it will be available outside the app store. Looking forward to the update, will post a proper review at that time
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Mmueck replied on 14 Sep 2013
I pretty much abandoned this quite a while ago because it was never robust enough. It's been about a year since you reckon the developer said he would have your issues fixed with the intro of version 6 and that still hasn't happened. Are you still having your Retina problems?
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+370
Nontroppo replied on 14 Sep 2013
The developer had released a minor point update of V5 a while ago to fix the retina issues. Still looking forward to V6, but in this case for new features, not bug fixes!
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+1

Vagas reviewed on 15 Mar 2012
This app was once unstable, sometimes, and not so pleasant to use. I think it is now almost perfect.
[Version 5.0.6]

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+119
Mmueck replied on 02 May 2012
That's not my experience - I find it doesn't work well with spaces enabled in Lion. The alarm goes off OK, but if Awaken is in another space and it is in full screen mode you can't click on anything to make the alarm go off (I just quit the application). I think the developer knows about the issue, but when I ask him about it via email he doesn't respond.
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Aargl commented on 03 Mar 2012
I'm surprised the dev doesn't answer to those bad reviews: I had the same problem on PPC when I switched from Tiger (where Awaken was perfect!) to Leopard, and had to find alternatives...
[Version 5.0.5]

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Embraceware (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2012
Hi Aargl,

The latest version of Awaken (5) requires an Intel Mac. If you'd like to run Awaken on PPC - email support@embraceware.com to request a free license for Awaken 4.
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+39
Aargl replied on 15 Mar 2012
Hi!
I wrote you as you suggested but still had no answer...
But I've just switched to Mac Intel, so... ;-)
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+9

Rshorts reviewed on 17 Nov 2011
The new version is rubbish.

Alarms often don't work.

The Awaken Helper as a separate download is a mess.

Also, I have had to keep the PKG handy as it vanishes constantly & I have to reinstall it.

Waist of money.
[Version 5.0.4]

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Embraceware (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2012
Hi Rshorts,

Our support team (support@embraceware.com) is available 24/7 and replies within 24-48 hours. If you're still having the problem - please let us know.
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yosuke reviewed on 10 Nov 2011
It just crashes every morning. I reinstalled the OS with clean install, but still happens.
Now I made up my own alarm with Automator, iCal and iTunes which is never fancy but the most reliable way.
[Version 5.0.4]

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Embraceware (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2012
Hi yosuke,

Please update to version 5.0.6 and let us know (support@embraceware.com) if you experience any issues.
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kbaxxx reviewed on 30 Aug 2011
Not so keen on the new UI for v5 - got trapped a couple of times when setting a timer by the fact that you have to create a timer, then save it, then click on the start button to actually use it. I would have thought that 99% of the time, when you create a timer, you actually want to time something! so the UI should make that the default.
[Version 5.0.3]

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Embraceware (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2012
Hi kbaxxx,

Thanks for the excellent feedback regarding the timer UI. We're taking this into consideration for a future update soon.
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Robk commented on 15 May 2011
For those of you who have purchased Awaken OUTSIDE the Apple App Store, here is the link to version 5.0.3 of the software:

http://embraceware.com/awaken/download/Awaken_5.0.3.zip
[Version 5.0.3]

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Embraceware (developer) replied on 07 Mar 2012
The non-Mac App Store version of Awaken also includes the sparkle updater which allows you to update Awaken via "Check for Updates…" on the menu.
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Akmedia reviewed on 06 May 2011
I've been a registered user through many versions and, as far as I'm concerned, the latest 2 version have sunk an otherwise decent application.

An alarm program that only functions sometimes is an extremely HUGE problem and that is what Awaken has become.

If you're counting on it waking you up you should look for another program.
[Version 5.0.2]

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Akmedia replied on 10 May 2011
Support is a major plus for any application and Awaken's developer has been very conscientiously working on fixing this issue. Once it's finally fixed and I can figure out how to update my original review, I will update my star rating for this app as well.
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Akmedia replied on 08 Jun 2011
Well it's been a while and I've been using the latest version 5.0.3. It still does not work. I can not recommend this app and if you're looking for something that will wake you up in the morning, look elsewhere.
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Drlex replied on 10 Jul 2011
I agree, I had to ditch Awaken because it is unreliable. I tried to find a regularity in the failures but it just seems random. It's as if it flips a coin every time it's supposed to wake.
I occasionally still check if there is a new version, but for waking up I rely on another utility that looks less fancy but does the job.
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+370

Nontroppo reviewed on 14 Apr 2011
Great alarm clock.
[Version 5.0.1]

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Nontroppo replied on 14 Apr 2011
I put 5 stars, sorry, 2 stars was *not* my doing!!! This app, with a free update to 5 is absolutely ***** stars!
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Qwertyale had trouble on 25 Feb 2012
I got 5.0.5 but the Awaken Helper don't power up my MBP.

It only wake up from sleep...

I'm very disappointed.

=(
[Version 5.0.5]


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Aargl had trouble on 03 Feb 2011
Well... I was really enthusiast about Awaken running in 10.4.11, but since I switched to 10.5.8 it fails waking the computer up, or crashes, one time out of two...
Hard to say if Awaken is the one to blame, but, as there's no update since more than one year, it's probably better to look for another app, unfortunately.
[Version 4.0.23]

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Aargl replied on 16 Mar 2011
I have to say that Alarm Clock Pro is working perfectly on the same machine/OS, so, even if I don't like its inelegance, I prefer a working app than a crashing one... :-(
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John Quinn had trouble on 18 Nov 2010
The sleep times has not been working anymore since 10.6.5. Can we expect an update anytime soon? Or is all development focused on the iPhone now?
[Version 4.0.23]


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Oskarek had trouble on 01 Mar 2010
The app is really great except for one little annoying bug. When an alarm goes off in full screen, at first everything looks good, but then after 1 second the "previous"-button gets messed up and an annoying "beep" sound plays.
I'm on a 27" iMac, maybe the big screen is the problem?
[Version 4.0.23]


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Ssnickerer had trouble on 22 Nov 2009
Hmmm... when I hit the center play/pause button on my remote, it appears to stop the alarm instead of snooze. Does anyone else have this problem?
[Version 4.0.23]

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Rock_zg replied on 29 Mar 2010
Hey, I have exactly the same problem. At first, for a couple of days it worked perfectly, and now it's stopping instead of snoozing... I hope this will be fixed, cause I love love love Awaken!

I'm on aluminum unibody mbp.
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natthulhu had trouble on 01 Apr 2009
I've been having issues with alarms simply not going off and disappearing from the queue (they reappear when Awaken is closed and re-opened). Console message just states:
4/1/09 6:30:03 AM Awaken[1862] Awaken error report: ""iTunes""
and then
4/1/09 6:31:24 AM com.embraceware.awaken[1874] Wed Apr 1 06:31:24 NatBook.local com.embraceware.awaken[1874] : Shutting down
Anyone else having this problem with itunes alarms?
[Version 4.0.20]


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unique-ish had trouble on 05 Aug 2008
Well, this is disappointing. After months of waiting for a bug fix, the application crashes on opening with the just-released 4.0.12 version. Don't get me wrong, I love Awaken; I just like it better when it works. Hopefully this a one step backwards, two steps forward kind of scenario...
[Version 4.0.12]

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embraceware (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2008
We have a support team dedicated to help anyone with problems quickly via email: support@embraceware.com. Regarding the startup crash - please try deleting the following directory: /Users/Shared/Awaken
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+11
embraceware (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2008
Sam, let us know if the above fixed your problem. If so, we'll be releasing an update today for it.
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-2
unique-ish commented on 05 Aug 2008
Hey, yeah thanks for your help. Deleting the Awaken folder in the Users/Shared/ directory corrected your problem. Sorry it took me so long to respond, and thanks for your help!
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Korim had trouble on 14 Apr 2008
I am in process of testing. It looks awesome but unfortunately I found so far 2 issues which holding me back. Please could developers respond, if they can fix it?

1) Remote control - "next" and "previous" track buttons always act as I had pressed them twice. For example "Next Track" always jumps to the second song (song after the next song) and not to the "next" song.

2) Gradually decrease or increase volume feature doesn't work since I am using optical output and there is no system volume control for that. It will be awesome if Awaken can use iTunes Volume control instead of System Volume. The same applies on Remote control volume buttons. They don't work with optical output. (note: iTunes Volume works with this kind of output).

Would be possible to fix these issues in next version? Thanks for the respond.
[Version 4.0.11]

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embraceware (developer) replied on 19 Apr 2008
Hi Korim, Both of the issues you've reported will be corrected in the 4.1 update we are currently working on. 4.1 is a major update that is currently in development. If you have any further issues please contact our support team - support@embraceware.com. That way we'll be able to respond to you quickly. Watch our blog (embraceware.com/blog) for 4.1 updates.
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Doug S. had trouble on 07 Mar 2008
For some reason my backup alarms have stopped working. I don't know if it's an issue with the latest iTunes or what, but if iTunes fails to play I no longer get a backup alarm.

All my music is on my external hard drive so iTunes can load but no music will play as the song will be "missing" and thus I am left with silence.

Unfortunately as I tend to be plugged into my external most of the time I haven't noticed when this stopped working. What I do know is that it was working once upon a time.

iTunes 7.6.1, Awaken 4.0.11, OS X 10.5.2
[Version 4.0.11]

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embraceware (developer) replied on 19 Apr 2008
DOUGOFTHEABACI,
This problem is being addressed in the 4.1 update we're working on. We'll be keeping everyone informed with progress updates on our blog (embraceware.com/blog).
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Doug S. had trouble on 13 Feb 2008
Awaken doesn't revert to backup alarm if iTunes doesn't play a song. My music is on an external drive and when it's not plugged in Awaken still acts like iTunes is going to play a song so it doesn't revert to the backup alarm.

Itunes 7.6, OS X 10.5.2, Awaken 4.0.11.
[Version 4.0.11]

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embraceware (developer) replied on 13 Feb 2008
This will be corrected in Awaken 4.1 coming this month.

Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 5.0.12]



+29

Sunburn rated on 10 Mar 2014

[Version 5.0.12]



Ace 懂懂 rated on 12 Feb 2012

[Version 5.0.5]



+105

Walruscp rated on 04 May 2011

[Version 5.0.2]



+28

PRjohnson rated on 25 Mar 2011

[Version 5.0]



+51

Galileo14 rated on 24 Mar 2011

[Version 5.0]



+370

Nontroppo rated on 06 Feb 2011

[Version 4.0.23]


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License:Demo
Date:14 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $6.99
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Awaken turns your Mac into the ultimate music alarm clock and sleep timer.

Alarms
  • Wake up to your music or built-in sounds
  • Supports multiple alarms with sorting and labeling
  • Customizable snooze control
  • Create one-time alarms, weekly alarms, or target a specific date
  • Gradually fade in the music volume and screen brightness
  • Launch applications or files at alarm time
  • Controllable via Apple Remote and keyboard shortcuts
  • Auto-stop alarms after a customizable duration
Sleep Mode
  • Fall asleep to your iTunes music
  • Fall asleep to ambient sounds (Beach, Forest, Ocean, Rainfall and White Noise)
  • Gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness
Timers
  • Supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling
  • Select from over a dozen built-in sounds
  • Launch applications or files
Full-Screen Mode
  • View alarms, sleep mode timer and current time at a distance
Apple Remote
  • Snooze and stop alarms from across the room
  • Adjust the volume and change tracks
  • Toggle full-screen mode on/off
TIPS
  • Use "Play Music via iTunes" to play music from iCloud
  • Click on the date to toggle the next alarm time
  • Sleep your display by pressing Control + Shift + Eject


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