PreMinder
PreMinder 1.8.3
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User-friendly and powerful Calendar.   Shareware ($19.00)
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PreMinder is a user-friendly calendar program which features highly customizable monthly, two monthly, weekly, and yearly views.
  • Apply different fonts, sizes, and colors to events.
  • Write freeform notes for any date.
  • Simply click on a date and type in one field to enter event information: times are automatically recognised.
  • Sync PreMinder calendars with iCal/Calendar, including iCloud and Google Calendar.
  • Make multi-day banner events easily with drag and drop.
  • Store multiple Web site or file URLs in events and
What's New
Version 1.8.3:
  • Added option to show first letter of day of week before date in the Year View.
  • You will now not be prompted to allow PreMinder access to your calendar and contacts each time it opens if you are using OS X Mavericks. You will only be prompted to do this the first time you open a new version update of PreMinder.
  • Various improvements, tweaks and other bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later (OS X 10.5 or later required for iCal syncing)



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H.toelle reviewed on 18 Feb 2013
For Several years now I have been using a Calendar called Sunbird. It has a problem running quickly on more recent releases of OSX . So I was pleased to find Preminder as it was basically a similar design and features. Unfortunately after 2 weeks of trying to use Preminder I reverted to my copy of Sunbird and the $20 I spent is no more.

The major problem with Preminder is the Documentation, or more accurately the lack of it .
The only copy I found was on-line via the browser and is woefully scant. Even that should be in the form of a downloadable PDF. The lack of clear illustrations and explanations of the features, fields, preferences is very frustrating. One is often left guessing is this or that the correct action, and why is it wrong or right.
My overall impression of Preminder is that it probably had the ability to meet my needs exactly. However the lack of good documentation is its downfall.
[Version 1.7.4]


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Lvdoc reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
Just on principle alone, I am giving this a 5-star rating to offset the half-star rant. I can readily interpolate from other people's comments that this developer has, indeed, provided far more in terms of a demo than most programs offered even in the days before the App Store. If you want to rant, use the "Review" feature. It is unprofessional and immature to hurt a developer who has done something decent.
[Version 1.5.3]


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Chilton Webb reviewed on 27 Apr 2011
This is a fantastic app. I've found it to be much easier to use than iCal, and obeys more Mac OS conventions as well (iCal's a bit of an odd duck).

My only request is support for adding files to items on days, or to be able to launch a file based on a day or time. That would rock.

Regarding the half star rating because someone didn't like the trial version's restrictions, that's just being petty. Especially considering that the App Store doesn't even allow trial versions. For developers to offer a trial these days, it means they're going out of their way to offer something to the user that *most* developers don't offer. If you don't like it, that's fine. But your half star 'rating' doesn't help you, or the developer, or the Mac community.

It only discourages developers from offering trial versions at all.
[Version 1.3.3]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 29 Dec 2011
With regard to support for adding files to items on days: you can add multiple URLs to files on your Mac, applications, folders or web addresses to events. Right-clicking on an event lets you edit URLs for that event and also lets you quickly launch URLs associated with that event. You can also set alarms to launch URLs. Please see the instructions here: http://www.hairyhighlandcow.net/Software/PreMinderReminders.html#EditingURLs
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Svenster reviewed on 22 Jan 2011
Over priced. Too restrictive trial conditions meant it was launched once then dumped into the trash. Come back with a better price and a less restrictive demo condition and it will get a better look.
[Version 1.2]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 22 Jan 2011
Please could you explain how the trial is restrictive? You can run it 40 times, with each trial lasting 24 hours. Unless you quit it every five minutes, it will be a long time before you use up the trial. The trial was designed to be more flexible than one that ran out automatically after a month.
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Svenster replied on 22 Jan 2011
The idea of a trial for me is to see how a product works in its full capacity. Being nagged or reminded all the time that its a trial or placing restrictions and limits on the products functionality just interferes with the experience and annoys the hell out of you. I start and restart my computer several times a day. This "Trial" will not give me the full experience of using the product unimpeded. There is enough annoying stuff being thrown up at us on our computer screens as it is. Drop the 24 hour limitation and get us hooked and watch the sales increase. PreMinder at least "Looks" like it might be worth the asking price. We just trailed Memoires and it was a total pain. But it did run for a week before it hit the annoying threshold and it was sent straight to the trash. Your product at least look nice and we would give it a second look if you drop the 24 hr run limit. Where as Memoires unless they give it a total rethink and reprice are out of the race. It appears we are still looking for that calendaring solution. If we can have an uninterrupted look at your product for a reasonable time frame it may be PreMinder. Utill then unfortunately not.
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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 22 Jan 2011
The idea behind the trial was not to lock it to a fixed period of time, so you could use it for a day then leave it for a few days without the trial period expiring. Thanks to your kind 'review', not actually based on my product's performance, I am now saddled with a half-star rating. You could have at least sent me an email and I could have worked out a different demo for you.
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Svenster replied on 22 Jan 2011
As I’m sure you can appreciate we all work differently on our computers. It is difficult to create a solution that suites all users. But perception is key. We did down load the product and launched it and liked the look of it but once we read there were restrictions it was unfortunately all over. We perceived the restrictions like most of these products were just another waste of our valuable time. We didn't bother any further. We didn't want yet another product wasting our time with restrictions and limitations. 40 did stand out as an interesting number how ever but so did 24 hours and 24 hours over rid the interest in 40. 40 sounded high and 24 sounded too low so we didn't investigate any further. And this was on the back of the week we just wasted reviewing Memoires . We didn't want to wast any more time with functionally limited software. We want a solution we can use for a period of time (much more than 24 hours) and that when we become hooked will seamlessly allow us to go to the Web site and make our payment and automatically have the registration entered for us. It needs to be easy for us. But then it is also unusual to have a developer respond to a post on their products at all never mind with in minutes of posting and then offer to negotiate on the trial restrictions. Kudos to you and yes if you are prepared to drop the 24 hr restrictions we are more than willing to give it a proper trial. But it will need to be at least 10 days. We just spent 7 on the last product and it wasn't near enough. I cant count the number of emails I have sent developers over the years that I have never received a reply too (even for products I have actually paid for) so who would have thought you would respond so immediately. So over to you.
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Svenster replied on 22 Jan 2011
Oh and just a note about your rating... Yes you see the problem with placing limits and restrictions on your "trials" is that as is happened here you run the risk of your review being based on the restrictions you have placed on your trial and not the actual software itself. If there were no restrictions on the trial software then the review would have been based on the software and not the restrictions that have ultimately gotten in the way of reviewing the product sans restrictions. Again perception is everything. Remove the restrictions and give us the opportunity to actually review the product and not its perceived/documented limitations. I know its a catch 22.
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Oldmiller replied on 30 Jan 2011
Oh my, so much agitation and a bad rating because of the trial options. I cannot follow the complaint at all. You can start it 40 times and it will work 24 hours each time unless you do not quit it sooner. Without any limitations in functionality. That is a very fair and clever offer in my opinion.
I remember many apps which had trial periods for 30 calendar days and often I did not find the time to check them out when my business took too much hold of me. I would have loved to have PreMinder's trial options then.
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Svenster replied on 30 Jan 2011
Its simple.If you want to sell your product, then make it easy for people to see if they like it and see if it works for them with out impeding the use of the application with too many limits and annoying reminders. If not there are a lot of other products around. And I have sent you an email asking to take advantage of the alternative trial as you suggested but have received no response from you. This is not "agitation" is just telling you what clearly most people are thinking but not telling you by the plethora of absent ratings posted here in the last 3 years and none for this version except for me. Make the trial 40 days on one trial and we will give it another look. Otherwise we are moving on. And I’m sorry but I think it is still a bit over priced for what it dose. But I also have to say its one of the nicest looking apps of this type we have seen so we are at least willing to give it another look if the trial restrictions were eased.
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Svenster replied on 30 Jan 2011
Oh boy. Clearly you are not reading my responses here. I’ll say it again for you. Everybody works differently. We reboot our computers up to 4-5 times a day so your restrictions would mean apart from having to click the splash screens telling us we have xx numbers of diminishing launches 4-5 times a day (Very annoying) the trial for us will be over in under 10-15 days. Not worth our time. Perhaps for others this would be tolerable. But not for us. This is the end of the discussion. Thank you for your time.
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+18
Brilormac replied on 18 Aug 2011
A 40 launch trial is more than generous. As a developer my own shareware grants 15 launches and there has been no negative feedback.
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JasonE replied on 03 Feb 2013
Why the heck are you rebooting that many times a day? We have workstations that have been running for months straight without reboot. Yes, people work differently, but half a star is hardly a review. $20 is ultra cheap for a good calendar that has sync to it. If you don't like the trial, just buy it. You spent more time (even at minimum wage) complaining about it than if you had just purchased it.

Turn the frown the other way 'round, man. Life is too short to spend all negative and such.
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dboakes commented on 30 Jul 2008
I have to say this is the best calendar I came across with Mac. It is easy to use and looks good. Much more accessible then Icalendar.
[Version 0.7.2b]


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+37
macman8 commented on 12 Jan 2008
I have a question for the developer: When I imported my calendar from iCal, the only thing which was not included was my alerts. In iCal, I have alerts set for 2 days before each even, which iCal does automatically for me. With PreMinder, I find myself visiting every event, from birthdays to appointments, and having to do this manually. Is there a way I'm missing, or is that wanting too much?
[Version 0.5.4]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 13 Jan 2008
Hi,
The .ics/vcalendar import feature does not currently import alarms. I am planning to add this feature in the future, but it may take me a while. The other feature you appear to want is an option to automatically add alarms to new events; again this is feasible but will take a while to implement. As I'm just one person working on this in my spare time, development doesn't quite have the resources the iCal team no doubt have!
cheers
Alec
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+37
macman8 replied on 14 Jan 2008
Hey Alec... thanks for the response. I appreciate your efforts, as well as all developers who create applications for us. As a retired and currently unemployed teacher (with NO income), I am very grateful for freeware available that makes me more productive and makes my life much easier. Your efforts are to be applauded.

George
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+37

macman8 reviewed on 09 Dec 2007
I have the latest update, and this is a very nice little program. It has a lot of potential. I too am unable to import calendars from iCal. I'm not sure what we are doing wrong. I'll visit the web site and search for help. Other than that, it's great.
[Version 0.5]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 10 Dec 2007
Hi,
Could you tell me if you are getting an error when you import a calendar and what it is? Or does data simply not appear?
I will list the steps for getting a calendar from iCal into PreMinder:
Go to iCal and select the calendar you want to export. Choose 'Export...' from the 'File' menu. Save the file on your desktop. It should have an extension that is '.ics'. Open PreMinder and choose 'Import Calendar' from the 'File' menu. Select the file you saved to the desktop and click 'OK'. A progress bar will appear in the large date in the palette on the left. Your data should appear in the calendar.
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macman8 replied on 10 Dec 2007
Your directions on the proper manner to Import from iCal were perfect, and yes, it worked perfectly! Thanks for the response. Others need to see these directions too.
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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 10 Dec 2007
Hi,
Thanks for letting me know. Sorry about the lack of documentation, I develop this in my spare time and the documentation has suffered as I have been focusing on getting the software less buggy. I hope to update the website soon with more (and more up to date) information.
thanks
Alec
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macman8 replied on 10 Dec 2007
Hey, no problem. You have no idea how much we value the hard work and efforts of developers, like YOU. I'm a retired teacher, who cannot afford much in software, and freeware programs are of real help to a guy like me on a limited income. My Macs run well, stay healthy, and are a joy to work, thanks to all of you! Happy Holidays, and much good luck and health to you in the upcoming year.
George
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makai commented on 23 Feb 2007
Looks like a potential alternative, if PandoCalendar won't make it onto Intel.
Unfortunately, without support for displaying business weeks, I cannot switch to it right away.
But I am still tempted nevertheless. Keep up the good work ;-)
[Version 0.4.1]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2007
Hi, not sure what you mean exactly by 'business weeks' but if you want the week display to start on a Sunday then you can set that. Choose from menu 'File > Preferences' and click on the 'Appearance' button. You can set whether to start the week on a Monday or a Sunday here.
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FLASH1296 reviewed on 23 Feb 2007
Excellent application.
Very nice Interface.
The preferences need to be expanded.
The Font Inspector is a quick access feature that I like.
Running under Rosetta, on a macBook, I have found one serious bug. viz. I attempted to import calendars from iCal and from uCalendar. It fails and generates a confusing error message re: use of" parentheses"

Potential for improvement is there.
On Balance this is an A- application.
[Version 0.4.1]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2007
Hi, I have posted an update (0.4.2) which should fix the iCal import problem. Let me know if you are still experiencing trouble.
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O5220803 reviewed on 22 Jan 2006
Nice application! The GUI is aesthetically pleasing and provides a comprehensive interface for all of the calendaring functions. Though still in its infancy, this app. has the potential of becoming an excellent contender for other Mac-based calendars!
[Version 0.3.4]


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macman8 had trouble on 06 Dec 2007
I just installed the new update, and now I am getting an error message, and it will not open at all. Version 0.4.8 worked fine. "Can't specify an empty boundary rectangle" is the message I am receiving.
[Version 0.4.9]

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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2007
Hi,
The only way I can reproduce this error is with a low screen resolution (800 x 600). Could you tell me what screen resolution your monitor has?
thanks

Alec
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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2007
Hi,
I have now reproduced the bug at a screen resolution of 1024x768 as well. I have just posted a 0.5.0 update which should fix the problem. Please let me know if it works for you,
thanks
Alec
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macman8 commented on 07 Dec 2007
Hi Again... My MacUpdate notified me of the lastest version. I'll download it after I return home tonight, and install it in the morning. I'll be happy to let you know after I've installed it. Thanks for the response. It's a nice program, and after I do the update, I'll be happy to write the very good review I believe it deserves.
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macman8 commented on 08 Dec 2007
Hi... I just installed the latest update, and it was fine. I tried it on both of my Macs- a G5 with a 20 inch monitor, and my G4 iBook. No problems!
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Alec Hole (developer) replied on 09 Dec 2007
Hi,
Thanks for testing that, I'm glad to know it is working. Look forward to your review,
thanks
Alec

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Chilton Webb rated on 10 Apr 2011

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PreMinder is a user-friendly calendar program which features highly customizable monthly, two monthly, weekly, and yearly views.
  • Apply different fonts, sizes, and colors to events.
  • Write freeform notes for any date.
  • Simply click on a date and type in one field to enter event information: times are automatically recognised.
  • Sync PreMinder calendars with iCal/Calendar, including iCloud and Google Calendar.
  • Make multi-day banner events easily with drag and drop.
  • Store multiple Web site or file URLs in events and launch them quickly from a contextual menu.
  • Make new events or one-off follow-on events by typing phrases like 'in 3 weeks at 1pm'.
  • Create repeating events following simple or complex rules.


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