Aurora
Aurora 5.0.3
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iTunes alarm clock; wakes your Mac and plays music.   Shareware ($14.95)
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Let Aurora wake you and your Mac. Wake up every morning to the sound of your favorite iTunes playlist instead of that annoying alarm clock.

Aurora is an alarm clock for your Mac that lets you wake up to your favorite iTunes playlist or any TV or radio channel from EyeTV. Other features include a Snooze Timer, a Fall Asleep Timer, Apple Remote support and the ability to wake your Mac from sleep or from a powered-off state.

Aurora 4 has greatly improved usability and reliability. The alarm properties are much more accessible. Alarms, playback/snooze and fall
What's New
Version 5.0.3:
  • Fixed a problem with the sleep timers
  • Fixed the iCloud Reminders
  • Improved OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatibility
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later



MacUpdate - Aurora




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  • Worktime
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  • Script Timer
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cirrus-cirrus reviewed on 03 Jan 2014
Tread Very Carefully

I got this in a MacUpdate Bundle & installed it on my Mountain Lion MacPro. I tried to turn it off & removed it from startup items, but it kept re-installing the startup item. After my removal attempt, via AppDelete, my MacPro began freezing every morning at startup, requiring a daily forced restart - very tiresome. As soon as I removed all remnants, including those hiding in Library/Group Containers, the daily freezes stopped. I'll find another alarm clock.
[Version 5.0.3]


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PaoloR6061 reviewed on 12 Dec 2013
I have lots of problems with Aurora, since I got Mavericks: it works once or twice a week!

Status in Menubar sometimes disappears, apparently at random, and I need to reboot my Mac to see it again in the MenuBar (other procedures useless) (in the Preferences of Aurora “Enable Alarms when Aurora isn’t running” and “Show status in the menubar” are always selected). If I don’t reboot, Aurora doesn’t start. By the way: In Mac Preferences > Users and Groups > Login Items, Aurora disappears.

Sometimes, Aurora wakes the Mac, starts, but doesn't play music.

I tried to delete Preferences and all other files and re-install Aurora but nothing changed.

Thank you

Paolo
MacBook 5,1, late 2008, OX 10.9
[Version 5.0.3]

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Frankp replied on 21 Dec 2013
Also having a problem getting the current version to work consistently when it's turned on. It also has the very annoying habit of restarting itself every time I restart my laptop (which I do a lot because of travel).
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RemekTek reviewed on 07 Oct 2013
I got this in a Bundle. Can't think why anyone would want to buy it if you had a Smartphone or iPad/Tablet. But there you are. Somebody must do, - try the free eval version first.
[Version 5.0.1]


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Mactheny commented on 02 Sep 2013
Version 5.0: Menubar status isn’t displayed in German version. Please bug fix.
[Version 5.0]


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Hunter_e59bf642 reviewed on 28 Mar 2013
Works really well. Can't think of any missing features.
[Version 4.3]


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Ochre reviewed on 22 Nov 2012
Worked fine with EyeTV, but since my USB tuner broke (or EyeTV - there's a program heading for the dustbin of application history) I've discovered it apparently doesn't work with iTunes playlists containing radio streams or videos. Pretty glaring omissions, especially when you consider how few people use EyeTV on their Macs.

If they increased Aurora's compatibility with playlists and third-party software (MplayerX, VLC, Radium etc.) maybe it'd be worth owning. Yes, you can use scripts, but that's a whole new bag of hurt…
[Version 4.3]


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exit_success reviewed on 15 Mar 2012
because it's Free xD
[Version 4.3]


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Jeff-Nailen reviewed on 10 Dec 2011
Aurora is an excellent alarm clock that plays your favorite iTunes music every morning. I tried all the top alarm clocks for the Mac on both MacUpdate and the App Store, even paying for some on the App Store for which free trials are not available.

What struck me the most about Aurora, and the reason I bought it and use it, is that it is dedicated to reliability and stability which is exactly what is needed in an alarm clock when you depend on it to wake you up pleasantly every morning. Well worth the price. Don't be fooled by other options with zillions of hard to use features or really low prices and lack of reliability. Aurora is the one to trust.
[Version 4.3]


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jhismith reviewed on 14 Mar 2011
I bought Aurora to load EyeTV in the mornings. It has worked all of about 3 times. Sometimes it claims not to find the channels (but as soon as you quit the program EyeTV loads fine). Sometimes it just fails to open EyeTV. The unreliability of the application makes it utterly useless as an alarm!

P.S. Running Snow Leopard (up-to-date) as well as most up-to-date versions of EyeTV and Aurora. 'Alway open Live TV window at Startup' checked in EyeTV preferences.
[Version 4.1.3]

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Ochre replied on 14 Mar 2012
I'm not saying that Aurora isn't at fault; all I'm saying is that, IME, EyeTV could be the one to blame here. At the moment it is-and for some time has been-the flakiest application on any of my Macs (three): frequent beach-balling; sudden drops in reception (often when browsing the Web :-S); won't find an attached USB tuner when opening on Login; SBOD when streaming from a shared library on the LAN; etc.
If EyeTV is the only application that Aurora seems unwilling to work correctly with, I do encourage you to lay at least part of the blame at the feet of Elgato, not Metakine.
NB: I don't work for Metakine or even own a copy of Aurora, I just have a lot of bad experience with EyeTV :(
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Tischer.s reviewed on 05 Feb 2011
I bought Aurora yesterday and immidiately fall in love with it:)

The app is simply stunning, nice simple interface, starts the mac to the right time, works smoothly and looks very nice!

In my opinion it is much better then awaken the opponents app!

Thanks for the nice developing :)
[Version 4.1.2]


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PaoloR6061 had trouble on 20 Dec 2013
I have lots of problems with Aurora, since I got Mavericks: it works once or twice a week!

Status in Menubar sometimes disappears, apparently at random, and I need to reboot my Mac to see it again in the MenuBar (other procedures useless) (in the Preferences of Aurora “Enable Alarms when Aurora isn’t running” and “Show status in the menubar” are always selected). If I don’t reboot, Aurora doesn’t start. By the way: In Mac Preferences > Users and Groups > Login Items, Aurora disappears.

Sometimes, Aurora wakes the Mac, starts, but doesn't play music.

I tried to delete Preferences and all other files and re-install Aurora but nothing changed.

Thank you for help!

Paolo
MacBook 5,1, late 2008, OX 10.9
[Version 5.0.3]


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Fuulcss had trouble on 01 Apr 2007
I have a question.

Does Aurora work well when the LCD lid is closed? (MacBook)
[Version 3.2.3]


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scatterbraine had trouble on 15 Mar 2007
This is getting frustrating. I'm just looking for a reliable alarm clock to wake me with mp3 music...
Problems I've had with Aurora:

Computer started up, iTunes started up, plays wrong playlist

Computer started up, iTunes hung, Aurora's built-in player started and started playing, but no sound came out of my speakers (yes, sound was turned on)

Computer started up, iTunes started up, doesn't start playing

I always have to set my clock next to Aurora, so that if it doesn't work I wont miss school...
[Version 3.2.3]


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Damien Pollet had trouble on 20 Nov 2006
Uncompressing the .bz2 archive gives a corrupt .dmg...
[Version 3.0b]

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Jonas Witt (developer) replied on 21 Nov 2006
Does re-downloading the .dmg file help?
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iamaswissguy had trouble on 15 Oct 2006
Is there a way to set different alarm times for different days?

For example: I have a 9:00AM day for school on Mondays, but Tuesdays-Fridays I have a regular 8:00AM day.

It would be great if this feature was implemented. I love it otherwise.
[Version 2.3.2]

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iamaswissguy replied on 15 Oct 2006
Never mind, I found out how to make multiple alarms. This software is seriously 10/10. I absolutely love it. Thanks so very much for making freeware,.
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coldfusion1970 had trouble on 27 May 2006
I double click on the DMG and it mounts fine, but i get "One or more items have special permissions and cant be copied. Do you want to skip them?" as a error message.
Is the download corrupt?

I'm using a Intel iMac with 10.4.6.
[Version 2.1]

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Jonas Witt (developer) replied on 28 May 2006
Sorry, I've fixed that. Please also make sure that you don't run Aurora from within the disk image, but copy it to your hard disk first.
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coldfusion1970 replied on 28 May 2006
Thanks for the quick response. I will give it another try.
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mahutanna had trouble on 29 Apr 2006
The first night I tried this app it woke up my mac right on time and started playing itunes, gently fading the volume for me. I was pretty happy but still really tired so I set it to snooze for 15 minutes and immediately fell back asleep. My mac went to sleep 10 minutes later. About 90 minutes later I woke up because my phone was ringing. Needless to say I wasn't very happy anymore.

I read the previous comment, and can see that others have had problems with aurora as well. From the suggestion, I also tried alarm clock 2 and it worked flawlessly. (and it's free) Goodbye aurora.
[Version 1.4.2]

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Jonas Witt (developer) replied on 02 May 2006
Mahutanna,

I'm sorry for the trouble Aurora caused you. Since version 1.4 Aurora should make sure your Mac will wake up before continuing to play music after snoozing. However, as setting a wake up time requires admin privileges, this won't work if you haven't authorized Aurora's helper tool. Since you say it woke you up correctly the first time, I presume you did authorize... Could you please check if this problem is reproducible?

Jonas

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Frankp rated on 21 Dec 2013

[Version 5.0.3]



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Roes rated on 18 Nov 2013

[Version 5.0.2]



Paddy2a rated on 12 Nov 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



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Rad-Azz rated on 14 Oct 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



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ErvinsS rated on 10 Oct 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



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Hunter_e59bf642 rated on 22 Sep 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



Pmu8158 rated on 18 Sep 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



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Aetnaria rated on 05 Sep 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



Saltmine rated on 13 Jun 2013

[Version 4.3]



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Rad-Azz rated on 23 May 2013

[Version 4.3]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Shareware
Date:20 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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Let Aurora wake you and your Mac. Wake up every morning to the sound of your favorite iTunes playlist instead of that annoying alarm clock.

Aurora is an alarm clock for your Mac that lets you wake up to your favorite iTunes playlist or any TV or radio channel from EyeTV. Other features include a Snooze Timer, a Fall Asleep Timer, Apple Remote support and the ability to wake your Mac from sleep or from a powered-off state.

Aurora 4 has greatly improved usability and reliability. The alarm properties are much more accessible. Alarms, playback/snooze and fall asleep modes have their dedicated panels. Aurora still builds on iTunes playlists, but doesn't use iTunes itself for playback, greatly enhancing reliability. Aurora 4 takes full advantage of Mac OS X Leopard technologies, and does not run on Mac OS X Tiger or earlier.

Aurora speaks your language: it comes with English, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian localizations.


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