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Scheduling reminders and performing routine computer tasks are easier when using automation programs like Keyboard Maestro, Hazel, and OS X’s own Automator 10 Automator Apps You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes [Mac] 10 Automator Apps You Can Create in Under 5 Minutes [Mac] Read More . If these applications are more than what you need, a new minimalist program called Clockwise ($6.99) provides access to your automated tasks right from your menu bar.

The app includes actions and event functions you may typically use in Calendar or Automator, but Clockwise vastly simplifies the process involved in setting up repeating tasks.

Scheduling Events

Accessed from the menu bar, Clockwise is ready to go right after being installed and launched. Automating tasks is done over two steps: create and schedule an event, then add one or more actions.

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Clockwise must be running in order for events to be triggered at their scheduled time; however, there is a handy option to run events after the computer is turned on or logged into (or when Clockwise is launched) — even though it’s past the trigger time.

An event can be triggered by an alarm, a timer, or keyboard shortcut. Say you would like to schedule a couple of websites to open everyday at a specified time. Click on the Clock icon in your menu bar and select the alarm button, then input the time and how many days you want the event to run (clockwise uses the 24-hour clock).

Clockwise alarm

Feel free to select an event to Run forever because Clockwise makes it easy to change the schedule at any time from the menu bar. Next, click the calendar icon and set the start and end dates for your events, and then set the days of the week and months you want the event to run.

Already you can see that Clockwise makes setting up events easier than using Automator workflows and Calendar.

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Adding Actions

Now click on the “actions” button (the circle with a right-facing arrow), and then click the plus “+” button on the bottom-right to add an action.

Clockwise event

Clockwise actions are tucked away under the drop-down Alert menu at the top. Notice that Clockwise includes many actions most of us perform on a regular basis, such sending a tweet, adjusting the sound volume of your Mac, opening a file, or sending an email.

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As we still want to schedule a couple of websites to open on the days and time set, select the Open Internet address action, and then input the desired URL. Hit the Return key, or click on the check button, to add another website. If you need to edit your input, double-click on the action item to re-open the editor.

Clockwise action

When you’re done, click the check button again, which should take you back to the main events manager window. That’s all there is to setting up scheduled events, and there are many more actions to find ever more interesting uses for.

Events Manager

What’s great about Clockwise is that you can access and manage your events right from the menu bar, instead of having to open and edit an Automator workflow. Simply double-click on an event to edit it.

Clockwise time

In the application’s preferences, you can select to have Clockwise show the time left for an event, or the actual scheduled alert time.

Other Features

When you create a new event, you can select the calendar exceptions button and set specified dates to include or exclude from an event. AppleScript applications, Automator workflows, and Shell scripts can also be scheduled as events.

Clockwise scripts

Also in preferences you can find an option that will prevent your Mac from going to sleep, to make sure an event runs at a scheduled time.

Nifty and Useful

I’m a huge advocate of computer automation, and thanks to applications like Clockwise, we non-developer Mac users can run automations without knowing a single line of code. The more time you invest in learning what Clockwise and other automation programs have to offer, the less time you will spend performing redundant tasks.

Let us know what you think of Clockwise, and what other features or actions you would like to see added. Also, check out our reviews about other automation programs, including the multifaceted Keyboard Maestro Automate Everything On Your Mac with Keyboard Maestro [Mac] Automate Everything On Your Mac with Keyboard Maestro [Mac] I've written several articles about Mac automation, including a MUO Automation Guide on how to get started with Apple's Automator and the built-in OS X features for creating smart folders, playlists, albums, and mailboxes. But... Read More and folder action program, Hazel Hazel - Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don't Have To Hazel - Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don't Have To I have previously written an entire MUO guide about using Apple's smart folders and Automator program, but a classic third-party application called Hazel is one of my personal automation assistants that works in the background,... Read More .

Download: Clockwise ($6.99)

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  1. Mike
    February 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Love your reviews Bakari. You always find such interesting stuff. Thank you.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Hey Mike, really appreciate your feedback. I try to stick to topics and apps that I actually use or recommend.

  2. Margarida Silva
    February 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    This app is so frickin awesome!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Cool, Margarida, glad you find it useful. Thanks for the feedback.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Margarida, for your feedback. Glad you like it. Also check out Keyboard Maestro for even more automation.