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SmartAlarms 8

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
smartalarms8_Folder.sit (100.93 KB)
MD5: 3e12907b132b280c46253e3a4165beac
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
earlybird1.1.4demo.sit (113.87 KB)
MD5: 183562e4ea9f083ba2dc438ae30cb0c6
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Great little reminder/alarms program, written in Australia, stolen, then released for FREE by the developer (to get back at the company who was illegally selling it!). Read the readme file, it's epic.

Don't even attempt to run this on OS9. OS 6.08 -> 8.6 only.

Architecture: 68k PPC


ccmac's picture
by ccmac - 2012, January 28 - 5:29am

I just did a little googling about this program and I discovered that John McMullen did continue development of Smart Alarms 8 but that he changed its name to Early Bird. Early Bird 1.1.4 was the last version to support Mac OS 8.0 and earlier (but is incompatible with Mac OS 8.5). Early Bird 2.0 introduces a PPC native version along with a separate 68k version. Version 2 requires Mac OS 8.1 or later and does support 8.5. McMullen died in 1999 and his wife discontinued distribution. Unfortunately, I can't find any downloads for Early Bird.


I found a copy of the Early Bird 1.1.4 demo on an old MacAddict CD which I have uploaded (I deleted the Kagi Registration app from the demo folder since new registrations are no longer accepted). The demo is fully functional but you are limited to one reminder. I tested it under OS 9 and though I could get it to work it appears to still have problems as it failed to display the initial welcome reminder properly after the first restart. I had to force quit Early Bird to get back to the desktop. At that point, I could launch Early Bird from the Apple Menu and the welcome reminder displayed correctly. After that every thing seemed to run OK other than one crash when playing around with the various options. I don't plan any further testing given the known incompatibility with Mac OS 8.5 or later. Early Bird 2.0 does seem to support OS 9 based on the few user comments I found while googling.

Also, you can download demos of the unauthorized versions of Smart Alarms at:

These unauthorized versions have been updated for OS 9 but I briefly tested both Smart Alarms Classic (v9.5.15) and Smart Alarms X (v10.1.1) under 9.2.2 and could get neither to run at all.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2012, January 27 - 11:48am

screenshots uploaded

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2012, January 27 - 5:12am

This was my favourite reminder program of all time. I used it for OS6, 7 and 8.x.

I believe the DA app for changing settings crashes under OS9. Feel free to try it, but I doubt it will work (reliably).

mttrwlnd's picture
by mttrwlnd - 2012, January 27 - 3:13am

What would happen if I ran it on Mac OS 9?

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by themacmeister - 2010, July 6 - 7:23am

Not for OS9. Feel free to add a screenshot, and update the description. Enjoy!!!