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Set snooze duration for Mountain Lion notifications

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  • White Shepherd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Few days ago my MBP 13" mid 2012 still run well Lion... just before 10.7.5 update messed completely Spotlight indexing and TM backup tasks. These problems (described in several threads on this forum) also probably corrupted my Time Machine backup. I spent 3 days trying everything that could be tempted: no way to fix it.

    Spending more time to reinstall system from Clone or else, I finally decided to try Mountain Lion (not that brand new anymore) upgrade.


    In 2012, at our computing age, Apple's developpers are still allergic to "variables"  in their apps, "variables" that would give possibility to customize snooze time (like in Busycal for instance). It's certainly easier to offer only few "hard coded" choices  (and not always very logic, don't hesitate to tell me if "Repeat in 1 minute" in iCal snooze time choices is very useful).


    But not having a single possibility to set/choose snooze time for Apple Calendar alerts is as much unbelievably stupid that it is very unreliable for customers .

    Notification Center is great improvement at first glance but such regression makes Calendar and Reminders almost unusable.

    Besides the whole workflow based on iCloud is disrupted .


    Apple's decision-makers obviously never have serious jobs, appointments... to fullfil, they might spend their time playing (and preferably with our productivity and our nerves)!


    Apple wants to be ahead? Good! But IMO emergency is to turn professional first

  • MDF2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Add my voice to the list of complaints!!


    Top right is disastrous if you are reading something full screen.  If it is Safari, the reminders cover both the Reader button and the download button.  If it is Windows under VMWare or Parallels, it covers the "Close" button and on and on and on.


    I love OSX over Windows (particularly since they corrected in ML a bunch of problems with Lion) but I have to say that the way Windows handles windows is far superior to OSX.  The bottom of pages doesn't occupy the same space as the Dock,  you can easily compare two 1/2 pages side by side.  Why can't OS X do that?


    But fixed snooze time on reminders is a total disaster!

  • mastreips Calculating status...

    What they said - Reminder snooze is absolute rubbish and needs to be changed.

  • Blue Wammer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 3:32 AM (in response to Treloar)

    I agree 100%. I rely on this feature - now I have to fiddle about opening events and setting new reminders.


    Having recently wasted hours of my time dealing with 10.7.5 wrecking Time Machine and Spotlight I am not best pleased with Apple at the moment.

  • shane blyth Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2012 3:55 AM (in response to MDF2)

    Try Moom addon if you want much superior window managment in OSX

  • RandyChev Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I just took the plunge to Mountain Lion and I'll never forgive myself. While I now have some semi-useful things like messenger and notification center, but I've had business deadlines set up in iCal for years with the idea that I set an alert a week to ten days ahead so I can then work that report or tax return into my to-do list for the week. Sometimes I know I can't get to it this week so I set 1 Week snooze. Perhaps I really want to get to it tomorrow... 1 Day snooze. You know the drill.


    Now Apple has screwed up my whole work flow process. I too thought SURELY Apple would IMPROVE iCal by setting up snooze OPTIONS that could be changed by users. (4 hours would allow me to get something off my mind until the afternoon!) BUT NO! They've gone backwards and taken away even the options we had before.


    Shame on you Apple. You forced me to "upgrade" to this OS that is supposed to help me integrate with my phone (no iCloud without leaving Snow Leopard). And you talked me into orphaning 10 years of documents (no Rossetta so no Appleworks draw documents which is what I used for my letterhead thus all my corrospondance). Now you force me to restructure my whole calendar database to conform to your latest ecosystem whims.


    I've sent feedback to Apple about this. If you agree with me, give them your feedback at and/or .

  • Richard Tench Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)

    Indeed. I've left the following feedback at


    "Hi. Please reinstate the ability to choose how long to snooze any particular alarm. Beginning with Notification Center, the user can only click a Snooze button, but cannot specify how long to snooze.


    "Rationale: Currently the snooze time is always ten minutes. However, certain items need to be snoozed for hours or even days. Ten minutes is great for reminders like 'take out the garbage', but poor for 'time to do your tax return'."

  • perceptionmd Calculating status...

    I have left the following feedback.


    Now that I cannot snooze ical events for variable times, the application is useless to me. But worse than that, you have COMPLETELY DISRUPTED MY PERSONAL AND BUSINESS WORKFLOW. You may think of this as a simple change in an application, but you are failing to consider that we integrate these programs into our lives and they become part of the way we live. Before ical, I had a terrible time keeping track of what I had to do -- missing appointments and disappointing both clients and friends. With ical, I could set an alarm for two days ahead, then remind myself one day ahead, then two hours ahead. Suddenly, I was no longer missing appointments. And now, I don't know what I will do. If I had known this would happen, I would never have updated my OS. I am devastated by this change. WHY DID YOU DO THIS?

  • estibot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It doesn't look like Apple is actually reading the feedback. Certainly they are not reading these boards. This is one of the issues that should definitely have been fixed already. A very easy fix, yet a major flaw in the new OS.


    What I'm wondering is, don't Apple developers use their own products at all? Surely they would have seen the error of their ways if they actually used their producs. Maybe they use Windows PCs outside the office

  • Salda Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    Add me to the list, been running ML for about 2 weeks now and love the integration with iOS devices, but the inability to change snooze duration is laughable. I'd like to meet the developer that suggested removing this functionality and berate him for his ignorance. Submitted feedback online, if I get time, I'm gonna make a phone call to support and ask them how to enable it. Then let them have it when they say that it is unavailable.


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  • e-bear Calculating status...

    Bring back snooze durations Apple.  You've made your Reminders hard to use. Are you going to let Outlook beat you on this one?


    You've traded functionality for a pretty black reminders bar that looks IOSish. Big deal.

  • Vic Hooper Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2012 12:58 AM (in response to e-bear)

    I too add my voice to the frustration of not having variable snooze times. I have tried to adjust but am finding my frustration continues.

  • Tnapal Calculating status...

    if Apple does not correct the problem of the snooze in Mountain Lion 10.8.2, I propose to  make an Internet site which will enable us to send automatically an e-mail of complaint at Apple every 15 minutes.

    Perhaps they will thus understand the silly thing of their snooze.
    What do you think of this idea?

  • MDF2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 3:13 AM (in response to Tnapal)

    Great idea :-)

  • ToSt Calculating status...
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    Nov 27, 2012 3:25 AM (in response to Tnapal)

    I LIKE! ;)

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