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Set snooze duration for Mountain Lion notifications

26814 Views 188 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2014 12:05 PM by Golf25Radioman RSS
  • Golf25Radioman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Bill Fant1 wrote:


      10.8.2 & 4 months after Mountain Lion release and STILL NO SNOOZE FIX!


    Whatever cool new features Mountain Lion introduced have been overshadowed by this one feature change. Like many others, I have relied on OS X and iOS alerts and the ability to set snooze times. Now, my workflow is interuppted every 15 minutes until I finally just give in and close the alert. This, of course, leads to the likelyhood of me missing a business meeting, a conference call, a bill payment, etc.


    I've provided feedback regarding this issue a few times now via the Mac OS X form, but still haven't heard anything from Apple. PLEASE give some sort of indication when/if the ability to set snooze times will return to OS X!


    If you haven't already, please take the time to give your feedback:

    I've left my feedback, time will tell if they allow us to adjust the Snooze feature.  I ran my whole volunteering on it, as well as many other much needed "taps on the shoulder" reminding me about deadlines, etc.  Not every 10-15 minutes.  I also think putting up with Notifications inflexibility can also "numb" me on the reminder/notifications since I have to click Snooze so often.


    All in all ML 10.8.2 is great, I just wish the Notifications part of Calendar was flexible like iCal was. 



  • Max Likely Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @Golf25Radioman and Bill Fant: I am in 100% agreement - The Notifications Centre Alerts are annoying, time-wasting, mind-numbing and practically useless to me, too. So - for those of you sticking with 10.8.x - keep on sending those feedback forms to Apple.


    But I am not holding my breath. I have decided to abandon Mountain Lion (10.8.2) and revert to Lion (10.7.5) on my new 15" Retina-Display MBP that came with 10.8.2. But it can still boot into 10.7.5 which, I've just discovered by booting from an external drive, has  full Retina-Display support. In fact 10.7.5 shows me ALL the supported resolutions, not just the few HiDEF ones shown in Mountain Lion's highly-abridged list. And (I hope) doesn't have this "Notifications Centre" nonsense.

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    i think i would probably do that as well i really hope 10.9 takes things back a bit more towards the desktop experience some of this mobile inspired UX is just horrid.

  • Max Likely Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 5:54 PM (in response to ubernaut)

    @ubernaut: Personally, I am not very hopeful re. 10.9. Apple has its own (IMO "strange") vision of what the "desktop" paradigm is going to be in the future - perhaps we'll need to learn a new sign-language - that the camera will interpret - thus replacing the keyboard completely . For the longer term I am looking into running a version of LINUX on my Apple hardware. I am just hoping that UBUNTU doesn't also destroy the usability of its own, classical windowing GUI, as Apple seems to be doing. I find IOS - on my iPhone - is like having to get around on crutches (and yes, I have had to do that), compared to normal walking and running. Why anyone would want to force the smartphone GUI onto a desktop-windowing environment is beyond me. It is just more nonsense.


    It's interesting that I/we haven't really heard anything from the "Computer Science/Engineering" academic community about the usability of gesture-driven GUIs, relative to mouse-keyboard-windowing systems.

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Good post. A couple of quotes come to mind right about now:


    #1 Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that the products are about tradeoffs, you begin to make tradeoffs to the point that what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone. – Tim Cook


    #2 Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain. – J. Michael Straczynski

  • Max Likely Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to ubernaut)

    @ubernaut: I like your quotes. There's irony in Tim Cook having also reportedly said that "You wouldn't want to put these things together (Windows 8-style, tablet-PC convergence) ... we're not going to that party". But then, I supppose, the GUI(s) was(were) not what he was thinking about at the time - just the hardware.

  • OnDaRoad Calculating status...

    So has anyone heard that there will be a fix to this problem?   I left feedback a couple months ago.  I would have thought with enough complaints they would have addressed this in an update.  iCal is just unusable anymore with no snooze options & not being able for whatever reason to sync my on my mac calendars with my iPhone just seems like a crazy problem for Apple to have.   ;(

  • kelhak1 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Hi Bill,


    What do you want the snooze time to be?



  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    i think the desire is to be able to easily choose from a number of options for snooze time without having to enter the full app interface as it used to behave prior to ML.

  • kelhak1 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Hi ubernaut,


    I was thinking of writing a script that would do this also. I was thinking about making the limits from 10 minutes to 1 hour. And something longer than just one alert sound.


    The only way to do this is to bypass the notification center and use a program like an AppleScript, I think. Apple took out the ability in the Calendar to run a script. But, you can create an automator program that runs an applescript when an event occurs in Calendar.


    This computer is sure making me work hard.


    gl kel,

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    someone is rolling over i dont want to say who as that might ruffle some feathers

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    ps i think the previous set of options were pretty much perfect:


    1 minute, 5, 15 , 30, 1hr, 2hrs, 1 day and 1 week

  • kelhak1 Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    What you could start with is something like this:


    set snooze_list to {"1 min", "5 min", "10 min", "15 min", "etc…"}

    choose from list snooze_list with title "Choose a Snooze" with prompt "Select a snooze time:"


    From there the program takes your input and does whatever. It gets more complicated than this, but not too much. There are more resources also.



  • Bill Fant1 Calculating status...

    I was happy with how it was working in OS X Lion (10.7). Ubernaut's numbers work for me:


    1 minute, 5, 15 , 30, 1hr, 2hrs, 1 day and 1 week


    Ultimately, it should be consistant across OS X & iOS devices and work with iCloud.

    kelhak1 wrote:


    Hi Bill,


    What do you want the snooze time to be?



  • My_2_Sense Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Like the rest of you, I just downgraded my Calendar by "upgrading" to Mountain Lion. 


    In my opinion, the problem is that they are trying to make things like the Calendar and Mail uniform across all devices (i.e. iPad, iPhone, MacBook)  Although it is extremely helpful for these applications to share the data via iCloud, dumbing down my MacBook does not seem like a logical way to go.  I have an iPhone and my MacBook. I do not own an iPad at this time because I "foolishly" want the full functionality of a computer.  It doesn't bother me as much that my iPhone doesn't allow me to customize the snooze setting for alarms and alerts because I expect it to have more limitations based on its operating system, smaller size, and smaller memory.   However, I have absolutely no understanding why Apple would take away functionality that the MacBook has already proven itself to be capable of so that it can more fully emulate its lesser counterparts.


    I appreciate the creative solutions that some of you have offered up as workarounds, but it is appalling if Apple thinks it is acceptable for users to have to go through so many combersome steps after "upgrading" do accomplish something that was so elegantly and efficiently achieved in the "downgraded" version.


    please, Please, PLEASE put the customizable snooze back in just the way it was.  It wasn't broken before, but it sure is now!  I can't help but believe this has to be a bug, so I just got through reporting it as such.

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