KAlarm

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KAlarm is a personal alarm scheduler which displays messages, executes commands, plays sounds or sends emails, at scheduled times. You can set up recurring alarms, or restrict alarms to working hours. Among its options, it allows you to choose the message font and color, whether to display an advance reminder, whether to speak the message or play a sound when it is displayed, whether to cancel the alarm if it can't be triggered on time (e.g. if you are logged out when it triggers).

You can optionally use multiple alarm calendars, or share calendars. This allows, for example, sharing alarm calendars between laptops and desktop computers.

As well as using the graphical interface to configure alarms, you can use the command line, and there is a DCOP interface for other applications.

KAlarm is part of the official KDE kdepim package. The KAlarm version for KDE 4 downloadable from here is an update to the current KDE 4 release. The KDE 3 package is no longer supported; the last released KDE 3 version is functionally the same as the KDE 4 2.6.2 version, and offers considerable improvements compared to the version supplied with KDE 3.5.10.
Last changelog:

8 years ago

Version 2.9.0: This release adds a new option to execute a pre-alarm action before deferred alarms trigger, and new options to auto-hide the system tray icon when no alarms are due. The Try button in the audio alarm edit dialogue now toggles playback start and stop. There are other minor improvements and bug fixes. It includes a new Catalan translation of the handbook.

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djarvie

15 years ago

Version 1.2.4 includes the improvements which you requested. Thanks - I'm sure other people will find them useful too.

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nigels

15 years ago

Hey, that works nicely.

The only quirk I noticed was that the default terminal is "other", and undefined - resulting in a cryptic error message in the terminal I used to launch kalarm. Once I went into settings and straightened that out, all was good.

Perhaps there ought to be a check that the terminal is available, and nice dialog with error message.

Apart from that, it's working nicely, I migrated my dar-based backup scripts. I'll never need to cron again!

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djarvie

15 years ago

Version 1.3.0 beta includes a check for invalid terminal window commands. Version 1.2.7 in KDE 3.4.1 also will include this.

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djarvie

15 years ago

I have now implemented both of your suggestions in KDE CVS. The next version of KAlarm will include these facilities - hopefully it will be out within the next month. (Things are a bit slow just now because I have been setting up a new Debian system instead of my old SuSE 7.2.)

The Preferences dialogue allows you to choose which type of terminal window to use, or to enter command lines different from the preconfigured ones. I have done it so that the terminal window stays open after the command has run, so that the user can see the results (if any). (Although I haven't managed to discover any option for gnome-terminal to do that.) For xterm, that is done using 'xterm -hold -e'. Is that what you would expect?

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nigels

15 years ago

Hey, that's great. Looking forward to trying it out. I'm heading off for "summer vacation" in Australia, but I've got a post-it to remind me when I return.

When I think of it, having the output stored somewhere by KAlarm might also be handy, in a way that I can bring up the output for the previous run.

Cheers,

Nigel Stewart

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djarvie

15 years ago

Version 1.3.1 now includes an option to log command alarm output to a file (in append mode). You choose the log file individually for each command alarm. KAlarm doesn't provide any facility to read log files - you just use normal utilities to read it.

I hope this is useful.

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djarvie

15 years ago

I'm starting to think about this one. There are a number of possibilities, and your views would help me design it.

There could be just a single named log file which KAlarm uses, or the user could choose a log file for each command alarm. Or alternatively, the log file could be automatically allocated by KAlarm, and accessible only through KAlarm.

If there is a separate log file for each alarm, how would you envisage accessing it? (Remember that the alarm might have expired after running.) Please give details of the user interface you'd like to see.

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djarvie

15 years ago

Run in terminal sounds like a sensible option to add. I'll consider providing the ability to edit a script. Thanks for the ideas.

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DIHLOFOS

16 years ago

Testing already

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DIHLOFOS

16 years ago

My Windows schedule was something like this:

Every 1 hour(s)from 18:52 for 728 minutes every Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun of every week,starting 01/07/2004

Can I recreate it with KAlarm? My version of KAlarm is 1.0.6.

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djarvie

16 years ago

The current version can't do this, but version 1.2, which should be out fairly soon, will let you set up a repetition within a recurrence.

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stevenp

16 years ago

I use kalarm all of the time. Bravo!

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raditzman

16 years ago

I don't know if this is possible, but a graphical dcop browser as one of the actions when alarms ring would be great. This way, common users like myself could configure really amazing things.

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djarvie

16 years ago

Do you mean you want a DCOP browser to be displayed when the alarm triggers, instead of displaying a message, etc? I think that there is already a KDE DCOP display utility (called kdcop or something) - to do what you want, you could create a command alarm with a command line to activate it. Or have I misunderstood what you're wanting?

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vide

16 years ago

I rather think that he's asking for a graphical DCOP browser to choose an action to do on alarm. I mean, it's the only thing that makes sense to me :)

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djarvie

16 years ago

Ah, of course, that must be the meaning! It sounds like a good idea as an option under 'command alarm', although I'm not sure how easy it would be to implement. I'll add it to the wish list.

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fatcat

16 years ago

I really liked the repeat enhancement (and also the template) ! But as I am now using it, it would be even more nice if there was a way of stopping the sound and still seeing the alarm window. Like another button like "STOP SOUND".

I often use this kalarm to reminder me about conference calls and it is now great that even if I am not at the desk, I can hear the alarm when I come back (due to the great new REPEAT feature). But when I then start dialing the number, I would not like to listen the alarm anymore.

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djarvie

16 years ago

Version 1.1.0 Beta 3 which is now available, implements the 'stop sound' button in the alarm message window.

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djarvie

16 years ago

This is a good idea, which I'm sure other people would like to see too. I'll implement it for the final 1.1.0 version.

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jtp755

16 years ago

Is there any way you could implement mp3 support so that i could set it to play an mp3 when an alarm goes off or better have it be able to play a playlist. Is there an app out already that will do this?

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djarvie

16 years ago

The new version 1.0.4 displays all types of sound file in the sound file selection dialogue (not just .wav files as before).

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djarvie

16 years ago

You can select an mp3 file using the Sound file button, if you manually type in the file name. I will change the file selector options to show mp3 files as well as wav files.

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8 years ago

Version 2.9.0: This release adds a new option to execute a pre-alarm action before deferred alarms trigger, and new options to auto-hide the system tray icon when no alarms are due. The Try button in the audio alarm edit dialogue now toggles playback start and stop. There are other minor improvements and bug fixes. It includes a new Catalan translation of the handbook.

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