Soundnote

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Description of App: 

 

SoundNote provides an easy way to know about system events via Sound, Shell Scripts, and Growl Notifications.The categories of notifications are:
  • System
  • Application
  • Display
  • Volume
  • iTunes
  • USB
  • FireWire
  • Bluetooth
  • Network
  • Power
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Accessible
  • Trash
SoundNote is open source athttp://opensource.mrgeckosmedia.com/

Version: 

0.2.1

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

10.8.4

Accessibility Comments: 

This app does not have an interface. If you haven't defined any events (see below for how it works), it will open a window with some introductory text, which is accessible.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

After you close that first window, you will find that you are now in a finder folder which includes 2 pList files, as well as a notes.rtf file which has a list of all events you can assign. This folder is located in /Users/yourusername/Library/Application Support/MrGeckosMedia/SoundNote The way you assign a sound notification to an event is by pasting a sound file (can be any format that can be played by quicktime), into this folder, and giving it the name of of any event listed in notes.rtf. For example, if you want a sound to play when you connect or disconnect something from one of the USB ports, put in a sound with the name "usbconnected" and "usbdisconected". The same applies for shell scripts, and if you want growl notifications, you need to turn them on on a per-event basis by editing the appropriate plist file. If you have any files in for events, if you run the soundnote app it will stay in the background and the only way to cose it is through the activity monitor. I'd also recommend you add soundnote to your login items if you like what it does. The only events that don't seem to work are the ones in the "accessibility" section, even though I checked the appropriate checkbox. The description makes it sound a lot more complicated then it really is to set soundnote up. I definitely recommend this app, because it lets you add sounds to events that have them in WIndows, but not on the mac, like battery warnings, connecting/disconnecting hardware, and opening/closing programs.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@MrGeckosMedia