Version 4.6.3, released 2017-Dec-22

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Mac OS 7 - 9, Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.13

My venerable personal reminder package for Macintosh™ computers. Reminds you about important events in your life when you start up your Mac and while you work. Features flexible specification for repeating events, extensive control over appearance and minimal memory requirements. Includes documentation and sample event (occasion) files.

The screen shot on the right should give you an idea of how the Mac OS X version looks. The colors and fonts are what I am using personally at the moment but you have complete freedom to choose your own favorite combinations.

So what’s with the ‘?’ at the end of the name? Well, a long time ago when I first wrote this as a desk accessory I used ‘Remember?’ as the window title because I thought it looked nice and it’s kind of stuck since then.


Version 4.6 is the latest release and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” is supported. Version 4.5 is still available for those using Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4, as is version 3.4 if you’re using Mac OS 8 or below. The older versions are provided as-is and are no longer actively supported which means no bug fixes or new features. What you got is what you get.

PowerPC™ Mac Compatibility

Version 4.6.1 is the last version that is compatible with PowerPC based Macs.

Intel™ Mac Compatibility

Remember? is a Universal binary as of version 4.6 so it runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel processor based Macs.

A Warning About Mixing Versions

The extended calendar year support in version 4.5 required making changes to the internal occasion file format that are potentially not backward compatible with previous versions, in particular occasion files containing events with an explicit year later than 2018 can’t be opened by version 4.3 or older. The upshot is that if you decide to upgrade to version 4.5 or later be sure to upgrade all machines that share the same occasion files.

Using Remember? on APFS Volumes

Starting with macOS 10.12 “Sierra” and 10.13 “High Sierra” Apple introduced a new optional file system format called APFS. That file system format doesn’t support an OS feature used by Remember? versions prior to v4.6.3 and as a result using those versions on APFS volumes caused Parameter Error (-50) whenever you tried to reate or alter occasions. Version 4.6.3 includes a fix for that issue and can be used on both the older HFS and new APFS volumes.

One unfortunate side-effect of this update is I had to drop support for PowerPC based Macs (Xcode won’t allow me to build for them.) Users with PowerPC based macs should stay with Remember? version 4.6.1 and not upgrade to 4.6.3. Featurewise, there are no differences so you’re not losing anything except the APFS fix which isn’t needed for those machines anyway.

NOTE: I think there might be a bug in version 4.6.3b2 that can cause error -39 to appear. I’ve pulled it for the moment until I can verify what’s going on.


New in version 4.6.3

  • Works correctly on APFS volumes.
  • PowerPC based Macs are no longer supported.

New in version 4.6.1

  • No longer hangs if you close then re-open the About window.
  • The alert window responds to scroll wheel events by stepping through the alert list.

New in version 4.6

  • Universal binary! Remember? now runs as a native application on PowerPC and Intel processor based Macs. This bring much faster launch times on Intel machines and Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” compatibility.
  • Export to iCal format. You can now export an occasion file to iCal format via the Occasion Files dialog. It is one-way, export only. No importing. Also since iCal only recognizes a subset of the date patterns possible in the iCal file format any occasion more complicated than a simple anniversary or “every N days” should be checked in iCal to make sure it is supported.

New in version 4.5

  • The last supported year has been extended from 2018 to 2134! (No guarantees that I’ll be extending it past that as we approach the 2130s.)
  • Support for occasion file backup copies. The previous contents of an occasion file are now saved in a folder named (Backups) in the Remember? occasions folder when you add, delete or change an occasion or delete an occasion file. The nine previous versions of an occasion file are retained when it is changed on a monthly, weekly or daily basis or on every occasion file change. See the User Guide or help text for details.
  • There should be fewer cases where the application is pushed behind others also launched at startup when displaying the startup view at login or when starting up the computer.
  • Strips common file extensions when importing occasions from a text file.
  • Various other minor bug fixes, cosmetic clean-ups and internal improvements.

PLEASE NOTE: This version has not been tested on Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.2 – 10.4.x as I currently have no compatible hardware to test on! If you are using one of these OS versions it would be a Very Good Idea to save backup copies of your occasion files somewhere safe before upgrading to this version in case you run into problems and need to revert to a previous version!

New in version 4.3

  • Added a new Today Hilite Style preference to select the style used to highlight today’s date in calendars (choices are: raised edges, box or oval.)
  • Added a new Time format preference to select 12 or 24 hour time formats.
  • Added contents property to favorite view AppleScript objects. This change allows the save/restore settings scripts to also save and restore your favorite views which were not previously preserved.
  • By popular demand, you should no longer see that annoying immediate alert after saving a new or changed occasion in some cases (I assume you don’t need to be reminded of an event you entered two seconds ago.)
  • The Scripts menu now includes AppleScript bundles.
  • Enlarged the Occasion editing window a bit and added help balloons.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the wrong Occasion Type sound to be played.
  • Fixed a bug where invoking Cut/Copy/Paste/Clear could unexpectedly terminate some dialogs.
  • Fixed a bug that could assign blank default names to half of the 32 available Occasion Types for new installations.
  • Fixed cases where the occasion file importer could ignore some valid text files.
  • Cleaned up a few minor memory leaks in the AppleScript support.


  • Extensive Applescript scripting support including a Scripts menu
  • Sample scripts to Save/Restore preferences (except Favorite Views)
  • Contextual (CONTROL-click) menu support
  • Redesigned Preferences window
  • Better support for OS X Aqua appearance
  • Mac OS X native version
  • Extensive Applescript™ scripting support
  • Redesigned pop-up alerts with Snooze
  • Redesigned Preferences window
  • Occasion files are still compatible with version 3.x


Please send $20 (US) if you decide to continue using it after trying it out for a while. You can pay online via KAGI and they accept all major credit cards. There are no built-in measures to force you to stop using this package other than your own conscience. No additional payment is necessary if you have paid for any previous version of this software.

Note to Users of Speed Download

There seems to be an issue that’s preventing the current version of Speed Download from properly downloading items that have a question mark in their URLs even if it is properly encoded, such as the Remember? 4.6 download at the bottom of this page. I’m trying to work around it but for now you can also download the new version via the following Speed Download compatible direct link:


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Remember? 3.4 for Mac OS 7-8.sit

329KB StuffIt™ compressed archive

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Remember? 4.6.1 (Universal) for OS X.dmg

2MB disk image

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Remember? 4.5 for Mac OS 9.sit

471KB StuffIt™ compressed archive

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Remember? 4.5 for Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.4.dmg

1.4MB disk image