Cute Reminder prides itself on being different. In use, a small,
colorful module docks on the edge of your screen, waiting for you
to mouse over it and call it into action. There are four buttons on
the module, which stand for Ideas, Notes, Reminders. There’s also a
Control Center that offers access to more traditional calendar,
scheduling and reminder options, as well as the Help file. Ideas,
Notes, and Reminders are sticky notes for the desktop that come and
go seemingly at whim.
For me, this program became less cute when I tried to use it.
Despite having watched the Quick Start tutorial, I couldn’t figure
out how to finish up with a Note I had just written, other than to
stop writing and just leave it sitting there, which seemed weird.
So I opened the Help file, and when I did, my Note disappeared.
I wondered what had happened to the Note. I wanted to know if it
had been saved. The Help files told me, “One of the important
functions of Cute Reminder is the backup of your information.”
Agreed. “Cute Reminder will save your information into the History,
which is easily accessible.” Great. “Reminders are saved
immediately when created, changed, postponed, or deleted except of
recurring reminders, which are never saved into the History.”
Wait, what was that?
“Notes are saved into the History only when they are
“Ideas are never saved into the History.”
At that, I was ready to gather up my Reminders, Notes, and Ideas
and take them somewhere less cute and more hospitable. The next
day, when I started installing a different program, my Note
Some people really adore this program. I ran out of patience
with it. It seems fair to say that your appreciation of the program
may scale to your capacity for whimsy.
–Leigh Anne Jones