Message is compatible with Snow Leopard (10.6) and higher.
Users of Subliminal Message Pro (SMP) asked for a version that is not subliminal. This should satisfy that need. Text messages are displayed in the center of the display on top of everything. Messages are grouped into categories; messages displayed are selected from messages that are checked in list or random order.
Version 1.8.0 replaced Kagi (which closed) with PayPal. If you are registered, there is no need to upgrade.
Message is $10 shareware. The Demo Mode shuts down ten minutes after each launch. This limitation is removed after you obtain and enter your registration info.
Click here to see the non-subliminal image version.
When you launch Message you see the Control Window. Set the top slider for the on-screen time (1 - 3 sec). Set the bottom slider for the period between displays (1 to 60 minutes). Above, you see that the on-screen time is set for 3 sec; messages are set to be displayed every 30 min. Text color is set for black; bold is turned on and font size is set for normal. Messages are set to be seen (not heard) and selected at random. You can move the Control Panel out of the way or minimize it (click on the small yellow button at the top left of the window) and let Message run as you work in other applications. At the top right corner of the Control Panel there is an Auto-Min checkbox. If Auto-Min is checked, the Message Control Panel will be minimized immediately after launch. Note: If you minimize Message by using the Menu bar (Message > Hide), the messages will not continue to flash while you use other applications.
This program comes with five default categories, each with five text messages, so that you can try Message. You will probably want to make your own categories and messages. Message has unlimited capacity for messages and categories. Click on Message Maintenance in the menu to open the Message Maintenance window. When you first launch Message, the table includes the default categories and messages.
Drag the bottom right corner of the Message Maintenance window to make it taller and let you see more messages without scrolling.
The name of a category must start with an asterisk (*). Category rows have a light green background. If you click on an existing row and add a message or category, the added row will be entered directly below the highlighted row. If a row is not selected, the added message or category will be placed at the bottom of the table. To edit a message in the table, click on the message to highlight it, then click on it again to edit. Click on Return/Enter when finished. You can drag rows up and down in the list. Displayed messages are chosen from Checked messages. To Check all rows of a category, double-click on a category row. To Uncheck all rows of a category, shift-double-click on a category row.
Categories and messages may include characters in Latin, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Korean, Cirillic, Hebrew, Russian, Afrikaans, Polish, etc. Fonts for these characters are included in the operating system unless you opted otherwise. Above you see examples of such characters.
You can clear the table and enter your own messages. A button is provided to save a file with the messages in the table and you can load a plain text file of messages. TextEdit works well for this purpose. Type one message per line (up to 80 characters) and choose Format > Make Plain Text before saving the file in Unicode (UTF-8) format with ".txt" suffix.
The Message Table information, Control Panel settings and Control Panel position on the display are saved between sessions.
Click here to download Message Version 1.8.0 (3.1 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.6 or later, Intel).