Dealing with people in different time zones requires a way of knowing the time quickly
and at a glance. Script Software answers this need with iClock. iClock is an evolving
application that replaces the menu clock with one that is much more functional and
customizable. iClock provides many time related functions, as well as a few bonus
extras. iClock is an essential utility for business people, pilots, travelers, and
anyone who communicates with other people in different times zones. It's a great
time keeper and a reminder, providing a desktop "time secretary" right
at your fingertips.
- iClock brings back
the OS 9 applications menu
- Get weather for selected
cities with a single click
- View your IP address
and system information
- Import birthdays
into your calendar from your address book
- Launch applications
along with your reminders
- Track your Portfolio
from the menubar and customize it to show the info you need
- Get telephone country
and area codes
- Download free calendar
themes from our website
Mac OS X 10.1 or later
Installing the software was very easy. Just download it from the www.scriptsoftware.com web site, run the installer, and
it's ready to go.
After installation of the software, I took my time customizing it. I wanted to apply
it to my everyday routine to see how functional it could be in my life. Setting it
up was extremely easy, and its menus are self-explanatory. Setup changes are instantaneous.
First, I set up the look and feel of my iClock through the Preferences Menu. For
those that prefer an all black menu bar with consistent font, that is an option.
However, I like to be a little bit different, and since iClock supports different
colors and fonts, I saw this as an opportunity to make the date and time stand out.
I chose the type face, the color, the size, and which information is displayed. iClock
not only supports different time formats to show in the menu bar, it also allows
you to specify various date formats so that you can have the date available in the
menu bar (no more having to click the menu to see the date). All these changes are
processed in real time, so I could see exactly how it looks on my menu bar immediately.
If I didn't like the font, I could easily change it in a snap. The menu also shows
a little flag to remind you what country you are in.
Next under Preferences, I accessed the multiple time zones (the "Locations"
tab). Setting this up was also easy, as it shows all the major cities in all the
states and countries in the world. Just click and customize which time zones and
cities you want displayed and it will be available at your finger tips. Anytime you
click on the iClock menu item, the menu displays all of the selected locations and
their local times.
Setting up Time Zones
iClock even provides an option to check the weather for selected cities. Just click
on the city, and Safari will open up the weather channel in a browser window, and
display the weather for the selected city. In addition, iClock has a selection of
floating clocks to choose from, giving you the option to put a clock anywhere on
your desktop rather than just in the menu bar.
The iClock Menu
I had a lot fun with the
calendar function of iClock. I found it to be fully customizable just like the rest
of iClock. The thing I liked about it the most is how you can change the background.
They have flowers, nature scenery, and much more! You can even download more themes
from the Script Software site, or use your own pictures. I selected a picture of
my dog, Peaches, for the background of my calendar. With iClock, you can set up monthly
themes so that each month you can have a different look. Printing your calendar is
easy too. I printed large, high resolution versions of my calendar that turned out
quite nice. Last but not least, iClock supports tracking of birthdays. Never forget
another birthday again. You can import birthdays into your iClock from Apple's address
book, and then print them for your office.
Customizing a calendar in iClock
Another function that
I found extremely helpful is the Alarm and Warning function of iClock. I have a habit
of working way too long and forgetting the time, so I set iClock to remind in 1 hour
that I have to pick up my brother or I remind myself to have lunch. iClock makes
it very easy to do this on-the-fly. It also allows you to set wake up alarms using
iClock alarms, or music from your iTunes library. You can customize your alarms or
warnings to repeat at certain times, as well as change the alarms to a distinguishing
sound for different reminders. In addition to just setting alarms and warnings, you
can even launch certain applications at certain times. For example, if you had to
do the accounting and budgeting at 11:00am, you could schedule Excel to launch so
you can enter all your figures in just in time for Payroll. Looking around in the
iClock folder, I found scripts to use to initiate the application launching function.
It wasn't hard at all considering the fact that when someone says "script"
I think of programming, and I am definitely not a programmer. I used the Alarm function
more than any other function in iClock.
Keeping track of your stocks is also an important function that you can use. For
all you smart investors out there, you can keep track of your stock portfolios discreetly
in real time by just setting it up in the Stock Symbol or Edit New Symbol function
in the Preferences Menu. I saw the stock menu and how easy it was to set up stock
symbols and check them. I do not have a stock portfolio, but I have been considering
getting into the stock market. Playing around in iClock, I can see that this would
be a very useful tool should I decide to start trading.
Web access to information is also a part of iClock. You can find zip codes, telephone
numbers and even see your IP address information. Just put your mouse over the time,
and your account name and IP information is displayed as a tool tip popup. iClock
even includes a function for having an application menu in the top right, where it
once existed with Mac OS 9. I never used Mac OS 9, being a Windows switcher when
Mac OS X came out, but this appears to work quite well. Those accustomed to the OS
9 application menu will love this feature.
iClock is an application that replaces the menu clock, and does a whole lot more.
It provides a lot of different options for displaying the time in various fonts and
styles. You can have both the time and date displayed, so you no longer have to click
the menu to see the current date. When you do click the menu, a list of all the time
zones you are interested in are displayed along with their local times. You can customize
iClock in different ways, choose your time zones, setup alarms and reminders, create
and print custom calendars, and it does this all in a very attractive manner, both
visually and audibly. The fact that it was so easy to customize, made it fun and
encouraged me to explore all its utility. Setting it up the first time takes the
longest to do, only because it has so many choices that it took some experimentation
before I made a decision. This application is very useful for managing your time,
an essential tool for every Mac user. For those with increasing communication with
relatives, friends, and business partners located in various time zones, you will
like seeing their local times with a simple mouse click. Simply put, this is one
of the nicest add-on utilities I've used, and I highly recommend it.
- Intuitive interface
- Menu and date always
- Lots of customization
- Fun and useful extras,
like calendars, alarms, and the application menu
- See other time zones
quickly and easily
- So many options that
initial set up may be time consuming
- Could not find an easy
way to revert to system default font style for menu
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice