What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing aClock Desktop 2 for macOS

Mac application aClock Desktop 2






TOKYO (Tom Bluewater) – We are half way through the scorching-hot August summer. I hate to sweat, but I don’t want August to be over because that’s a sign that the current year is ending soon.

Well, I was going to submit a new desktop application to Mac App Store two weeks ago. But then I decided not to release it because I thought it was going to sell very well. In the meantime, I have a new application that is ready for submission to Mac App Store. It’s called aClock Desktop 2.

aClock Desktop 2 is the second installment of a desktop application that lets you run multiple clocks simultaneously. There are many changes and improvements. It’s now available as freeware. Although it comes with three different in-app purchase products, it will remain fully functional for the first week. So I hope you all download and try it.  





macOS aClock Desktop 2   macOS aClock Desktop 2

What’s new?

  1. Double-click on the name of the city on the clock to get its geographical location.
  2. Make a clock you select visible or invisible temporarily.
  3. The application window is resizable horizontally.
  4. Pick a city or an area (for example, Greenwich Mean Time) for a new clock to create out of a special category.
  5. Create a satellite clock whose time zone is the same as a base city that you pick in the search list.
  6. Shift from one clock to another with the navigation buttons or press Command + the left arrow key or the right arrow key.
  7. Each geographical name is identified with its GeoNames Id.
  8. Create a clock profile for an existing clock. And open one with another desktop computer running this application to reconstruct a clock with the same name under the same time zone.






Features

  1. Run dozens of analog clocks simultaneously.
  2. Select one of more than a dozen area languages to localize city names on the clocks.
  3. Tell if the city for a given clock is currently under a Japanese national holiday.
  4. Tell if the city for a given clock is currently under a U.S. federal holiday.
  5. Tell if the city for a given clock is currently under the daylight saying time.
  6. Reorder the list of existing clocks.
  7. Make the clock you select in a list visible or invisible temporarily.
  8. Click on the corresponding push button locate a particular clock immediately.
  9. Highlight the city name of a push button corresponding to a particular clock.
  10. Apply one of more than 20 skins to clocks. (in-app purchase required)
  11. Create a satellite clock whose time zone is the same as a base city that you pick in the search list.
  12. Customize the looks of clocks.
  13. Double-click on the city name of a clock to get information on its geographical location. Locate it on a transitional map.
  14. Create a clock profile for an existing clock. And open one with another desktop computer running this application to reconstruct a clock with the same name under the same time zone.
  15. Search the list of cities with a name or its GeoNames ID.
  16. Save the current time for all existing, visible clocks as a period-separated value (or tab-separated value) text file.
  17. Pick a city or an area (for example, Greenwich Mean Time) for a new clock to create out of a special category.
  18. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  19. Languages: English only.
  20. Application file size: 44.7 MB.
  21. The application comes with a built-in 18-page user guide. Click on the button that says ‘User’s guide for aClock Desktop 2’ in the Home screen.






System requirements

  1. 10.13 (tested with 10.13.6), 10.14 (tested with 10.14.4)
  2. 64-bit system






Limitations

  1. The application is free to use for the first week. Further continuous use of this application will require a one-time purchase of an in-app product called ‘Unlimited number of clocks.’ Or you will not be able run the clocks you have created.
  2. Other two in-app purchase products (Clock skins and Satellite clock creation) will be available only after you purchase the unlimited number of clocks in-app purchase product.
  3. The city or the area of a clock you select in the additional areas category will be labeled only in English regardless of your current area language.
  4. The application window is not vertically resizable though it is horizontally unlike the last version.
  5. The application applies the Xinjiang Time as opposed to the Beijing Time to Ürümqi.






Version history

Version 2.0.5 (Released on August 28th, 2019)

  1. Fix: Any clock for a Japanese city showed a Japanese holiday symbol.
  2. The user can now find out the location of a city they have selected in creating a clock by clicking on the show button.
  3. Additional 110 new cities (Abidjan, Accra, Bissau, Ceuta, Laayoune, N’Djamena, Niamey, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Porto-Novo and more) are available under the additional areas category.


Version 2.0.2 (Released on August 18th, 2019)

  1. The application employs a better memory management.






Trial/Demo version

There is no trial or demo version available since the application is available for free.






Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.






Privacy policy

This application does not collect or utilize privacy data (user name, user address, user phone number, current geographical location, etc.) from its users. And it does not share any type of information from you with a third party.






Terms of use

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j. The full use of this application involves three in-app purchases. They are all unlocked when you launch the application for the first time. And you can use this application with free of charge for one week without restrictions. You will not billed during this period. Continuous use of this application requires a one-time purchase of an IAP product titled ‘Unlimited number of clocks’ as shown below. The other two IAP products (‘Clock skins’ and ‘Satellite clocks’) will only be available after you purchase ‘Unlimited number of clocks.’ The prices for these IAP products are stated at Mac App Store and may change over time. Once you make a purchase, your payment will be non-refundable.






aClock Desktop 2 is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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