Love it or hate it, I’m more convinced than ever that Apple is on to something with the so-called closed architecture of the iPhone and iPad. Maybe the same measure of control should be extended to the Mac.
What’s the problem? Mac users suffer from an abundance of choice. We have more utilities that do more of the same things over and over. Worse, we’re willing to pay money for the privilege of a solution in search of a problem.
The Problem Is Basic
Too much of a good thing is not simply more of a good thing. Anyone who is overweight can tell you that.
Our Macs come with the basics. For example, the Mac’s Menubar has the basic utilities we need.
Yet, we continue to cram more functions and features into the Menubar. It gets crowded. Mine has about 9 different items.
You realize when you’ve gone to far into customization mode when the functionality you add is pretty much the same functionality that you replaced.
It’s not my intent to disparage a hard working Mac software developer, but sometimes it’s important to ask, “Why?”
Do I Really Need Another Clock Or Calendar?
The people who make iClock Pro also make CopyPaste Pro, one the Mac’s best multi-clipboard utilities. Apple gives us a single clipboard, so enterprising Mac developers came up with ways to capture and store whatever you copied.
That makes it easy to back up and paste a copied item, even if it was yesterday or last month. Handy, no? Of course. So, why do Mac users need yet another clock or calendar cluttering up the Menubar?
iClock Pro is the ultimate clock customizer, loaded with features you may never use, but if you like to tinker you’ll enjoy yourself. Don’t you have a clock already?
The Mac’s Menubar clock displays the time, yes, but not the time in a dozen different cities throughout the world. It will show the date but you have to click to get it. iClock Pro squeezes both the time and date (and a handy icon which displays a sun or moon) into the Menubar.
Customize the numbers and dates. Change the color. Change the size. Click to reveal a list of times from a few dozen cities worldwide. Click to see a pop up calendar (which can float on the screen), complete with iCal events, to-do lists, and more.
Set up custom alarms and sounds. Even check your favorite company stock, or invoke the count down timer, or start the stop watch to time something. See? The list of what you can do is ridiculously long.
Use flag icons of various countries to populate the bottom of your Mac’s desktop so you can see the time in a bunch of countries with just a glance.
Unlike an iPad or your iPhone, iClock Pro runs all the time in the background and is always near, a click away. It’s handy, affordable, relatively straightforward to set up, and satisfies the geek that lurks within your heart.
But what problem does iClock Pro solve? More ways to see the time? More ways to check your calendar? How many ways to we need to do either? How much time (time is money) do we spend customizing and tinkering with this utility or that app, just to save a few seconds here and there?
Maybe I’m getting old and don’t want to tinker, fix, repair, or try out that which robs me of precious time, gray matter, or brain cells.
iClock Pro can be handy and provide more information than the Mac’s Menubar clock and calendar, but I wonder if we already have enough solutions looking for problems.