Have Mac, will travel. And I travel plenty. Home, for now, is Paris. Family home is St. Louis. Much of my time is on the road.
East coast. West coast. Occasional long-range jaunts to the Far East. Plenty of phone calls at all hours in between. To ensure that my calls and travels hit the right time zone at the right time I rely on my Mac to tell me what’s up everywhere else in the world, from home or away.
The Giant Time Zone Mac App
Figuring out daylight saving time is easy from nearly anywhere in the world. Remembering how many hours each time zone is ahead or behind another takes some thought.
Long ago I decided to eliminate the error-prone thought process.
I let my Mac tell me what time it is wherever I happen to be at the moment. One app that helps navigate the global clock is VelaTerra. Multiple clocks. Multiple locations. Multiple time zones.
VelaTerra just remembers all the details. Daytime. Nighttime. Sunset and sunrise. Graphic display, or textual details. Take a look at this screenshot and tell me how long it takes you to figure out time zone details at each location (click on the image for a larger, pop up view).
The Places window lets you find a local time by city or country by starting with a region. Then, just drag and drop the city details into your own Place Set (you can have multiples).
The slide out tray gives you more details for each location. The amount of daylight, when it begins and ends, total number of hours, sunrise and sunset. By stacking the cities and sorting appropriately you can see where daylight or nighttime periods overlap.
The more traditional Clocks view will stack the times for each location.
When tracking time in multiple time zones it’s easiest to start with the Clocks view. It’s a clock. It’s easy to tell time.
However, over time, the Places view provides a more accurate and quicker understanding of the time zone differences—wherever you are, where you’re planning to call or travel.
Both visual representations are good, of course, but Places is easier to determine specific times for specific zones for conference calls.
As much as I like VelaTerra, it’s missing one extremely important feature.
It’s a must have.
And, so important that I have to rely on another Mac app to give me the information I need. Weather.
Some kind of graphic representation of the current weather conditions within VelaTerra would make it an extremely popular, highly useful app that does times, time zones, multiple locations and current weather conditions.
Add a five day weather forecast and VelaTerra would be unique. As it is, it’s just time and time zones. Important, yes. But with weather? Amazing.