Alright, here’s the standard scenario among Mac users. You’re sitting in front of your Mac– iMac, MacBook, Mac mini, Mac Pro–wiling away the hours by working, browsing, catching up on email or whatever. And you want to know what time it is. What do you do?
The Mac’s Menubar has been home to a clock that tells the local time since, well, the original 128k Mac back in the 1984. Check the upper right hand corner of your Mac and there’s a good chance you’ll see the current time, too. There are many ways to tell time on a Mac. Here’s another one.
I Can See Clearly Now
When it comes to apps or utilities Mac users have dozens of choices regarding time telling. Apple builds into OS X a number of time telling options, too. Open System Preferences, click on Date & Time, and Voila! Options.
Dig around for ‘time’ or ‘clock’ on the Mac App Store and you’ll be treated to a few dozen time and date options that live in the Menubar, the Dock, even the Desktop, but all do much the same thing, except this one.
FuzzyTime tells time differently.
For example, instead of displaying time in the Menubar as 4:40, FuzzyTime displays it as ‘twenty to five.’ Instead of 3:50, FuzzyTime displays ‘ten to four.’
Not bad for free, right? But there’s more.
Not only does FuzzyTime display the time in a conversational way, it can do it in multiple languages (Bork Bork or Jive) which are as comedic as they are accurate. Like the built-in clock in OS X, FuzzyTime has options to display a message or play a sound at a specific time.
It can handle the time in 74-languages and is can use a customized font within the Menubar display. This definitely is not your father’s Mac clock. Settings are simple to adjust, especially the Calendar implementation.
It’s free, so why worry. FuzzyTime gets plenty of five star reviews, but I consider it more novelty than useful. I’m not sure there’s any time gained or lost, so that’s a wash. Frankly, I wish Apple would start using the built-in iSight camera to track face or eye movements so that overtime my eyes move to view the time in the Menubar, the Mac would open a larger window with time, date, and next Calendar event.