My absolutely positively favorite clock is Clock on iPhone. There is no equivalent on the Mac but I would pay money for a clock that does the same as Clock on iPhone and iPad. What I want is what I can’t find.
Simple vs. Easy
Here’s a look at a few Mac clocks that span the spectrum of capability; from simple and elegant to more complex and convoluted. Clocks are everywhere but Apple makes the best one. Compare.
LucidTime – this one is a newcomer and if you prefer understated elegance, you’ll like what you get– three clocks, all visible but just out of sight. Yeah. That’s right. At first the clocks seem somewhat faceless but each is full of rich customization capability, plenty of complications (a horology term; plenty of them on Apple Watch, too), yet always in the background ready to tell you the time.
- Graphically rich, stunningly minimal yet elegant faceless clocks.
- Highly customizable. Change size, color, transparency, style, window level, and features of each clock.
- Position each clock anywhere on your desktop.
- Open just one clock or all of them simultaneously.
- Upon relaunch, previously opened clocks are re-opened at the same location.
- Built-in Apple HelpBook as well as email support.
Not bad for a few bucks, right? A picture is worth a thousand words.
Not bad, right?
DClock – has been around awhile but at 99-cents brings you what you would expect. A minimalist Dock clock but with some built-in alarm functions.
Minimalist dock clock with pure macOS style. Analog and digital modes, alarms, stopwatch and timer. Alarms can be displayed as notifications, screen alerts or a dock icon badge.
This one goes beyond the basics to add a stopwatch and timer which makes it something like Clock on iPhone and iPad, and far better than the Menubar time on macOS.
Both LucidTime and DClock are completely different, even in price and functionality. Both tell the time. DClock is more utilitarian and has more options, but LucidTime is an overlay clock so it may be more visible, depending upon what you’re doing on your Mac’s screen at the time.
What I want is what I want. Somebody just needs to duplicate what Apple did with Clock for iOS– and make it sync up between Macs– and I’ll be a happier camper.