What time is it? What day is it? Most of the time your Mac knows both down to the second. Check out Date & Time in the Mac’s System Preferences for all the details. Or, just look in the righthand side of the Mac’s Menubar.
What you get is Apple’s version of date and time for Mac users. The choices are nominal but the convenience is obvious. It’s always visible within every application except in Fullscreen Mode. What if time is more important to you than the somewhat obscure date and time choices Apple gives us?
What caught my eyes to ClearTime for the Mac is all the notifications, alerts, pop-ups, alarms, and everything else hitting my Mac’s screen these days. It can be a bit overwhelming and while pruning helps, sometimes you just want the basics. What time is it? Can I set a quick alarm?
Do you find yourself being saturated with so many notifications and pop-up messages that you end up missing important events? Do you have alarms go off making little, short sounds that are easy to miss? Would you like a clock that can sit on your desktop and tell you the time without interfering with the desktop itself?
That’s what ClearTime does. Here’s what you get. A clock on the Mac’s screen.
Notice what’s going on? ClearTime has settings galore so you can set the clock to be, well, clear and easy to see through so you can see files and app windows behind the clock face, but still see the time.
ClearTime lets you move the clock around on the screen, and resize the clock face to fit your requirements; bigger to much bigger and of course smaller and more discreet.
There’s more going on here than just a resizable clock on the Mac’s screen. Even Date & Time in System Preferences has, well, you know– preferences. Settings. ClearTime has preferences, too, and they range from clock size to alarm settings.
Create multiple alarms with ease, give each one a name and assign a sound (could use a few more options here). The alarm rings at the appropriate time and you get a huge pop up window with the alarm message.
There is plenty to like here because ClearTime picks up where the Mac’s Menubar date and time leave off. Alarms, resizable clock face, clear window to see what’s behind the clock itself on the Mac’s screen, and more.
- Configure ClearTime to wake the system up one minute before an alarm is to go off in the event the system is asleep. Limitations apply to a laptop with its lid closed.
- Use one of ClearTime’s built in sounds, a music selection, or even a voice recording to accompany an alarm. You can also choose a silent alarm if you want no sound at all.
- Select your own size for the alarm from ClearTime’s three selections: small, medium, or large. Do you have an important meeting? Use the huge size with an obnoxious sound to make sure it grabs your attention!
- Easily duplicate alarms to handle repeating events.
- Easily edit alarms to change any parameters, such as the message, sound, time, or day.
- Detect the presence of abnormal system problems.
- Alarms may be enabled or disabled using ClearTime’s alarm configuration panel. Disable the alarms if your computer is on all the time and you expect to be away for a while.
- Configure the alarm system to delete alarm files older than one day.
- The colors of the hour and minute hands, second hands, clock face, window background, and clock markers can all be configured using ClearTime’s preferences panel, with varying levels of transparency.
- A special mode, that we call “ClearTime Mode” can be configured so only the hour, minute, second hands, and hour/minute markers are exposed, allowing a user to “click through” to items underneath the clock without needing to move it out of the way.
- It can be configured to be a standard window with a title bar and window controls, or it can be configured to have no title bar and controls, and yet you can still easily control ClearTime to move it around the screen and resize it as needed.
- It can be configured to be a “floating window” that’s constantly on top of all other windows, or it may be configured to act as a normal window that can be covered by other windows, just like regular applications.
That’s a healthy list of options and that makes ClearTime a useful utility that does more than the Mac’s clock. Even better, it’s fully try-before-you-buy so you can see what it does.