If necessity is the mother of invention, it should be obvious why we have watches. Most of us are on the go, and we need to tell the time while we’re going. Even when we’re static, as in front of the Mac all day, there’s that ever present need to know what time it is, how much time is left, how long before this or that, or, if anything, just a quick way to know how far behind we are already. For that, your Mac needs a new clock.
I Am, Therefore, iClock
I hate to admit it, but despite a heightened sense of time, I collect clocks. We have a couple of dozen scattered throughout the house. A dozen more grace my desktop Mac.
Some of these clocks are timers. Some are alerts. A few also function as launchers (launch an app or scripts at a specific time). Others do the basic function. They tell time.
That’s the story behind iClock.
It’s a clock. A big old analog clock with a ticking second hand. Grab it and move it around anywhere onscreen. Here’s what it looks like on your Mac.
iClock Preferences are nominal and self explanatory (though someone should explain the dark blue type on a black background).
Just in case the standard clock style doesn’t suit you, iClock comes with five other analog clock designs.
iClock ticks every second. That gets annoying very fast, but can be turned off. iClock can also startup when your Mac starts up, stay on top of the screen all the time (or not).
Other functions I’d like to see? The usual. A timer that counts down (I still keep an egg timer on my desk). A variety of alerts or a custom audio alert. And, believe it or not, a digital clock face would be a nice alternative.
Why iClock and not just use your Mac’s built-in Menubar clock? Really? You have to ask? They both function as clocks, but one is cool.