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Illuminated Clock Screensaver is a perfect complement to your slick Mac.

The ambient lighting in this screensaver changes as time passes: at night, the environment becomes darker and the illuminated dials stand out to make for a very nice green glow. The screen saver has many options to fine-tune the clock's behavior. The clockface design is based on Traser's H3 illuminated Swiss watches (which rock).

What's New

Version 1.4:
  • Fixed the screen saver to work under Snow Leopard.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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BigJohnson Member IconComment+170
BigJohnson
+2

Very cool, and accurate in appearance.

I would like an option to turn off the 24-hour markers to make it look like the Traser P5904 (which I'm planning to buy soon).

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Version 1.4
BigJohnson
+2

Why did some idiot flag that comment?
There's nothing there to flag - it was a positive comment with a feature suggestion.

Get a life!

DemoRay Member IconComment+63
DemoRay
+0

This is a beautiful clock screensaver that works wonderfully on Snow Leopard, (as of version 1.4).

The "Decoration dimming" option is nice, however I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the "Background dimming" option. Why would I want to fade from a deep black background to a washed-out black background?

Wouldn't it be better to keep a deep, rich black background as the default?
And mysteriously, the background color option is linked to the Type color.

Perhaps these features serve a purpose on laptops, but I'm not sure what that would be.

At any rate, thank you for supplying the Mac community with this excellent, FREE screensaver.

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Version 1.4
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

Good remarks, I'm gonna fine-tune this in the next version. Thanks for the feedback!

lexicon5 Member IconReview+13
lexicon5
+1

Would be nice if the dial floated around so to actually be a screensaver instead of a screen burner. We've had HPs and Apple Cinema Displays alike suffer from burn in by boneheads that leave their monitor on over the weekend at the login screen. You can physically SEE where the login dialogue was positioned when using other apps during the day....takes several hours to "fix" by burning the other parts of the screen equally.

Otherwise....kinda cool..

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Version 1.4
Kenneth Lister
+2

I think I would find it actually annoying if the clock moved around. I have mine set to sleep the display after an hour or so, so I am not worried about burn-in. I suppose if you didn't want the display to ever sleep there would be a danger. I just like the clock to appear when I am out of the room for a few minutes or so. I love it! Thanks to the developer for getting it working in Snow Leopard! Better install procedure, too.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

Theoretically screen savers are still in use only because they look beautiful and not because they are a necessity to preserve the screen. Modern LCD screens are considered mostly immune to the classic burn in you are talking about which affect CRT monitors and is permanent. LCDs do have some kind of image persistence but it takes much more time for the image to persist and even then it's not permanent. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_persistence)

As long as you don't set your screen to stay ON all the time and make it close a while after the screen saver starts there should be absolutely no problem (that would be a good idea to prevent wasting electricity, too). I've been using my screen saver for about 6 months now and it stays on the screen about 1h after I stop using my MacBook (so about 2-3 hrs total each day) and there is no sign of image persistence. I wouldn't consider this a problem at all, but if that's something many people are concerned with I could eventually add a feature to make the clock bounce around to prevent this.

Anyway thanks for the feedback!

David Stern
+0

Technically static image on LCDs cause "image persistence", CRTs suffer "burn-in". More info including easy fixes described here... http://compreviews.about.com/od/monitors/a/LCDBurnIn.htm

Iscreen Member IconComment+48
Iscreen
+0

Now works fine under Mac OSX 10.6 (version 1.4). Elegant. Thanks to the dev!

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Version 1.4
Wayne-Welsh Member IconComment+20
Wayne-Welsh
+1

Very attractive screen saver! Under Snow Leopard the second hand "stutters". Did not do that under Leopard. The developer is very quick to respond to problems.

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Version 1.3
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

This bug is now fixed in 1.4! Please test the new version to make sure it works.

Iscreen Member IconComment+48
Iscreen
+0

Seconds hangs on on SL 10.6

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Version 1.3
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+1

From what I've seen to date it seems to be a bug with Quartz Compositions under certain conditions when using Snow Leopard. I still think there is a way to make this work and I should release a new version which fixes this behavior in the coming week or two at most.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

Fixed. Check out version 1.4!

Nymphe Member IconComment+76
Nymphe
+1

It is very nice, but unfortunately it stays on my 4:3 monitor very small. I am seeing that the background is 16:9 or widescreen, but it doesn't make sense to have a small clock, where all of the items in the clock are vectoral.

I really would like to use this instead of ClockSaver, but transparency and big clock circle are good positive points of ClockSaver, which are missing in Clock Screensaver.

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Version 1.3
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+1

I'm gonna look into this, stay tuned!

Wile-E. Member IconReview+62
Wile-E.
+2

I decided to try this out and let my machine activate the saver. Typically, if I have a saver running I will just hit the Space Bar to return to the Finder. I did so and was quite surprised to see Safari launch and take me to a French web site. Initially I thought one of my grandchildren had mucked about with something until a little more exploring made me realize the Dev had set it up that way.

I don't appreciate being directed to any web site that way and think the Dev should have been upfront about that "feature". I have searched the read me's and the web site but find no reference that deactivating the saver will launch Safari and take you to a site without user knowledge or approval.

Excluding this faux pas I like it and give credit for a nicely compiled saver. I chose to edit the copy I have to eliminate taking me to your site.

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Version 1.2
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+4

Thanks for taking the time to post a review, but I must inform you that I did not know about this behavior. The webpage URL redirection is a default behavior created by Quartz Composer when a screen saver template is chosen. In no way did I tell it to redirect to my webpage, in fact I just learned it did. Sincerely I think I have nothing of value for any users of the screen saver on my webpage right now apart from the screen saver, lol.

Actually I was able to reproduce this on my computer, but only when the option to require passwords after the computer enters the screen saver is deactivated. I usually lock my computer when the screen saver activates so I didn't see this.

Ideally it would have been nice to contact me about this instead of posting a slightly negative review assuming things about the screensaver.

Anyway the next version which I'm working on right now will not have this redirection. Thanks for your time!

Wile-E.
+1

I don't see how to respond to the comments from the Developer directly in this forum.

Part of what you said was "Ideally it would have been nice to contact me about this instead of posting a slightly negative review assuming things about the screensaver."

I see no where to actually do that but did look. I read the read me and license with the saver, looked on your web site, and also clicked on your name in the Reviews and comments at MacUpdate but got told you don't exist.

As far as my assuming things about the saver it seems to me that in Quartz composer when you select a new ScreenSaver project the Web Page URL is optional and would require user input to link it within the project as well as provide a URL. If I am misunderstanding how this typically works then my apologies.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+2

I agree the contact info is not very accessible on my webpage, I'll make it more visible soon.

And you are right when creating a QC screen saver project it requires manually adding the url in the patch, but I had no idea it would cause a redirect when pressing the space bar. I'm not a veteran of Quartz Composer you know.

alas! Member IconComment+571
alas!
+0

The time on my installed Illuminated Clock remains three hours off.
There's no apparent method to adjust the time setting in the screensaver's options, just "decoration dimming" and "background dimming"; changing the numbers there does not alter the set time.
Perhaps I'm missing something?

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Version 1.1
Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

You should have the setting with 1.1, you must not have the most recent version. Make sure to restart System Preferences after overwriting the qtz file with the new one. You will get the GMT offset setting then.

The GMT setting works but the value you must enter does not match with the real GMT offset for your area. It's messed up because I made the GMT fix real quick last night for it to work else for most people it would have been useless. I will make the GMT values fit in the next version as well as make some new parameters available in the screen saver options.

alas!
+0

Ok, I installed v 1.1 which has a GMT setting but the problem now is that regardless of the number that I enter it doesn't stay set. When I open the options window again the GMT number reads "0" zero.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

I will update to version 1.2 today, which corrects the GMT offset behavior.

I encountered the problem you said, but that is beyond my control; the screensaver options panel is automatically generated by Quartz Composer, so it seems like an issue with the way System Preferences store its Quartz screen savers' parameters. I had success with entering a value multiple times though, it was saved after a few tries.

I hope it'll work for you.

linrey
+2

Don't type the GMT adjustment number into the Options panel. Use the small dial to the right of the setting box by clicking on it and spinning it forward or back.

Your setting will be remembered.

alas!
+0

Turning the little dial won't give me a correct GMT number for my time zone. I'm on the west coast of the States (PST). GMT either -7 or -8.
I managed to get a GMT setting of 7 but screensaver clock then read an hour earlier than my correct time.
I tried to spin the dial to 8 but can't reach that number....I can only get to 7.4-7.6. and then the numbers start going retrograde.
I think that it might make more sense if one could set one's current time a la 10:30 am or pm for example.
Anyway, the dial technique is just not working for me.
At least if when typing in the correct GMT the number would stay stable and then reflect my correct time on the clock.
Maybe more work is needed to get the clock screensaver to work properly?

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+2

"I think that it might make more sense if one could set one's current time a la 10:30 am or pm for example."

The thing is I have no control over the way the options are presented in the screen saver options panel. This is the only way Quartz compositions enables numerical values to be set by the user.

"I managed to get a GMT setting of 7 but screensaver clock then read an hour earlier than my correct time."
You should set the Daylight Saving Time value to -1 or 1 to correct the hour. This is the equivalent of adding or substracting an hour in your clocks on daylight saving time.
You must spin the dial controller in a circular motion to change the value. On my computer there is no problem setting a value greater than 8 (there doesn't seem to be a limit either on the positive or negative side).

If that does not work, typing a value and pressing enter while the cursor is still in the text box does it for me.

"Maybe more work is needed to get the clock screensaver to work properly?"

I'm doing my best, but like I said I can't change how Quartz screen savers' preferences work.

alas!
+0

I've tried spinning the various dials every which way, typed in various GMT numbers but still can't get an accurate time readout.
I've no doubt that Michaël, the developer, is trying the best that he can, and am not questioning his competency. Programming the clock software to easily configure accurately must be a difficult problem and I do wish him success.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

Sorry to hear it doesn't work for you. Personnally I'm not having any problems with the dials. What version of OS X are you using?

alas!
+0

Well, I finally got the correct time setting for my time zone (PST).
In the GMT Hours tab I typed in -8, then in Daylight Savings Time I spun the dial (which was at 0) to 1, without typing in either a - or +.
Hopefully, the clock readout will remain accurate.
Earlier, when spinning any of the dials, the corresponding numbers would not reach my intended setting, either falling short or going long.
It's too soon to say "all's well now".....I'll just have to wait and see.
My OS is Leopard 10.5.8.
BTW, are Michaël Fortin and Simon Carpentier(whose website I'm taken to when clicking on your name one and the same people? Can you be reached...for Clock Screensaver support and feedback, at Simon's contact email address?

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

No, Simon is not me at all, please do not send any e-mail to him.

I don't know how you were sent to his webpage, because the only link there is to his page is in the sidebar of my homepage (www.irradiated.net). This is a list of my friends' websites and they have nothing to do with my software.

Irradiated Binaries (Developer)
+0

Oh, and glad it finally worked for you!

I've used the screensaver myself for quite a while and there has been no problem with its accuracy. Just make sure to adjust the Daylight Saving Time parameter when the time comes. I'll most probably make this automatic in the next version so people do not have to worry about daylight saving time at all. I am aware that this is a little bit cryptic, but I will take care of this soon.

If you have any more problems, you can contact me directly through my e-mail address and we can work on correcting the issue.

alas!
+0

I had originally gone to your web page searching for your contact info and clicked on Simon's link on your sidebar and somehow thought that your email address would be there.
But I now know that your contact address is found on your web site (Irradiated.net) by clicking on the little envelope icon at the top of the page. So if have some questions or feedback I'll be in touch.
Bon chance to you!

AlienDude Member IconReview+85
AlienDude
+1

Great screensaver with excellent options. Works fine with 10.4.11

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Version 1.0
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Date 06 Sep 2009
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