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[Review] Clock-on-Desktop Pro

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Clock-on-Desktop Pro [1]

Version reviewed:

v2010.3 Build 2760 Pro Edition

Software description as per the developer:

Easy-to-use clock for desktop with the ability to display several clocks in different timezones in the same time. Installation package includes clocks with more then 50 various skins You can easily change the size of the clock without loss of rendering quality. Built-in alarm clock with support of various type of alarms, events, reminders and birthdays. With Clock-on-Desktop you can easily plan your day and don’t forget about anything. Alarms are divided into hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, annually and periodic. Create alarms and connect with them one or more tasks.

Supported OS:

Windows 2000 and higher

Price:

$29.95 (USD) for Pro Edition.

Ashraf’s note:

Clock-on-Desktop has four different editions: Lite Edition ($9.95), Standard Edition ($19.95), Pro Edition ($29.95), and Extended Edition ($39.95). This review is on Pro Edition.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Very easy to use; there are two annoyances: 1) Depending on your monitor resolution, sometimes the clock settings window can appear out of your monitor’s viewable area. (Most of the time you can’t see the top bar so you can’t click + drag the settings window to move it around… you need to move the clock first then reopen the settings window.) 2) Clocks can’t be hidden if a user does not want to view the clock at the moment but would like to view it later – clocks can only be deleted.
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{for=”Performance” value=”8″}Perform very well with a few exceptions: 1) Can’t show 24-hour/military time 2) Does not allow users to set alarms/reminders/events/birthdays based off a different timezone and 3) Is fairly RAM inefficient.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”4″}Most people won’t see the need to know the times of other cities on enough of a regular basis to bother downloading a program for it, so only a select people will find this program useful in my humble opinion.
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{for=”Price” value=”3″}I feel all four editions of the program are overpriced… especially Pro Edition. $29.95 for a clocks program (that has a few extra features)? Eh. In my opinion Standard Edition should be $10, Pro Edition should be $15 and Extended Edition should be $25 (get rid of Lite Edition).
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As the name may imply, Clock-on-Desktop is a desktop clock program that allows users to have clock widgets.

When users first run Clock-on-Desktop, it shows the default clock on the desktop:

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Using the mouse cursor, users can move the clock, resize the clock, delete the clock, access the clock settings, and add alarms/reminders/events/birthdays:

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Take special note of the 50+ skins (57 by my count) available for use. The skins include skins for analog, digital, and “mixed” (analog + digital) clocks. And, if I do say so myself, the skins are beautiful – very aesthetically pleasing and very professionally designed.

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The difference between alarms, reminders, events, and birthdays is as follows:

  • An alarm allows users to set tasks to be performed at a specific time:

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Users can set any of the following tasks (click the green + button to add tasks):

  • Lock screen
  • Log off Windows user account
  • Restart computer
  • Shutdown computer
  • Show message box

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This is what a message box looks like when it appears on screen (it appears in the middle of the screen):

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  • Show popup notification

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This is what a popup notification looks like when it appears on screen (it appears in the bottom right-corner):

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  • Play a sound

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  • Run a program/document/file

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  • Execute a batch script

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  • A reminder is basically a popup notification that occurs X minutes from now:

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This is what a reminder looks like when it appears on screen (it appears in the bottom right-corner):

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  • An event is basically the same thing as a popup notification alarm is:

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This is what an event looks like when it appears on screen (it appears in the bottom right-corner):

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  • A birthday is, well, a birthday reminder:

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The interesting part about setting a birthday reminder is you can grab the gravatar of the person who’s birthday it is (if you know their e-mail address) or you can set a custom avatar for them:

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Take note all alarms/reminders/events/birthdays created go off your computer’s clock (your timezone) – not the timezone of the clock.

Clock-on-Desktop allows users to have multiple clocks; users can add and use as many clocks as they want. And, each of these clocks can be individually customized like mentioned above. To add more clocks, right-click on the system tray icon, go to “Add” -> “Add Clock”:

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You will be asked to name the clock…

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…after which a default clock will be placed in the middle of your desktop. You can then customize it as you please. (Take note if you already have an existing clock located in the middle of your desktop, the new and old clocks will overlap until you move them, so you will only be able to see one at a time.)

Last but not least Clock-on-Desktop Pro’s “Application settings” (right-click on system tray -> “Application Settings…”) allow users to manage all clocks, alarms/events/reminders/birthdays, and a few program settings:

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These are the areas that I feel Clock-on-Desktop Pro can be improved:

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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All of the following are desktop clock programs:

…and many more mentioned by phoenix_rising in the forums [34].

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{rw_verdict2}Although I feel Clock-on-Desktop Pro is overpriced, it is a good program. However, the fact that it is inefficient in terms of RAM usage makes me give it the rank of being ordinary. Inefficient computer resource usage is always a showstopper for a program that tends to stay on – in the background – all the time. Feel free to grab Clock-on-Desktop Pro – if you are willing to pay the large price tag and can handle the RAM usage – but I would suggest looking at the free alternatives list mentioned above for an alternative desktop clock software.
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