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Dec 17

VelaClock

Normally: $9.95

ZOT Price: $4.95

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VelaClock is valuable for many reasons, one of which is:

We constantly interact with people in different time zones and VelaClock puts that information in front of us quickly

See what others are saying here

“My business has me communicating with people all over the world, all day long. One glance at VelaClock, I know exactly what time it is any where in the world. For me, VelaClock is the most functional widget available. Once again, thank you.”

“I want you to know VelaClock is by far my most favorite and most widely used of all my widgets. What a bargain!”

“This latest version of VelaClock (1.5.1) continues your wonderfully simple, clean and functional design philosophy. I admire the clarity of vision and understanding of user needs. Nice work and thanks.”

Macworld
Macworld
Macworld magazine called VelaClock one of their favorite widgets. [info] Macworld magazine reviews VelaClock and gives it four mice! [review]

 

A world clock widget with a highly configurable user interface. Besides displaying local times, users can quickly display the time of sunrise, sunset, or twilight, duration of daylight, current phase of moon, time zone information, and much more.

The interface of VelaClock can easily be configured to use a minimum amount of screen space or if the user wishes, more detailed information about the currently selected city can be displayed. The user can choose whether to display up to four additional lower panes (each pane has a full and a minimized version):

  • A light level bar that gives the user a picture of the 24 hours of natural light (bright daylight, three kinds of twilight and night) for the current day. A thin white bar indicates when the moon is visible. Daylight duration and the change in minutes of daylight from the previous day are also displayed.
  • Specific times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset. Begin/end times for civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight can also be displayed.
  • An image of the moon as seen in the sky above the currently selected city. This image accurately depicts the angle of the moon’s crescent. Because this angle can change dramatically within the span of an hour, it is updated once a minute, as is the moon’s phase. This view also contains the name of the current phase, as well as local times for the next and previous phase events (new, quarter, full).
  • An analog clock and detailed time zone information, including full time zone name and the number of hours the selected city is ahead or behind the user’s current time zone (as set in System Preferences). The current season name (winter, etc.) is also displayed.

VelaClock is a unique widget in that it is completely self-contained. Many widgets are light weight front-ends to web services; such widgets require an Internet connection. By contrast, VelaClock is designed to function without an Internet connection, and so is particularly useful for laptop users away from their home or office. Astronomical calculations are performed by an internal code module.

22 Responses to “VelaClock – Know when friends are awake!”

  1. Charles Martin Says:

    Great discount, I’m sure this would be useful for some — but as I don’t believe in werewolves or “people drive crazy during full moon” superstition, I think I’ll pass on this one.

    PS. Kudos to the dev that it works offline.

  2. Jason Says:

    It’s a $5 widget. It looks cool. Yeah, you don’t need it, really. But it’s still nifty.The dev’s other app looks even better, so if this works well, I’ll go buy that one.

  3. Nixfu Says:

    Sure wish Zot would not keep forgetting to put up a link to the developers website.

  4. Nixfu Says:

    You guys should check out their veltaterra app it looks really cool…I work for an international airline and have looked a bunch of apps like this and as far as the “multi-timezone” display genre goes, this is a very nicely done app.

  5. Allen Hancock Says:

    Grrr I hate my dashboard, but want this product!

    Can’t we get this as an .app as well?

    Besides, I have 3 clients running 10.3 who could use this…

  6. 7IF7 Says:

    Hi,
    >Allen Hancock… You can use the widgets on your desktop in Panther with the “Amnesty” app from Mesa Dynamics… but it’s a shareware… here is the link:
    http://www.mesadynamics.com/amnesty.htm.

  7. randyh Says:

    I live in Arizona, where we never adjust for Daylight Savings. Half the year, we are on West Coast time, and half ther year we’re on Mountain time.

    This is a godsend. I agree that I wish it was a regular app. Here may be a workaround from this month’s Macworld (they’d make great MacZots, too:

    Check out Mesa Dynamics’ $10 Amnesty Singles, which converts widgets into stand-alone apps. You just locate the widget you want to convert (in the /Library/Widgets or your user folder/Library/Widgets folder) and drag it into Amnesty Singles’ window. Then click on the Build button and select a location for your new widget-application, and Amnesty Singles will turn the widget into an application you can run like any other, without invoking Dashboard.

    Other utilities—I’m thinking of Marcel Bresink’s free TinkerTool or Titanium Software’s just-as-free OnyX—can move widgets from Dashboard, but they don’t truly put widgets on the desktop; the widgets continue to float above the desktop in a widget-y layer. If that’s fine by you, check them out, too.

  8. Rees Maxwell Says:

    MacZOT! You RULE!

    Yesterday I suggested this app … and today here it is!

    It is beautiful, and I love to watch the moon wax and wane, with the corresponding visual on when it is in the sky, with the ability to check out when the actual sunrise/moonrise or sunset/moonset will be for where I live. This just makes me happy.

    I know it is ‘only a widget’ but I just realy dig it! I like to stay connected with the world outside my home, and this helps. (This is also why I like EarthDesk.)

    10 was too much for, me … but $5 is just right!!

  9. Rees Maxwell Says:

    PS They should drop that bit about the full moon and crazy drivers, though. It only makes them look silly.

  10. VelaClock developer Says:

    I agree with you about dropping the comment on the full moon and crazy drivers, but that comment came from MacZot not us. As far as I know, no one has ever used VelaClock to predict when crazy drivers are on the road.
    Chuck

  11. Rees Maxwell Says:

    (Let’s try posting this again … maybe the reason no one’s posted in a while is because the comment system is broken… )

    Hmm, slow day on the discussion list…

    I just want to take a moment here to praise MacZot! (and the mysterious Brian):
    Twice now I’ve submitted app suggestions and within a day that suggestion was the next MacZot! Brian is open to listening to what you all have to say .. so hammer the comment box (http://maczot.com/index.php?mod=contactus) and send in a flurry of good suggestions!

    I doubt he’ll be able to get you PhotoShop CS3 for $4.95, but I’m sure he will contact a small dev. and work with them on getting you (and the rest of us) a GREAT deal on their app. If you want it, been looking at it, tried the demo and loved it, but were hoping for it to be a bit cheaper … email Brian and let him know!

    I’m new to the Mac world. What apps haven’t appeared here that you wish MacZot would Zot? Or, what have you suggested that didn’t make it here (maybe the dev wasn’t open to the deal, or whatever)? I’d like to know because I’m still in the buying mood and want to pimp out my black MacBook with good apps! (I’ve bought 9 ZOTS in the last 6 weeks! But, uh, don’t tell my wife!)

  12. Rees Maxwell Says:

    With this app I’m up to $156 spent here in 6 weeks. Hmm, I may have to stop visiting here!

  13. gryphonent Says:

    Aaaargh… dear MacZot, please offer a LINK TO THE DEVELOPER’S SITE NEXT TO THE TRY AND BUY BUTTONS!!! I have stated this before and it truly is annoying that I have to go to macupdate.com to find the developer’s site and from there go to the site and back to maczot.com… aargh.

  14. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Chuck! It is so great to see devs visiting here and commenting! That is what I love about smaller devs .. they are willing to come out of their ‘boardroom’ :D and talk to the little people out here buying (or interested in) their products!

    Thanks for saying Hi!

    Speaking of the moon cycles, has anyone used your product to predict when their wife/girlfriend might be PMSing? I see a new feature: Grump Alert!

    :P

    Another note: would be nice to have a side slider that explains the elements better in the color bar area (like in your other product where it shows what each element means). It took me a while to figure out that the whitish bar running through a section of it was showing when the moon was visible, for instance.

  15. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Chuck! It is so great to see devs visiting here and commenting! That is what I love about smaller devs .. they are willing to come out of their ‘boardroom’ :D and talk to the little people out here buying (or interested in) their products!

    Thanks for saying Hi!

    Speaking of the moon cycles, has anyone used your product to predict when their wife/girlfriend might be PMSing? I see a new feature: Grump Alert!

    :P

    Another note: would be nice to have a side slider that explains the elements better in the color bar area (like in your other product where it shows what each element means). It took me a while to figure out that the whitish bar running through a section of it was showing when the moon was visible, for instance.

    [MacZOT .. please fix your commenting so that when I click Submit, it goes up instad of into an electonic black hole.]

  16. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Chuck! It is so great to see devs visiting here and commenting! That is what I love about smaller devs .. they are willing to come out of their ‘boardroom’ :D and talk to the little people out here buying (or interested in) their products!

    Thanks for saying Hi!

    Speaking of the moon cycles, has anyone used your product to predict when their wife/girlfriend might be PMSing? I see a new feature: Grump Alert!

    :P

    Another note: would be nice to have a side slider that explains the elements better in the color bar area (like in your other product where it shows what each element means). It took me a while to figure out that the whitish bar running through a section of it was showing when the moon was visible, for instance.

    [MacZOT ... please fix your commenting so that when I click Submit, it goes up instad of into an electonic black hole.]

  17. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Chuck! It is so great to see devs visiting here and commenting! That is what I love about smaller devs .. they are willing to come out of their ‘boardroom’ :D and talk to the little people out here buying (or interested in) their products!

    Thanks for saying Hi!

    Speaking of the moon cycles, has anyone used your product to predict when their wife/girlfriend might be PMSing? I see a new feature: Grump Alert!

    :P

    Another note: would be nice to have a side slider that explains the elements better in the color bar area (like in your other product where it shows what each element means). It took me a while to figure out that the whitish bar running through a section of it was showing when the moon was visible, for instance.

    [MacZOT - please fix your commenting so that when I click Submit, it goes up instad of into an electonic black hole.]

  18. Steven Hotelling Says:

    What a great widget (MacWorld gave it 4-mice last year) and a great price.

    And THANK YOU Brian/macZOT for now letting us buy Multiple Quantities and for the Gift Link – features I have waited so patiently for. Groovy.

    * Question about Gifting
    After I purchase multiple quantities – how long afterwards do I have to GIFT one of them to someone?
    ( Normally I would gift right away, but my friend won’t have her 1st Mac until next month )

    Steven :-)

  19. justG Says:

    Why go to macupdate first? Depending on your browser, just select the application’s name, right- or ctrl-click, and search. The appropriate web site should be one of the first results.

  20. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Ulp! Looks like the submit button is working now! Funny thing is, I submitted the above comment (s) at around 11:40am. Took all those hours to get posted … and now I feel foolish trying to post several times this morning, thinking that they were going nowhere when actually my posts were travelling via pony express to the MacZot servers.

    Let’s see, my post went from Eugene, OR to Oakland, CA and it only took 2 hours and 40 minutes! That’s not bad for air travel! Extremely fast for travel by train or automobile! … but kinda slow for travel by electronic submission. Must have been a blockage in the ‘tubes’. Brian, you might need to call the services of RotoRouter! :D

  21. Ian Says:

    Just to let you know that VelaClock contains a product activation routine which recently prevented me from transferring the widget from an old Mac to my new Mac – it decided I must be a thief or pirate or whatever and wouldn’t “activate” on the new machine.

    I contacted the developer and didn’t hear anything for three weeks on this issue, then got a long e-mail lecturing me on why product activation is necessary, how other software uses it and how other folks think the product and his company are wonderful. Hmm.

    Needless to say, while awaiting a response, I searched for other solutions and found one in WorldClock which you can download at:

    http://bremford.org/widgets/worldclock/

    It displays different time zones, is free and doesn’t question your integrity or honesty like VelaClock does.

  22. VelaClock developer Says:

    Developer response to the previous comment:
    Purchasing a VelaClock license entitles you the right to install it on two computers (such as one desktop and one laptop machine). If you purchase a new computer, VelaClock can be installed on it by downloading it from our web site then registering it using your serial number. If you have a registration problem, please contact us for help. Most registration problems are resolved within 24 hours; often these issues are resolved within minutes.

    We disclose the fact that VelaClock uses Product Activation both on our web site (veladg.com) and at the time of purchase. If a person somehow misses this, we will refund their money and deactivate the product.