Vela Design Group announces Mac OS X "Tiger" Compatibility
for VelaTerra 1.0.2

May 4, 2005, Berkeley, California - Vela Design Group announces VelaTerra 1.0.2. This is a free update for customers of VelaTerra 1.0 and 1.0.1. VelaTerra is an interactive almanac and world clock that displays the current level of natural light (daylight, twilight, or night), moon phase information, local times and country flags for major cities throughout the world.

This update provides a compatibility fix for Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger." Version 1.0.2 also provides support for Kazakhstan's new time policy. On March 15, 2005 the government of Kazakhstan resolved to end Daylight Saving Time. Vela Design Group intends for VelaTerra to be the most reliable and up-to-date World Clock available for Mac OS X.

"VelaTerra is an excellent complement to our new VelaClock Dashboard widget for Tiger," says Chuck Soper, CEO of Vela Design Group. "Our VelaClock customers will appreciate VelaTerra's ability to provide more detailed information including specific times for sunrises and sunsets."

Vela Design Group will demonstrate VelaTerra and its new VelaClock Dashboard widget at the East Bay Macintosh User's Group in Emeryville, CA on Thursday, May 12. 2005. For more information, see the ebMUG web site at

In addition to providing the same information as the VelaClock Dashboard widget, VelaTerra also allows users to:

- Obtain information for dates in the past or future
- Enter custom locations with latitude, longitude and time zone
- Rapidly find any local time in the world by searching for country or city names
- Display and compare the current light (day, twilight, or night) for different places
- Create place sets to group sets of frequently referenced places
- See the current moon phase in your Dock at all times
- Browse flags for all countries in world and much more...

A daylight bar gives the user a picture of the 24 hours of natural light (bright daylight, three levels of twilight, and night) centered on the current time. This feature enables users to gain a better sense of daylight hours for cities both faraway and nearby.

VelaTerra displays an image of the moon as seen in the sky above the currently selected city. This image accurately depicts the angle at which the moon's crescent appears to be rotated from the vertical. Because this angle can change dramatically within the span of an hour, it is updated once a minute. The boundary of the illuminated region of the moon is also updated every minute, resulting in accurate depiction of the moon's phase. The name of the current moon phase is provided, as well as the percentage of illumination.

VelaTerra was designed specifically for Mac users and was built using the Apple Xcode toolset. VelaTerra runs on Mac OS X, version 10.2 and newer.

VelaTerra is priced at $19.95 and is available now directly from the Vela Design Group website, at