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VelaClock Deluxe 2.2.9

and VelaClock 2.2.9

are now available!

These are free updates for existing users.

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More than a clock! Displays the current level of natural light (daylight, twilight, or night), sun and moon rise/set times, moon phase information, local times and country flags for cities throughout the world.  VelaClock takes advantage of the Dashboard feature in Mac OS X.

  • Version 2.2.9:
    • Deluxe version: fixed crash on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
    • Fixed ability to click checkboxes on back of widget for Mountain Lion.
    • Corrected size of daylight bar and moon on new retina display.
    • All time zones (built into VelaClock) are current as of July 20, 2012. Locations show the correct time (current, past, future dates) when running Mac OS X 10.8, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5 and 10.4 (Intel/PowerPC).
    • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Morocco.
  • Version 2.2.8:
    • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Chile and Morocco.
    • Standard version: fixed longstanding visual glitch at bottom of widget.
  • Version 2.2.7:
    • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Fiji and Samoa.
    • Removed UK flag from UTC time zone (to prevent confusion).

Changes from previous updates.

No internet connection required. 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.

VelaClock Deluxe has all the features of VelaClock, plus:
  • Change current date: to change date, click the new calendar icon in the bottom right corner of the front of the widget. Changing the current date allows one to see sun, moon and time zone info for dates in the past or future.
  • User-defined places: to add a user-defined place, click on the "Edit User-Defined Places" button on the back of the widget; this will launch a small utility application to specify city, country, time zone and a latitude/longitude point. Imports from, then shares user-defined places with VelaTerra 1.2

light level

Only in VelaClock Deluxe

Change Date pane
Click on the new Calendar icon to show or hide the Change Date pane.

The Change Date pane allows one to quickly go to any day in the past or future (from 1932 to 2020).

Uses:

• Click the '+1' (increment day) button to determine sunrise, sunset and twilight times for days in the near future.
• Determine when the moon rises or sets. This is great for outdoor events or photography.
• Find the phase of the moon for your birthday.
• Go back in time to explore different time zones. For example, visit Hawaii in 1944 to see that it previously observed UTC-9.5. VelaClock has historically accurate Daylight Saving Time rules.

 

 

 

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Only in VelaClock Deluxe

User-Defined Places
To add a new place, launch a small utility application from the back of the widget to specify city, country, time zone and a latitude/longitude point.

Utility Application Screenshots:

 

 

 

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Light Level pane
The light level bar displays 24 hours of natural light (bright daylight, three levels of twilight, and night) for the current day.

The horizontal white bar indicates when the moon is visible.

Daylight duration and the change in minutes of daylight from the previous day are displayed below the Light Level bar.



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Rise/Set Times pane
For the current day, VelaClock displays times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and the begin/end of each kind of twilight for the selected city.











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Moon Phases pane
VelaClock 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 local times for the next and previous phase events (new, quarter, full).


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Analog Clock pane
An analog clock that conveys day, night or twilight, the season, the local date and time as well as time zone information are displayed for the selected city. The relative time shows the number of hours the selected city is ahead or behind the current time zone set in System Preferences.






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basic view Basic View
When no cities are selected, the information view collapses and is hidden.

The digital time format can be toggled between 12-hour and 24-hour by clicking on the digital time boxes.

 

 

 

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Backside
Cities can be added, removed and reordered on the backside of the widget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

VelaClock 2.0.1 and Safari 3.0 beta are now compatible!

Monday, July 16, 2007 Update:

VelaClock 2.0 and Safari 3.0 beta were not compatible. Several weeks ago when Safari 3.0 beta was released, it was immediately discovered that incompatibilities prevented VelaClock 2.0 and Safari 3.0 beta from functioning on the same system. We worked hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Relevant links:
http://www.apple.com/safari/
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/06/12/safari-3-heads-up-your-widgets-may-break/


Regarding 2007 Daylight Saving Time

VelaClock supports the new 2007 Daylight Saving Time rules. VelaClock uses its own set of time zone and Daylight Saving Time rules (separate from Mac OS X). To ensure that your Mac is able to display the correct time please refer to "About Daylight Saving Time changes in 2007" from Apple's support website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n305056

 

Previous Updates:

What was new in VelaClock 2.2.x (standard and deluxe):
  • Version 2.2.6: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Egypt and Gaza.
  • Version 2.2.5: Corrected time for Egypt and Pakistan for Mac OS 10.6.x users.
  • Version 2.2.4: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Bangladesh, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Russia and Syria.
  • Version 2.2.3: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Bangladesh, Chile, Fiji, Paraguay and Samoa.
  • Version 2.2.2: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Bangladesh, Fiji and Mexico.
  • Version 2.2.1: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Argentina and Syria.
  • Version 2.2:
    • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
    • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Gaza, Pakistan and Samoa.
What was new in VelaClock 2.1.x (standard and deluxe):
  • Version 2.1.15: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Egypt.
  • Version 2.1.14: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Bangladesh.
  • Version 2.1.13: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Egypt and Pakistan.
  • Version 2.1.12: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Gaza, Syria, and Tunisia.
  • Version 2.1.11: Fixed problem with registration. For Deluxe version, increased maximum selectable year to 2015 (short menu) and 2030 (long menu). Old maximum values were 2010 and 2020.
  • Version 2.1.10: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Argentina, Brazil, Mauritius and Syria.
  • Version 2.1.9: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Argentina, Brazil, Gaza, Mauritius, Morocco and Pakistan.
  • Version 2.1.8: Mauritius observes Updated Daylight Saving Time in 2008.
  • Version 2.1.7: Morocco and Pakistan observe Daylight Saving Time in 2008. Choibalsan, Mongolia is now UTC + 8 hours.
  • Version 2.1.6: Abolish Daylight Saving Time for Iraq, effective April 1, 2008.
  • Version 2.1.5: Extend Daylight Saving Time for Chile until the last Saturday in March, for 2008 only.
  • Version 2.1.4: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Argentina, effective Dec. 31, 2007.
  • Version 2.1.3: Updated Venezuela to UTC-04:30, effective Dec. 9, 2007.
  • Version 2.1.2: Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Cuba and Syria. Improved recognition of registration.
  • Deluxe version 2.1.1: corrected sunrise/set times for past/future dates through DST transitions.
  • Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
  • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Brazil, Egypt, Gaza and Iran.
What was new in VelaClock 2.0.1 (standard and deluxe):
  • VelaClock 2.0.1 is now compatible with Safari 3.0 beta!
  • Updated time zone rules for: Haiti, New Zealand and Turks and Caicos.
  • Functional with Leopard beta (preliminary).
What was new in VelaClock 2.0 (standard and deluxe):
  • Include VelaClock Deluxe. The deluxe version allows user-defined locations and the ability to view dates in the past or future.
  • Added flags and places for: Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montenegro and Serbia. These changes correspond to new ISO country codes.
What was new in VelaClock 1.9:
  • Added preference to show or hide seconds.
  • Reduce CPU usage (important for laptop users).
  • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Bermuda, Cuba, Gaza and Honduras.
  • Version 1.9.1: updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Egypt.
  • Version 1.9.2: updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Cuba.
  • Version 1.9.3: updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Western Australia.
What was new in VelaClock 1.8:
  • Updated Daylight Saving Time rules for Canada, Guatemala, Haiti, Iran, Nicaragua and Tunisia.
  • Show correct time for Sri Lanka (effective April 14, 2006).
  • Fixed error in "change in minutes of daylight" calculation. This error only affected cities that had a change of -1 minute of daylight.
  • Improved purchase and registration process.
  • Enhanced clock hand graphics.
What was new in VelaClock 1.7:
  • Improved Analog Clock panel:
  • Show different clock faces to convey day, night or twilight.
  • Show season name. Differentiates between northern and southern hemisphere.
  • Show full time zone name for many countries. For example, "Central European Summer Time."
  • Added a setting to allow leading zeros for digital time to be shown or hidden.
What was new in VelaClock 1.6:
  • The change in minutes of daylight from the previous day can be displayed in the Light Level pane. For example, "∆: +4" indicates that there are 4 more minutes of daylight than the previous day.
  • For version 1.6.1: use Central Time for Pensacola, Florida (instead of incorrectly using Eastern Time).
What was new in VelaClock 1.5:
  • Significantly improved user interface to give the user more control over the amount of information to be displayed. Each information pane now has a full or minimized view or can be hidden.
  • Added pane that displays sun and moon rise/set times for the selected city.
  • Optimized for Intel-based Macs.
  • For version 1.5.1: corrected problem with eSellerate registration verification.
What was new in VelaClock 1.4:
  • Show Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time/Summer Time for the selected city. This text appears to the right of the analog clock.
  • Added about 25 new cities.
  • Added new locations in Antarctica and the Arctic .
  • Fixed problem related to automatic checking of new software.
  • Increased height of the back of the widget to improve scroll bar functionality.
  • Initially display 12 or 24-hour time format based on user's region, as set in System Preferences.
What was new in VelaClock 1.3:
  • Added a bar that displays when the moon is visible, for the selected city.
  • Increased height of light level bar to make room for moon visibility bar as well as improve overall readability.
  • Added checkbox to toggle between 12 and 24-hour time formats.
  • Added Help text to the back of widget.
  • Allow city menu on back of widget to group cities by country or state.
  • Added a few user requested cities.
What was new in VelaClock 1.2:
  • Significantly improved performance.
  • Corrected orientation of moon image for infrequent special cases.
  • Prevent crash when Taboo (a Safari enhancement) is installed.
  • Able to automatically check for software updates.
  • Added a few user requested cities.
What was new in VelaClock 1.1:
  • Added hundreds of cities, including expanded coverage of U.S. cities.
  • Added 'UTC (Greenwich)' item. UTC is formerly known as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
  • Improved update performance when activating Dashboard.
  • Increased maximum number of cities that can be simultaneously displayed from 16 to 24.
  • Simplified installation and registration.

Current updates.

 

 

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User Comments
What people are saying

 

 

mice

Macworld magazine reviews VelaClock and gives it four mice! [review]

 

moose

The Alaskan Apple User's Group reviews VelaClock and gives it Four Moose! [review]

 

macworld

Macworld magazine called VelaClock one of their favorite widgets. [info]

 


 

Support

Frequently Asked Questions

After-Purchase Services

 

 

System Requirements

  • Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • Does not require an internet connection.
  • Registration requires internet connection (uses eSellerate's product activation).