We earlier covered a simple World Clock application developed in Java. There is another free World clock called Qlock, to know the world times on your computer desktop and this software has several options.
Qlock is a free world clock that lets you have multiple, dockable clock windows on your desktop for any number of cities. You can drag and position these clocks on your desktop, wherever you want. you can set a different city, color, skin, or clock format for each of those dockable clock windows.Find below a few features in Qlock.
- Ability to create any number of dockable clocks, one each for every city or town whose time you may want to track.
- Ability to organize the clocks anywhere on your desktop
- You may assign a different color to each clock for easy identification.
- You may assign either a 24 hour or a 12 hour or a 24 hour with seconds format to the clocks and track the time accordingly.
Free download Qlock from here. To install it, double click the installation file and follow the instructions.After the installation has completed, you will find a new icon appearing on the System Tray located on the far right of the task bar.
Left click the system tray icon (refer the above picture) to hide or show all the Clocks.Right click on the system tray icon to pop up a menu of options – Use this menu to create new desktop clocks (Qlocks).
Right click each of the desktop clocks to configure the various settings for it. Refer the picture below.
Qlock has an internal list of all major cities in the world. Each city contains information about its GMT offset and DST (Daylight Saving.) Qlock uses this data to calculate the correct time of the city based on your computer`s current time and timezone.You may find two small icons on the larger Qlock skins, displaying the time difference and the DST status of the city compared to your current location.
To know the correct world times, it is important for you to ensure that the system clock in the computer is set to the correct time and location. It is also possible to have Qlock automatically adjust your PC`s system clock to the NIST Time and Frequency Division atomic clock, which is located in Boulder, Colorado USA.
To sync your PC’s sytem clock, right click on the Qlock icon and Select “Time Sync”. This will pop up a window that allows you to set the update frequency and location of the NIST server. For most users, selecting Weekly or Monthly is enough to keep their PC clocks accurate (most PC internal clocks loose around 1-10 seconds each day). You may also manually sync the system clock at any time by pressing the “Sync Now” button.
If Qlock has successful contacted the NIST server then the exact GMT/UTC time of the last update will be displayed in the Last Update box. However, you have to connect to the Internet for Qlock to access the NIST server. If you have selected “Manual update” (which is the default), then Qlock will only attempt to correct your clock when you press the “Sync Now” button.
Qlock is also available as a pro version with many other features like creating feeds, Foreign exchange rates, Qlock Sync to synchronize your desktop settings across multiple PCs using Qlock, etc.