Kamis, 27 Januari 2011

Word Clock Screensaver

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Word Clock is a typographic screensaver for Mac OS X, Windows, iPad and iPhone. It displays a fixed list of all numbers and words sufficient to express any possible date and time as a sentence. Word Clock displays time by highlighting appropriate words as each second passes.

There are two display modes; Linear and Rotary which has a nice relationship with traditional analogue clocks.

flickr group

Have a look at the Word Clock flickr group. If you’re using Word Clock we’d love to see a photo of it running on your screen. We’re also pretty nosey so try to include as much of your room as possible…


Word Clock currently includes 31 languages thanks to the very generous help of a lot of kind people. So far it has Arabic, Brazilian, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian. Help with localisation / translation (or let me know if there are problems with the current ones).


Fine typographic control is provided so you can change the typeface, leading, kerning and alignment. Position and resize the display however you like. Font size is determined automatically for the best fit.


Please don’t use this if you’re using a plasma or CRT screen and are worried about burn-in. Best case is if you use the Rotary Word Clock with the language set to ‘English, 12 hour’ then the clock will not have any stationery parts for more than 5 minutes. However I have no way of guaranteeing that won’t cause burn-in on CRT or plasma screens.


Huge thanks to both Ole Zorn and Rasmus Andersson for kick-starting the project with their German and Swedish translations, suggestions, help and general encouragement. Jeff Leung has me all excited with his open-source iPhone version. Also to Jay for her suggestions, testing and cakes. And thanks to the numerous other kind people who have donated their time to contribute translations.


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