A clock so beautiful it will improve your Outlook!
TenClock is a realistic clock, with Microsoft® Outlook® appointment display and sun tracking.
If you just started TenClock for the first time:
- if you were asked to select your Outlook profile or message store and that went by a bit too quickly, you can change your selections for those at any time: see the description for the "Outlook Profile or Store..." command under The Main Menu
- and please take just a moment to visit the "Configure..." dialog and select your location, if you chose to skip this step during the installation. The default location is Toronto, Ontario (Canada), and odds are good that you're somewhere else. If you need help with that, take a glance at Configure your clock. Once your location is set, TenClock can report sunrise and sunset times, and even adjust its lighting to give you the illusion that the sun is shining on your clock!
Here's the only thing you need to remember to use TenClock: right click or double-click on the clock to view the main menu.
TenClock is meant to be a bit easier on the eyes than what you're probably used to:
And if you're using Outlook, TenClock will display colored pie slices showing your appointments and meetings for the next twelve hours.
TenClock will also display popup reminders for any Outlook alarms that you've set - so you don't have to leave Outlook running.
Using the menu commands and the Configure dialog you can adjust your clock's size, transparency, color, location, and many appearance details such as whether to show a second hand, or whether to have the clock shadows follow the sun in real time. There are also options in the Configure dialog to turn Outlook-related reminders on and off, play a reminder sound, and to set the color used to display appointments on your clock.
Move your mouse over the clock, and the clock's "tool tip" will show your appointments and meetings for any day in the current or next month, as well as all your outstanding tasks. This isn't an ordinary tool tip - if you move your mouse into it, you'll find it doesn't go away. You can click on a date in either of the month calendars to view appointments for a different day.
That's not all you'll find in the clock's tool tip. Let your mouse drift over into the "Appointments" area, and look down on the world from space:
(click on the globe and drag your mouse around to rotate the view, by the way)
If you'd like a map of the whole world at once, let your mouse hover over the image of the moon at the top right of the main tool tip - you'll have to see that one for yourself:)
Select "Appointments Calendar" from the main menu and you will be able to view appointments for any day in the current or next month. Unlike the clock's tool tip, this window stays up until you close it. In the same way as with the tool tip, click on a date in either of the month calendars to view a different date.
If you select "Minimize to System Tray" from the main menu, TenClock will shrink down to a tiny clock icon next to your system clock in your task bar. It will still pop up appointment reminders while minimized though, and you can restore it to the screen by clicking on the tiny clock icon.
Ken Earle (Dynabyte Ltd.)
Copyright © 2009 by Ken Earle