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10.4: Re-center the analog menubar clock System 10.4
Tiger only hintTiger is pretty great. And this is really picking nits, but it was really bugging me, and it wasn't fixed in 10.4.1 ... so I fixed it myself.

In Tiger, the analog menu bar clock for some reason places the "hands" one pixel too far too the right, or if you like, places the clock face background one pixel to far to the left [leftmost of the two images at right]. Fortunately, this fix is easy. The clock background is drawn using two TIFF files located within the bundle of the package deep inside the System folder. So here's the fix:
  1. The package is at /System -> Library -> CoreServices -> Menu Extras -> Control-click on and choose Show Package Contents, then open the folder named Contents and the one named Resources within that. You can also open this folder more easily by pasting this URL into a new Safari window.

  2. Copy Clock_Base.tif and Clock_BaseWhite.tif to your Desktop or some other location.

  3. Open them both in Photoshop or some other graphics program that can edit TIFFs, and shift the contents of both 1 pixel to the left, then save both files.

  4. Copy them both back to Resources folder you opened earlier, replacing the ones that are already there (you'll need an admin password for this).
You'll need to restart the menubar clock by turning it of and back on again in the "Date & Time" pane of System preferences before you see the fix [fixed clock is on the right side of the above screenshot].

[robg adds: The screenshot is from my machine, and the problem is clearly noticeable as you can see in the screenshot (and yea, you can see exactly how long it took me to do the modification!). But as I never use the analog clock, I hadn't seen it. If you do this, as with any system modification, I recommend renaming the existing files, not overwriting them. Sure, in this case, the modification isn't likely to cause any issues, but it's a good habit to get into.]
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10.4: Re-center the analog menubar clock
Authored by: neffs on Jun 02, '05 03:04:55PM

If using GraphicConverter don't mark everything and move it with your mouse, because the alpha channel won't be moved.

Just use the Move command from the menu or press option + left arrow

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10.4: Re-center the analog menubar clock
Authored by: MJCube on Jun 02, '05 11:50:07PM

Oh, that is great, thank you! That clock has been bugging me since the moment I launched Tiger. It's amazing how precisely I can tell the time by those few little pixels, and having them off by 1 ruined it.

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