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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock System
This hint is kind of a follow up to the hint called Re-center the analog menubar clock by murat.

I always found that the digital menu clock takes too much of the precious menubar space, but the analog one is difficult to read. For those reasons, I decided to peek in OS X's Clock.menu Menu Extra and play with the files I found. I modified the Clock_base.tif image in a way that it shows distinct hour markers and does not have the closed circle as a border. The hands are also perfectly centered (as murat suggested). In addition, it does not have a white backgroud, so you can see the original menubar backgroud "through" the clock. For me, it is now much easier to read the current time. The revised clock appears in the image at left...

You can download an archive of the mod from my .Mac file sharing page. The archive contains the modified image and a text file with instructions on how to install it using the Terminal. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Please note that all modifications are done at your own risk!
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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: spstanley on Aug 22, '05 11:02:19AM

Very cool!



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: whodisbe on Nov 27, '06 07:01:07AM

looks like you need a password to get into the .mac file sharing page to get the clock faces archive now.

Does anyone have a copy they can provide a link for?

Thanks in advance.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: randykato on Aug 22, '05 11:52:43AM

Awesome! It's the little things that make me smile.

This works fine so far on 10.3.5.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: richo on Aug 22, '05 01:14:15PM

Much more refined (looks nice next to a 'busy' bluetooth icon ;), and definitely easier to read. Thanks.

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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: lgc90 on Aug 22, '05 02:38:53PM

Forgive me, but I can't seem to find "System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/Clock.menu/Contents/Resources/"



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Aug 23, '05 02:56:40AM

How are you looking?



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: delGrey on Aug 23, '05 04:45:44AM

You need to "Show Package Contents" of Clock.menu.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: grace.y on Aug 23, '05 04:51:49AM
This is how you going to find the hidden Contents file. First go to System/Library/CoreServices/MenuExtras/Clock.menu When you see the Clock.menu, if you use a PC mouse, you can invoke the contextual menu by press the right-side bottom of your mouse while you click the Clock.menu file. Otherwise, click the Clock.menu while you press ctrl, then a contextual menu should pop-up right next to your curser. On the contextual menu, select "Show Package Contents", then you would see that hidden Resources file that you were looking for. Cheers!

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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: lgc90 on Aug 23, '05 09:01:02AM

To be more specific, I can't find CoreServices. I go to my hard drive, then library, but I don't see a CoreServices folder there. Should I be looking somewhere else?



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: fracai on Aug 23, '05 09:34:53AM

yes

instead of looking in /Library for CoreServices look in /System/Library

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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: MartiNZ on Aug 22, '05 08:07:53PM

This is cool, and makes it much easier to read the time with accuracy :). But when you click on the menu it still has the old 'mask' graphic – any chance for a replace for the 'base white' pic as well? I wouldn't know how to start making such a thing ... cheers!



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: MartiNZ on Aug 22, '05 08:19:25PM

Just read to the bottom of the documentation ... nevermind.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: flimflam on Aug 22, '05 08:57:12PM

Creating the proper reverse image turns out to be trivially easy, however. I just opened up the (new) file "Clock_Base.tif" in Photoshop, did "Invert" in Photoshop and saved it as "Clock_BaseWhite.tif". Then put it in the same location as the other file and voila!



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: delGrey on Aug 23, '05 05:56:19AM

Thanks for the tip. Also can be done in GraphicConvertor



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: fritztoch on Aug 22, '05 08:54:56PM

Splendid! Thank you for this.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: jedik on Aug 23, '05 12:07:06AM

I made a copy of the Clock.menu bundle and put it in the ~/Library/Bundles folder. This way I do not touch the system files. ;)

Too bad the analog clock does not allow me to put the week day in the menu bar. :(

BTW, I made a reverse (i.e. blank) clock, the one that appears when the menu item is clicked. If the hint's author wants to share it in his .Mac account, please contact me in pvt.

Cheers

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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: ChaChi on Aug 23, '05 03:15:09AM

Very cool hint indeed, but has anyone else noticed that 4 and 5 o'clock are screwed up (or, shall I say, different that the rest)?

You can easily fix it by making a copy of just the left half of the image, flip the copy over horizontally, cut out the right half of the clock and paste the flipped copy into the right part.

At any rate, thanx for providing the base image for us to play with ;-)



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: MartiNZ on Aug 23, '05 09:42:06PM

Well that was easy :), cheers.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: claudio on Aug 24, '05 10:01:40AM

I updated the modkit to Version 2.
It incorporates a fix for the 4 pm and 5 pm markers and a negative image when highlighting the clock in the menubar.

Thanks all for your nice comments, I appreciate it.

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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: whodisbe on Jun 19, '06 06:35:51AM

I'm not sure why, but ever since I upgraded to 10.4.6, I can setup the menu clock perfectly fine (and its always worked for me since your first version a long time ago), but if I restart, or log out of my user account, and come back, the clock is back to the old analog clock face.

It makes no sense to me as everything works as it should, as it always has, the only factor that changed when the problem arose was me upgrading to 10.4.6



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: MJCube on Aug 25, '05 10:20:31PM
Beautiful mod. Many thanks! And the clock face is even transparent, so it doesn't interfere with a skinned menubar.

I accomplished the change quickly, painlessly, and entirely with the GUI (no command line) thus:

  1. Go into the Clock.menu package and drag the original 2 TIFFs somewhere else to make a backup (they will copy, not move)
  2. Drag the new TIFFs to replace the ones in Clock.menu
    • Option-drag to copy and leave the originals in the mod folder
      (Since my HD is partitioned, they copied for me without the Option key)
  3. A dialog says that Clock.menu cannot be modified but offers admin users an option to authenticate
  4. Answer the usual prompts to replace the files with the same names
  5. Enter your admin password when prompted
  6. Once they're in place, stop and restart Clock.menu from Date and Time System Prefs


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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: deleted_user9 on Dec 16, '07 02:50:32AM

Does a kind reader have the time to update these files for OS X 10.5, which--based on an earlier quick browse of the relevant files--seems to show the clock in PDF 'format' as opposed to Tiger's TIFF files?

Thank you!



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: MartiNZ on Dec 16, '07 12:39:52PM

If I recall, I simply saved the black on white .tiff from this hint as a PDF and it worked, including the appropriated clicked-on effect.



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Add hour markers to the analog menu bar clock
Authored by: vbanshee on Feb 14, '09 02:29:05PM

For OS 10.5, the above comment is correct -- you can simply use Preview to save the TIFF as a PDF and it works great. My time machine and clock icons no longer look maddeningly similar and the clock is far easier to read. Thanks Claudio!



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Authored by: glusk on Feb 15, '09 09:01:39AM

Obvious to some, but you only need to re-save the clock_base.tif file to clock.pdf with preview. It seems to make the inverted version on its own (as it should). And you can use the GUI as it'll ask you for a password to modify /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Clock.menu/Contents/Resources. (You can use Go to Folder from the Finder's Go menu to get there.) I dragged my original clock.pdf to the desktop, renamed it and dragged it back.

Thanks for reminding me of this. Used it before but I've been lazy and just using the native clock with Leopard. This one is better IMHO.



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