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I was determined to find an analog clock that I could see from a distance, regardless of which app I had in the front, yet didn't take up any real estate on the desktop.

I finally settled on the free Simple Floating Clock. It does optionally allow you to pass mouse clicks through the clock, but it still takes up visual space in its default layout.

Solution: Open the app's settings (by Control-clicking on its face). On the Colors tab, set the opacity of the face to zero. Now you can make the clock as large as you like, and only the hour markers (pips) and hands take up negligible space. These are so small it's as if the clock wasn't there. The face doesn't exist, so you can click through it whether you choose the "pass clicks through" setting or not.

You could even enlarge the clock to fill the screen and it wouldn't get in the way of your work. Personally, though, I leave it in the lower right corner. If you do want to change settings, carefully control click on the hands or the pips to open the settings dialog.
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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: auco on Dec 18, '09 12:39:16AM

There's also ACTimer, the same thingy in digital that can float on the desktop or on top of all windows (free as well): audiocommander.de/blog/?p=207

Regards,
Michael



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: dcottle on Dec 20, '09 12:41:28PM

I've been fiddling with it more. You can remove the pips altogether for an even smaller footprint. Black hands sometimes get washed out by the screen background, so I changed the hands to blue. This stands out on nearly anything in the background.



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: tedw on Dec 20, '09 01:17:10PM

just out of curiosity, what's wrong with using one of the (numerous) analog clock screen savers? Assumedly if you're "at a distance" you're not using your machine directly, so no problem with the screen saver coming on. heck, you could probably even use quartz composer and whip up an analog clock screensaver with a translucent background.



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: dcottle on Dec 25, '09 06:56:21PM

When I'm teaching in class; the screen saver never comes on, and I'm moving around the classroom. Also, I'm often moving around in the studio, which has the screen savers disabled, and the analog clock is the only one I can see clearly at a glance. But even when I'm sitting with it in my lap, a quick glance at an analog clock is easier than the digital clock. My brain just parses it faster. Plus, I think it's more elegant.



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: harmless on Dec 21, '09 08:20:24AM

<shameless plug>
If a more unique look doesn't startle you, you may want to look at TimeDisc: http://www.furrysoft.de/?page=timedisc
It can be click through and the opacity is adjustable. There's also a true 24 hours option.
</shameless plug>



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: dcottle on Dec 25, '09 07:00:15PM

Very cool. Prettier.



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: dcottle on Dec 25, '09 07:11:15PM

This actually is very elegant. My one criticism of SimpleFloating clock is that the graphics are a little grainy. I love the black and white layout. Very art deco; perfect for a computer screen.



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Create a nearly invisible floating analog clock
Authored by: rbuck on Dec 22, '09 06:13:31AM

Open all pdfs in Preview. CMD-A to select all, then print selected to PDF. this works easiest for me



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