Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. – Benjamin Franklin
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” –Abraham Lincoln
Time is a kind of illusion or maya. Along with space it may be the very best of illusions. Seeing the sun rise and set convinced us for eons that the sun goes round the earth but it turns out the opposite is closer to the truth. The measurement of time was based mostly on the movement of the sun. Working from that we have made all sorts of tools to measure and display time. Sundials, hourglasses, clocks, calendars, watches, etc., It’s become an extremely complex illusion. So, what is time?
Time and space are modes in which we think, not conditions in which we live. – Albert Einstein
Sorry, some day we would like to go into this deeper but this is not the place for that fascinating discussion. We can, however, give you a nifty collection of tools to enjoy time.
When Mac OS X first came out, it had a nice clock in the menu bar, but sadly it only displayed the time. Every day you needed to click the menu bar to show the date. We found ourselves clicking daily in the menu bar, until we thought, “enough of that” and decided it was time to make something better. The first job of iClock was to remedy that omission. That’s how the first iClock app for the Mac came to be created. Now it’s gone far beyond that…
“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” – Henry Thoreau
Users of Mac 10.11 and higher use the ‘Check for updates’ in the File menu or in the General prefs panel. Which is the same as the version on our site.
Users of Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.10 can use iClock Pro
Users of Mac OS 10.4 can use the older iClock 3.05
Users of Mac OX 10.3.9 can use this version of iClock
There are 3 places to purchase iClock. The best place is via our site since updates are faster and more of your payment goes to evolve the app. You can download and purchase it at:
iClock is also available the Apple App Store both as a subscription (monthly or yearly) with free 45 day trial called iClock S. A separate version at the same price as our site with no trial is here, Keep in mind Apple gets 30% of the total in both cases.
Your purchase helps the app to continue evolving and improving benefitting every user.
iClock requests you grant permission for Contacts.
System Preferences:Security & Privacy:Privacy:Contacts
-iClock requests you grant permission for Calendars.
System Preferences:Security & Privacy:Privacy:Calendars
IMPORTANT: sometimes if you have trouble with some permission and iClock is already in this area try unchecking and checking it. This may be a bug in Mac OS.
“Consider that this day ne’er dawns again.” – Alighieri Dante
Ye olde iClock first appeared in 1999 (back in the last century) for Mac OS 9. A newer version for OS X was created in 2002, yet another in 2008 and again in 2016. The earlier iClock was a continuously evolving work that developed organically based on our ideas and user requests. The latest iClock is an app that is completely rewritten but still similar to the early versions.
With the latest iClock, Mark has done a masterful job at keeping all the features of the earlier versions and, simultaneously, making the interface much easier and more accessible. Now, everything is located in one place, the iClock app. The Preferences in the the iClock app has all the settings to turn features on or off. It’s simple!
How To Uninstall Old iClock Pro: The old iClock was not an app but a control panel. Click for info to uninstall older versions of 1, 2.0.1 up to 3.0 for back when iClock was not an app.
iClock is an app that can always be downloaded from the first page of the site plumamazing.com
Install – To install download and unzip (uncompress). Double-click the app and it will move itself to your application folder.
Uninstall – If you ever need to uninstall iClock, just delete the app in your Applications folder.
1. – 2 clocks showing?
First time users: If you launched iClock and there were 2 clocks showing then watch this quick video to learn how to hide the old Apple clock. You can turn it back on later if you want. The second tab has the same instructions but shows the info in one graphic.
2. Turn on ‘Start at login’
. To start iClock automatically at login. Go to iClock preferences. Click on the iClock Time menu and toward the bottom you will see ‘Preferences…’. select that. Go to ‘General’ and check the item called ‘Always launch iClock at startup’.
3. Rearranging the menu bar items (optional)
Rearranging the menu bar items is only possible in Mac OS 10.12 or higher. You can command drag the time menu all the way right. The same can be done for the Date and App Menu (if you turned it on). Each can be moved individually to a different area.
Hold down the command key, click and hold on one of the menu bar items, Time, Date or App menu, and drag to the location in the menu bar you want. Demonstrated in the video below. Not available if you are on 10.11 or lower. Apple controls this not us
The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed, To lose one’s health is more, To lose one’s soul is such a loss That no man can restore.
The present only is our own, So Live, Love, toil with a will — Place no faith in ‘Tomorrow’ — For the clock may then be still.
– Robert H. Smith ©1932-1982 and thanks to Laing MacDowellThere are 4 major major visible parts of iClock.
Set time format – select the time format from this dropdown menu of commonly used formats that you want to see in the menu bar. The red X icon allows you to delete formats from that menu.
Create custom format – by dragging the blue pills like the one that says Time Zone HST down to the field below called Custom. Once there if the pill has a downward facing triangle and chooses from options like in the screenshot below.
Continue to make the selection you want to make up your custom format. Click ‘Add Custom Time Format’ and it will be added to the bottom of the dropdown menu (called ‘Set Time Format’) of commonly used formats. There you can select and use it.
It is also possible to add punctuation and other characters in between the pills like a comma. The ‘Custom’ field can also take directly the Unicode codes which are described in depth by clicking on this link. Those codes like, HH:mm:ss zzz can produce a result like 15:08:56 PDT.
Flash separator – the ‘:’ character flashes as a visible indicator of each second.
Color – change the color of the text in the menu bar.
Drop Shadow – turn on/off drop shadow in the menu bar.
Set Font – change the font, size of the time in the menu bar. Does not change color.
Reset to defaults – if you get a little too crazy and want it the way it was.
External IP – show/hide the external IP. Internet Protocol address assigned to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Select the address to copy it to the clipboard.
Internal IP – show/hide the internal IP. IP Address assigned by your local network router. Select the address to copy it to the clipboard.
Location Name(s)/Time(s) in menu – when checked, this will display your locations/cities with their current local time.
Click to edit cities – click this button to add and remove cities or time zones and to set which ones show up in the time menu and in the floating clocks. See check-marked items below on the left appearing in the time menu on the right. Drag cities up/down in the pref (left) to change their order in the menu (right).
Menu items format – set the format to see your cities with as much or as little info as you want.
Hide Country – this will hide the country name when this box is checked.
Time format – select a format or create your own custom time format.
Color – set the color of the menu items.
Drop Shadow – set whether to add a drop shadow to the menu items.
Set Font – choose the font you want for the menu items.
Show Floating Clocks
Clock Face – select to have a digital or analog face.
Analog face type – select among the different face types.
Analog clock size – set to the size you want.
Show analog second hand – show/hide the second hand in analog clocks.
Show AM/PM – kinda obvious.
Clock Location Text – Show city, country, timezone, color, etc. – obvious.Arranging the Locations – to change the arrangement of cities in the Floating Clocks, click and drag the cities up or down in the location list (image below) to set the order in which you want the locations to appear: Items checked off in the ‘F’ column above will be the ones that show up in the Floating Clocks. Items checked off in the ‘M’ column above are the ones that will show up in the menu bar when you click on the time. See image below. When you are finished arranging the locations, turn the Floating Clocks off and on, and it will show the new arrangements.
Speak the hours, Voice – select a voice to speak the hours.
Play sound on the hour – like a grandfather clock or Big Ben.
Only once – one bell
For the hour count – the hour is the number of gongs.
Play sound on the 1/4 hour
Play sound on the 1/2 hour
Play sound on the 3/4 hour
Quiet time – no sounds play during this time.
Set Date Format – select from the dropdown menu any of the commonly used date formats. or Create a custom format – by dragging the blue pills like the one that says Thursday down to the field below called Custom. Once there if the pill has a downward facing triangle and chooses from options like in the screenshot below.
Continue to make the selection you want to make up your custom format. Click ‘Add Custom Date Format’ and it will be added to the bottom of the dropdown menu (called ‘Set Date Format’) of commonly used formats. There you can select and use it. It is also possible to add punctuation and other characters in between the pills like a comma. Another option is to type the Unicode date codes directly into the ‘Custom:’ field. Those codes like, yyyy.MM.dd G ‘at’ HH:mm:ss zzz can produce a result like 1996.07.10 AD at 15:08:56 PDT.
Only show app icon – instead of the name just show the app icon.Optional sub-menus:
Show currently in use apps – show active apps sub-menu.
Show recent apps – show the most recently used apps sub-menu.
Show system preferences submenu – show the system control panels sub-menu.The app menu looks like the above right screenshot.
Q: How can I have the several floating clocks I use (desktop mode) appear in order of their time zones? A: In the button Time Zones/Locations seen in the screenshot below you can drag the locations into any order you want to have them display. The ones in the F column are the ones that are displayed for the floating clocks.
Q: How do I uninstall iClock? A: It’s an app just remove the app.
Q: How do I make iClock not appear in the dock or the application switcher? A: Go to the preferences and to iClock:Advanced and there is a checkbox there that if turned on will make iClock not appear in the dock or the application switcher.
Q: How do I set the clock for 24 hour time? A: In the system preferences:language®ion panel, checkmark the ’24-hour-time’ item seen here.
Q: How do I turn off the Apple Clock?
A: This is the system preference panel where you turn off the Apple Clock.
1. Click the lock icon to unlock it and it will ask for your password to change this setting. Then
2. Uncheck the “Show date and time in the menu bar’ settings to turn off the Apple clock.
Q: The ‘Start at login’ doesn’t seem to work. A: Open iClock prefs and go to the General prefs and turn off the ‘Always launch at Mac startup’
Go to the System Prefs:Users&Groups:Login Items and delete all login items for iClock if there are any.
Then with both still open in iClock turn on ‘Always launch at Mac startup’ and look in the System Prefs:Users&Groups:Login Items and you will see the iClock item appear. Turn on/off a few times the iClock General pref ‘Always launch at Mac startup’ and you will see an iClock item appear and disappear in the System Prefs:Users&Groups:Login Items showing it is now fixed.