AlphaClock - v1.3.1 (Freeware!)
Freeware desktop clock utility for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
You want to always have watch on your desktop, but the standard windows
watch is too small and imperceptible? Or you are the network administrator,
webmaster or the astronomer and in addition to local time, it is necessary
for you to watch also the universal time? In all this cases the AlphaClock
it's that necessary for you!
Alpha Clock is an tiny clock utility with miniature, but very nice LCD-style
watch display. You can choose any colors for display background and digits,
or use any predefined color scheme. On Windows 2000 or Windows XP also
possibly to set the transparency for watch display. Alpha Clock can display
your local time or UTC
(Coordinated Universal Time).
Black on white
- any system running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0,
Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
- less than 0,200 Megabytes of free space on hard disk.
aclock.exe - 73Kb self-extracted EXE-file
Alpha Clock is very simple utility and, for this reason, does not demand
any installation utility. Simply unzip all files to any folder and run the
executable file (usually, "aclock.exe").
- - bugs fixed.
- - when mouse pointer over watch display, the current local date is displayed.
- - support for 12-hour mode is added.
- - first public release.
- - support for multiple languages is added.
- - support for multiple profiles added.
- - bugfix release.
- - tracking of the screen resolution and the workspace size
- - about box is added.
- - support of the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is
- - possibility to auto start with system is enabled.
- - bugfix release.
- - support of color schemes and various mouse pointers
- - dialog box for choosing the display colors is added.
- - the possibility to remember program settings in the
system registry is added.
- - first release for internal purposes.
After starting the program, on the screen should appear the watch display.
Samples of this display with different color schemes you can see at the right
column ("Color schemes") of this page. By default, the watch display will
have the "LCD-display" color scheme and will be placed in the top right
corner of desktop.
You can drag with mouse the watch display to any place of desktop.
The program will remember the new position, and at next run the watch
display will appear there.
Pressing the right mouse button on the watch display, you will call
popup menu (see pic.1), which allow you control of functioning of the
Items of it the menu carries out the following actions:
- About Alpha Clock…
- Call the dialog box with information
about the program version, copyrights, homepage and support e-mail.
- Check for a new version…
- Point your browser to software
- Select color scheme
- quick select one of predefined color
- Change color scheme…
- Call the dialog box for setting the
watch display properties (see pic.4).
- Select language
- If the directory with ACLOCK.EXE contains
additional language files, this submenu allows you to select another
language for interface.
- "Hand" mouse pointer
- If this item is checked, the mouse
pointer on the watch display will have the "hand" cursor (see pic.3a).
- "Move" mouse pointer
- If this item is checked, the mouse
pointer on the watch display will have the "move" cursor (see pic.3b).
If both items is unchecked, the standard "arrow" cursor will be used (see
- Military time format
- Check this item if you want to see time
in 24-hour format.
- Show Universal time (UTC)
- Check this item, if you to want
watch the UTC, not local system time. The "UTC" is acronym for "Coordinated
Universal Time" and used for synchronization of events and actions in
different time zones. This mode will be indicated with small "u" letter in
bottom left corner of watch display (see pic.2). If UTC date is differ from
local date, in top left corner of watch display will show small sign of day
difference. The "-"(minus) sign mean that on UTC, the time still yesterday.
And on the contrary, the "+"(plus) sign mean that on UTC, the time is
- Auto start with Windows
- Check this item if you want
autostart Alpha Clock at start Windows.
- Quit from program.
Pic.2.Watch display in UTC mode.
Pic.3.Watch with different cursors of mouse pointer.
Themes dialog box (see Pic.4) allow you change background and digits color
of watch display or choose its from predefined color schemes. If you are
running Windows 2000 or XP system, you also can set transparency level
of watch display.
Pic.4.Theme setting dialog
For choosing predefined color scheme, simply select his by name from dropdown
list in "Preferred themes" combobox. The transparency level is changed by
moving the "Transparency" trackbar slider. For setting the background or
digits color simply click on appropriate colored box.
Pic.5.Showing current date.
If the mouse pointer stops on the watch display, the current local date will
be displayed as tooltip (see Pic.5).
Command line parameters
Currently, AlphaClock support only one command line parameter, the profile
-profile "<profile name>".
Using profiles allow you to simultaneously use two or more instances
of program with different settings. The profile includes all settings
of the program: color scheme, cursor of mouse pointer, a time mode (local
or universal) and even the "Auto start" parameter.
For example, you can run one instance without profile name ("default"
profile will be used) and watch local time, and run another instance with
profile name (for example, "UTC time") and watch universal time.
Profile name is case insensitive and must be quoted, if contains spaces or
Copyrights and licenses
All copyrights to AlphaClock are exclusively owned by the author - Irnis
AlphaClock is Freeware, you may use this product free of charge.
You are hereby licensed to make as many copies of the complete and
unmodified package of this product and distribute it by any mean.
There is no charge for this right.
You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or alter anyhow
this software product.
If you have any questions or suggestions about AlphaClock, please contact
by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.