Like it or not, there’s something to be said about, ‘You get what you pay for.’ Hey, isn’t that why we’re Mac users? Sure, Apple could build a $400 Mac notebook but it would be a piece of plastic crap, fall apart quickly like the PCs of the same ilk, and really wouldn’t have that famed Mac quality, would it?
So it is with World Clock Deluxe. Clocks for the Mac are a dime a dozen, sometimes less, occasionally more, but a clock is a clock is a clock, right? Not with World Clock Deluxe.
The deluxe monicker should tell us something. This is a special clock. It shows time in over 1,600 cities worldwide, in 200 different time zones (yes, there are that many, some of which are strange), and, it handles Greenwich Mean Time, Internet Time, and Coordinated Universal Time (See? A time I didn’t know existed in this universe).
You get your choice of nice pop up floating windows of multiple clocks in different time zones, or they can be stacked one on top the other in abbreviated, minimized form.
Preferences gives you multiple options to set up and manage different time zone clocks, and they can be sorted by time, alphabetically, label, or even longitude or longitude offset.
World Clock is the only world clock I’ve used that’s actually fun to setup and use. With Mincey clan scattered all over the country and other parts of the world at times, in different schools, in different locales, it’s nice to know what the time is there before we call to wake them up.
Use World Clock Deluxe in the Mac’s Menubar, analog or digital, or select times from the Menubar, or simply use the floating clocks on the screen. It can display seconds, weekday, date and date change, as well as time zone and daylight-saving time. And, it shows weather conditions, too.
There’s not much to grumble about here, other than the rather tired clock faces, circa 1999. A little more visual eye candy would be appreciated, but all the bells and whistles are there, even if the shine seems a little outdated.