Timezone clocks version 8

User Guide


Setting Zones
Display Options
About / Clox Times News / Help
Keyboard Shortcuts


CLOX 8 is an easy to use app providing analog and digital clocks for tracking the time in different timezones. You can choose which timezones are displayed. A daylight map shows where it is night and day around the world and integrated timezone information and news updates are provided to help you be sure your clocks are accurate.




To change the timezone of a clock: Select 'Zones' from the menu bar at the top of the clock display. The Zone panel will open and a number will appear next to each clock. Each clock is set individually. The numbered buttons let you select the clock to set. For each clock you can choose a timezone from the list and enter a caption as you wish. If a location you choose is currently on daylight saving time (DST)* you should select "dst (+ 1 hr)". For the rest of the year, this should be set to "standard time". Places which don't use DST remain on standard time all year round.

If you need to look-up a timezone or DST rule, click the button marked 'tz info' to search for a location. Type at least the first four letters of the name of a country, state or capital city, then click 'find' to display matching information. Click 'find' again to show any additional matches. Please note that because local governments can sometimes change timezone rules unexpectedly, perhaps affecting a small region or even a single town or city, you shouldn't rely solely on one source for timezone information, for critical purposes it is a good idea to also check with a local source to confirm the correct time and summer-time arrangements for a specific locality.

When setting a timezone, always remember that places west of the Greenwich Meridian (e.g. America) are generally behind UTC (GMT) so they have 'minus' or 'negative' timezones. Conversely, places east of the Greenwich Meridian (e.g. Asia) have positive timezones, ahead of UTC. For example New York uses -5 not +5. Tokyo uses +9 not -9.

Any changes you make to timezones, captions or any other settings are saved automatically.

LOCAL and UTC (GMT) Zones

The "LOCAL" and "UTC" timezones are special cases. All other timezones use numbers (of hours and minutes ahead-of or behind UTC). In CLOX there are no numbers or other settings involved with these two special cases...

When a clock is set to "LOCAL" it will show your local time as given by your operating system. To change a clock that is currently set to a different zone to local time, first select "LOCAL" from the top of the timezone list, then change the caption as desired. To ensure that the new local clock setting is properly fixed select one of the other numbered clock buttons before you close the Zone panel.

If the local time seems to be wrong, check the Date and Time settings in the Control Panel of your operating system.

Unlike previous versions of CLOX, CLOX 8 does not automatically adjust your system time because most modern operating systems will now do this as standard. For this to work properly you must ensure that your system's local timezone setting is correct. If your operating system clock and timezone settings are wrong all the clocks will be wrong!


UTC / GMT Zone
UTC and GMT mean the same thing. Setting a clock caption to GMT or UTC will automatically set that clock to UTC (GMT) zone. It is not possible to make other settings for this zone. If a clock is set to GMT or UTC and you want to set it to another timezone (even one that uses GMT for part of the year) you must first change the caption.

Display Options

CLOX is designed to be flexible enough to work beautifully on all kinds of screens. The options panel lets you arrange the display according to your own preferences, as well as the size of the display area. If your system supports multiple windows or split screens you will be able to have CLOX on screen alongside one or more other apps.

Style and Display Language
Selecting 'Options' from the menu bar opens the 'Options' panel. Here you can choose from a wide selection of display styles and select the language in which the (abbreviated) names of months and days will be displayed on the calendar and the clocks.

For example, when it's Monday morning in New Zealand it may still be Sunday morning in California. With the language set to 'English' those clocks would show "AM MON" and "AM SUN" respectively. If you set the language to 'none' only the "AM" or "PM" will appear on the clocks and the months on the calendar will be displayed with English abbreviations.

Analog / Digital Clocks
Choose to display between one and ten clocks. You can also select different clock sizes and choose analog or digital clocks, or both (A+D). Checking or un-checking the box marked 's' toggles the second hands.

In accordance with the most prevalent international conventions the analog clocks always display 'twelve hour time' with AM/PM indicated. The digital clocks always show 'twenty four hour time' (sometimes called 'military time' in the USA). This fixed configuration in CLOX gives you the best of both worlds as well as ensuring simplicity and consistency, reducing risk of error.


Daylight Map and Calendar
The map options allow you to alter the size and position of the daylight map, or you can choose to not display the daylight map at all. There is also a checkbox to overlay the date and local and UTC time on top of the map. The language used to display the date on the map will depend on your operating system.

With the 'calendar' box checked a calendar shows your current local date. The calendar can be displayed centered below the clocks, or with the 'map/calendar top left' checkbox checked you can relocate both the map and calendar positions to the top left of the display.


Help, About, Clox Times News

Hit the word CLOX on the left of the menu bar to access the 'About' panel which contains version and serial number information (With a physical keyboard you can use Alt+A then Enter). The same panel provides buttons to access this User Guide (help button or Alt+H) and the latest Clox Times news updates.


Daylight saving time is used in many parts of the world to make the most of the extra daylight hours in summer. Also known as 'DST', 'daylight time' or 'summer time', daylight saving simply means putting clocks one hour forward in spring and back to 'standard time' in the autumn/fall (that's spring-forward, fall-back). You can look-up the timezone and DST details for different parts of the world by clicking 'tz info' button in the Zone panel. If a clock is set to 'LOCAL' (rather than a number) your local time will be displayed. Any daylight saving time adjustments for your "LOCAL" clock are managed by your operating system settings. You won't need to make the DST selection or change the local timezone in CLOX at all. Wherever you are in the world, if your operating system time is set and working properly then a clock set to LOCAL will show the correct local time and all your other clocks will have the correct basis from which to give you the accurate time for any timezone.


UTC (which, although the letters are not in the same order, stands for Coordinated Universal Time) is also called GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). These abbreviations refer to the world's standard or 'central' timezone.

UTC (GMT) is never adjusted for daylight saving at all. However, if you are setting a clock for a place such as England which uses UTC (GMT) in the winter but moves the clocks forward for the summer then you should select the UTC zone but also select "dst +1 hr" when the clocks change in the spring. (In Britain DST is usually referred to as 'British Summer Time' or BST.) When setting a clock for a zone which uses DST like this it is better not to set the caption to GMT or UTC because you will not be able to add the hour for DST without changing the caption first. Remember also that you should always set your local clock to 'LOCAL', even if your local zone is actually on UTC for part of the year.


Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to use a physical keyboard or voice commands, the key combinations below together with Tab, Shift+Tab, Enter and the Space (bar) can be used to access the features of CLOX directly instead of pointing. Please note that the shortcuts may vary depending on your system so a little experimentation may be necessary if you want to use these features.

'Help/About' Shortcuts
Open Help/About: Alt+A
Follow links: Tab+Enter
Scroll: ⇑ ⇓
Alternate Help/About: Alt+H
Clox Times News Alt+N
Close panel: Alt+X

'Options' Shortcuts
Open Options: Alt+O
Move to an item: Tab
Back to previous item Shift+Tab
Select from list : ⇑ ⇓ - Enter
Check/uncheck box: Space
Close panel: Alt+X

'Zone' Shortcuts
Open or close Zone panel: Alt+Z
Timezone info panel: Alt+I
Set clocks panel: Alt+C
Select a clock: Tab ... Enter
Select previous: Shift+Tab - Enter
Select a timezone: Alt+T - ⇑ ⇓
Select standard time or dst: Alt+S - ⇒

Windows Shortcuts
Window Options: Alt+Space(bar) then...
  Minimise: N
  Maximize: X
  Restore: R
  RollUp: L
Close (Exit): Alt+F4


Licensing Agreement (EULA)

By using CLOX 8 software, or by installing or otherwise causing the software or any of its components to be available on any device you agree to be bound by the following conditions...
The software is not free. If you do not have a valid, purchased, registration for CLOX, in your name, you are required to obtain one either via the MiRaGe Audio Visual Media web site or from an authorized reseller, or immediately remove and desist from using the software.
Each single CLOX 8 registration permits the licensee deploy the software for use on a maximum of ONE (1) screen at any time. An additional registration must be purchased for each additional screen.
The software is licensed, not sold. As a licensee you acquire no right or title to the software but are permitted to use the product in the normal manner, as indicated by the CLOX 8 User Guide.
Neither the software, nor any entitlement to use the software is transferable. It is not permitted to share the software nor disclose any registration code to a third party without explicit written consent from the publisher.
You will not attempt to plagiarize, disassemble, recompile or modify the software in any way.
No responsibility can be accepted for any user's inability to use the software, or any part of it, for any period of time, due to hardware, software or network failure, or any other reason.
In any event, the liability of the author or his agent will not exceed either (at their discretion) a replacement of the software or refund of the original purchase price.
In the event of a dispute all parties will submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of law in England.

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