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Chameleon Clock

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buggy on 64-bit Windows Vista"

    May 5, 2010  |   By codethru

    Version: Chameleon Clock 5.1

    Pros

    Nice, convenient desktop clock when it works.

    Cons

    Unstable and behaves poorly under 64-bit Windows Vista SP2. Consumes up to 25% of CPU cycles for no reason, slows other applications down. Poor email-only tech support, program apparently neither updated nor supported anymore.

    Summary

    I've bought and been a registered user of Chameleon Clock for many years, and it's been a great little desktop clock. I have the latest version, v5.1.

    When I moved to 64-bit Vista SP2, the clock became unstable and buggy. While running other programs (IE8, Photoshop, etc.) I began to notice my PC becoming slower and slow, almost coming to a standstill. Windows Task Manager told me there was a process, ChamClock.exe, running that was taking 19K memory and consuming 20-25% of CPU cycles! This was totally unexpected, since the clock was essentially doing nothing (no updating, etc.).

    I then tracked what was happening with memory. When Chameleon Clock first loads at PC startup, it consumes about 5K of memory. If you access and start adjusting the various options in the main dialog, the memory usage starts climbing. I got it to go to about 10K. However, the CPU usage does not go up at this point. As I started to use other programs, at some point the memory usage shot up to about 19K and CPU usage exploded. It looks like there is a memory leak, and some nasty interaction with other applications.

    Besides the performance hit, what concerns me is that something is happening on my PC that is taking 25% of the CPU cycles, and I have no clue what it is. Could it be a botnet? Tech support is not very responsive, and only through email - even though I purchased the program.

    Sadly, after many years, I'll have to uninstall Chameleon Clock and look for something else. I would appreciate any suggestions for a better supported and more compatible desktop clock.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Essential once, unstable now. Poor product support."

    March 12, 2010  |   By RussMain

    Version: Chameleon Clock 5.1

    Pros

    This program replaces Windows systray clock, allows you to customise the display, synchronise the time via the internet, set reminders and much, much more.

    Cons

    Most of the fonts to replace the standard clock are quite juvenile, the program has become very buggy; freezing completely particularly when an alarm is due (it seems). There is no support forum, only support via e-mail (e.g. uninstall - reinstall)

    Summary

    Under Windows 98 we ran Corel Reminders which unfortunately doesn't work under XP, so we looked for something else and found Chameleon Clock.

    This is a nice little program when it works, but is unfortunately let down by poor customer support.

    I'm now searching for an alternative again. I expect better customer support from a paid-up customer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very effective"

    May 3, 2009  |   By graham101deakin

    Version: Chameleon Clock 5.1

    Pros

    CHAMELEON ADDS TO THE OVER ALL LOOK AND HAS SOME GREAT SKINS TO CHOOSE FROM .

    Cons

    THE ONLY PROBLEM I FOUND WAS THE STABILITY. MY COMPUTER DID NOT EXCEPT IT STRAIGHT AWAY . BUT I DID OVER COME THIS PROBLEM

    Summary

    IT IS EASY TO INSTALL AND IT IS EYE CATCHING, USING THE DIFFERENT SKINS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO USE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Chameleon clock is an indispensable tool!"

    December 25, 2007  |   By sniklu

    Version: Chameleon Clock 5.1

    Pros

    I have used Chameleon Clock for many years and can't imagine a computer without it. Just to have an accurate clock which automatically adjusts to a signal from the Atomic Clock server of your choosing is reason enough to own it. Add the features of a full monthly calendar when you roll your cursor over the clock, to numerous alarms, stopwatch, and pop-up reminders plus incredible skins and time keeping wallpapers, and you have a program you will not want to ever be without.

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