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Sharp World Clock

CNET Editors' review

It's a small world, unless you're the one who sets the clocks. Years ago, keeping track of the time around the world meant a row of wall clocks with labels like "Leningrad" and "Peking." Things are easier in this century, and it's easy to keep track of the time in Beijing or Kalamazoo, Mich. But those who need to track multiple time zones simultaneously still face more of a challenge. That's where tools like Sharp World Clock step in.

Unlike many desktop clocks, it's shareware, though it's free to try for 15 days. But it's hard to find comparable freeware that can track multiple analog or digital clocks in customizable configurations, let alone as capably. Sharp World Clock Version 5 offers many new features, including automatic updates of Daylight Saving Time that don't rely on Windows Update, independently undockable clocks, Aero effects, an Alarm Center, and extras such as Sticky Notes, Weather Report, News Feeds, and Spoken Time.

When we tried it, Sharp World Clock's semitransparent main window displayed eight docked analog clocks set to major cities around the world. A Help feature controlled by a handy, tiny toolbar at the bottom edge of our screen opened when we ran the program for the first time. The Quick Start page makes setting up Sharp World Clock very easy: simply select a city or other location, and the program's Time Zone Calculator does the rest. You can also select a location on a Daylight Map or directly enter latitude and longitude. The Clock Designer tab offers tons of choices in a nicely designed layout with clean graphics -- something we can say about the rest of this program's layout and design choices, too. For example, sliders let us quickly resize our clocks as well as their international flag displays. A System Tray icon accesses a comprehensive menu of Sharp World Clock's settings and features.

Despite its many options and extras, Sharp World Clock is extremely easy to use: Simply right-click any clock face to undock it, customize its look, change its settings, and access extras like the Feed Reader and others. If you need to track time around the world, try this tool.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Sharp World Clock 5.83.

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    out of 101 votes

    • 5 star: 83
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well designed app with significant functionality."

    March 24, 2014  |   By Peter_Hancox

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.24

    Pros

    Haven't found anything that I need that the program can't do. Also found several neat features such as dimming clocks during non-business hours that I hadn't thought of but find really useful.

    Nice uncluttered user interface that supports significant customisation.

    Ability to export settings for backup and transferring between computers.

    Very responsive support from the developer.

    Cons

    Some minor issues with screen resolution and high DPI displays particularly in multi-monitor environment.

    That said, many applications today (including major graphic software developers who should do better) handle high DPI displays very badly. In comparison Sharp World Clock is one of the better ones.

    What problems I had were resolved within a couple of days by the developer.

    Summary

    For many years I had been using a very good free world time clock. Unfortunately it is no longer being updated and as I had to rebuild my main work computer, went looking for the "best" world clock available. After many hours of research I came across Sharp World Clock and decided to try it out.

    I have not been disappointed and despite the fact that it isn't free, it is well worth the small investment.

    With its combination of rich functionality, clean and customisable user interface, and superb developer support, I can highly recommend this application to anyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I absolutely love this program!"

    March 3, 2014  |   By mcintymp

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.24

    Pros

    I work for a company where I have to deal with engineers in multiple locations all over the globe. I can never keep straight what time it is anywhere. Word Clock allows me to have all of the relevant regions that I deal with on a screen in a concise display. This allows me to know if a contact is available, when they most likely will be available, and how best to schedule meetings. I've been using it for years and it is the ONLY clock software I need.

    Cons

    The only thing that I can think of is that it would be nice to be able to reposition the GMT offset on the clock faces. Some of the larger offsets (multiple digits) are partially hidden behind the face of the clock.

    Summary

    If you don't have, download it and try it out. Once you do, you will be hooked!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "VERY PLEASED"

    February 21, 2014  |   By jwpopp

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.24

    Pros

    My friends ask why I would pay for a clock program when there are so many that are free. Hah! The many have very limited functionality. This one is loaded with extremely useful options.

    I congratulate you for your effort and your insights. This is by far the most useful of the many clock programs I've tried. The customizing options are superb. You've truly done a world-class job with it.

    Cons

    None discovered.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A superb program - exactly what I was looking for!"

    February 9, 2014  |   By ALATHEA777

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.24

    Pros

    multi-functionality, very few limitations, fully customisable, bells and whistles (literally!), has features I did not see in any other similar program. LOVE IT!

    Cons

    none that I have noticed

    Summary

    A brilliant and inexpensive program that you will love if you connect with people all over the world like I do!

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