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Sharp World Clock

CNET Editors' review

It's one world, but keeping track of the time on the other side of the planet requires a little help and a better timepiece than the Windows system clock. One of the best is Sharp World Clock, as clean and accurate a handle as the international timekeepers it displays. You can easily set it to display any number of configurable digital or analog clocks at once in a row or grid; change their sizes, colors, backgrounds, and other aspects; and display national flags for quick visual identification. You can also show day or night indicators, sunrise and sunset times, lunar phases, time zones, and more. It also boasts a zoom-capable world map depicting day and night areas, a configurable alarm clock, a calendar with a reminder feature, and the ability to add your own audio files for alarm sounds.

Both the clocks the program creates and its efficient, intuitive interface are unusually attractive and competently configured without being cluttered or garish, making subtle but effective use of color for highlighting and emphasis, even in the command dialogs. The clocks themselves, and the analog clock faces in particular, have high visual impact and readability, even at distance or a glance, but without resorting to flashy, distracting designs. In fact, they make good use of Vista-style highlighting to achieve the look of real instruments instead of a virtual display.

Sharp World Clock is free to try for 15 days and costs $39. It works in all versions of Windows from XP to 7.

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All User Reviews

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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Logiciel tres beau et bien fait et super service d'aide"

    January 10, 2014  |   By pross1957

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.1

    Pros

    Tres beau logiciel horloge mondiale
    Tres facile a parametrer
    Beautiful software
    Many option
    Great helping service

    Cons

    Rien nothing

    Summary

    If you want great world clock That's the software !
    C'est le logiciel d'horloge international

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Sharp World Clock"

    December 20, 2013  |   By roger15526

    Version: Sharp World Clock 6.1

    Pros

    I have been dealing with Johannes Wallroth for over 2 years. In the beginning we had a problem with his software on the Windows partition of my Imac. After much consternation, frustration we finally figured it out. Johannes went out-of-his way to rewrite a portion of the software to accommodate me. Account of his dedication to satisfy me, it was rectified.

    Cons

    I have no negative thoughts to describe

    Summary

    It is my pleasure to not only recommend his software but also his Customer Service. He went over and beyond what is normally required.

    Roger Paquette
    Chilliwack, BC Canada

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Far too complicated"

    June 3, 2013  |   By lstacey99

    Version: Sharp World Clock 5.86

    Pros

    Does have many options to select. Was looking for something easier.

    Cons

    Too overwhelming for people like me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best clock program on the market, no one gets close!"

    October 11, 2012  |   By Kashmir121

    Version: Sharp World Clock 5.83

    Pros

    easy to use and totally customisable, limitless varieties, very, very professional looking, regular updates and constantly improvments, rapid, friendly, personal service, super VFM (value for money)!

    Cons

    No regrets.

    Summary

    Wish i had purchased it before. I ketp waiting. Now i use it all the time.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Perfect customisation and classy appearance"

    April 26, 2012  |   By Cheshire-lad

    Version: Sharp World Clock 5.74

    Pros

    -You can really customise anything you like to get clocks to appear exactly as you wish. Borders, size, colours, patterns, fonts, flag sizes etc are all adjustable.
    - I like the time zone calculator to see when a good time to have conference calls in multiple time zones is.
    - In the past I used Windows Gadget clocks but they took up a lot of desktop real estate and when I used a projector or monitor with a different resolution it moved the clocks around. With Sharp world clock I have a compact solution and I can 'dock' them all as one gadget, so it's easy to move around etc.

    Cons

    - I bought this product as it does just what I want, but $39 for a clock just felt excessive.
    - Programming error means clocks temporarily disappear when I click show desktop in Windows 7 (which is different to the windows desktop gadgets).

    Summary

    - If you work with multiple locations and time zones, this is a perfect tidy way to manage your clocks, but the price galls me!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is extraordinary and an absolute joy to work with!"

    March 26, 2012  |   By netsamnetsam

    Version: Sharp World Clock 5.73

    Pros

    This is extraordinary and an absolute joy to work with!
    The unique elegant design offers exceptional functionality, where every detail was carefully considered and perfectly executed.
    Johannes Wallroth, your work is Brilliant.....and very much appreciated.

    Cons

    NONE WHATSOEVER.

    Summary

    This is extraordinary and an absolute joy to work with!
    The unique elegant design offers exceptional functionality, where every detail was carefully considered and perfectly executed.
    Johannes Wallroth, your work is Brilliant.....and very much appreciated.

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