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Vector Clocks

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Vector Clocks is a desktop alarm clock with a set of freeware analog alarm clock faces that you can customize and pin anywhere on your desktop. You can change the size, transparency, behavior, and other aspects of the clock; rotate and manipulate the clock face; and hide it with a mouse gesture. The clock also features digital time and date displays, and it can even function as a stopwatch. The alarm plays sounds from MP3, WAV, and MIDI files.

Vector Clocks' installer gave us the choice of a standard Windows installation or a portable installation on a USB stick or similar device. We chose the standard installation but appreciate the option. The clock face is a clear, high-definition graphic with realistic highlights and movement, especially the sweep second hand, which synchronized with the digital time display. The clock displayed AM or PM as needed, and the date was displayed but not the month. We clicked the large "i" that appeared over the center of the clock when we hovered the cursor over it, and an attractive calendar display popped up. We clicked Set Alarm, and a wizard helped us set the default audible alarm. We could also choose our own file or access more alarm sounds online. We right-clicked the center of the clock to access its main settings; something we could also do from the program's system tray menu. This tabbed dialog contained numerous checkboxes for selecting the clock's behavior and appearance, its desktop integration, the time format, and other options. We set our city's name and chose our options, including selecting a skin from a drop-down menu as well as the mouse-over autohide feature, which worked just fine. We could also add an image from our library to the clock face.

The program's Web site offered a huge array of high-quality clock faces that can be downloaded for free by clicking More Clocks on the system tray menu. Each is a separate, fully functional Vector Clock, and you can cover your desktop with them, if you like. We've seen lots of free desktop alarm clocks; Vector Clocks is the nicest one yet.

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    3.8 stars

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

    "Hijacks you with search bar"

    July 25, 2013  |   By bhwow

    Version: Vector Clocks 2011.04

    Pros

    none i never got past the other bad apps that were downloaded with this!

    Cons

    Totally had to restore my computer to get rid of the apps this downloaded after i declined them and canceled the download and install. Even after finding and uninstalling the apps and disabling them on my browsers they still managed to hijack my browser, this is very bad and i am not going to trust downloads from CNet anymore too.
    I also got the MixiDJ Toolbar from this app or Cnet ... or both ?

    Summary

    Don't download this !!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Don't trust CNET anymore!"

    June 21, 2013  |   By NightOwl2112

    Version: Vector Clocks 2011.04

    Pros

    Some decent clocks.

    Cons

    CNET MUST know but does not alert it's users that this download will install Sweetpacks toolbar and other adware that avast flags as a Trojan Horse virus!!!
    CNET must be g3etting some cash kick-back for every computer it helps to infect with this garbage!

    Summary

    Nothing is REALLY free, and I guess you can't trust anybody with anything anymore!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best clock and simple alarm options"

    November 11, 2012  |   By jwojewidka

    Version: Vector Clocks 2011.04

    Pros

    Solid, flexible, lots of choices. No issues and they look great. I use it instead of a widget.

    Cons

    None, just suggest a way to anchor them to the desktop or snap to a position, to make it easier to move from one to multiple monitors, maybe widget style?

    Summary

    Just get it. No regrets.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like the choices of clock formats available."

    March 23, 2012  |   By Rusty3699

    Version: Vector Clocks 2011.04

    Pros

    Many different clocks to chose from. The option to be on top or in the background is great.

    Cons

    It gets a little complicated using the free version. The trial version over rides the free version. Once you find a clock you like they make it very hard to find it in the free version. I had to uninstall the pro version to get the free version to work.

    Summary

    It is a great program. I can understand why they make it hard to find free versions of their clocks they need to make a buck. If I had the money I would have bought the pro version. During the trial I liked it a lot. For now I found the free version of the clock I like and later when I have some money I would love to have the pro version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great! Just what I wanted"

    December 2, 2011  |   By synfidie

    Version: Vector Clocks 2011.04

    Pros

    Fast, Easy to set up..works like a charm. (and it's free!)

    Cons

    none really

    Summary

    Many options to choose from and very simple interface.

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