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Steampunk Clock Calendar Yahoo Widget 2.8
Licence GNU
Language English
Size
System Windows/Mac/Android/IOS
Author Dean Beedell
Website Homepage
Created 2010-11-15
Downloads 18982

This is the steampunk clock/calendar

A Steam Punk Yahoo Widget for your Windows/Mac desktop, a fully working yahoo widget and it can be moved around your desktop looking very steampunk indeed. It tells the date/time in digital and analogue format with a swinging pendulum. It chimes and ticks too. It has full sounds for all operations, has fully working alarms and can be muted at the turn of a crank handle.

The instructions are here Instructions for use are here

* NEW VERSION *

Here is the beta MkII version 2.8 of a Steampunk clock & calendar yahoo widget created using photoshop and an idea from the PC computer game WOTW *1

The real changes provided in the latest version are the ability to resize the clock, the new day of the week indicator, the slider animation is much slicker, slider can be operated with your mouse scroll wheel, reduced cpu usage overall, lower cpu required by the pendulum swing action, many bugs fixed, slicker operation in general, standard 12 hour clock face, a right click menu with plenty of options and links, more documentation and more back end preferences to configure and play with. Some of the graphics have also been improved upon. In 2.8 - The pendulum animation now uses less cpu and a resizing bug has been fixed.

*1 - In this game there is a neat idea of time manipulation where the game play is speeded up or slowed down by the use of a one-way time machine. This was done by moving an in-game gadget which displayed a calendar/clock in a very steampunk fashion. This was the source of my limited inspiration. I decided to use it as the visual core of a javascript program and then I realised that I could also create a Yahoo widget from it.

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Note: This widget will continue to be supported regardless of the current state of yahoo widget engine support. It runs in XP/Vista/Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS/X. If you have any problems please post your email queries to our contact page. I will endeavour to answer them as soon as I can.

You will, yahoo-widgets-logo.png of course, need Yahoo widgets for this widget to run. Get Yahoo widgets here.   

and the Mac version here: http://desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2x10a50/yahoo_widgets_4.5.2.dmg

SOFTPEDIA "100% CLEAN" AWARD

This product was last tested in the Softpedia Labs on 12th of December 2013 by Olivian Puha. Softpedia guarantees that Steampunk Clock Calendar 2.8 is 100% Clean, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. 

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You can also see the widget reviewed in operation here at  Ilovefreesoftware 

 

 

 

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Danny wrote on May 08, 2013
 
Title: Thanx
Realy greate,

Thank you.....

Danny
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Dean Beedell wrote on April 25, 2012
 
Title: sound problems?
Igor,

The sound problems are nomally caused by the machine that is playing the sounds. The widget only uses system resources to play the sounds. Problems can be:

1. System running slowly due to resource issues, cpu running out.
2. Strange audio codecs installed that interrupt the playing of a sound trying to process it (this is the most common problem)
3. Some other weird sound configuration issue on the system.

re: hanging, I run Google Chrome on win XP and no problems with the widgets. I have plenty of memory a big pagefile and an o/s that doesn't consume too much memory.

Win7 is a heavy memory drain, Google chrome creates a process per window and it sounds as if it might be resource issue. If you look at the processes in task manager you will see a yahoo widget process for each widget, same for google chrome processes, too many processes might well be the issue. PS CS3/5 doesn't use too much in the way of process resources and is not a big user of memory until you open up a heavily layered PSD file.

Not heard of anyone having issues with win7 but if you have another PC anywhere without win7 you could try them there and see if it is any more stable for you. If that proves to be so then you can start thinking about what the differences are between the configs. of the two machines and perhaps narrow it down

For the widget engine to die it normally takes a serious issue. Try running with just one widget at a time. See if it still happens, then load another, note system resource usage and see what the state of the system is when this occurs. It might be that your system is using too much memory and you have an insufficient pagefile.

The widget toolbar location is configurable and it can auto-hide, mine is on the left hand side.

Basically a WIN PC can be heavily configured with othjer software which can take its toll on other apps. You'll need to do an analysis and probably run the widgets on a vanilla win7 install to diagnose which of your apps/configurations have disturbed normal operation.

With the many thousands of installations so far, no-one has mentioned as similar error before. The sound you might be able to fix and it points to an audio code issue. Try removing codecs one by one.
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Igor wrote on April 25, 2012
 
Title: Mr.
Thank you very much for your widgets, they are all amazing! But I got diasppointed due to some problems with the sound on Steampunk Clock Calendar. The chimes occasionally get distorded and sound like a jammed tape in old tape recorders. The widgets also tend to turn off once Google Chrome is launched or something else is done with the desktop. Sometimes the sound on Steampunk Clock Calendar totally disappears. I am using Windows 7 Ultimate on Sony Vaio VPCEB1M1R laptop. Please also note that I am using three widgets together - Clock Calender, Weather and Calendar - and the sound disappears on Clock Calendar only. Another thing is that the yahoo widget bar itself is hiidden at the rigt corner of the screen since I set it so at the very beginning, and it does not want to appear again for me to make settings, but instead turns off to close all the widgets at the moment I even just put the cursor arrow on it without clicking. First I thought that the problem might be due to memory or processor, but everything is ok when I launch Photoshop wihich requires pretty much resources. So to my mind three things are somehow interconnected to produce conflicts - yahoo widget service itself, sounds on Clock Calander, Windows desktop service and Google Chrome. Please advise your comments on this. I like your widgets so much and want to fix those problems. Kind regards, Igor.
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CaraC wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: cute clock, but...
I really love steampunk, and maybe I am not working this thing right but none of the settings register with the clock. it won't shrink, chime, tick or swing as far as I can tell. It doesn't switch between analog and digital either. Cute idea, let me know if it's me and not the clock, thanks!
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Peter wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Real Fun Widget but its not yet completed!
a real fun widget but I note that I'm not the only person who never reads the instructions "til' all else fails" smilies/smiley.gif The preferences indicate which bits work and which don't. The widget is work in progress and I hope he does get round to completing it. Version 8 has the pendulum working.
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audiogani/Piero wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: I find it very relaxing
Hi Dean, very nice "tool"... a little request... could you clean the belltoll sample from its noise (maybe it's due to the resolution of the original sample)? Thanks a lot for this relaxing clock.
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frobert wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: frobert November 29, 2010 · version 0.1 Really liked it but...
After turning the tic toc on,I was unable to turn it off After trying everything at least 4 times I decided to dump it and reload.Same issue happened again and also no pendulem,I will let it go away for now,check the comments for a fix and hope to use this clock in the future.

EDIT: Another version has been submitted for approval, 0.12 and will be here shortly as soon as Yahoo approve it. Version 0.12 has some time-changing functionality to the slider. I wasn't able to duplicate the tic toc issue that frobert had. Hopefully you will have more luck with the next version.
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audiogani/Piero wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Waiting for the alarms, now :)
Chimes are all clean now, thanks and the whole clock is taking its final functionality goal.
I usually use it hidden to hear only chimes and I open its window only when I need to set it leaving the whole screen clean from gadgets.

EDIT: I have created 0.13, added a new pop-up techno-goth screen, currently only shows debug information but may do more later. Also changed a few things, Clicking on bell now sets alarm, clicking on clock face now turns off alarm, a good clunk sound now assigned to various events, help file created. It should turn up as soon as it is approved. The yahoo chaps are releasing them very quickly so you shouldn't have to wait long.
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nobodyz wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Feels "hands on"
If you want to step a bit away from total technology and have something that looks and sounds like a clock on your wall or sitting on your desk, choose this one!

Beautiful, luxurious layout, flexible with sounds, sound volume, choosing a pendulum or not, choosing digital or analog, this is a treat, in short.

This clock looks like an early invention by the brilliant doctor in the movie "Time Machine". (NOTE: it does NOT look like the Time Machine....just looks like something the good Doctor might invent!)

If you like old fashioned things, you'll love this one.
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Faellyn wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: It's the sound files that make this fantastic!
Over the past week I've fallen completely in love with this widget because of the sounds! Both the chimes and the pendulum 'tock" have an organic, faintly echoing sound that fills my house with the peaceful tranquility of an old, Victorian grandfather clock. And what the heck...it tells time too!
There's another Yahoo widget that mimics the sounds of a grandfather clock - and it's vary well done, but this one's just a bit better.
Can't wait for further updates to round out the functionality. Thanks!

EDIT: - Faellyn, really glad you like it - A new version (0.15) has been submitted to the Yahoo team for approval. The alarm is 80% complete and behind the scenes the alarm code has been largely finished. Some UI changes have been made to make the alarm system more usable. The next version (0.16) will probably have the alarm finished. Until then it is for demo purposes only, so everyone please reduce your expectations. There are some new sounds and some new pop-ups. 0.15 will be here soon, then 0.16 to finish the alarms, have fun!
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audiogani/Piero wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Chimes are deactivated at start
Hello Dean, I downloaded the 0.15 version from your site and chimes deactivate themselves at the clock start even if I set them on and save the preferences, close and reopen the clock.
Thanks for this wonderful clock!

EDIT: Piero, you are quite right about the chime deactivating on startup, thanks for pointing that out. I will fix it. 0.16 has the alarm working and more changes to the UI.Added onMouseEnter events to the till pop-ups and coloured them red to indicate there exists the danger of deleting alarms.
Added dropdown sounds to the canvases.
fixed a few minor bugs with the UI.
Added the deletion of alarms by clicking on the till pop up.
Clapper moves when bell rings on setting an alarm.
Checked the alarm rais…ing mechanism functions.
Added sounds to the spinning counters.

Will load the new version here as soon as it is tested
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audiogani wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: This clock is awesome!!!
I downloaded the 0.16.2 version from your http://lightquick.co.uk/downlo...idget.html site page and I'm testing it. No problems for now. The alarms settings are intuitive and the slider works a lot better now. Perfect work Dean!
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anon. wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: smashing job
this is so brilliant , it needs to be recomended to every steam punk :-)
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Duy wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Ticking Adjustment
Instead of having a low/high volume button, I think on/off would be better. I don't want to dig into the settings whenever I'm watching a video or playing a game

EDIT: Duy, I'll see what I can do about providing a volume on/off from the front end. I hear what you are saying.
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Taufik wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: good
good.......
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Docsgirl wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Steampunk widget
I LOVE this widget...it's too cool with the sounds and display! THANK YOU!
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Joe wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Great Widget
Although there are many ways to see the time on a computer, I like the way the clock tiicks quietly in the background and chimes every 15 minutes. Keeps me from loosing track of time.
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Elphin H. Steelvolte wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: The Superior Widgets by Dean
These widgets will delight and amaze with their olde worlde charm. I swear this clock's ticking & chimes actually transport me back to an earlier time.

Get it now!
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Elphin H. Steelvolte wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: The Superior Desktop Widget
The hands on interface and uncannily realistic ticking and chimes of this wonderful clock will transport you into the future. (though if you close your eyes and listen you may think you have in fact gone back in time)

Get it now!
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Edward wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Dean...love this widget, man.
This has to be the coolest clock/calendar widget that I have come across. The pop-out canvases, the indicator slider, the sounds...everything about this thing is brillant as well as brillantly done. The tick-tock, the chimes, and the alarm are all clear and very bright. Like so many comments that I have read below, I too also have the sound on with the volume set to run these sounds softly int he background. The design actualy reminds me of the feel of the current TARDIS.

To round this …one out, i would follow it up with a set of matching monitors for the CPU RAM, HD space(multiples), Wifi, Network, and Battery power. Same feel, with fancey arrow-sliders or a set of old fashioned gauges. Add that idea to your calender and your nixies and you would then have a true steampunk desktop.
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Junebug wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Newest Steampunk Widget Fan!!
Sir, you are brilliant!! I don't suppose you have heard of a recent movement that my oldest teenage son is so into? It is a kind of "cult" teen group, spreading the world over called Steampunk Style. However, it is quickly moving out of the "cult" level & becoming very popular. It could be called a "way of life" if you will, but for now, it just mostly involves dressing the way men and some women did in the Edwardian/Victorian/"Moulin Rouge Movie&
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Iceman wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Fun and practical
This is great,based upon my download and use for the last few hours,having windows 7 so many widgets don't work but this does,it brings back memories of when my Grandparents were alive having a clocks tick sound over certain sounds,for those that don't want the sound it can be turned of or just quietened and the alarm is a bonus,full marks to the maker
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Garrett Jax wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Love the Clock.
You've taken care of two things I've been wanting in a clock. Alarm clock on my computer and a clock that plays the same chimes my grandparents' antique mantle clock used to. THANKS!!
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Gregory wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Awesome widgets!!
I have been using your Steampunk widgets for a couple weeks now and love them! Very stylish. I am working on dressing up my XP Computer in Steampunk style and was wondering what font you used for the Clock calendar widget date and time numerals. They look a little like the Engravers MT font in Windows. Keep up the great work. I also have a Windows 7 computer and would request that you think about making the widgets run with the Win7 Gadget engine if possible - though I understand it would likely be a large effort. Anyway, do keep up the great work. Thanks!
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Dean Beedell wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Instructions for the Steampunk clock
@ShelbyMorgan - Setting the alarm is done in truly steampunk fashion. It is a test of your ingenuity sir! Don't worry, just search on Google for "Instructions for the Steampunk clock/calendar", it is the third link down. Full instructions to be found there.

New version it is much easier
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shelbymorgan wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: Great clock!
Love this! Can't seem to master setting the alarm, but I suspect that'll get easier in upcoming versions :-)
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