Aug 072012

sdTime version 1.3.0 is now available through the Mac App Store.

For those who have already purchased sdTime, this update is free.

New in 1.3.0:

  • Customizable fonts
  • Analog clock can now:
    • Be placed on the desktop, always on top, float as a window.
    • Display the GMT offset.
  • Table View:
    • Option to resize columns to fit contents.
    • Menu selection to display all columns.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Jul 222012

I have done some testing of sdTime 1.2.0 and 1.3.0 on Mac OS X 10.8 GM release provided to developers.  Both releases function as expected.

A note on time zone abbreviations:

Some of the time zone abbreviations have changed in Mac OS X 10.8.  Users will see these new abbreviations when they run sdTime on Mac OS X 10.8.  This is expected behavior.

Did I see a mention of sdTime 1.3.0?

Yes.  I am finalizing sdTime 1.3.0 and I’m planning on submitting it to the Mac App Store in the next few days.  It will hopefully be available by early August.  Stay tuned for the announcement and the new features.

[Update: Aug 2, 2012… v1.3.0 is still “Waiting For Review.” – Article originally published on July 22, 2012.]

Jun 222012

sdTime version 1.2.0 is now available through the Mac App Store.

For those who have already purchased sdTime, this update is free.

New in 1.2.0:

  • Table View now has support for custom location colors.
  • Planning View – A new view that allows you to quickly see the date and time in all locations in a group at a user specified date and time.
  • Analog View has a number of improvements:
    • Aesthetically improved scaling from small to full screen with proportionate increases in the size of the hands and the fonts.
    • A number of new options:
      • Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, …)
      • Roman numerals (I, II, III, IIII, …)
      • Transparency
      • Contextual menu for location selection and options
      • Ability to display date, location, group, and time zone abbreviation on clock face.
      • AM/PM indicator on clock face
      • AM/PM color swapping
      • Solid clock face or transparent clock face
      • Dots for hour markers
Jun 132012

Something that a lot of people don’t realize is that, by the political time zone definitions, time zones range from GMT-11:00 to GMT+14:00.  That means, for one hour each day there are three active dates on the globe as shown by this screen capture.   Neither American Samoa (Pago Pago) nor the Line Islands (Kiritimati) observe Daylight Savings Time.

Officially the time zones range from GMT-12:00 to GMT+14:00.  If I’m reading the IANA database correctly Kwajalein was the last location to use the GMT-12:00 designation, and it swapped to GMT+12:00 in 1993. The IANA database information can be found at

The above screen shot was taken using the “Planning View” that is part of sdTime 1.2.0 which was just submitted to the Mac App store.  Watch this space (or your App Store Updates) for availability of 1.2.0.