New gadget: Time Around the World

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 1:18 PM



As a Hall of Famer turned Google Desktop intern, I want to introduce the just-released Time Around the World gadget. This was one of the awesome projects I got to work on during a great summer internship.

If you like to keep track of time, need to know what time it is in different time zones, or are simply obsessed with clocks, be sure to give the Time Around the World gadget a try.

This gadget is also a great resource for developers because it uses a wide range of advanced features:

  • Eye candy - zooming, rotations, and fade-outs.
  • Layout management - the gadget arranges the clocks based on user-specified layouts.
  • Configurable clock themes.
  • Advanced options dialog techniques - the gadget uses four different options dialogs, each packed with controls and other goodies.

The gadget uses no native code — just XML and JavaScript — so you'll get all the source code when you download the gadget.

13 comments:

Jonathan said...

There seems to be a bug with the time, possibly not accounting for DST. Also, Iceland's timezone is listed as GMT-1 but in fact Iceland is always GMT and never adjust for DST.

http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c134/gossamer92/?action=view¤t=TimeAroundWorld.jpg

Jonathan said...

Sorry, I put in the wrong link, the following works:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c134/gossamer92/TimeAroundWorld.jpg

James [GD Team] said...

Thanks Jonathan

James

Anonymous said...

The times are all wrong, at least for Asia/Pacific countries and cities. Times are out by 2 hours. Event whne the correct GMT offset is entered the time is wrong. This gadget needs some attention. Looks great but doesn't tell the right time so is basically useless.

Catalin said...

The issue is being looked into and a fix is hopefully on the way soon.

Johann said...

It has been almost four months since the last post saying that a fix was being looked into. I would like to report that there is still a problem with this gadget as it is reporting the time in New Zealand incorrectly. It is delayed by 2 hours. This gadget is unreliable at giving the correct time, and therefore should not be made available until it is fixed. There doesn't seem to be any working international clocks on the Google Toolbar, but there are on the Windows Sidebar. I am seriously considering changing back to the Microsoft Windows Sidebar if this is not fixed promptly.

James [GD Team] said...

Hello Johann,

We'd appreciate your help in testing new versions of the gadget.

Please contact us at gd-developer AT google DOT com

Cheers!
James

Anonymous said...

Hello James,

I also found very wrong times or Brazil. Why do you need help of the users? Information about the correct time zones is available on a dozen of websites, wikipedia etc.... Probably it could be even taken from the windows/apple/linux operating system. Sorry I am not the expert, but I assume Google will have the resources to fix it, or not?

The gadget looks so nice, it would like it very much keeping it on my desktop.

peter-maarten

James [GD Team] said...

Hello Peter,

We are making definite progress on a fix.

I was asking for help with testing new versions in the near future.

Cheers!

James

Johann said...

I'm really looking forward to using the gadget when it is fixed. Daylight savings times are difficult to keep up with for me. I regularly call Australia and New Zealand on Skype, but it is confusing trying to figure out what time it would be over there without the use of international clocks. Australia, New Zealand, and the UK (where I am calling from), have day light savings periods at different times, so it is quite confusing - especially when there are changes to these some years.

Boros said...

Has there been any movment on this issue. The bug with time zones is still there.

Keith said...

Great looks and all times seem to be correct (Austin, San Jose, Tokyo, Paris) when my computer time was set to CST. However, while in Japan, changing the PC time zone, the times are then incorrect (all 1 hour behind). You might want to check the Daylight savings algorithm). Once the times are fixed, this will be a great tool.

Anonymous said...

Still not fixed for shift in US back to Standard time from Daylight.