World Clock 4.0 Change Log
This page lists changes in World Clock
software between versions 3.0 and 4.0.
Changes in World Clock 4.0
Released December 3, 2007.
- German translation improved.
- Bug fix: creating multiple alarms for timers now does not reset / interfere with timer highlights.
- Pause or resume timer option added to the list of actions on double-click for timers and stopwatches.
- Bug fix: alarm settings for timers and stopwatches now get remembered properly when navigating between alarm nodes in Preferences.
- Bug fix: before this fix analog clocks on desktop were maximizing its size after 9:59 - 10:00 time transition. Now desktop skins maintain their size. This bug was only relevant to v4.0 users.
- Bug fix: format "%D %dn\n%h %hn %m %mn" now shows correct localized names for days, depending on the number of days passed or remaining. For example, 1 day but 15 days in English and similarly in other languages, depending on their syntax rules.
- Bug fix: Clicking on the Run button in timer / stopwatch control panel now works reliably after pressing the Reset button.
- Bug fix: Clicking OK or Apply in Preferences after creating a timer or stopwatch now starts it immediately.
- Add clock, Add timer, and Add stopwatch options introduced for the right-click menu.
- Introduced timers and stopwatches.
- Cuba ends DST 1 week earlier than expected: on the last Sunday of October, just like in 2006.
- Danish translation introduced.
- Double-click action changed to show World Clock calendar for situations when no_preferences registry option is specified. It eliminates a security warning for terminal server installations when users are not allowed to change the system time.
- Bug fix: Anuko World Clock time table and time converter were not handling properly future time zone changes, such as in Venezuela.
- Venezuela planned time zone change to GMT-04:30 is introduced. The proposal ... involves turning the clock back half an hour from +4.00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), to +4.30 GMT, the time zone Venezuela had until December 31, 1964, when the current time zone was adopted. The change was due to take place on September 17 and then on September 24, but has since been postponed until December 31, to allow for compliance with international organizations, such as the International Office of Weights and Measures.
- A future (2008, etc.) DST change is introduced for Egypt. For lack of better info, assume the new rule is last Thursday in August. Due to the Hijri (lunar Islamic calendar) year being 11 days shorter than the year of the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan shifts earlier each year. This year it will be observed September 13 (September is quite hot in Egypt), and the idea is to make fasting easier for workers by shifting business hours one hour out of daytime heat. Consequently, unless discontinued, next DST may end Thursday 28 August 2008.
- German translation improved.
- Syria extended daylight saving time until November.
Changes in World Clock 3.7.3
Released October 3, 2007.
- Week start day in Calendar now matches system week start day. In other words, weeks don't start on Sundays for European users any longer.
- Notify after updates option introduced on the General page in Preferences. It controls whether World Clock shows a notification window after a successful software update.
- Marking / unmarking any check box in Anuko World Clock tree will now move the focus on the corresponding node.
- Brazil changed their daylight saving time rules again. DST in Brazil now starts on second Sunday in October at 00:00:00 local time. DST ends on third Sunday in February at 00:00:00 local time.
- no_preferences registry option introduced. It controls whether users are allowed to change clock settings.
- Swedish translation improved.
- Venezuelan sources report that no time zone change occurred on the weekend of September 22-23, 2007. "Nothing changed. At this moment the official time service reports local date and time as: Monday, September 24th. 2007 10:40.40 VET, so we're still UTC-0400, at least until mid-October." Rolling back Venezuela time zone to GMT-04:00, for now, until more information is available.
- Bug fix: a time table column for a system time clock was sometimes showing incorrect times after the "Make clock local" function execution.
- no_city_photos registry option introduced. It controls whether a link to the City Photos website is available on the right-click menu in World Clock.
- no_news registry option introduced. It controls whether the RSS News Reader feature is available in the product or not.
- no_cloud_map registry option introduced. It controls whether the cloud image (and its updates) is available on the world map.
- no_updates registry option introduced. It controls whether the automatic update feature is available in Anuko World Clock.
- Caracas and Barcelona in Venezuela moved to the new Venezuela time zone (GMT-04:30).
- New Venezuela time zone introduced (GMT-04:30).
- Serbia and Montenegro split into 2 separate countries in 2006 propagated into the city database.
- Daylight saving time changes in Australia: South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales states in Australia change their DST rules effective next year. DST will end the first Sunday in April at 03:00 and start the first Sunday in October at 03:00.
- Egypt time zone change: DST ends on September 7, not September 28.
Changes in World Clock 3.7.2
Released August 11, 2007.
- Spanish translation improved.
- Message and links on the "Free update period expired" notification window changed for all available translations to allow for smoother integration with a page to buy update subscriptions from.
- Wording on the "Free update period expired" notification window changed to allow for smoother integration with a page to buy update subscriptions from.
- News Reader notification window behavior changed. News items accumulate in it when it is set not to fade out automatically.
- German translation improved.
- Additional option added to News Reader - whether to automatically fade out news notifications or not.
- New Zealand time zone changed. DST extended to new rules: Daylight saving time starts now on: last Sunday in September at 02:00:00 local time. Daylight saving time ends on: first Sunday in April at 02:00:00 local time.
- Haiti time zone updated. No DST in use anymore.
- A "tt h:mm" time formatter added to the list of built-in time formatters to allow for proper time representation for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean users.
- City database / time zones updates.
Changes in World Clock 3.7.1
Released May 21, 2007.
- Clock positioning algorithm in taskbar improved. Non-necessary 2-pixel gaps are removed from top and bottom of the clock matrix, which allows for better arrangements of clocks. For example, stacking of clocks in 2 rows is now possible where it was not possible before (in narrow taskbars).
- New clock positioning algorithm allows for different heights of clocks, which is convenient when you want to display a date on one of them.
Changes in World Clock 3.7
Released May 8, 2007.
- World map now supports close to real-time clouds imagery. Configure it on the General page in Preferences.
- Higher resolutions of world map are supported (if your video adapter can handle the task).
- Estonian translation added.
Changes in World Clock 3.6
Released April 5, 2007.
- Enterprise deployment improvement: Added an option to supply the location of default.ini file during installs or updates. This is how it works: put a customized copy of "default.ini" into the installer's directory and rename it to "enterprise.ini". This file will be copied by the installer over the target "default.ini" during install or update.
- Automatic update improvement: Added an option in default.ini to completely disable the update feature, which grays out UI elements and removes the "Check for update" menu. There is a global flag, which totally disables auto-updates, removes the menu command and grays out the settings section - just specify "updates_enabled=0" in the main section of the default.ini.
- Automatic update improvement: Added a checkbox - whether to check for updates or not.
- Automatic update improvement: Increased range for interval to check for updates to 999 days.
- Added an icon resource into zonetick.exe binary so that Windows Task Manager shows it on the Applications tab.
- Honduras time zone change - no DST anymore starting with 2007.
- Syria time zone modified: Daylight saving time starts now on: last Friday in March at 00:00:00 local time.
- Turkey time zone modified - Turkey to use EU daylight saving rules starting in 2007.
- Bug fix: Tray clocks are located correctly after start with the hidden taskbar.
- Bug fix: Anuko World Clock map, when invoked from Anuko World Clock Preferences, now shows correct times for zones with time zone history information (the zones that have entries in tz_changes.txt file).
- Bug fix: changing local time zone on systems now reflects immediately on clocks set to display "Local System Time". Previously, ZoneTick restart or settings re-apply was required.
- Bug fix: time table column for the "Local time" was offset for users in some South Hemisphere countries such as New Zealand. The bug was showing up during periods close to daylight saving time transition (was noticed 1 week in advance).
- RSS news reader work-around added for compatibility with some inconsistently formatted RSS feeds.
- Bug fix: flashing portions of taskbar when clocks display seconds. Addressed by not notifying the taskbar unnecessarily every second in this situation.
- Vista fix: color blending problem in taskbar with Aero schema solved by disabling taskbar transparency on ZoneTick start and restoring it on exit. March 5, 2007.
- Cuban daylight saving time switch dates modified after Granma, the official organ of the central committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, wrote that this year Cuba will advance its clocks on midnight, March 10.
- Spanish translation updated.
- Bug fix: premature "Free updates period expired" message for some users, who updated around February 26. If you purchased less than 1 year ago use your original download link to update your version. This should fix the problem. Note: a follow-up email was sent out to all users affected with a download link and instructions.
- Mongolia time zone modified. No daylight saving time any more as Parliament has ruled.
- German translation updated.
Changes in World Clock 3.5
Released February 26, 2007.
- Vista support: time synchronization is redone via a Windows service to address lack of permissions for Windows Vista users.
- Time zone for Saint Pierre and Miquelon corrected to match Canada and USA time zone rules changes in 2007.
- Time zone for Turkey corrected, which uses a more accurate daylight saving time transition.
- Time zone for Guatemala corrected. Guatemala decided not to use DST in 2007.
- Time zone for Cuba corrected with daylight saving time usage.
- Vista support bug fix: clocks should now show up in taskbar after an initial install or update.
- Initial effort on Windows Vista support.
- Bug fix: all desktop clocks will now show up on a single or double-click on any clock in taskbar.
- Bug fix: tooltip misplacement by 1 pixel on initial mouse-over event.
- Bug fix: auto-updates fixed for Windows 2000 - on some systems during updates users may see error message: "The procedure entry point GetProcessImageFileNameW could not be located in the dynamic link library PSAPI.DLL".
- Bug fix: for users who made multiple ZoneTick purchases automatic updates feature was working for only a short time.
- Bug fix: updates could not proceed on Windows XP with "Switch User" functionality when ZoneTick was running simultaneously for more than one user. Users were seeing error message "One of ZoneTick files is corrupted. Please reinstall ZoneTick." due to only partial success with file replacement.
- Spanish localization updated.
- German localization updated.
- Italian localization updated.
- Bug fix: News headers from Google news channels are decoded properly now. Special symbol inserts such as quotes, etc. should now be displayed normally in headers and notifications.
- Bug fix: RSS feeds from Google news channels are now working.
Changes in World Clock 3.4
Released December 31, 2006.
- RSS news and blogs reader feature is introduced.
- Bug fixed: analog clocks displayed on desktop in some situations were occasionally late by 1 minute when no seconds hand was used.
- City of Stanley in Falkland Islands now uses correct time zone with DST.
- Time zone for Honduras modified as per recent changes in daylight saving rules.
- Time zone for Jordan modified as per recent changes in daylight saving rules.
- Time zone for Brazil updated as per recent changes in legislation.
- Time zone for Uruguay updated as per recent changes in legislation.
- Time zone update for Western Australia (Perth). The state of Western Australia introduced an experimental 3-year trial of daylight saving time.
Changes in World Clock 3.3
Released September 23, 2006.
- Automatic update feature is introduced. This feature is available only in full version.
- Alarms and reminders dismiss button added.
Changes in World Clock 3.2
Released August 18, 2006.
- New time zone format is introduced to support all localities on Earth. The new database format anticipates future time zone changes in the world. Countries like Brazil, Uruguay, Israel and many others are fully supported. Dependency on Windows time zones is eliminated.
- Product is additionally localized into Dutch, Japanese, and Italian.
- Time converter is redesigned. Conversion of times for countries like India is much easier now.
- Time table, which shows an entire day layout for all time zones, is introduced.
Changes in World Clock 3.1
Released July 10, 2006.
- Product is localized into English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- User interface redesigned to fit all languages.
- Minor bug fixes.