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PolarClock 3.0 is now available as a screen saver for Mac and Windows, and also as a dashboard widget for OSX Tiger. This release is a total rebuild from scratch using Flash CS3, Flex Builder and ActionScript 3.0. There has been a staggering amount of feedback over the past few months, all of which was very useful. There are more things to add, but there are only so many hours in the day!

New Features

  • Language Selection (28 languages so far)
  • Text alignment (outside, centre or inside of arc)
  • Font size 12 – 30pt
  • 24/12 hour clock modes
  • Flipping of text when it’s in the lower half of the arc (to stop it being upside down)
  • Guidelines behind arcs
  • Arc properties (thickness, padding, radius )
  • A spacer Arc for padding between Date and Time ( movable to be between any arc)
  • Continuous/Stepped motion (continuous was requested a lot, so that you can see a minute slowly stretching each second to become the next minute etc).
  • Ordering of the arcs. You can put the arcs in any order that you want.
  • Colours: Luminance, change the lightness of the arcs
  • Colours: Saturation, change the strength of the colour
  • Colours: Hue offset, change the hue of the arcs to between 0º and 360º.

A comprehensive options panel has been added, see below:
preference_pane.jpg general.jpg appearance.jpg

Windows Screen saver options Windows Options screen

You can download as screensaver here [zip]

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) 688Kb [zip]
Mac OS X (10.5 and below) 4.4Mb [zip]
Windows 2.0Mb

The iPhone version is now also available, developed by Ed Kauffmann at rayflex

get it here:


And as an OSX Dashboard Widget here [zip] Mac OS X Widget 356Kb

I’d like to thank all the people that helped out with translation and beta testing. They are: Boolean, Fred, Kamil, Joel, Jan, qureyoon, guadonpost, nuzzaci, rmart, kamen56, adt, vitor, hsin, nstasinopoulos, HUcast, senny, Etam, pirho, Thomas, Gyt, skadet, Felipe Santini, dan, weq, korocop, interfuser, sub, foizy, Dennis van Lith, napalmcool, and of course, some use of babelfish!

Some people have reported that the rings of the clock burn into their screens. I have not seen this as an issue, but I suspect that is because my monitor is set to sleep 15 minutes after the screen saver starts, so there isn’t sufficient time to do any damage. So I’d suggest that you do the same on your set up.

If you would like to donate towards all the work I have put in so far, and towards future releases, please click the button below.