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Clock (text based) or date control

 

Supported file types Not applicable
Playlist support No
Scheduler support No
Scrolling support No
Rotation support 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees
File locations Not applicable
YouTube videos Repeat Signage controls - Text clock control 2014


NOTE - We now have a Flash clock control which includes digital clocks, and is a good alternative to this original control.


Description

This is actually a Text label control that updates itself.  When you insert this it defaults to the current date and time, such as:

03/09/2010 22:51:23

You can then change it's properties to customise this to display any one of the following:

22:51       
10:51 PM
22:51:23
03/09/2010
03 September 2010
03/09/2010 22:51
03 September 2010 10:51 PM
Friday
September
2010
September 2010
Custom format that combine any of the above

You can also change the time zone which allows you to use a time zone different to the system default one, for example GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or US central time.  The culture can be changed which determines which language (English, French, Italian, etc) that the month and day information is displaying in.


Simple clock (text based) or dates

On the designer screen menu, click on 'Insert' then 'Clock (text based) or date'.  This simply adds a text based clock directly onto the designer screen in the format DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM:SS.  Double click this text clock to look at it's properties.  You will see that this is actually a Text label control in clock mode.  This gives you the ability to alter the font and background colours the same as for normal text and also use pictures for either the text or background.  On any of the properties screen tabs, you can press the 'F1' key to get help on that particular tab.


Timezone

Double click your control to see timezone properties.  If this is left on 'DEFAULT SYSTEM TIME'  then it will use your computer's current date and time.  You can change the time zone to another location by double clicking your control and changing the timezone settings.  This is used to display the time at other locations in the world.  For example, you may have 3 clocks in your presentation.  One for London, one for Paris and one for New York.


Double checking that the correct time is displayed for another country

There are loads of Internet websites that will display the current time in places around the world, such as www.timeanddate.com.  You can then double check that if you add a clock showing time in France that this has been done correctly.  A few cites are listed below:

City Website page
   
London http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=136
New York http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179
Paris http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=195
Tokyo http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=248


Optional culture code

Double click your control to see culture code properties.  If this is left blank then it uses the computers default culture which depends on control panel settings, which is most likely to be UK or US English.  This is only useful when displaying the names of days or months in non-English languages such as French, Spanish, etc.

For example, the format code (see above) for displaying the name of the month is:

MMMM

If the culture code is set to en-UK or en-US and the month is 'June' then we get:

June

If we used the Italian culture code of it-IT then we would get:

guiugno

Code Description
   
en-UK English (British)
en-US English (US)
fr-FR French (France)
es-ES Spanish (Spain)
es-MX Spanish (Mexico)


For other countries, a list of these codes is available at:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee797784(CS.20).aspx


Select date/time format

Select a display format for your text clock.  You can pick 'TIME', 'DATE', etc from the list and see how the current date/time previews.  This puts a code such as 'dd MMMM yyyy' in the  'Date/time format box'.  This then formats the date or time based on this code.  These are programming codes which determine how the current date or time is displayed.  These codes are complex but we have left this open to allow maximum flexibility.   To format a code other than one of the standard ones, it is easiest to click on each of the types in turn, such as 'TIME', 'DATE', 'DATE IN WORDS', etc and look at the codes needed to display in a format you need common codes that you may need are:

Code Description
   
HH Hour number such as 08
mm Minutes number such as 45
ss Seconds number such as 23
dd Day number such as 30
dddd Day name such as Tuesday
MM Month number such as 01
MMMM Month name such as January
yyyy Year number such as 2010

You can also use separates such as '/' or ':' characters, commas (,) and spaces to display a date or time in the format required.

A programmers reference for these codes is available at (but this isn't for the faint hearted):

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8kb3ddd4.aspx


Flash clocks and countdown timers

You can download free clocks from the Internet that have been created in Flash and insert them into Repeat Signage with the Flash control.  Try a Google search on 'free flash clocks' and you will come across sites like www.flash-clocks.com.   www.flash-clocks.com has some nice clocks and countdown timers (how many days, hours minutes until Christmas, New Year, etc) that are free to download.  www.flashvortex.com has some other nice designs, but you have their website address on the clock unless you subscribe.


A word about fonts

This control uses fonts installed on your computer.  These fonts need to also be installed on the computers playing your presentations for your presentation to look correct.  See Fonts in Repeat Signage for more information.