Useful time-based utility GNOME Clocks 0.1 available via Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 12.10)
Usually, users install and use one-sided utilities, necessary to provide a specific action/usefulness, approach usually adopted for tasks aimed at measurement-based tools, consequently, in order to benefit a stopwatch utility (needed to measure time "consumed" by various activities), the user installs a simplistic stopwatch with few button, providing the searched singular function.
GNOME Clocks present itself as a bundle of utilities, in the sense of uniting under a singular global interface useful functionalities, functionalities shaped around time.
Launching the tool, exposes a simplistic interface, featuring a basic yet fancy toolbar, where
World, Alarm, Stopwatch and
Timer are located.
World allows the user to set (by selecting) hours specific to cities around the world, cities displayed with a pleasant-to-the-eye thumbnail.
In order to add a city, click
New, type a city name and select a city from the drop-down.
A definitely interesting aspect of GNOME Clocks it its manner of dealing with rendered hours across the world, meaning, adding a city featuring an hour at daytime, presents its thumbnail with a blue-ish clear sky-like thumbnail, adding a city featuring an hour at nighttime, renders its thumbnail with a dark-ish moon-enabled thumbnail, consequently, the user can easily distinct (by simply looking) between daytimes and nighttimes without further clicks and "effort".
Clicking on a thumbnail, opens the thumbnail in a sub-panel, where specific
Sunset time periods are exposed.
Alarm allows the user to easily add an alarm by clicking the
New button, action that summons a dialog where hours, minutes,
Name, Repeat Every are to be located and used.
Editing an Alarm is to be performed by
clicking on its thumbnail-->Edit, clicking the top-left Back button, reverts the view to the main view.
Deleting an alarm is as easy a clicking the top-right OK-like button, clicking on the thumbnail (and thus selecting it) and pressing
Delete button is visible only if the alarm thumbnail is selected).
At the moment, alarms are notified via a simplistic dialog.
Stopwatch presents a stopwatch action via a colored interesting interface, featuring big buttons visually linked with colors (such as Start is green, Stop red).
Its usage is mainly based on clicking the
Start button, action that starts the stopwatch, action helped by
Setting a value on hours, minutes, seconds and pressing the
Start button, starts a countdown via Timer, action that, when completed, triggers a dialog, thus notifying the user the completion of the task.
GNOME Clocks 0.1.1 is available via Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu 12.10 only).