Back in 2011, the first release of The Clock was sent to the Mac App Store. It was one of my first app developed, and the first reviews and customers feedbacks were not so bad. But I could see there was a lot of room for improvement 😉
So over the years, I took all these feedbacks into account, and I made The Clock grows based on customers suggestions. The best suggestions were always implemented.
The Clock started as a basic world clocks with a calendar. And with the years, many more professional and useful features have been implemented to answer your need.
Today, 4 years later and after many upgrades, The Clock is a strong app, with an average rating of 4.5/5. The Clock customers are very happy with it, despite no coverage on the different media, but my main target is my customers. So this one is, I think, achieved.
But, I always see room for improvement. This last year 2015, many new interesting suggestions were made. But after all these upgrades for the past few years, it was difficult to integrate nicely new major features. And I didn’t want The Clock to be sold without any upgrades for months/years to come, as many apps out there.
So, few months back I decided to do something crazy. To start all over again. And to go against the rule don’t fix, something which is not broken!
Yes I know, it is a big risk. Because the rule don’t fix, something which is not broken is a strong rule and is there for a reason!
But even if from outside The Clock is not broken, from inside it was difficult, as mentioned earlier to implement new major nice features. And sometime you need to take risk, and take a leap of faith.
So, it was decided. Let’s go back to the black board. The target, keep it simple but powerful. Keep the beloved features. Clean few existing quirks. And to re-code everything and architecture the app in a way that the future suggestions will be easy to implement. The minimum OS X version needs to be changed to Yosemite, too. Too many changes took place between Mavericks and Yosemite to have an app 100% ready for tomorrow.
So few months later, and 40K brand new lines of code later, the first beta is ready to go live.
From outside, the The Clock 3 looks familiar. But from inside 100% of the code, and 100% of the graphics changed, except The Clock Icon. I like it ;). So in the first few betas, there will be few new quirks to correct. But I’m confident that the decision is good for the long term.
So more than ever The Clock is the Best World Clock for Mac. Easy for personal use, and strong for professional use.
I let you discover the beta, and await your feedback at http://seense.com/the_clock/beta/
PS: The current The Clock, and the beta can be run in parallel. They will not interfere with each other.