CClockTM Version 1.0 User Guide
Copyright © 1999 by SMC Innovations
CClockTM for PalmTM Devices
Congratulations on purchasing CClockTM (pronounced "see clock"). CClock uses the newest proprietary technique to tell time. We believe that time in the years to come will be increasingly displayed in this linear format.
This version 1.0 for use on 3Com's PalmTM devices is the very first commercial release of CClock. CClock allows for a visual map of the day and is especially useful to plan business and travel that involves multiple time zones.
CClock v1.0 is designed for use on the following Palm OSTM devices:
PalmPilot, Palm III, Palm IIIx, Palm V, and Palm VII are registered trademarks of 3Com Corporation or its subsidiaries. WorkPad is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. CClock is a registered trademark of SMC Innovations.
All these versions of 3Com's popular hand held organizer and the WorkPad will be referred to in this User Guide as simply the PalmTM device.
Any use of CClock represents acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth in the End User Software License Agreement included in Appendix B.
Before installing CClock to your PalmTM device, delete all previous copies, if any, of CClock. To do this, refer to your PalmTM device's Handbook for instructions to delete Applications.
When you downloaded CClock from the web, you would have received the files for this user guide, and the following two Palm OSTM files:
Refer to your PalmTM device's handbook for instructions to load Applications onto your PalmTM device. Using the Install Tool from your desktop, install CClock.prc and CClkCitiesDB.pdb.
To start CClock, click on the CClock icon in the application launcher. The following figure illustrates the initialization screens presented when CClock is first started after installation.
To begin using CClock, follow the steps illustrated above:
Warning! This computer program including its ideas and user interfaces are protected by patent and copyright laws, and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction and distribution of this program or portion thereof, or appropriation of its ideas and design, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law. © 1999 SMC Innovations. All Rights Reserved. Patent Pending.This screen will also only be shown the first time CClock is started. If you would like to view it in the future, it is accessible from the "About CClock" screen info button.
The following figure shows the main CClock screen, calling out each item of interest.
CClock graphically displays the linear nature of time, allowing for visual comparison of the time in different cities at the current time and any other time during the day. The linear time display for each city is a vertical column called a timebar. This version of CClock displays four timebars. The leftmost timebar is called the Current City Timebar, while the other three timebars are simply referenced by their positions, as the City 1, 2, or 3 Timebar. The current city is the city for which the PalmTM device's system time is set, the other cities time displays are shown in relationship to the time in the current city.
For each timebar:
The timebars and clock readouts can display time in 12 hour or 24 hour formats. In 12 hour format, am is indicated by an 'a' suffix, and pm by a 'p' suffix. For both formats, there can be an additional suffix character that indicates the day offset from the current date in the current city. The values of this suffix character are:
Character Meaning = day before yesterday - yesterday + tomorrow # day after tomorrow
If none of these characters are displayed, the time represents a time in the current day of the current city. The only exception to this rule is in the few instances when the 12 hour time format is selected and there is not room to display the entire time with the date suffix character, in which case the suffix is dropped. In all these cases however, the existence of the suffix can be deduced from surrounding information. For more information on changing the format times are displayed in, see the Setting Preferences section below.
The timebars can be scrolled in two different ways:
Both scroll mechanisms can be held down to automatically scroll further, until the limits of the timebars are reached. CClock displays the timebars for 24 hours before the current time, and 24 hours after the current time. The Now button automatically scrolls the timebars to display the current time in the current city in the upper half of the CClock display.
To assist reading across the timebars and allow simple relative time calculations, CClock also displays from 0 to 3 crossbars. Each crossbar has a handle at the left of the timebars, and a narrow bar, called the rule, that is layed horizontally across them.
The Current Time Crossbar is displayed whenever the currently displayed portion of the timebars includes the current time in the current city. Its handle displays this time by default. The time displayed can be temporarily changed to the current time in any one of the cities shown in the clock by tapping and holding the stylus on the portion of the rule that is within the timebar for the city from which the time reading is desired. The current time crossbar is fixed and cannot be manipulated by the user. Its position will only change when the current time changes or the timebars are scrolled.
Crossbars 1 and 2, also called the first and second crossbars are optional. They can be shown and hidden by the Show/Hide Crossbar buttons. The second crossbar is dependent on the first, as explained below, so the second crossbar can only be selected to be shown if the first crossbar is already showing. If both are showing and the first crossbar is hidden, the second will automatically be hidden as well. Both crossbars are draggable by tapping and holding down on the handle and then dragging in the desired direction. If they are dragged to the top or bottom of the timebars, the timebars will scroll. The resolution of the PalmTM device's display limits the granularity of crossbar placement to increments of five minutes.
By default, the handle of the first crossbar displays the difference in time between the location of the first crossbar and the current time crossbar in hours and minutes. It can be temporarily changed to the time at the position of the first crossbar in any one of the cities shown in the clock by tapping and holding the stylus on the portion of the rule that is within the timebar for the city from which the time reading is desired.
By default, the handle of the second crossbar displays the difference in time between the location of the second crossbar and the the location of the first crossbar in hours and minutes. It can be temporarily changed to the time at the position of the second crossbar in any one of the cities shown in the clock by tapping and holding the stylus on the portion of the rule that is within the timebar for the city from which the time reading is desired.
The Palm OSTM Global Find function, accessed from the silk-screen Find button at the bottom right of the input area on the PalmTM device allows search of multiple databases stored on the device. CClock intentionally ignores this feature. The cities database included with CClock is only a support database and not intended for storing frequently accessed user data as in the PalmTM Address Book. The records in the CClock cities database are used strictly for the configuration and operation of the CClock display itself. If the user needs to find a city, the incremental search and scrolling functions provided by the cities list screen provides convenient navigation of the database. If CClock did support Global Find in its cities database, it would simply increase the time for a Global Find to complete, most likely returning records that you have no interest in.
At this time, CClock does not support transferring records in the CClock cities database through infrared.
Setting preferences is very straightforward. To start the process, select the Preferences button or the Preferences menus item (shortcut /R) from the CClock display. The figure below labels important items in the preferences dialog that appears.
The preferences dialog allows you to select three different things that affect the operation of CClock:
To select a city, scroll to it and tap the name of the city. Note that the cities are each assigned to a category, as in the PalmTM Address Book application, so make sure you are looking at the appropriate category or the All category. By writing (using graffiti or the onscreen keyboard) the first few characters of the name of a city, the list will be automatically scrolled to display the city, in a way similar to the PalmTM Address Book. With the correct city highlighted, you can select it by either tapping the city name or the OK button. If you tap the OK button without any city highlighted, CClock will assume that you don't want any city for that timebar. If the city you are trying to select doesn't exist in the list, you can add it using the New button. See the Modifying the Cities List section below for more information about the city edit screens. Once you have selected the city, you will be returned to the updated Preferences dialog box.
The preferences dialog box provides two ways to set the current city, with slightly different behavior. The first is to select the city select button next to the Current City: label, as described above. CClock will consider the current time on the PalmTM device to be the time in the new city. If the new city is in a different timezone from the previous current city, the system time on the PalmTM device will remain the same, and the times in the other timebars will be updated. Note that CClock requires a current city to be set. If you do not select a city from the list presented, CClock will gently remind you that you must select a city and present the list again.
The second method is to tap one of the Switch Given City with Current City buttons. These three buttons with an upward facing triangle switch the current city with the city next to the tapped button. After switching the cities, the dialog box shown in the following figure will be displayed.
If the Yes button is tapped, the PalmTM device's system time will be changed by the difference in time between the two cities. In this way while travelling, you can change the PalmTM device's time and CClock's configuration of the current city with a single click in CClock instead of manually changing the time in the PalmTM device's system preference application and then changing the current city in CClock. Please note that changing the PalmTM device's system time can take some time if there are a lot of entries in the datebook or other applications that use dates and times. This is because these applications need to check all their entries to determine whether they have already happened.
If the No button is tapped, the cities will still be switched, but without changing the PalmTM device's system time. This option is provided in case the PalmTM device's time has already been changed, or you do not wish to wait while the datebook and other date and time related applications recalculate.
Finally, the last option available in the CClock preferences dialog box is setting the daytime hours. Daytime hours are displayed in CClock as white cells, while nighttime hours are displayed as black cells. This allows instant visual recognition of appropriate times for placing telephone calls, etc. Tapping either the Day Begins selector button or the Day Ends selector button will bring up the system time selector. The start time indicates the first hour of daylight, and the end time indicates the last hour of daylight. Note that with the current implementation the start of daylight hours must always come before the end of daylight hours.
When all modifications to the preferences are complete, tap the Done button to return to the CClock display.
The most advanced topic in the use of CClock is learning to add new cities, and modify cities already provided. To begin modifying the cities list, tap the Edit Cities button in the CClock display.
In general, the CClock cities list acts very much like the phone list in the PalmTM Address Book. It has a list of records, which are organized by category. Adding a record, deleting a record, changing the category of a record, and selecting an existing record to modify are all accomplished with similar actions. The rest of this section will explain how to modify an existing city in detail, and then briefly describe how to add or delete a city, referencing the discussion on how to modify an existing city.
The following figure illustrates the important screens for modifying a city, and the connections between them.
First, select the city to modify. This can be done in the same way as selecting a city for a timebar, as described in the Setting Preferences section above. When the correct city is selected, tap on its name to bring up the Edit City screen.
The Edit City screen has three standard text fields for the name of the city, the country the city is in, and an abbreviation for the city that will be displayed at the top of the timebar. Any text that fits within the width of the field can be entered in these fields using grafitti or the onscreen keyboard.
The timezone of the city is specified as an offset from GMT using the GMT Offset dialog box. In the Edit City screen, the current GMT offset is displayed in the GMT Offset Selector. Tapping this selector will bring up the GMT Offset dialog box. Here, the desired GMT offset can be selected. Tapping the OK button will return to the Edit Cities screen with the new GMT offset, while tapping Cancel returns to the Edit Cities screen without changing the GMT offset.
If the city has daylight savings time at some point during the year, check Observes Daylight Savings?. This will enable the four daylight savings fields. The Next Start Selector displays the date daylight savings will next go into effect, while the Next End Selector displays the date after which daylight savings will no longer be in effect. The times underneath each date display the time each change occurs.
Tapping on the Next Start Selector or the Next End Selector will display the Daylight Savings Date Rule dialog box. The date for daylight savings transitions change from year to year because in most countries, the transitions are scheduled so as to not occur on work days. The Daylight Savings Date Rule dialog box allows you to specify the rule for calculating the transition date. This calculation is done to determine the date displayed in the Edit Cities screen. Specifying the rule should be fairly self-explanatory, but the following examples should make any potential misunderstanding clear:
Meaning of the Rule Selected Items in Dialog Box The first Sunday of April 1st - Su - from the beginning of - Apr The last Sunday of October 1st - Su - from the end of - Oct The second to the last day of September 2nd - Day - from the end of - Sep
When done specifying the rule, tap the OK button to return to the Edit City screen with the new rule, or the Cancel button to return without modifying the old rule.
After the dates of daylight savings transition have been specified, the times should be specified as well. Tap either time selector to display the standard time dialog box. The Start Time is the time daylight saving begins on the next start date, and the End Time is the time daylight savings ends on the next end date.
When done specifying all fields in the Edit City screen, tap the Done button to return to the Cities List. Note that if you do not fully specify daylight savings time when you press the Done button, the record will be saved as if the city does not observe daylight savings.
A city can be added to the list by tapping the New button in the Cities List instead of selecting a city to edit. Fill out the fields of the new city record as described above for modifying a city. When complete, tap the Done button to return to the Cities List with the new city added. Alternatively, if another city is to be added, selecting New City from the Record menu (shortcut /N) of the Edit City screen will save the city that was just added and clear the Edit City screen for the entry of another city.
A city can be deleted from the list by selecting it as if you were going to modify it (described above) and doing one of the following things:
Categories for cities in the CClock cities list work exactly the same as the categories in the PalmTM Address Book application. Refer to your PalmTM device manual for more information on manipulating categories if you have trouble.
When all editing of the CClock cities list is complete, tapping the Done button returns to the CClock display.
Congratulations on reading through the entire CClock User Guide. We hope you have found it informative, and that CClock provides a significant benefit to you for a long time to come.
CClock Version 1.0 User Guide
Copyright © 1999 by SMC Innovations
Appendix A: Technical Support
Before you question technical support please make sure that CClockTM was loaded onto your PalmTM device as per instructions in this user manual. If the problem persists, experiment to reproduce and isolate the problem. After ensuring that your problem is repeatable report your problem to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every effort will be made to reply promptly, usually within 24 hours.
In the future, visit http://www.smcinnovations.com to access troubleshooting tips, and for frequently asked questions.
Appendix B: End User Software License Agreement
CClockTM IS SOLD AS A LICENSED SOFTWARE PRODUCT TO ITS CUSTOMERS FOR THEIR PERSONAL USE UNDER THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT BEFORE BUYING CClockTM. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT, DO NOT BUY THE SOFTWARE.
SMC Innovations (Licensor) grants you (Licensee) a nonexclusive license to use the CClockTM software (the "Software") on any PalmPilotTM connected organizer, Palm IIITM connected organizer, Palm IIIxTM connected organizer, Palm VTM connected organizer, or WorkPadTM product, subject to the terms and restrictions set forth herein (License Agreement). The Software is licensed for your personal use in conjunction with only the products set forth above. You may use the Software only on one (1) such product. You are not permitted to lease, rent or sub-license the Software in a time-sharing arrangement or in any other unauthorized manner.
The Software and supporting documentation may be copied only as essential for backup or archive purposes in support of your use of the Software as permitted. When making such copy or copies, you must reproduce and include all intellectual property right notices, including but not limited to copyright and patent notices.
This Software including but not limited to its ideas and user interfaces are protected by patent and copyright laws, and international treaties. Unauthorized reproduction and distribution of the program or portion thereof, or appropriation of its ideas and design, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law. Except as necessary for the permitted use of this Software, this License Agreement does not otherwise grant you any rights to patents and copyrights associated with the Software. No license is granted for the human readable code of the Software (source code). The structure, sequence and organization of the Software are valuable trade secrets of SMC Innovations. You agree to hold such trade secrets in confidence. Modification, reverse engineering, reverse compiling, or disassembly of the Software is expressly prohibited.
The title of this Software, including all intellectual property rights, shall at all time remain with SMC Innovations. You may transfer the Software and this License Agreement to another party if the other party agrees to accept the terms and conditions of this License Agreement. It is your responsibility to obtain such agreement. If you transfer the Software, you must at the same time either transfer all copies of the Software as well as the supporting documentation to the same party or destroy any such materials not transferred. Except as set forth above, you may not transfer or assign the Software or your rights under this License Agreement.
You agree that you will not export or re-export the Software or accompanying documentation (or any copies thereof) or any products utilizing the Software or such documentation in violation of any applicable laws or regulations of the United States or the country in which you obtained them.
This License Agreement is effective until terminated. You may terminate it at any time by destroying the Software and documentation together with all copies and merged portions in any form. It will also terminate immediately if you failed to comply with any term or condition of this License Agreement. Upon such termination you agree to destroy the Software and documentation, together with all copies and merged portions in any form.
The Software has been thoroughly tested and determined to be robust and bug-free at time of sale. The Software is provided "as is", and without any warranty, expressed or implied, as to non-infringement of third party patents, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The liability of SMC Innovations shall be limited to the cost of the Software paid by the Licensee. SMC Innovations shall not be held liable for indirect, special, incidental, exemplary or consequential (including, without limitation, loss profits) resulting from the use of this Software.
In the event any provision of this License Agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of any of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired and a valid, legal and enforceable provision of similar intent and economic impact shall be substituted therefor.
This License Agreement sets forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and SMC Innovations.
This License Agreement shall be governed by the Laws of the State of California and applicable U.S. Federal Laws. All unresolved disputes arising out of this Agreement shall be resolved at the U.S.D.C. of the Northern District of California.SMC Innovations