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Chronograph 6.85 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Chronograph 6.85

Chronograph is a simple utility that synchronizes your computer’s internal clock to the atomic time.
$19.95 EXPIRED
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Chronograph 6.85 was available as a giveaway on March 30, 2015!

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Are you sure your computer clock always shows the current time? Because if it doesn’t the consequences might be much worse than just a messed up personal schedule. Contrary to what you might think, showing time to a user is not the most important function of a computer clock. This clock is also used for many critical system processes like creating files and managing programs execution. That’s why incorrect time can cause various problems from mere wrong time stamps in your e-mail to total inability to boot the system in the worst case scenario.

A typical computer clock is very often inaccurate, and you have to set the time frequently. This can be rather annoying. So, use Chronograph to keep your time synchronized to the atomic clock servers of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Chronograph does its job automatically with an accuracy of a fraction of a second. Keep your computer stable and reliable, download Chronograph now!

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System Requirements:

Windows 95/ 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003 Server/ 7/ 8/ 8.1; About 4 MB of disk space; Internet connection.





File Size:

9.13 MB



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Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

The national standards laboratories of most countries operate their own time servers, so if you are being pedantic and want best accuracy, choose the time server appropriate to your country.

So if you are in New Zealand you can use msltime1.irl.cri.nz or if you are in Germany you can use the PTB servers, ptbtime1.ptb.de. Most labs have 2 or 3 alternative server addresses,

NIST also have different servers, so if Time.Nist.Gov is not working for some reason you can try another such as time-b.nist.gov or time-nw.nist.gov.

Google is your friend !

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Personally, I like/use the free Karen's Time Sync (ptsync.exe). Normally from karenware.com (website offline; Karen Kenworthy passed away some time ago). You can get it here:
Standalone program; you may need to run it with admin. rights.

Reply   |   Comment by MG  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I just checked my system clock, and it is within 7 seconds of the atomic clock already. I probably don't need this software.

I have never seen a computer fail to boot because of the system clock, even when it is off by many years.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Well, I took a chance and installed this on my Windows XP laptop. I filled out the registration information as indicated in the read me file and put in the registration code. It looks pretty cool in the taskbar but Transparent backgrounds on XP looks ugly. But it does keep very accurate time over the built in Windows mechanism which spits out constant message that said "An error occurred while connecting with Time.Nist.Gov"

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Most of the computers today have accurate time + or - 3 minutes per year, that is good enough for most home computers. Once or twice a year check with universal time online and adjust it accordingly. Having software running 24/7 just to keep it withing + or - 1 minute accuracy is not need it.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike2  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@Mike2 - No, not +/- 3 minutes. Check your time on your computer. Most computers sync to a time server, and have atomic clock accuracy adjusted for a slight lag due to getting the time from the internet time server. The lag is measured by the clock by measuring the time from the request to the reply. Your computer probably adjusts your time a lot more often than once or twice a year, and is undoubtedly a lot more accurate than the +/- 3 minutes you are referring to.
I have to wonder why the vendor thinks they are offering anything that isn't built in. I see no features that are not standard since Windows 3.1

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

George, Mike2 is correct if you are not online all the time or at all. He was talking of the built in time clock inside the MB. You can also disable the time updates from online clocks or servers.
I for one, keep one computer off line all the time and never connect with it online, kind of like base computer for writing sensitive info, put it on a USB drive and transfer it online to the intended person and never worry about hacks or losing info.
My computer keeps the time very close to Mike2 findings and will never expose my documents to a server online of any kind even if it is only a time clock sync.

Reply   |   Comment by Simens  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Quote from Karl "I’ll use the normal system features." UnQuote
I agree with Karl.

I have always used the simple way with time.windows.com and it has always been successful with no trouble at all. There has never been any instance of the PC not booting up because the time is inaccurate.

It is more likely that your PC cannot boot properly because the CMOS battery (usually a button cell e.g. CR 2032) needs replacing.

Actually when you first install your (new) PC and a new OS
you can always boot up the PC
you always have to adjust the time

Typical readout from the time setting panel is shown below:

Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server
Server: time.windows.com

[Update Now]

The time has been successfully synchronized with time.windows.com on 27-Mar-15 at 5:58 PM.

Next synchronization: 03-Apr-15 at 5:58 PM

Synchronization can occur only when your computer is connected to the
Internet. Learn more about time synchronization In Help and Support Center.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I have run the program 5 times in 20 seconds:
20 seconds, 5 check-up's and 4 adjusts
In 20 sec a total of 7.1 sec difference

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Hey Ootje keep going. If you do check up's for 20 minutes we can all go home an hour earlier today. Nice little tool but my lappy has a clock so this one is not for me. Thanks GAOTD Team.

Reply   |   Comment by spike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Will this program save me from the Y2K bug?

Reply   |   Comment by BlkCrowe  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Mine 180days trial version of w2k adv srv stop working with error - your trial period is over. Does that software can help me with that problem?
I will love to have still 14.03 (BJ Day) :D

Reply   |   Comment by DarkRaver  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

"to total inability to boot the system in the worst case scenario"

in the over 8,000 computers I have worked on in the past 5 years I can't recall any one of them that the system would not boot because the time was wrong, and for example HP when they send a new laptop motherboard the date is usually something like 2095, or in some cases with a refurbished board maybe 3 or 4 years behind, true incorrect clocks can cause instability especially with software that is timed, an incorrect clock can potentially let your 1 year product expire in a day....

program is one of those get it for chitz and giggles, nothing more

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Most of the time sensitive software installed do not expire because of the local time, they expire because the home base sends a time stamp to compare with one on the day of activation which is also sent or built inside the software and do not depend on any local time stamps.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike2  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I use Planeplotter software for my ADS-B receiver which requires continuous sync to the PC clock with Network Time Protocol Software which i find when not running Planeplotter, keeps my PC clock very accurate, and its free.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

In a sense #9 says no need for any additional software, because all are sync with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computers OS give us small numbers showing time in the tool bar. I like more than that standard.

If I did not already have a good program, this Altrix give away would be appreciated. However, my ol tired eyes requires bold large numbers to easily see. With Drive-Software atomic clock bold BIG yellow numbers on blue, no problem to see. There is both a free and a paid version.

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Pullum  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Absolutely agree I am a fan of Atomic as well (I believe I learned about it through this site btw) but, as you state yourself as well, that has to do with skinning and that is simply not the function of this current offering. I do agree with #9, completely useless piece of software. not saying it is bad (well, actually without full 64bit support.....) or good (version 7.0 should have 64bit support) but obsolutely obsolete.

I highly recomment AtomicAlarmClock as well but I don't think it is fair to compare the two ;)

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Note that atomic alarm clock is not free. It costs 14.95

I have been using it since it was given away here a while ago.

One thing I do not like is that it shows server time (NIST) one hour behind actual EST DST time during certain time periods... during the 3 to 4 weeks difference between pre-2007 DST dates and post-2007 DST dates. Outside of that discrepancy, it syncs up correctly. During this time I have to adjust time manually in Windows clock.

I have configured it correctly with EST and 'use DST'. I have XP SP2.

It seems like atomic alarm clock is stuck on the pre-2007 DST rules for adjusting the server time to DST (even though I have v 5.81 from 2008). Anyone have similar problem or clue to what is going on?


Reply   |   Comment by vin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To clarify the confusion of what is which;
and what is Freeware and what is Purchaseware.

Atomic Alarm Clock by Drive Software Company is NOT free.

There is another software by Drive Software Company that is Freeware.
It is Free Desktop Timer.

The other similar sounding software, namely:
Atomic Clock Sync by Chaos Software Group is Freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The computer time, as per what-ever-computer you use, is always synchronized as per a server of our choice. We can change them in the settings of the clock. Best to use is "time.nist.gov" by the US National Institute of Standard and Technology. Cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Olafthailand  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

That is exactly how my computer clock is set up. It is always accurate and even adjusts itself for Daylight Savings Time changes.

Reply   |   Comment by bruce  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

All things considered, shouldn't the download message above read something like this -

'Chronograph 6.85 is available as a Giveaway of the day! You have 22 hours 43 minutes 15 seconds and 940 msecs to download and install it.' ?

I've always found the Windows clock accurate enough for most purposes, so I'll give this one a miss.
Thanks though to GAOTD and Altrixsoft for the giveaway, I'm sure there will be many who find it useful.

Reply   |   Comment by debro  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Why install this program when Windows already does the same job free of charge, and also lets you use your own favourite time server ?

Perhaps there is some benefit with this program that escapes me, I am always ready to be enlightened.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+93)

My Dell XPS8700’s clock runs slow. How can I synchronize it with the atomic clock in Windows?

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Today's program is actually not bad at all . With widget-like interface it works as it claims. Importantly it doesn't take much system resources while it is supposed to run all the time and performs time synchronization at a defined period of time.

Windows' built-in "service" also allows the computer to reference an atomic clock servers operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

But for simple and painless configuration you can use the following two freeware programs -

Atomic Clock Sync - http://www.worldtimeserver.com/atomic-clock/

NetTime - http://www.timesynctool.com/

Also there are -

PTBSync - http://www.netcult.ch/elmue/ElmueSoft-en.htm (comprises an organizer and a scheduler, as well as a desktop calendar and a highly customizable desktop notes utility )

Chronos - Atomic Clock Synchronizer - http://www.chronosatomic.com/


Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+87)

Thanks Jahid for your very useful suggestions as when the GAOTD offer gets a very low approval, the Free Alternatives you bring in feel like a breath of oxygen. Thanks also for giving this forum the opportunity to compare the GAOTD offer to other existing options. Keep it up buddy !!!

Reply   |   Comment by =Peanuts=  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

It does need internet connection for the software to be in sync with the atomic clock isn't ?

Reply   |   Comment by Rizal  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-53)

If it doesn't connect to the internet how does it know what time it is?

Reply   |   Comment by BlackKnight_UK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

Strange that they don't support 64-bit os when 64-bit os have been around for quite long....

Reply   |   Comment by Steffo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

WorldTime () is older but still works on systems at least through Windows 7 (including 64-bit), has many more useful features, and is always free.

Reply   |   Comment by ronn!  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. A clean install with one installed service.

A Russian company from Irkutsk with address. Active company news.
We had had a previous version Chronograph 6.80 November 16, 2013. Here are the old reviews:

Upon start a small, not resizable window opens, in the settings you can define the automatic mode, network access and the look of the tray clock.
The tray clock is not available for 64 bit systems:
http://i.imgur.com/5uyw7nN.png (screenshots made by Greenshot)

This is a small and easy to use routine for synchronizing your computer clock. Something, which is done by Windows automatically.
This software has a nice gimmick, it shows the difference between computer time and the selected timeserver. You can choose among ten timeservers...

The differences are due to the different running time to the servers:

Instead of displaying server time, it should display WHICH server time.

If you want to have this feature and have no problems with additional software, service, ... you can take this.

I'll use the normal system features.
Uninstalled via reboot

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+140)
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