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A typographic word clock that displays fuzzy time in many languages.

Radio controlled clocks beat the time atom accurately. This clock does not.
In our hectic world - every second counts. This clock will not tell.
We don‘t have time anymore. This clock has.

This clock will not change your pace. It will just slowly tell the time in a beautiful way.

- install as screensaver
- use as desktop background
- choose from multiple languages
- select from many elegant designs
- use your own background images behind the words

If your language is not yet available, join our small team and translate TICKE-TACK.

This app runs as a wallpaper and native screensaver. It will not appear in your dock. If you choose to use TICKE-TACK as your wallpaper a small icon in the menu bar will let you easily access preferences.

What's New in Version 1.5

- NOW 123 designs
- extended RANDOM MODE options in the ADVANCED tab
- WITH 4 new languages (Platt, Schwizerdüütsch, Slovak, Indonesian)
- SEVERAL bugfixes and code improvements

THANKS to all the amazing feedback and suggestions.
If you're enjoying TICKE-TACK, please support it by leaving a review on the AppStore.

NOTE this will be the last version of TICKE-TACK which supports Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).


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Customer Reviews

Love this! [was: So disappointed!]

FIRST REVIEW: I’m using OS X 9.4 and while I can get it to work as a wallpaper app (which I didn’t want), it doesn’t display the time feature as a screensaver, just the picture. I love the idea of a clock telling the time this way throughout the day, and I will continue to fiddle and/or contact the developer for support. It may be that I can only use it as both wallpaper and screensaver app, not just one or the other … which would also be a disappointment, since I’d lose my rotating daily comics wallpaper. If I can get it to work, I’ll come back to update my review.

UPDATE (later, that evening…): I did indeed contact the support email address and one of the creators got back to me 5 hours later asking me to try changing the language choice in the Ticke-Tack screensaver settings. I at first tried this via the wallpaper app preferences (thinking they were that interconnected), but when that only changed it for the wallpaper, I turned that back off and looked again at the screensaver preferences. Same interface as the wallpaper app, but for a different app, obviously. And that worked! It doesn’t pick up the user’s system language choice, I guess, in installing, but as long as you know to set language, too, when you’re setting it as a your screensaver in the first place, you’re good to go! Thank you, Sebastian, for such a quick response!


This is exactly the app clock I always wanted. It’s so beautiful. You can tell that they made this because they were passionate about the idea and not just trying to make some money. I have my language set to Spanish and have been learning how to count time. Thanks so much you wonderful creators!


This is such a pleasant and cool App. I used this at work and my colleagues were all over this! I use the screensaver mostly, and the images included are very good…with the time told in such a non-obtrusive way.

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  • $1.99
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5
  • Size: 226 MB
  • Languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Basque, Belarusian, Bokmål, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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