Problem: Online web conferences (known as teleseminars or webinars) are often proposed to an audience who are located globally and in different time zones. Usually the conference organiser just gives one time zone in their initial email invitation. The ability to quickly check this time against the local time to the user is needed.
For example if I receive an email stating that I am invited to a conference call at 8pm PST - I want to put that time and zone into the widget and be told what the time is in my timezone INCLUDING any adjustment for Daylight saving.
User input should be minimum after setup for local timezone location and customisation for time zones to be displayed.
This project is for a Mac widget that is intended to bring functionality to the desktop of your average user. Yes we can all go online to check at the various time&date sites but this is not something regular webinar attendees want to do.
The UI should be smooth, uncluttered and simple with just the essential information on display. A desktop widget is best for this as it is rapid and tidy.
A good example is a widget called TimeScroller which almost does the job required but has the ability to advance and retreat time (which is cool for planning) but no display of TimeZone abbreviations and automatic adjustment for daylight saving. Check out [url removed, login to view]
The iPhone app DOES have time zone formatting interestingly. This is shown as an example and should not be seen as the widget to replicate.
Additional functions on the required widget are the ability to also include the date entry for the event and set an alarm reminder and also paste the information into an email so that it can be sent to friends or used to plan a webinar and broadcast times.
I do not want the UI cluttered or the date entry a requirement, therefore the option should exist to hide/disable this 'dpecify date' function.
The alarm reminder and the email buttons should be on the front of the widget. The alarm should allow usual funtion setting and can be discussed further later. It will be basic but similar to iCal with the option to choose day before, hour before etc etc and show alarm on screen.
You may want to read the information on the following link to get a bit more acquainted with time zones, variables and abbreviations etc.
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This project would suit someone who has past experience or is very familiar with time zone relationships.