Nixie Clock is a clock widget recreated using the 1950’s display technology – the Nixie tube. Although Nixies have been made redundant by superior LED and LCD displays, their retro orange glow and beautifully formed numeric characters make them a cool addition to any web or Flash project needing a retro look and feel.
Some of the benefits of this widget are
‘Drag and Drop’ publishing – The clock is an entirely self contained piece of Flash. Just drop it into any of your own Flash work, and publish !
All vector construction – meaning you can scale / resize the components to suit the size of your project, with no loss of quality or pixelization.
Extremely compact – the clock is only 3kb in size.
Accurate local time – time is taken from the user’s system clock, so the widget shows the correct local time, wherever your server resides and wherever the user is (no more ‘what time zone is my server in ?’ issues).
12/24 hour display – Change one variable to have either a 12 hour display, or a 24 hour one.
Multiple instances on the stage at once – with the clock being completely self contained, you can drag and drop, or copy and paste, as many instances of the clock as you need.
‘World’ clock ability – the clock can be set with a +12 hours to -12 hours offset from the user’s clock . Couple this with the ability to have multiple clocks on stage at once, and you have an easy ‘World’ clock ability.
Use the Nixie display for other projects – Although I’ve built these into a clock, the display elements can be quickly and easily re-used to show other numeric values such as a score in a game. An example .fla of using it as a scoreboard for a game is included in the source.