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zanchito
25-09-2012, 10:52 AM
Hi!

Some games have a real time clock in their interface (mostly MMOs), but I'd find that very useful for all kinds of games. Do any of you know of any program or setting I could use to display an overlay clock on my games? Kinda like FRAPS does with the FPS counter, but with the actual day time. I've been looking around the Internets and surprisingly enough, didn't find anything!

Thanks!

ata
25-09-2012, 10:57 AM
The steam overlay is quite handy for checking the time.

mnemnoch
25-09-2012, 10:59 AM
I think MSI afterburner have this.

Edit:

Checked it in-game. Yup, you can enable system time in the overlay.

zanchito
25-09-2012, 11:06 AM
So I can display the Steam clock while playing (ie. not opening the overlay with Shift+Tab, just playing at the same time it's shown on screen)? Or are you talking about the MSI afterburner program thingie? I don't have an MSI board, though.

caljohnston
25-09-2012, 11:07 AM
Buy a clock?

zanchito
25-09-2012, 11:10 AM
I have a defined approach for a reason, Mr. caljohnston. Your lateral thinking is appretiated, but I'm specifically looking for an on-screen, on-game window (no dual monitors) solution.

mnemnoch
25-09-2012, 11:22 AM
Yup Msi Afterburner (http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm) the program. You can use the program even if you have or dont have a MSI board. Its a program for overclocking but you can also use it as a monitoring program.

Ex:

http://i.imgur.com/qMqLD.jpg

LTK
25-09-2012, 11:27 AM
I have a defined approach for a reason, Mr. caljohnston. Your lateral thinking is appretiated, but I'm specifically looking for an on-screen, on-game window (no dual monitors) solution.
Okay, now I'm curious. What's the reason that an on-screen clock overlay is a better solution than a pocket-sized digital clock standing next to your monitor?

zanchito
25-09-2012, 11:28 AM
Thank you, mnemnoch! Perfect reply, I'd hire you if I had a company.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/images/statusicon/user-online.png

SirDavies
25-09-2012, 12:40 PM
Just looked around my desk. I have my watch, two alarm clocks, my phone and the computer's clock available. How can you not have any of that? Have you made it your purpose to never get your eyes away from the screen ever again? Do you only own a computer and nothing else? Are you from a future in which no other elements are needed?

Grizzly
25-09-2012, 12:47 PM
Just looked around my desk. I have my watch, two alarm clocks, my phone and the computer's clock available. How can you not have any of that? Have you made it your purpose to never get your eyes away from the screen ever again? Do you only own a computer and nothing else? Are you from a future in which no other elements are needed?

I personally have no watch, only one digital clock, which is on my bedstand. My phone locks itself all the time and it is quite inconvenient to check the time there. The computer's clock ain't there when you are play fullscreen game.

zanchito
25-09-2012, 12:48 PM
Thank you for taking the time to reply, but if you don't mind me saying, your judgement does not help at all finding a solution. I hope you realize you are patronizing and pressuming to know what I want, or need, better than I do myself, without knowing me at all, nor my environment. I also sincerely hope you don't get that kind of reply whenever you ask for help or information anywhere. I do hope you have a good day, though, and I sincerely mean it.

Kaira-
25-09-2012, 01:07 PM
Xfire has what you need.

zanchito
25-09-2012, 01:09 PM
Thanks, Kaira, I'll try both mnemnoch's and your solution. I hope your suggestions are useful for others too!

trjp
25-09-2012, 01:13 PM
If you have an ATi/AMD card - ATi Tray Tools can do this I believe (it might even work without ATI/AMD cards but I've never tried it)

PlayClaw3 is a video capture tool which has a customisable OSD which I believe can include a clock too - the free (trial) version has limitations on capture but the OSD works indefinately.

So both of those are free options alongside MSI Afterburner

You realise that games don't include a clock for a reason tho - yeah? :)

Danny252
25-09-2012, 06:13 PM
I personally have no watch, only one digital clock, which is on my bedstand. My phone locks itself all the time and it is quite inconvenient to check the time there. The computer's clock ain't there when you are play fullscreen game.

Your phone doesn't show the time when it shows the Unlock screen, even just in the corner? If only people built sensible UIs :(

LTK
25-09-2012, 09:58 PM
Thank you for taking the time to reply, but if you don't mind me saying, your judgement does not help at all finding a solution. I hope you realize you are patronizing and pressuming to know what I want, or need, better than I do myself, without knowing me at all, nor my environment. I also sincerely hope you don't get that kind of reply whenever you ask for help or information anywhere. I do hope you have a good day, though, and I sincerely mean it.
Nope, no judgement. Everyone just really wants to know why you have the problem you have. What if we all need a clock overlay for full-screen applications, but don't realize it?


Your phone doesn't show the time when it shows the Unlock screen, even just in the corner? If only people built sensible UIs :(
I would wager that all smartphones do that, only the lockscreen goes black again when the phone isn't unlocked, so you have to press the power button whenever you want the time. Apologies for veering off-topic, but this has been bugging me recently. There's actually a full-screen, auto-dimming digital clock screensaver native to Android - mind you, this is not the default clock application, but an activity called 'com.android.deskclock.Screensaver' - but I'll be damned if I know how to set it up to be shown when the screen is dark. Searching for a custom application doesn't help either; when I do a search for 'screensaver' Google automatically assumes I must have meant 'wallpaper' and shows me the 2.5 spazillian downloadable wallpapers instead.

zanchito
25-09-2012, 10:41 PM
LTK: reply was not aimed at you, I apologize for any misunderstanding. About the screensacer thingie, you'll probably need a custom ROM, because as far as I know, all standard ROMS (Samsung, LG, HTC) force sleep mode and screen off, it's not a choice. You are probably fighting a tough one too, because by keeping the clock on at all times, no matter how dim, you need the screen on and the related wakelocks, which would eat battery some 20-30% faster than usual. I certainly don't know about any way of doing what you want, but if I hear of one, I'll send you a PM.

frightlever
26-09-2012, 11:21 AM
LTK: reply was not aimed at you, I apologize for any misunderstanding.

I see what you're doing. We all see what you're doing. It isn't big and it isn't clever. And when you reply to me, that won't be big or clever either but go ahead and have fun with your Kirk Lazarus routine.

Berzee
26-09-2012, 01:19 PM
You may consider moving next to a college clock tower which peals every 15 minutes.
Alternatively, a skylight will allow you to navigate by the sun and stars with a quick and easy upward tilt of the neck.

Within your specifications, though, I think the solution I would recommend would be to buy a pocket watch and hang it over the top of your monitor, so that it hangs down in front of the screen a bit. Convenient, portable, compatible with most programs. (I think this will also work with dual monitors but have not tested).

I also found this, but it possibly only works in games that have fog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8bu6F8MME

Jesus_Phish
26-09-2012, 01:42 PM
The last thing I'd ever want is something covering any part of my UI/Screen when playing a game that isn't meant to be there.

Also to the lad who said it's inconvenient to check the time on his phone, I don't know of any phones that don't show the time when you press a button on them, I'd hardly call reaching for a phone and pressing a button inconvenient. Incredibly lazy if you can't do that.

gundato
26-09-2012, 01:55 PM
I do agree that having to hit the power button to check the time on my phone can get tedious. Especially if you are the kind of person who insists on waiting until the last second.

Of course, I just wear a wristwatch. When I need to see the time, I just take my hand off the keyboard for a half second or so to read it, then go back. That works wonders when gaming, working, or just walking around. Hence why pocket watches evolved into wrist watches.

LTK
26-09-2012, 03:50 PM
Also to the lad who said it's inconvenient to check the time on his phone, I don't know of any phones that don't show the time when you press a button on them, I'd hardly call reaching for a phone and pressing a button inconvenient. Incredibly lazy if you can't do that.
Hey! I'll have you know that I put a lot of effort into being lazy. For example, I don't use my phone to check the time, because I have a wall clock above my desk, so it only requires me to glance upward to tell the time. However, if I could make my phone display the time continuously, I would place it at the base of my monitor so I only have to move my eyes a very small distance compared to looking up at the wall clock. And I will gladly learn how to program an android application to make a screensaver if it means I can be more lazy. Laziness takes commitment, I'm telling you.

Moraven
26-09-2012, 04:36 PM
Hey! I'll have you know that I put a lot of effort into being lazy. For example, I don't use my phone to check the time, because I have a wall clock above my desk, so it only requires me to glance upward to tell the time. However, if I could make my phone display the time continuously, I would place it at the base of my monitor so I only have to move my eyes a very small distance compared to looking up at the wall clock. And I will gladly learn how to program an android application to make a screensaver if it means I can be more lazy. Laziness takes commitment, I'm telling you.

What you have there is the built in dock screensaver. Default screen for my docked original droid along with my docked Galaxy Nexus. I am sure there is some out there to force your phone into docked mode. (Seems someone had one in the past (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cowbellsoftware.deskdock&feature=search_result), sure one is out there.)

My dock is right next to my monitor. Also I can set my G15 LCD to a clock. Now I need to place my wall clock in front of my desk.
Maybe a 2nd one on the side wall. Then need a grand father clock across the room.

Moraven
26-09-2012, 04:38 PM
Are you wanting a clock for something game related (timings in a RTS, timing now long it takes you to do something) or just the convenience of having the time right in your face so you don't miss something while in turn 300 of a Civ game?

Berzee
26-09-2012, 05:10 PM
Are you wanting a clock for something game related (timings in a RTS, timing now long it takes you to do something) or just the convenience of having the time right in your face so you don't miss something while in turn 300 of a Civ game?

Oh, you're so judgmental, Moraven.

Danny252
26-09-2012, 07:34 PM
having the time right in your face so you don't miss something while in turn 300 of a Civ game?

Of all the examples to pick, you picked the only game I've played where I've noticed it having a clock!

(I think Civ 5 even goes "It's 2am - isn't it past your bed time, young sir?" - I've certainly had some game do that)

Moraven
26-09-2012, 10:51 PM
Of all the examples to pick, you picked the only game I've played where I've noticed it having a clock!

(I think Civ 5 even goes "It's 2am - isn't it past your bed time, young sir?" - I've certainly had some game do that)

Well, you can enable a timer in Starcraft 2, but I was more asking if he wanted one top, middle of his screen and jumbo size.

I guess I never noticed the Civ5 clock if it is enabled by default...

Danny252
26-09-2012, 11:08 PM
Well, you can enable a timer in Starcraft 2, but I was more asking if he wanted one top, middle of his screen and jumbo size.

I guess I never noticed the Civ5 clock if it is enabled by default...

Not by default, but the option was fairly obvious - I've played a tiny bit of SC2 but never spotted the option for it.

Grizzly
26-09-2012, 11:21 PM
Also to the lad who said it's inconvenient to check the time on his phone, I don't know of any phones that don't show the time when you press a button on them, I'd hardly call reaching for a phone and pressing a button inconvenient. Incredibly lazy if you can't do that.

The thing is, I have to unlock it first. So first I have to get my mobile phone, which is usually in my pocket of my coat which is downstairs. Then I have to press the * button and hold it for several seconds, have my eyes adjust to the brightness of the display, read the small text in the top right corner, and find out that I should have done all of that 10 minutes earlier.

It's especially the last bit which is the jarring thing :P.


I see what you're doing. We all see what you're doing. It isn't big and it isn't clever. And when you reply to me, that won't be big or clever either but go ahead and have fun with your Kirk Lazarus routine.

Quite certain that he was replying to SirDavies (I ninja'ed a bit). Calm down. If it is a problem, it is a problem between him and the men who feel adressed. No need to randomly go in and shout him down.

SirDavies
27-09-2012, 12:31 AM
Both me, LTK and others were just wondering the specifics of his situation -were he needs an ingame clock that doesn't require any button-pressing and the existence of any other commonly used method of knowing the hour is unacceptable-. The fact that he was responding to my inquiry or LTK's doesn't make a difference because we are wondering about the same question, and he just keeps avoiding answering it.

Jesus_Phish
27-09-2012, 09:41 AM
I'm wondering it too. It seems so bizarre to me.

It'd be like wanting a widget to tell me what the weather is like outside, because I couldn't be bothered to turn my head and look out the window. Maybe not everyone sits near a window, but it's the same principle.

I don't care that he wants to have a clock overlay, I'd just be interested to know why he wants it instead of having a clock next to his monitor or using steam or a wrist watch or a phone (that he hasn't left downstairs in his coat pocket!)

MrN
27-09-2012, 09:55 AM
Just hire a town crier to come into the room at the top of the hour shouting what time it is while ringing a bell. It'll help you keep track of the time, AND improve the economy by creating a job. =)

Hypernetic
27-09-2012, 10:30 AM
I feel like this will become one of life's great mysteries.

BobbyFizz
27-09-2012, 11:44 AM
I'd also like to register my fascination. And the fact the guy seemed to be a bit angry about this clock situation makes it funnier.

Edit: The fact that this thread almost turned into a flame thread is bloody hilarious.

Jesus_Phish
27-09-2012, 11:45 AM
Maybe mechanical clocks are illegal?

Oak
27-09-2012, 03:47 PM
Of all the examples to pick, you picked the only game I've played where I've noticed it having a clock!

(I think Civ 5 even goes "It's 2am - isn't it past your bed time, young sir?" - I've certainly had some game do that)

I think Anno 1404 does that. It also gives you an achievement for starting a new game at 3 or 4 in the morning.


Edit: The fact that this thread almost turned into a flame thread is bloody hilarious.

This forum's defining feature is that any thread has that potential.

Moraven
27-09-2012, 05:20 PM
Maybe mechanical clocks are illegal?

Or the tick sound of the second hand moving is to much to handle.

Berzee
27-09-2012, 06:15 PM
Or the tick sound of the second hand moving is to much to handle.

Imagine here that I have had the wherewithal to go find a video of the fight scene from Hook where everyone holds a clock out and Hook goes all crazy.

LTK
27-09-2012, 10:22 PM
Or the tick sound of the second hand moving is too much to handle.
I can get behind that. Does anyone actually have a ticking clock in their room? It's torturous when the rest of the room is quiet.

Danny252
27-09-2012, 10:46 PM
I can get behind that. Does anyone actually have a ticking clock in their room? It's torturous when the rest of the room is quiet.

I have one in the place where I volunteer (there's actually two things ticking, I figure one is the 'leccy meter) - it's fairly regularly pretty silent apart from them. I've found they're quite comforting, having lived with them for a while!

Mind, I did once take the batteries out of someone's clock after it kept me up for an hour when sleeping on their sofa - and this was with it being in another room entirely...

SirDavies
28-09-2012, 02:30 AM
Loud ticking clocks are certainly a pain in the ass, but in this day and age I doubt they even make them anymore. I have a clock on the wall that has an arrow for the seconds but it doesn't make any noticeable sound. If the only clocks he has available have inconceivably loud ticking noises, that COULD be a potential reason for the on-screen-only requirement. If that happens to be the case, I owe to you my most sincere apologies, for I can only imagine the pain you must endure every day.

Brett905
04-06-2013, 01:34 AM
Hi!

Some games have a real time clock in their interface (mostly MMOs), but I'd find that very useful for all kinds of games. Do any of you know of any program or setting I could use to display an overlay clock on my games? Kinda like FRAPS does with the FPS counter, but with the actual day time. I've been looking around the Internets and surprisingly enough, didn't find anything!

Thanks!

I know this is an old thread.
Hope you found something... PlayClaw does this.
What a bunch of losers on this thread.

Kevin
04-06-2013, 04:12 AM
In Metro: Last Light, provided it isn't being used to keep track of how much time you have on your gas mask's filter, the watch keeps time according to your computer's system clock.

Davkaus
04-06-2013, 06:49 AM
After 9 months, I assume his problem is either solved, or he tragically took his own life after realising that no one would ever understand him, or his clock requirements.

Kein
17-09-2013, 12:05 PM
Alright, I'd like to resurrect this thread instead of making another junk one.

My question is a bit different, though. I need a simple timer-tool that can overlay the data over DX9 (and possibly DX10-11) games and has at last 2 hotkeys - to start-stop timer and reset.

X-fire/PlayClaw3 and other monstrous abominations is something I'd like to avoid.

somini
17-09-2013, 02:19 PM
Alright, I'd like to resurrect this thread instead of making another junk one.

My question is a bit different, though. I need a simple timer-tool that can overlay the data over DX9 (and possibly DX10-11) games and has at last 2 hotkeys - to start-stop timer and reset.

X-fire/PlayClaw3 and other monstrous abominations is something I'd like to avoid.
One of those egg clocks for cooking?

This thread is hilarious.

Berzee
17-09-2013, 04:00 PM
This thread is hilarious.

I can't tell if the clock-people's consistent desire to explain their motivations is a coincidence or a deliberate plot to make the thread strangely eerie.

Moraven
17-09-2013, 04:16 PM
Phone dock works great also.

Moraven
17-09-2013, 04:17 PM
Alright, I'd like to resurrect this thread instead of making another junk one.

My question is a bit different, though. I need a simple timer-tool that can overlay the data over DX9 (and possibly DX10-11) games and has at last 2 hotkeys - to start-stop timer and reset.

X-fire/PlayClaw3 and other monstrous abominations is something I'd like to avoid.

Logitech Keyboards with LCD have a default timer app which can play a sound. Find it useful time to time.

karaquazian
17-09-2013, 04:22 PM
I have same situation as op.

My watch is automatic so if I take it off and put it in front of the monitor it runs slow.

AMD tools are your friend. Nvidia probably have something simmilar too.

Of course there's the odd game where making a clock is part of the game.

somini
17-09-2013, 05:19 PM
I can't tell if the clock-people's consistent desire to explain their motivations is a coincidence or a deliberate plot to make the thread strangely eerie.
Cloudclockoolanders (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CloudCuckooLander)

Heliocentric
17-09-2013, 05:22 PM
In burnout paradise you can make the sun mirror it's position in your timezone.

When the sun starts coming up, go to bed.

Kein
18-09-2013, 06:14 AM
Alright, I'd like to resurrect this thread instead of making another junk one.

My question is a bit different, though. I need a simple timer-tool that can overlay the data over DX9 (and possibly DX10-11) games and has at last 2 hotkeys - to start-stop timer and reset.

Xfire/PlayClaw3 and other monstrous abominations is something I'd like to avoid.

Bump or something

Hephaeestus
26-04-2017, 08:41 PM
Joined to bump this topic back from the dead as it didn't resolve in a real solution.

I found this thread because, like the OP, I find the lack of a clock option as standard expected interface option in games to be inconvenient. Consequently, I want a discreet overlay with scant resource requirements that displays my system time in the corner. Ideally with UI scaling, and the ability to choose which corner to place it in. An alarm function would also be pretty sweet, but that's just a bonus.

Side note: what happened to "boss" keys? Remember when almost every game had one? Granted, I'm not looking for what most of them did. A fake spreadsheet gif ain't gonna help me much, but it would be nice if an in-game hotkey to drop to desktop became standard game UI.

I say this to preface the long overdue excoriation of the heckler yokels ITT. I preface it by pointing out the above side-bar is not a stupid idea; to prep the unimaginative to understand why a clock overlay isn't dumb.

Those with poor imaginations might think boss keys were supplanted by Alt-TAB functionality. This isn't an unreasonable inference. The heydey of boss keys was the DOS era after all. But there are some things that Alt-TAB doesn't do that those boss keys did:

1. Stopped any sound.

Granted, if you're using a boss key as a boss key for stealth gaming at work, and you're running the sound, you're an idiot and probably shouldn't have a job that involves a computer. But I'm not trying to use it to avoid detection. I just occasionally have cause to switch to a different program for a moment. It might be to look up something on a wiki, it might be I just had an idea and want to write myself a little note, or I might suddenly remember an email I need to send or any of a thousand tiny tasks that I might remember while playing a game that I will forget if I continue playing, but can complete in less than five minutes, and usually in less time than it takes to exit and restart a game.

Doesn't mean I want the game sounds to continue in the background while I'm doing it.

The second thing is tricky.

2. Work.

Not all games play well with Alt-TABbing. Many of them flat out crash. Some refuse to give up the mouse pointer. Even the ones that support that method of suspending the application don't always come back right. But the boss key never resulted in such problems.

If it became the standard to either fully support Alt-TAB, or to provide a hotkey option to suspend and drop to desktop, I would be slightly happier. It's not a huge deal, it's just a bit of grit in my eye: a temporary, transient, but recurring annoyance I've learned to work around, but am never pleased at having to work around it.

See? Reasons.

Now, a clock overlay. Obviously the purpose is to be able to monitor the time. The better the game, the more it sucks you in, the more relevant and useful adding such a feature to the UI is useful. More to the point, the more such a device might be necessary.

Necessary? Yes, necessary--if you want to both enjoy the game and not be late.

Let's go through the suggested alternatives, all of which suffer from "Why don't you just throw money at the problem and increase your clutter/possessions?" syndrome. Always nice when people assume the solutions to something that could be done simply in software instead involve another cumbersome physical object being added to your household inventory.

Clocks, watches, and cell-phones, in addition to potentially being additional expenses (though if you buy a cell phone for time-piece funtionality, you're a special kind of dolt) are not in the damn game. They require you to pull yourself out of the game to look over at the timepiece.

These solutions completely fail to address the problem: losing track of time. If I could do that consistently and regularly, I wouldn't be looking for an overlay to begin with. I'd also enjoy my games less. But, by making the clock part of the UI, it by extension becomes part of the game, and noting the time doesn't become anti-immersive. It can just be part of a scanning pattern, like checking the speedometer of your car.

Imagine living before speedometers were basic equipment, asking if anyone knew of some sort of installable gauge to track velocity, and being told you're request is bizarre because you can just get someone to stand a couple thousand feet down the lane with a stopwatch and calculate it out. That's what most of the responses in this thread amount to.

Cell phones have the additional encumbrance of requiring you to not just step out of the game, but to take your hands off the controls, pick up your phone, and press a button to bring up a screen to find out the time. This produces some additional problems.

The first problem is that I might not be at a good moment to do that when I want to check the time. Maybe I'm in the middle of something where looking away from the screen would be disastrous (thus eliminating all the aforementioned ... "solutions"). If so, then taking my hands off the controls certainly isn't going to improve the situation.

Not every game offers a pause button, and just because you can pause doesn't mean you can pause at any time, or that you can come back from a pause without having problems. Task switching is tricky and difficult. Some people think they are good at it. Most of them are dead wrong. Many of the die or kill themselves in traffic.

But again, a clock in the onscreen UI at all times becomes part of a scanning pattern and can be assessed even in the thick of a complicated jump in a game of Portal.

The cell phone idea's other obvious flaw is that it involves not keeping my cell phone in the same place when it isn't in my hand and actively in use. That's a bad idea. It leads to being late because I'm searching for my phone. There are five places my phone is allowed to be: my hand, my charging station, charging in my car, in the pocket of my coat, or in the pocket of whatever I'm wearing to cover my lower body.

That's about three too many places to be honest. I still lose time every month looking for my phone--though not nearly as much as if I absent-mindedly set my phone in an unauthorized spot. Adding "next my mouse/keyboard/monitor" is a non-starter. I've literally lost hours from leaving my wallet there instead of putting it immediately back in my pocket after making an online purchase.


I'm not saying these were the concerns the OP had. I don't know what their specific needs were. But the common responses are a tragedy of needless and mindless squalling, not just from a place of utter ignorance, but from a place of self-identified ignorance. How the hell do you aggressively criticize such a thing when you know you don't understand the reason for it? They didn't ask for a solution to a problem, they asked about a particular functionality. The "why" was irrelevant.


The question still stands though. Has anyone come across such a thing in the intervening years?

somini
27-04-2017, 02:30 PM
Thank you for reviving this thread, I had a good laugh rereading this.

MrN wins, though:

Just hire a town crier to come into the room at the top of the hour shouting what time it is while ringing a bell. It'll help you keep track of the time, AND improve the economy by creating a job. =)

zanchito
27-04-2017, 02:41 PM
As someone suggested, MSI afterburner is a decent solution. It wasn't 100% straightforward to install because of a windows services issue I had, but it was pretty easy to fix just reading the installer popups.

Afterburner overlays a FRAPS-like clock on the corner of your screen (configurable) and doesn't create any problems for me.

I haven't explored any boss functionalities, but I'm quite positive something usable could be worked out with AutoHotKey.

Cheers and good luck!

unclepauly
27-04-2017, 03:52 PM
I hope you realize you are patronizing and pressuming to know what I want

Didn't realize it was an old post. Sundials, though.

Squiz
27-04-2017, 04:25 PM
I checked this thread assuming it was a recent one without looking at the date of the first post and saw posts by dear long-gone Berzee, thinking he'd be back. Now I am a bit sad.

Tikey
27-04-2017, 04:31 PM
I checked this thread assuming it was a recent one without looking at the date of the first post and saw posts by dear long-gone Berzee, thinking he'd be back. Now I am a bit sad.

It's weird that there aren't any posts by Nalano.

Hephaeestus
28-04-2017, 09:16 PM
Thank you for reviving this thread, I had a good laugh rereading this.


Achievement Unlocked: Thanked for a necropost.

Woot!


As someone suggested, MSI afterburner is a decent solution. It wasn't 100% straightforward to install because of a windows services issue I had, but it was pretty easy to fix just reading the installer popups.

Afterburner overlays a FRAPS-like clock on the corner of your screen (configurable) and doesn't create any problems for me.

Thanks. I went ahead and got it on your endorsement. Took minimal tinkering to find the relevant settings. The result isn't "perfect", but it works, and that's a lot. More importantly, they remember to include UI scaling (though they call it zoom).

#4kProblems

I'm on the fence as to whether this is cause to add "overlay" to the list of things I should learn to make. Seems like it could be handy skill to have.

I think Autohotkey could work for some programs--but it isn't going to make the games that get unstable with task switching more stable. The other disadvantage is it would also require you to plan ahead. You don't want to hit a boss key and get caught waiting for the task to switch over. That's why having it native would be ideal.

On the other hand... maybe this goes back to learning to make overlays? Have an overlay that displays your decoy--possibly even an interactive decoy? I'm not sure how much you can stuff into an overlay, but if you could have an overlay that allowed you to open a web browser, that could be incredibly useful.

I guess that answers the question of whether or not I should invest time in learning to make overlays. Ima add it to The List.

BillButNotBen
29-04-2017, 12:57 AM
Necro threads confuse me.

Does Afterburner have the option to turn off all the FPS counter stuff and just show a clock?

zanchito
29-04-2017, 11:10 AM
Yes, it does.