Anno Domini 2006
Anno Domini Plus! Pack Overview
The Anno Domini Plus! Pack is an optional add-on to Anno Domini Standard that adds a whole host of new features. Available exclusively to registered users of Anno Domini Standard, please view the special benefits of this upgrade below. Click here to purchase.
View calendars prior to the Gregorian Calendar change. The USA and United Kingdom changed to the Gregorian Calendar system on the 14th September 1752 whereas Europe changed to the Gregorian Calendar system on the 15th October 1582. You can switch between the two calendar systems and view any calendar from 1 AD to 1752 AD. Examples of the changeover for the US and Europe are shown below:
The Julian Calendar can be accessed from the main Calendar window or the Mini-View via the button showing the Roman numeral. The button acts as a toggle - when depressed the Julian Calendar is shown, when not depressed, the Gregorian calendar is shown. The month and year of the calendar can be altered by pressing the +M, +Y, -M and -Y buttons as in the Mini-View. You can also select any given year by left-clicking the mouse on the year and entering the year directly. The month can be selected by left-clicking the mouse on the month or using the month-picker as in the normal calendar view. You can select any of the dates in the calendar to view the times of sunrise/transit/sunset and moonrise/transit/moonset for that given date at your chosen location on Earth with a left mouse click. Clicking on the printer icon allows you to print a 12 month calendar report displaying the Julian Calendar for any year from 1 AD to 1752 AD.
3 New Hourly Sounds
3 new hourly sounds are accessible from the Preferences tab. Grandfather Clock, Big Ben and Chime 2 give your hourly reminders whole new meaning, especially Big Ben where you feel as if you are standing outside the Houses of Parliament in London! All sounds are high-quality 16-bit wave samples.
4 New Alarm Sounds
4 new alarm sounds are accessible from the Preferences tab. Alarm mimics an old-fashioned alarm clock which will repeat indefinitely until stopped. Laser Beam and Honk and Rooster give very distinctive sounds to ensure you never miss that important alarm call. All sounds are high-quality 16-bit wave samples. Remember that you can add your own hourly sounds or alarm sounds by using the User Sound option from the Preferences tab and selecting your wave (.WAV) file.
The Desktop Clock provides a handy reminder of the current time on your Windows desktop even when the main Anno Domini window is not visible. There is a choice of four different clock views depending on the size chosen and all clock views show the day of week, date and time. Examples of each are shown below:
The style and position of the clock can be chosen from the main clock control panel which allows you change the font used and it's size and also set the foreground and background colour of the clock. You can also position the clock on your Windows desktop in one of 6 pre-defined positions or alternatively, choose your own specific location on the desktop.
By selecting either the 2 Clocks or 8 Clocks option, you can view the current times of either 2 or 8 chosen locations from anywhere in the world in real-time on your desktop. The clock control panel allows you to select one location as your holiday location for comparison. Below shows and example of Los Angeles as your home location and Moscow as your holiday location.
With the 8 Clocks option you can view the current time for your chosen home location and the remaining 7 locations which you have chosen from the Location tab. Your home location is shown in grey and each clock also shows the current twilight status, i.e. if the box is white it is daytime at that location, if it is navy it is morning twilight, red for evening twilight and black for night time.
Options in the control panel allow you to automatically open the desktop clocks each time Anno Domini is run and also ensure they always appear above any other open desktop window.
In the bottom left-hand corner of the control panel you will see the current position on the clock on the windows desktop in pixels for the x and y direction. This helps in positioning the clocks when you choose to fix the clocks with your own specific location rather than one of the 6 preset positions.
Atomic Clock Synchronization
New to Anno Domini 2006 is automatic synchronization of the PC clock. At three separate time intervals during the day (10:00am, 3:00pm and 8:00pm), Anno Domini will automatically connect to an Internet Time Server and ensure your clock is adjusted to match the exact atomic time accurate to thousands of a second. Plus! Pack users have the extra benefit of access to a control panel allowing the PC clock to be adjusted at any time. Other benefits include being able to interrogate the Atomic Clock Server to see the difference between the PC clock and Atomic Clock and being able to change the default server from one on ten servers provided. The server list is also dynamically updated via the Anno Domini web-site.
The Conversions tab has a new button which launches the Conversion Calculator. Exclusive to Plus! Pack users, 168 new conversion calculations become available split into seven topics - Area, Distance, Euro, Mass, Temperature, Time and Volume. Results can be manipulated using a drop-down calculator function. A unique feature to the Euro tab is that the latest currency rates for Eurso, US Dollars, GB Sterling and Japanese Yen are automatically updated via the Anno Domini web-site from the European Central Bank.
The Save Desktop button in the Help tab of Anno Domini allows you to record the exact position of your desktop icons for each screen resolution your graphics card is capable of displaying. This allows you to restore your desktop icons to their correct positions after a screen resolution change by simply clicking the Restore Desktop button. Anno Domini supports screen resolutions from 640x480 right up to 1600x1200. Each screen resolution can have an individual scheme of icon positions which are automatically stored each time the Save Desktop button is pressed. The Save/Restore Desktop function can also be accessed from the Anno Domini menu in the Taskbar.
The Autorun Editor allows you to control all programs which automatically start up when you boot your machine. You can either temporarily or permanently disable programs from running on startup or add your own choice of programs to run automatically when you boot into Windows either via the Startup folder or in the Windows registry.
Large Scale Time Zone/World Map
In the Location screen you can now view and pan with the mouse a large-scale map of the whole world which shows all current time-zones. There is a choice of two sizes of viewing screen which you can easily swap between so that the times of each of your 8 chosen cities can still be viewed.
It is planned that other maps will be made available for this function in the future to Plus! users.
Five Extra Calendar Reports
The "1 Month + Events + View" report the calendar for the current month with your chosen events and image from nature.
The "1 Year + Events" report shows a 12 month calendar with all events occurring for the selected year and event scheme.
The "200 Year Calendar" allows you to find any date between 1889 and 2102 without the need for a PC. An example is shown below:
The "1 Year + View" calendar report show a full 12 month calendar for the selected year along with the current month's nature image. An example is shown below:
The "3 Year Horizontal Calendar" report shows calendars for 3 consecutive years in a horizontal format. An example is shown below:
Lunar and Solar Eclipses
Anno Domini now displays the dates and times of when the next partial/total solar or lunar eclipse occurs with an accuracy of plus or minus two minutes in the Astronomy tab. A left mouse click on either displayed time will connect you via the Internet to the NASA Eclipse web-site which gives you very detailed information concerning the eclipse including the best position on Earth for viewing.
When the Real-Time Astronomy setting is on in the Preferences tab, the main status area of the Calendar tab will show the current Julian Date and the distance of the Earth from the Sun and the Moon updated every second. The exact fraction of the Moon visible from the Earth as a percentage is also shown and updated every minute. T
100 Extra Quotations
Exactly 100 extra quotations have been added to the standard quotation database covering historical and modern quotations, examples of which are shown below:
Nature 2 Image Pack
The Nature 2 Image pack consists of 12 stunning images from nature - one image for each calendar month.
Nature 3 Image Pack
The Nature 3 Image pack adds a further 12 stunning images from nature.
It is planned that further image packs will be made available exclusively to Plus! users in the future.
Moon Phases Background Images
Change the look of your Moon Phases tab with either of these two stunning high resolution images of the Apollo Moon missions courtesy of NASA.
Events Background Images
Change the look of your Events tab with these calming images of nature - guaranteed to make you want to go on a vacation!
Astronomy Background Images
Change the look of your Astronomy tab with either of these two stunning high resolution images from the Shuttle missions courtesy of NASA.
The backgrounds to the Moon Phases, Events and Astronomy tabs can be changed via the Preferences tab of Anno Domini and saved so that new selection is remembered each time you start Anno Domini. These six extra background images are in addition to those that are already supplied as standard with the shareware distribution of Anno Domini 2005.
You can also use any of your own images as backgrounds as long as they are in the JPEG .JPG file format. When selecting an image to use as a background, the file dialog will also show you a preview of the image chosen to help you locate the correct image.
It is planned in the future for further stunning images from nature and space will be made available exclusively to Plus! users to further enhance their copy of Anno Domini.
Selecting Your Moon Phases Backgrounds
From the Preferences tab, click the "Change" button above the Moon Phases Image legend and an Open File dialog will appear. Select the "Backgrounds" folder from within your Anno Domini directory and you have the choice of the "Apollo 11 Spaceman_580.JPG" or "ASTRONAUGHT2.JPG" files. Select your desired file and click the "Open" button. You will then see a preview of your selected image in the Preferences tab. Finally, click the "Save Settings" button to record this setting.
Selecting Your Events Backgrounds
From the Preferences tab, click the "Change" button above the Events Image legend and an Open File dialog will appear. Select the "Backgrounds" folder from within your Anno Domini directory and you have the choice of the "SEA3.JPG" or "Best_Sunset.JPG" files. Select your desired file and click the "Open" button. You will then see a preview of your selected image in the Preferences tab. Finally, click the "Save Settings" button to record this setting.
Selecting Your Astronomy Backgrounds
From the Preferences tab, click the "Change" button above the Astronomy Image legend and an Open File dialog will appear. Select the "Backgrounds" folder from within your Anno Domini directory and you have the choice of the "SPACE_AD_1.JPG" or "SPACE_AD_2.JPG" files. Select your desired file and click the "Open" button. You will then see a preview of your selected image in the Preferences tab. Finally, click the "Save Settings" button to record this setting.
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