Virtual Chess Clock, a chess clock software
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README.md

Virtual Chess Clock

Virtual Chess Clock is a chess clock software: it can be used to simulate a chess clock on computer (typically a laptop). Virtual Chess Clock is designed to be easy to use. It is free, open-source and multi-platform.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/vchessclock/

Download

https://sourceforge.net/projects/vchessclock/files/

Features

  • Two active key areas on the keyboard (left and right) to operate the clock.
  • Support for exotic time control modes such as Fischer, Bronstein, hourglass, byo-yomi.
  • Time resolution of 1 millisecond.
  • Inactivation of most key shortcuts defined by the OS (such as the Windows key that triggers the "Start" menu on Windows) when the software is in use.

If you encounter some bugs with this program, or if you wish to get new features in the future versions, you can report/propose them in the GitHub bug tracker, or send an email to the author.

Screenshots

Main window

The main window.

Time control set-up

Time control configuration dialog.

Keyboard set-up

Keyboard set-up dialog. The function of each key can be finely tuned.

Translation

Currently, Virtual Chess Clock is available in the following languages:

  • English,
  • French,
  • German,
  • Spanish.

If you are interested in translating this program into your language, please contact the author.

Build from source

Required components

  1. A C++ compiler that supports the C++11 standard (typically, GCC or MinGW >= 4.7).
  2. The CMake build framework (at least version 2.8.11).
  3. The boost libraries (at least version 1.49).
  4. The Qt library (at least version 5.0).

Making all these things work together is likely to be the harder part of the job! ;-)

Download the source code

The source code can be retrieved by cloning the current GitHub repository:

git clone https://github.com/yo35/vcc.git --branch release

However, if you are not familiar with the Git tool, you can download a ZIP archive containing the latest (stable) source from the SourceForge repository.

Build VCC

When the required components and the VCC source are ready, open a terminal, and type the following commands:

cd /path/to/VCC/source
./configure
make
sudo make install

On Windows, using the MinGW compiler, this process becomes:

cd x:\path\to\VCC\sources
configure.bat
mingw32-make
mingw32-make install

Additional details about the available installation options can be obtained with the command ./configure --help (or configure.bat --help on Windows). Should you encounter any problems, please report them here.