Release date: 
Saturday, 28 August, 1999




Authors/Port authors:

Beat/2 is Swatch Beat, Internet Time Indicator.

What is this new Universal Time?

Timed by Swatch:

Internet Time represents a completely new global concept of time. So what is the deal? Basically, the Swatch Beat, the revolutionary new unit of time means the following:

  • No Time Zones
  • No Geographical Borders

How long is a Swatch beat? In short we have divided up the virtual and real day into 1000 "beats". One Swatch beat is the equivalent of 1 minute 26.4 seconds.


  • Time Zone: Time zone is based on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
  • Interval: You can set interval to change normal time and beat. Note: Interval: 0.01-0.05 beat 0.01 beat = 0.86sec.
  • Only Beat: Check "Only Beat" check box, if you want to indicate only beat time.
  • Always on Top: Check "Always on Top" check box, if you want to stay Beat/2 at top of the desktop.
  • Auto Font Size: Check "Auto Font Size" check box, if you want to automatically resize font size according to the window size.
  • Keep Window Size Ratio: Check "Keep Window Size Ratio" check box, if you want to keep window size ratio.
  • Copy Beat to Clipboard: When you want to copy current beat time to clipboard, select "Copy" at popup menu.
This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See below for download link(s).

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

Beat/2 (8/4/2023, A. Doff)  local copy
Beat/2 v. 2.03r4 (16/7/2019, A. Doff) Readme/What's new
Fixed TZ parsing (CEST exceeded assumed fixed length of 3 characters). Release 3: eCS folder icons added, fixed installer. Release 4: missing DataType function added.
Beat/2 v. 2.02 (28/8/1999, Ken Kinoshita) Readme/What's new
Version 1.00 (21.Jul.1999) This is first version. Version 1.01 (24.Jul.1999) Fixed startup problem. Version 2.00 (13.Aug.1999) Added `Color Customize' function. Added `Sizeable Window' function. Added `Auto Font Size' function. Added `Copy Beat Time' function. Version 2.01 (21.Aug.1999) Fixed the inconveniences occures when system shutdown. Other minor parts were modified. Version 2.02 (28.Aug.1999) Fixed startup problem.  local copy
Record updated last time on: 12/07/2023 - 05:44

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A 6th release is available via: This version checks or sets the timezone automatically, during each start of Beat/2. Its timezone setting can still be adjusted manually, but an adjusted setting won't last.

A new version, v2.04, is available via: This version supports and automatically sets any known time zone, including DST.

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