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Time Macro

You can have RemoteSign display a dynamic time in the displayed text by by using the special Time Macro

Wherever you want to display a time based on the current time, enter \T+nn , where +nn is the number of minutes offset from the current time.

For example, if you define some text to be displayed as: 

In five minutes the time will be \T+05

it will display something like:

In five minutes the time will be 12:34

The time macro is 5 characters long and is replaced with 5 characters, allowing neat columns to be maintained.

You can generate the current time by using: \T+05

You can also generate time in the past by using a negative offset, for example:

The time one hour ago was \T-60


  • In the Windows version, the current 12/24 hour clock setting is honored when generating the time. The 'T' must be in upper case (since animated text is only upper case)
  • In RemoteSign Sequencer, \T will produce a 24 hour clock time and \t will produce a 12 hour clock time (without AM/PM)
  • The time offsets can vary from -99 minutes to 999 minutes in the future. To specify a positive offset greater than 99, you can omit the '+', for example \T180

Here are some examples showing the use of the time macro in a simulated timetable.
The times displayed will be varying times ahead of the current time, allowing the screen and current time to be appropriate.

The time macro can be used in Text rows, header lines, and scrolling text.
The conversion from the macro text to the time is done before sending to a remotely connected RemoteSign. i.e. it does not send \T+nn, only  converted time. This allows it to also work on RemoteSigns that do not have the conversion capabilities, such as RemoteSign ESP.

Required versions

Windows RemoteSign: 2.5.9 or higher.
RemoteSign Sequencer: 1.0 or higher

See also: Counter macro