Christmas Screensavers - The Festive Mac 2009

11410 This time of year, I like to have my Mac workspace reflect the seasons of Advent and Christmas, with snow gently falling and building up on top of windows and tabs on my PowerBook's Desktop, and a snowy pastorale scene selected as a Desktop background. Of course, if you prefer, you can also transform your Desktop into Christmas extravaganza that would do Snoopy proud. Is it useful? Well, no, but f you decorate your house for Christmas, why not your Mac?

In this installment of The Festive Mac, 2008, our topic is screensavers and Desktop/menubar items.

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Snow Globe v1.0.2

We could all use a little more holiday cheer, and Snow Globe helps you out. Shake it up to make it snow on the Christmas tree.

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Just register for $2 amd then you'll have the ability to run it above all other applications, create a permanent blizzard (no more shaking!) or even change the background image to run it year round.

And that's all there is to it. Go have fun.

System requirements:
Snow Globe requires any Macintosh running OS X 10.2.x or higher.

$2.00 Shareware

For more information, visit:
http://www.bassetsoftware.com/osx/snowglobe/

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Quartz Composer Classic Snowflakes Screensaver For Mac OS X

Quartz composer screensaver for Mac OS 10.4 Tiger features snowflake images by Wilson Bentley - The Snowflake Man. Once itĺs installed in the Library/Screensavers, you can customize it to suit your tastes by modifying the options in System Preferences.

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"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley 1925

System requirements:
Mac OS 10.4

For more on Wilson Bentley see:
http://www.snowflakebentley.com/

For more information, visit:
http://www.alittlebitofnothingleft.net/snowfall/

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Winter Train 3D Screensaver 1.0 - Steam Locomotive Traveling Through The Mountains In Winter

If you are fond of travel or look over surrounding landscape through the window of a moving train, and if you simply like to observe a moving train, this bewitching action in the screensaver will not leave you indifferent

Winter Train 3D Screensaver is created specially for purposeful persons. When all tickets are bought, places are occupied, mechanisms started up and the smoke column rises over the steam locomotive, you can move only forward towards unknown mystery.

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The steam locomotive easy, coolly, but steadily goes to its purpose, not sheering even for a second. If there is a purpose ahead and already all mechanisms are started up you can move only forward. There are no obstacles that can stop you. Take pleasure in magnificence of the mountain nature. During the winter it is especially fine.

When you purchase the software, you get:
• no nag-screen
• all features of the full version
• free e-mail technical support
• free updates

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

System Support:
PPC/Intel

$12.95 Shareware

For more information, visit:
http://3dsignal.com/

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3D Magic Christmas Toy Shop 3.3

See the toy shop come alive in this screen saver.

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3D Toy Shop slowly comes alive with a moving train, dancing teddy bear, marching toy soldiers, a countdown to Christmas day, functional clock and calendar, a dancing snowman frolics in the falling snow outside and more! Contains realistically modeled 3D animated images and MP3 music file (Let it Snow). Select from falling snow, giant colorful snowflakes, candy canes, sparkles, holly, none or all. Select from pre-set tints or time of day presets to give a morning, evening or night effect, or go wild and make everything purple. Demo contains almost full set of features: sound mute, volume control, background tint, brightness, selectable number, color, size, fade and velocity of falling animations. Have fun customizing this screen saver to your preferences.

New in version 3.3:
• Updated settings panel and improved some graphics.

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

System support:
PPC/Intel

$9.95 Shareware

For more information, visit:
https://unique3ddigital.com/cart/product.php?productid=216&cat=24&page=1

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Santa and the City 3D Christmas Screen Saver 1.0

Fly with Santa and his reindeer thru an amazingly detailed, real-time 3D city.

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Features Include:
• An amazingly detailed 3D city to fly thru, with different detailed backgrounds to choose from
• Real time 3D graphics. There's no pre-rendered nonsense here, so you can view the action from ANY angle. It's a truly immersive 3D experience
• 3D sound effects so you can hear the sleigh bells go past, and maybe even Santa himself
• Over 50 Christmas tunes available as optional background music, guaranteed to drive your co-workers mental!

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

System support:
PPC/Intel

$9.95 Shareware

For more information, visit:
http://www.uselesscreations.com/

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XmasBotZ Screensaver 1.5 and 1.5.1 Sound Activated Virtual Santa

Santa has come to Leopard, and he's brought some friends to help decorate your screen.

A virtual, 3D Santa wishes you, "Happy Holidays", while snow gently falls in the background. Santa listens, using your Mac's built-in microphone, responding with your custom messages. Santa will also bring along a Snowman, Reindeer, a Christmas Tree, a Star, and a Candy Cane; each with their own voice.

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NOTE: MacOSX 10.5 Leopard, or greater is required!

New in Version 1.5.1
Snow Leopard support

New in version 1.5:
• Added two more Bots; a Star, and a Candy Cane

System Requirements:
XmasBotZ requires Mac OS X version 10.5 or greater and the following graphics hardware: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and later, or any AGP-based ATI RADEON GPU. A minimum of 16MB VRAM is required. XmasBotZ is Universal Binary, and will run on both PowerPC, and Intel based, Macintosh Computers. Although this screensaver is designed for Mac's with a built-in, or connected microphone, it can be used with Macintosh computers without a mic as well.

$5.00 Demoware

For more information, visit:
http://www.skyrocketsoftware.com/skyrocket/XmasBotZ.html

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A Very 3D Christmas Screen Saver 1.2

Realtime 3D display featuring Santa, his Reindeer, and a hard working Elf. They fly through the air throwing presents down chimneys and randomly stop at houses while Santa climbs down the chimney. Over 50 Christmas tunes as background music.Countdown timer to Christmas day. Heaps of other options to customize it to your liking.

Get into the Christmas spirit with this jolly 3D screensaver which features Santa delivering presents in his sleigh. However, Santa is a slacker, so as the reindeer pull his fat butt thru the sky, his friendly elf sidekick does all the hard work! With heaps of configuration options including a countdown to Christmas day, and over 50 Christmas carols as background music that will really set your teeth on edge, this is fun for the whole family!

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Features:
• 3D Cartoonish characters, and lots of different camera angles so you never quite see the same thing twice.
• A real-time 3D, randomly generated town with houses, trees, snowmen and smoking chimneys for Santa to climb down.
• Over 50 Christmas tunes as background music. Select the one you like, or have random tunes playing, or turn them off altogether.
• Countdown to Christmas day so you know how long you have to wait for your presents!
• Lots of options so you can select how intense the snow storm is, how many reindeer are pulling the sleigh, and many more options.

The following configuration options are available. (It is recommended that you play with the options to find what runs best on your Mac and what you think looks best):

Play Selected Background Music: Turn this on if you want to have Christmas carols playing in the background, then select which music you want from the drop down box on the right. You can also select to have the screen saver play the tunes at random. There are over 50 Christmas tunes to choose from or have playing at random!
Snow Density: Lets you decide how snowy it is. Turning this down may speed things up on slower machines.
Star Density: Sets how many stars are in the sky. Turning this down may speed things up on slower machines.
House Density: Sets how far apart the houses are that go past as Santa flies over. Lower house density may speed things up on slower machines.
Number of Reindeer: Here you can set how many reindeers are pulling Santa's sleigh tonight. Less reindeer can speed things up on slower machines.
Display Countdown To Christmas: This will display a countdown to Christmas day, so you know how long til Santa arrives!
Display Smoking Chimneys: With this turned on smoke will rise from some of the house's chimneys. Turning this off may speed things up on slower machines.
Display Trees: Sets if you want trees to be shown or not. Turning this off can speed things up on slower machines.
Display Sparkle Trails: Turns sparkles coming off the sleigh and reindeers hooves on and off.

New in version 1.2:
• Updated for Leopard
• More bug fixes and tweaks.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

System requirements:
MAC OS X 10.3 or higher.

System Support:
PPC/Intel

$9.95 :Shareware

When you register A Very 3D Christmas Screen Saver, you get:

  • The full, registered, unrestricted version of the niftiest 3D Christmas screensaver on the planet!

  • Endless Christmas Fun! Watch Santa cruise round in his sleigh delivering presents. He even lands and climbs down chimneys!

  • Elf Slave Labour! Elves are overworked and underpaid, but they don't mind! Watch the elf do all the hard work deliverying presents!

  • Over 50 Christmas songs! Not insane yet? Wait til you've heard the over 50 Christmas tunes that play in the background! You'll soon be nuttier than a Christmas cake!

  • No nag screens! Nothing pops up at the start, nothing pops up in the corners, nothing pops up at all. All you get is the action!



For more information, visit:
http://www.uselesscreations.com/ (Scroll down page)

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Frosted Screensaver 2.2.3 Frozen Frosted Frolics For Family

Celebrate winter with your very own digital snowman!

Brought to life by the spirit of Christmas, Frosted spreads holiday cheer to all! His frequent visitors include Rudy the Reindeer, Santa, and best of all, YOU!




His snowy world is filled with fun for you to discover when you register.

Features:
• Beautiful snow scene.
• Calming holiday sound effects.
• 3D Digital Snowman that walks, and talks.
• Frosted tells you how many days until Christmas.
• Speech Synthesis, (Mac OS 10.3 or greater).
• Holiday props.

You may use Frosted for free, but if you register for $5.00, you get these bonus features:
• Interactive Mode allows you to click on items within the scene, for animated surprises.
• Throw snowballs at Frosted.
• Frosted dances to a cheerful tune.
• Enter your name, and Frosted will speak to you personally.
• Holographic Mode.

Frosted Preferences:

Mute Sound: Choose to silence the sound effects.

Quiet Frosted: For those of you who don't want to hear Frosted's blathering.

Quiet Santa: For those of you who don't want to hear Santa's ho ho ho-ing.

Interactive Mode: (Registered Mode Only). After switching this on, you can explore the interactive environment of this magical place by clicking on objects on your screen. Generally, clicking on the screen will throw snowballs. You can toss snow at Frosted until he passes out if you want... it's a good way to keep him quiet.

Click on the tree on the bottom left side of the screen to make Frosted dance. Clicking on the Candy Cane on the bottom right will make Frosted tell you how many days until Christmas. Revive the unconscious Frosted, or get him to do something more interesting, by clicking on the shovel and bucket.




New in this version:
Recompiled as Universal Binary for Intel compatibility. Added support for the Mighty Mouse. Enhanced background art. Santa and Frosted have more to say. Removed "Holographic Mode", option. Fixed bug causing screen artifacts. Minor performance tweaks.

System requirements:
Frosted 2.2.3 requires Snow Leopard, Mac OS X version 10.6 or greater.

Donĺt have Snow Leopard? Version 2.2.2 works with Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.5.x.

You may use Frosted for free, but if you register for $5.00, you get these BONUS features:

• Interactive Mode allows you to click on items within the scene, for animated surprises!
• Throw snowballs at Frosted.
• Frosted dances to a cheerful tune!
• Enter your name, and Frosted will speak to you personall

System support:
PPC/Intel

$5.00 Shareware

For more information, visit:
http://www.skyrocketsoftware.com/skyrocket/Frosted.html

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Looney Tunes Christmas Screensaver and Videos

Full screen coloful images of your favorite Looney Characters. Bugs, Taz, Daffy, Tweety, Sylvester, Road Runner and more. All characters in vivid colored Holiday dress, plus "Looney Tunes Christmas Video," Looney Tunes Video for iPod, and Looney Tunes Christmas Video for PSP




System requirements:
Macintosh OS9 & OSX

Free

For more information, visit:
http://www.freemacscreensavers.com/looneytunes.html

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Holiday Giftwrap Christmas Screensaver and Videos

Colorful high quality images of packages all wrapped for Christmas. Want some ideas on how to wrap your loved ones gifts and also listen to some Christmas music? plus "Holiday Giftwrap Christmas Video," Holiday Giftwrap Video for iPod, and Holiday Giftwrap Christmas Video for PSP




System requirements:
• Macintosh OS9 & OSX
• Fits all screen resolutions

Free

For more information, visit:
http://www.freemacscreensavers.com/holidaygiftwrap.htm

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Santa's Kids Screensaver and Free Videos

What could be a happier moment than to tell Santa what you want for Christmas? High quality images of Santa with the Kids. This program includes 16 images, Christmas music and fits all screen sizes. plus free "Santa's Kids Video, "Santa's Kids iPod Video," and Santa's Kids Cellphone Video.




System requirements:
For Mac OS9 and OSX

$8.95 - 30-day, 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee

Note: Purchasing this screen saver helps support the Free screen savers provided by FreeMacScreenSavers.com. (This screen saver was created by FreeMacScreenSavers.com.)

For more information, visit:
http://www.freemacscreensavers.com/santaskids.htm

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Christmas Saver Volume 1 Screensaver

"High Quality" images in this multi transition slide show sequence screen saver of variety of Christmas Scenes. Vivid colorful images of ornaments, Christmas trees, ornaments, gifts and more. Multi image multi transition effect slide show screen saver. This program includes 15 images, Christmas music and fits all screen sizes.




System requirements:
Mac OS8, OS9 and OSX

$8.95 - 30-day, 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee

Purchasing this screen saver helps support the Free screen savers provided by FreeMacScreenSavers.com. (This screen saver was created by FreeMacScreenSavers.com.)

For more information, visit:
http://www.freemacscreensavers.com/christmassavers1.htm


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Santa Menu 1.0.0 Menubar Santa

Hey, it's the holidays. Everybody could use a little bit of Christmas cheer. Santa Menu does that. He sits in your menu, and ho ho hos at you from time to time.




System requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.2.x or higher

Santa Menu is freeware

For more information, visit:
http://www.bassetsoftware.com/osx/santamenu/


Charles W. Moore




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