Nine Snow Applications For The Mac - The Festive Mac 2009

8200 I like snow, although I'm never sorry if it holds off till Christmas. Here in this part of Nova Scotia this year we haven't seen much, definitely nothing shovelable, but the cold weather has settled in with a vengeance this week and the next low pressure system could change that. We usually don't get snow that sticks until after Christmas here on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, and the current long-term forecast suggests that Christmas will be a green one this year.

But whether it's snowing outside or not, if you're a snow fan, wherever you live, you can still enjoy some of the white stuff on your computer desktop for Christmas, and the great thing about virtual snow is than you don't have to shovel it!

There are more desktop snow applications for the Mac than you might imagine. Here are the ones I've been able to track down.

Snow Dance 3D Screensaver 1.2

Smoothly falling flakes create sensation of calmness and serenity.


Snow Dance 3D Screensaver shows you the bewitching attraction and purity of snow-white winter. Imagine that you are on mountain top and you could observe serene majesty of solitary centuries-old mountains. Smoothly falling fluffy flakes of snow create sensation of calmness and serenity.

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

System support:

$12.95 Shareware

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Snow 1.2 - Snow Piling Up On Windows, Santa & Polar Bear On Desktop

Back when I wasrunning the Classic Mac OS, my favorite snow application was Rick Jansen's Snow for Macintosh, which let it snow on your desktop, on your windows, adds a Christmas Tree, and sends Santa and his sleigh flying around your screen for extra festive season cheer. However, one of the cool things about Classic Snow is that since the whole process of letting it snow on your windows is somewhat CPU intensive, if you found Snow slowing down your machine you could use the preferences to choose fewer or smaller snowflakes, no Santa, no tree, or no snow at all. You can set the number of flakes, how fast they fall, Santa's speed limit etc. It all worked very well.

Rick has happily released an OS X native version of Snow for the Macintosh. It still snows on your desktop and Santa and his reindeer still fly around your screen while snow piles up on top of your windows. However, the tree is gone, having been replaced by an ambling Polar Bear and resizable snowdrop plants. Rudolph the reindeer's nose also glows red once you register the application.

New in this version:
• Improved performance
• Universal Binary (PPC and Intel)

Snow is $10 shareware

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Snowfall: The Ice Storm

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.


"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

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Let It Snow 1.6

Simply has falling snow down the screen, a relaxing and simple screensaver that takes up very little system resources. Images of snow flakes are loaded and drift down the screen at different speed.


System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or later


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LotsaSnow 1.4 Screensaver That Displays Falling Snowflakes

This screensaver draws snowflakes falling down your screen. Simple enough, but the oh-so-clever part is that it uses a semi-physical model for growing each snowflake, meaning every snowflake is actually unique, and also that it uses a quite a bit of processing power. But that's the price you pay for indivduality!


New in version New in v1.3:
• Snow Leopard compatible.

New in version 1.2:
• Now a universal binary, and works on Intel macs!
• Can now optionally display snow falling on the desktop.
• Added an optional clock.

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.3 or later.

System support

Free / Donationware

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flakey-saver 0.6 Snowflake Screen-saver For OS X

Well, its getting colder in New England. getting ready for the holidays? It puts me in mind of the time Jon Maeda asked us to participate in a 'snowflake-athon' at the media lab. This is not complete, no pref-panel yet. i am also working on a version for Win XP people.


Flakey-Saver creates softly falling snow that decorates your screen, twirling and swirling in the wind.

New in version 0.6:
• User pref panel
• better polygon drawing snowflakes
• better looking flakes

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

System support:


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Snow Version 2.4

Dave Warker's' Snow is a small, free application for Macs running the Classic Mac OS, categorized as a "Sanity Saver" by its author, that drifts snowflakes down your monitor screen accompanied by the gentle sound of sleigh bells or Christmas music.


You can select the desired snowstorm intensity using the Flakes sub-menu, from gentle flurries to blizzard conditions. Turning on causes some of the flakes to be blown about. Snow supports multiple sets of flakes.

You can also adjust the volume of the jingling sleigh bells, or turn them off completely The Tunes menu requires QuickTime 2.0 or later By default, Snow plays available tunes in random order but you can uncheck the Random Order menu item to hear them sequentially. You can also add more tunes by placing MIDI files in the Snow Tunes folder. Several download site links are included in the program's online documentation.

The package includes sample QuickTime music files of jazzed up holiday favorites. With this release you can now convert MIDI files to QuickTime music files via drag-and-drop.

System Requirements:
This version has only been tested under System 8.1 and later versions of the MacOS, but the basic flakes and sleigh bells should work on any Mac except those that use the original 68000 processor (Mac Plus, SE, Portable and the original 128k/512k Macs.) 68000 based Macs. Users of those machines should continue to use version 2.2. Note that the new music files will work fine with this version. The automatic wake-up feature uses system features that may not be present on recent system releases. It doesn't crash but it is possible that it may wake up when it shouldn't.

Automatic wake up requires System 7 or later. Music requires at least QuickTime 2.0 but for best results you should be using Apple's latest QuickTime package. You can download it from the QuickTime site at

A jumping off point to other MIDI sites.

New in version 2.4:
• Can play MP3 audio files if you have QuickTime 4 or later
• Additional snow flake sets
• Fixed a memory leak when aliases are used in the tunes folder

Also available:
Snow v2.2 for pre-PowerMacs
Older version for 680x0 processor based Macs (Plus, Classic, II, etc) and Mac OS 6.x

Snow is free for personal use.

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Snow'ed 1.0

Snow'ed is another older desktop application for the Classic Mac OS that puts snow on your desktop, this time in a window frame. From the menu bar you can choose options like different color window frames and how much snow to fall.

The snow in the application is anti-aliased, and each flake has its own speed and brightness.

You have your choice of four window styles : White, Brown, Moonlit, and Walter Mitty.

System requirements:
• "Snow'ed" requires thousands of colors minimum with millions suggested.
• Best at resolution of 800 x 600 or higher, will work at a lower resolution of 640 x 480 though.

Snow'ed 1.0 is $1 Shareware

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Stretch Your Holiday Dollars with the Snow Globe Maker iPhone App - Published on 12/05/09

It is easy to be both frugal and cool this year with the Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition iPhone app, available now on the iTunes App Store for only $0.99. Snow Globe Maker is also appearing on the holiday app tree in Apple stores.

Once the Snow Globe Maker app is downloaded from iTunes, iPhone and iPod touch owners can start creating festive email greetings, custom gift tags, place cards, and other holiday crafts for friends and family - it's creative, fun, and so easy that kids can make greetings too.


Custom holiday email greetings can be created with Snow Globe Maker in three simple steps:

1. Customize the snow globe with a favorite combination; the globe background, base, four inserts, and snow style can all be changed. There are over 350,000 possible combinations - from a Santa and presents, to a polar bear and penguins, to skates and a sled. With so many choices, there is a Snow Globe Maker combination right for everyone.

2. Personalize the Snow Globe Maker label with a custom greeting: Merry Christmas Katherine!, Season's Greetings from Julie, Peace on Earth. There are 30 characters to play with, and users can always say more in email.

3. Share the finished globe with the Email Photo option. The email form is integrated with the contact list, and the subject and message can be edited for each recipient. Family and friends receive a snow globe greeting made just for them, and Snow Globe Maker users save on holiday cards and stamps.

Holiday snow globe greetings can also be posted to Facebook to share with online friends, or saved as photos for printing. Printed snow globes can be used in holiday crafts and as custom gift tags, scrapbook decorations, or place cards.

"This year, we're watching our budget and focusing on more personal gifts," said Julie McCool, SnowGlobeMaker founder and mom to twins. "We have a great time making custom snow globes for people on our holiday list: the cat and dog for Grandma, Santa and a baby deer for the younger children, skis and snowboard for our active cousins, and the wolf and fox for a nature-loving niece. We even save and print our snow globe greetings to make custom gift tags."

The Snow Globe Maker iPhone app includes:
* A library of beautiful inserts, backgrounds and bases
* An editable text label
* Two zoom levels
* Integrated email, Facebook and photo menus
* A Random button for auto-customizing
* Auto snow, shake to snow, and no snow options
* A custom winter theme song
* Support for Shake, Touch, Tap, and Pinch gestures on the iPhone and iPod touch

Device Requirements:
* iPhone or iPod touch 3.1 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition 1.3 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Snow Globe Maker Winter Edition 1.3:

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