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Holding Pattern Coach Class turns your idle computer screen into an airplane window, complete with a moving aerial view. Each time it plays, the screensaver creates a unique flight sequence.

Realistic, gentle animation and superb photography make it a truly distinctive screen saver. Enjoy the visual splendor of 15 fresh aerial locations, from the majestic American West to lush Hawaii.

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Version 2.3:
  • Works with Snow Leopard


Mac OS X 10.4 or later Flash Player 10 installed.

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Thus.spake.z Member IconComment+424

I'm sort of a screensaver junky. I love interesting, esthetically appealing screensavers.
While I wasn't particularly taken with Holding Pattern Coach Class, I decided to check out the First Class version.
There's no trial download available but there is a preview available at the developer's website.
First Class costs $17.50, which is awfully steep for a screen saver. No screensaver is worth more than $10 IMHO.
First Class has views off the western US, Hawaii, Clouds over the Pacific, with a view near Mexico City being the only one outside the States.
Well, how about some views over other parts of the world such as India, the Himalayas, China, Tibet, Europe, South America, i.e. Peru, Brazil, the Amazon; it's a big world out there with lots of places to choose from.
Anyway, there are no shortage of free, inspired, dynamic screensavers...... Electric Sheep, Skyrocket, Lattice, Pixelcity, Fracture, Hyperspace, Helios, Flocks, Neko, Plasma Tunnel, Euphoria.

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Version 2.3
Brini Member IconReview+0

I am one of those travelers who is mesmerized by the view from a plane window. I find the engine sound relaxing and reassuring.

So, when offered this screensaver, I HAD to try it.

This screensaver is not only functional and ornamental, it's entertaining. GORGEOUS views of different areas of the world, beautiful photography, realistic plane noises.

My only problem is that it's so engrossing and relaxing, I have to resist the temptation to zone.

I enjoyed Coach Class SO much that I bought First Class, and I use it all the time.

I will be following upgrades to First Class, and any other cinematic screensavers that Idle Time may produce.


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Version 2.2
Dinhbg Member IconComment+13

Very, very nice. Take a lot of processor energy, even with all of the options set at their least intensive, but still worth seeing.

My one gripe is that HP saves a preference file (hp2whichscene.txt) to the user's HOME folder. Not sure how that file ranks at the same level as the Desktop, Documents, Library, and other folders...

I'm hoping that in future versions that file is moved to the Library/Application Support folder, where it belongs.

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Version 2.0
akrobat Member IconComment+90

Great screensaver. I prefer to keep the old version though 'cause this new version is a downgraded version of Holding Pattern 1 and is actually not as good.

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Version 2.0
Gary Katz Member IconReview+0
Gary Katz

This software is truly amazing and relaxing to watch. It reminds me of my first airplane trip to California when I was 6. I sat and stared out the window the entire time. This saver recreates those awesome views and moving clouds without the stress and annoyances that go along with plane travel. The developers are extremely open to new ideas, and the software has been rock solid on both intel and ppc computers. To truly enjoy this saver to it's fullest, run it on a machine with 2 large monitors. People will literally stop by your cube and stare at the screen mesmerized. The saver also runs extremely well as a desktop background (using xback or other software). I highly recommend this software and hope it continues to be developed down the road with new scenes and options. (cockpit view?)

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Version 2.0
graphic_innovations Member IconReview+2

Nice screen saver! Very creative idea. I only wish the pictures used were a big higher res -- When sitting in front of my cinema display, they're a little jaggy :(
Fantastic otherwise, would recommend!

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

Nice screensaver, one of the best out there for Macs. The 3D graphics are great. Thanks!!!

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Version 1.0
fred Member IconComment+0

this is the best screensaver I ever had - but its good to use it on a fast machine -but even on my old pismo g3 400 it works ! only the prozessor fan sometimes is then on...great idea this saver and good work ! hope we get an update with optional sound ? regards-fred

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

Looks cool and has different locations/windows, but I will have to get a new computer for it to work well (400mhz G3 is a little old) :)

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

very cool. runs slow on my old computer.
Please keep working on this, its by far the coolest screensaver I have ever had..

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 17,015
Version Downloads 3,128
License Free
Date 13 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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