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Pyrotheque... Were you a Mac user in the '80s, saving your Plus's screen from burn-in with tiny fireworks?

Pyrotheque revives the classic screen saver concept-adjusted for inflation. Colorful rockets burst into hundreds of sparks in front of a starry night sky. Plus: a retro-tastic "classic" mode sure to bring back memories.

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Version 1.2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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nicolasd Member IconComment+120

skyrocket is free and great looking why bother with this nonsense.

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Version 1.0.1
dsandlerbe (Developer)

Skyrocket is nice, too. However, I find some of its 3D effects (for example, the constant swooping around of the camera) a little distracting.

Pyrotheque has some great graphics and visual effects, but it's not trying to be flashy; I designed Pyrotheque to more accurately mimic the style and tempo of the original Mac fireworks screensaver: Pyro!, by Bill Steinberg and Steve Brecher. In particular, Pyrotheque's 1-bit mode is, for me, an awesome timewarp back to 1988. I hope others enjoy it too.


I'd say that 'Skyrocket' is the most aesthetically appealing and sophisticated of the fireworks screensavers for Mac.
If one finds the swooping around effect of the camera distracting, one can disable it by unchecking 'camera angle changes' in Skyrocket's options panel.
Then, the effect is very much like Pyrotheque's.
Pyrotheque, while rather simple , is not that bad. In fact, it's kinda nice. It's only US$4 and, if it floats your boat then go for it. But I find that Skyrocket satisfies me the most.

ShotgunWeddings Member IconReview+278

So far, of all the Fireworks type screen savers for OSX, this is by far the best looking!

My only suggestion would be some controls in the future for colours, smoke trails & some control over the amount of fireworks.

But all in all, still the best of the lot, and keep up the great work!

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Version 1.0
dsandlerbe (Developer)

Thanks for the suggestions. I wanted to keep Pyrothèque very simple to begin with, to avoid configuration overload for the user. Even so, an "expert mode" might not be out of the question. [files it away in the feature request pile]

johnnycat1 Member IconReview+1

I like it, quite a lot. Very simple, yet very beautiful. And cheap, too.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 6,697
Version Downloads 1,284
License Shareware
Date 18 Jan 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $4.00
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