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Real Aquarium HD for Mac is quite possibly the most beautiful application available for the Mac platform. It's like having Discovery's "Planet Earth" right in front of you, presented in a fun and interactive manner.

Real Aquarium HD includes:

  • Absolutely breathtaking high-definition footage of underwater life
  • The built-in interactive encyclopedia called "Animal Info," which allows you to learn about what you are viewing
  • Built in music with options to choose from your iTunes library with a beautiful cover flow interface.
  • A super-easy way to change what you are viewing
  • A more...

What's New

Version 1.2:

Note: Version 1.1 is free. Version 1.2 is available for purchase.
  • Adds 11 new built in songs
  • Adds a set of new shark footage
  • Adds our brand new icon
  • Bug fixes


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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sandymix Member IconReview+0

This APP is so beautiful I just can't stop looking and listening. My kids are crazy about it and it actually helps them with their homework. Its going around our school like hotcakes. It works totally fine on my mac. Bravo John H, keep them coming!

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Version 1.2
Globe-Trotter Member IconReview+19

Granted it looks nice. And thanks to the developer for offering it free (for a very short time) so we could appreciate the quality of his work.

However, once installed, this app takes a huge 2,26 GB of space! Twice the size of the full edition of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, more than 3 times Apple's iWork '09 and much more than the 5 Apple iLife apps combined! Just to watch some sea creatures on a kind of electronic new age music...

Also, there is no mention of the source of the undersea clips or who are the composers of the music (and if you look in the app package content, you'll discover some music tracks from the well-known commercial video game 'World of Goo' - in there you'll also find a couple of tracks from the Razordoll album 'Dysnomia', an obscure Hungarian rock band).

Are the video clips and music tracks in the public domain? Or was the music composed and the clips shot by John H. Meyer himself, the 16 years old developer of Real Aquarium HD? I simply wonder because the 'Animal info' that explains the species has been cut and pasted directly from Wikipedia...

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Version 1.1

Your point taken. But why give it 0.5 stars just because you wonder.No comment from your side about performance, stability, lack of features. Not very valuable.


0.5 stars because I found absolutely no interesting or practical use for this app. No way to use any other app at the same time because it grabs the full screen display (OK: I understand that this app is designed like the 90's flying toasters PC screensaver: just to gaze at it...). The logout control is not practical and not explained (you have to try things intuitively to stop the app). The videos take a lot of CPU (and I have the latest 2011 Intel i7 MacBook Pro, very fast) and most of them are not HD as advertised. So, I trashed the so-called 'Real' aquarium...

One more thing... the price of this app changes back and forth continuously from anything from free to 9,99 $ and any price in-between depending when you check it on the Mac App Store. A puzzling commercial strategy... At the time I'm writing this, the new v.1.2 is 'on sale' at 1,99 for one... hour! Tonight, it might be at 9,99 again and in two days at 4,99. Very puzzling commercial strategy.


Thanks! I fully understand your rating now (no irony).

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 10,424
Version Downloads 9,502
License Demo
Date 28 Jun 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $4.99