SnowSaver
SnowSaver 1.1b2
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OpenGL snowflake falling screensaver.   Free
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SnowSaver is a Cocoa OpenGL screensaver. It's modeled on the pretty falling snowflakes animation that Apple have been running on an iMac in the window of the local Apple store. (Theirs is actually a QuickTime movie, and not available to customers. People have asked.)
What's New
Version 1.1b2 adds the following:
  • Fixed the "textures disappearing after leaving full screen preview" bug; it turns out startAnimation may get called multiple times during the life of a screensaver process.
  • Added support for multiple snowflake textures.
  • Texture code changes may also help with the "multiple monitors" bug, but I don't have a setup to test with.
  • Added support for snowflake resizing.
  • Added nice snowflake textures and custom icon provided by Scott.
  • Switched to properly-ordered snowflake rasterization. Wow, it does look better.
Version 1.1b2 adds the following:
  • Fixed the "textures disappearing after leaving full screen preview" bug; it turns out startAnimation may get called multiple times during the life of a screensaver process.
  • Added support for multiple snowflake textures.
  • Texture code changes may also help with the "multiple monitors" bug, but I don't have a setup to test with.
  • Added more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later






SnowSaver User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Acuraice commented on 20 Jan 2011
spoke with developer about updating the snowsaver app to work with intel macs and making a 64 bit version...his response:
Hi. I've written a SnowSaver 2.0 for 64 bit and Snow Leopard, and plan
to finish the last bit of polish and release it when the Mac App Store
launches. All new graphics code, which now uses algorithmically
generated snowflakes made from polygons, rather than just a small
number of textures.


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Aetnaria replied on 04 Dec 2011
Any hint of an update? I find nothing referencing SnowSaver on the developer's linked website here, nor in the Mac App Store.
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Meta replied on 31 Jul 2012
Developer here. Apple rejected my screensavers, so you'll likely never see SnowSaver 2.

More info at http://meta.ath0.com/software/redpill/
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Acuraice replied on 06 Aug 2012
hey matt how are you?? just wondering if you still had that beta for lion you were working on and if its possible to tweak it to run in mountain lion? if the app itself is only looping a video file of some kind we could all just use another utility to loop that particular video file and use snowsaver as our screensaver again in ML. Why in the world would apple decline you posting it to the mac app store?? and if you did post it,then you must have a working beta that at the least works in lion right? can we buy the app directly from you???? i have never seen a better snow screensaver in years since yours!! making me crazy i cant use it again after all these years.
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undertow commented on 20 Dec 2006
Since this is a PPC version, go here for a great intel snow saver.
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20033
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TomEM commented on 19 Dec 2006
Awwww.... PPC only!
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smpdigital commented on 19 Dec 2006
You've been dugg, so you better want to release an intel version ASAP
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meee commented on 19 Dec 2005
GREAT lil app! Looks classy and seasonal and makes my PowerBook G4 look amazingly COOL and TRENDY
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Mar 2005
I installed 1.1b2 on a Powerbook G4 with a second attached monitor. The flakes have texture on the external monitor, but look like falling squares on the powerbook's built in screen.
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Schmelding replied on 07 Dec 2006
Same here.
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Dec 2004
Very nice screensaver, but it would be nice if you could adjust the speed of the falling snowflakes. They seem to fall a little to rapidly for me.
[Version 1.1b2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Nov 2004
I'd love to be able to choose a background image with this app in screensaver mode instead of just a solid color. Good stuff though!
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Dec 2003
This is the best wintery screensaver I have ever seen (and I have seen a ton of them.) You can adjust the size of the flakes, the depth of field, the background and a few other things. However, that is all you really need. Simply wonderful for the season. Never had any problem with it running on my Mac OS X or Panther.
[Version 1.1b2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Aug 2003
One of my favorite screensavers, ever. Beautifully rendered, softly falling snowflakes--it's like Christmas on August 4th. Lucky me!
[Version 1.1b2]


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jtzar had trouble on 19 Dec 2006
Great app on my PBG4 main screen but doesn't work on the second attached monitor. I see falling rectangles. Keep up the good work.
[Version 1.1b2]


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thermos8 had trouble on 20 Nov 2006
Thank you so much, I love this screen saver! It's my all time favorite holiday screen saver. However, it doesn't work on my new MacBook Pro. Could you please make a Universal version so this can run on new Intel based Macs? Please, please, please?
[Version 1.1b2]


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Downloads:23,161
Version Downloads:13,010
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Free
Date:06 Dec 2002
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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SnowSaver is a Cocoa OpenGL screensaver. It's modeled on the pretty falling snowflakes animation that Apple have been running on an iMac in the window of the local Apple store. (Theirs is actually a QuickTime movie, and not available to customers. People have asked.)


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