MacLampsX
MacLampsX
2.0

4.1

MacLampsX free download for Mac

MacLampsX

2.0
19 December 2009

Light holiday bulbs on your desktop.

Overview

MacLampsX brings light strings to your desktop. Inspired by Tiger Technologies's Holiday Lights, MacLampsX allows you to decorate for Christmas, or any other holiday with user-creatable bulbs, as well as a small set of defaults.

By the way, you can find additional bulbs for MacLampsX in the Related Links section. Once downloaded, you can add them by copying them to one of the following locations:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/MacLampsX/
  • /Library/Application Support/MacLampsX/
Happy Holidays!

What's new in MacLampsX

Version 2.0:
  • Updated Screen Saver plugin to work under OS X 10.6 (screen saver version 1.0.1)

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Jlock
15 December 2015

Most helpful

Great christmas app for decorating my computer! Keep up the good work!
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Version 2.0
Obscenefire
24 April 2016
Doesn't Work On El Capitan 10.11.4
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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Kartyozhnik
Kartyozhnik
18 August 2018
It has been working on El Capitan for me for a couple years. I just upgraded to High Sierra (10.13.6) and it is working fine.However, during the initial startup the OS told me it needed upgrading.
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Gigadiva
21 January 2016
I have to force quit to make them stop, But how do you delete it compl,etly when it is protcected? I think it's in a directory higher than Users.
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Version 2.0
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
16 December 2015
I like TreetopLights more. The settings seem to work better for me on OS X 10.11 and the flying santa and snowmen are fun! https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16774/treetoplights
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Version 2.0
Jlock
15 December 2015
Great christmas app for decorating my computer! Keep up the good work!
Like (5)
Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
MartaTessy
MartaTessy
15 December 2015
I agree. It's festive, not too festive. Very tasteful.
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Big Johnson
29 November 2015
Just installed on 10.10.5 and have it running now. Didn’t look like it was gonna work - I opened & closed it a couple times and the bulbs weren’t showing. Then I remembered this happening last year and I had enable or disable something to make them appear. So I opened the preferences and in the Screen 1 tab changed Bulb Level to Desktop, and voilà! Then I changed Bulb Level back to “float above all” so the bulbs are always visible. Unfortunately for you the dev’s website is dead so you can’t download it. But you may like TreetopLights even better - you get lights AND a tree! Plus the dev’s website is still active, and it also runs on Yosemite. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16774/treetoplights
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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
30 November 2015
You’re in luck!

I contacted someone at MacUpdate and they were able to place the app on their server to download, so get it and install it!
Additional bulbs can be downloaded under Related Links above.

Getcha some holiday lights - you don’t even have to go out on the roof to hang ‘em up!
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newsview
09 January 2015
MacLampsX runs well under OS X 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard". Initially, I had to toggle between a blank playlist and songs that I dragged and dropped from my iTunes library before the audio kicked in. The app default checks a Screen Saver Mode option "Enter screen saver mode only for the MacLampsX Screensaver". I had to uncheck that box before I got the screen saver running. After that, the app began to run flawlessly. For those who go way back with the Mac OS, Classic days, MacLampsX is inspired by Tiger Technologies Holiday Lights program. Tiger Technologies still has a support page that allows users to download the software for Mac OS 9 (PPC) and Windows XP (bulb file archive and programs) but there are no new updates because the company has changed their focus. * This program would be a flawless replacement, except for the fact that it does not appear to import bulb files created for the original application. I hope the developer can release a script that will automate the process of converting the Windows XP or Mac OS 9 bulb archive OR that the MacLampsX program itself can undergo an update that will allow it to import the extensive (exhaustive) collection of original bulbs, screensaver and desktop themes. It is possible, per instructions on the developer website, to design your own bulbs for MacLampsX but it would be that much more appealing if the hundreds of bulbs that already exist could be imported or converted for compatibility. The Tiger Technology archive contained themes covering every conceivable holiday, both religious and secular, including many seasons, hobbies and other interests. If this app can somehow be designed to take advantage of those resources, it would be absolutely perfect. To the developer, should he/she read this: Please gain permission from Tiger Technologies to either officially take after their abandoned app and/or convert their bulb archive for compatibility with this program. Their archive is located at: https://support.tigertech.net/old-software Thank you, ArcticMac, for taking the time to rewrite a piece of Mac classic nostalgia!
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Version 2.0
Steven-Goodheart
19 September 2013
FYI: The nifty little program still works like a charm after all these years on my Intel 2008 iMac with Mac OS 10.8.5, Mountain Lion.
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Version 2.0
Big Johnson
08 December 2012
Just installed and configured this for the 2012 Christmas season and it's working fine on OS X 10.7.6 Intel 64, so don't let the fact that it hasn't been updated in years scare you off. I've used it for 3 years now and don't recall having any trouble. Adds some cheer to my screen and and it's FREE! There's plenty of options, and it will even snow and play tracks from your iTunes library. Be sure to download the extra bulbs from the dev's website and copy them to the ~/Applications/MacLampsX.app/Contents/Resources folder: http://arcticmac.home.comcast.net/~arcticmac/software/bulbArchive/ You'll also like TreetopLights - I'm running it too. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16774/treetoplights
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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
09 December 2012
OOPS - that should be OS X 10.7.5. I thought there had been another update.
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Simen
22 December 2009
Very nice programm. I used to have "Holiday Lights" in Mac OS 9 too :) This is ofcourse a beta, but I just wanted to say that I couldn't get the screen saver to work with snow without disabling "Enter Screen Saver mode only for the MacLampsX ScreenSaver", and I tried a lot of stuff. It also doesn't work with "Spaces". I can move it from one space to another by dragging the preferences window from one space to another. Still, really good app :) And brings a good christmas spirit :) Happy christmas to everyone. Or "Go' jul" as we say in Norway :)
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Version 2.0b
1 answer(s)
The-Arcticmac
The-Arcticmac
22 December 2009
two things: 1. it's not actually a beta - just a quick update to make the SS work with snow leopard. 2. unfortunately snow leopard changed the way the prefs for current SS are stored, and I don't have the code to MLX (where that issue would need to be fixed) in a place where I can make another release easily right now. So you'll just have to leave that box unchecked in SL for now. Sorry!
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Version 2.0b
Steven-Goodheart
19 December 2009
HUZZAH! MacLamps is back and it works with Snow Leopard, just in time for the holidays! Like others, I really missed it, so hanks so much for this great and for putting all this effort into a FREE program.
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Version 2.0b
Free

4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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