MacLampsX
MacLampsX
2.0

4.1

MacLampsX free download for Mac

MacLampsX2.0

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/

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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35 Reviews of MacLampsX

5
Jlock
15 December 2015
Version: 2.0

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Great christmas app for decorating my computer! Keep up the good work!
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Obscenefire
24 April 2016
Version: 2.0
Doesn't Work On El Capitan 10.11.4
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Gigadiva
21 January 2016
Version: 2.0
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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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
16 December 2015
Version: 2.0
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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Jlock
15 December 2015
Version: 2.0
Great christmas app for decorating my computer! Keep up the good work!
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Big Johnson
29 November 2015
Version: 2.0
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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newsview
09 January 2015
Version: 2.0
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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5
Steven-Goodheart
19 September 2013
Version: 2.0
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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Big Johnson
08 December 2012
Version: 2.0
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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Simen
22 December 2009
Version: 2.0b
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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Steven-Goodheart
19 December 2009
Version: 2.0b
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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Creepster
30 November 2009
Version: 2.0
I went to set this up for this year and found out that I could no longer install the screen saver. I am using Snow Leopard. How ironic. A screen saver with snow that can't run on SNOW Leopard.
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Adrienne-am
20 December 2008
Version: 2.0
Hi, I have had this recommended to me, but every time I download it, I'm unable to mount the dmg file. I get a warning saying that the disk image failed to mount. I have tried downloading from here and the developer's original site. I am using OS X 4.11 on my PowerPC iBook G4. Thanks
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Dougster
20 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Brilliant ! The .dmg file now opens....and works ! It feels as if Christmas has come early ! The screensaver is also fab. Thanks so much for swiftly sorting out this problem, developer. Really appreciated :-)
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Creepster
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Yea, things are working and this release is the best. Loaded some songs and it is like having Holiday Lights back. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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The-Arcticmac
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
For all those who've had issues with the download, I've decided to change to a zlib compressed disk image, which shouldn't cause any problems for anyone. Note that the download URL is the same as always, so you may need to clear your browser cache to get the new file. Also, for future reference, it's good to know that tip that the admins posted - just remove the .bz2 file extension and open the d/l file directly as a dmg.
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Dougster
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
I am having the same problem as Creepster in trying to open the .dmg.bzf file.Very strange. Also, the previous versions of MacLamps .dmg files will no longer open on my Intel iMac, using Leopard 10.5.1.
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Creepster
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
I am using 10.4.11 on an Intel iMac. The file DL's as maclampsx.dmg.bz2. If I double click it and allow Apple's opener to try, it then becomes maclampsx.dmg.bz2.cpgz. If I double click that, it changes to maclampsx.dmg2.bz2. And so on and so on. If I use stuffit expander on the D/L, it opens to what appears to be a proper dmg file, but then I'll get a warning that says "The following disk images failed to mount" Reason - no mountable file systems. I have never seen this type of behavior before.
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The-Arcticmac
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
A couple things about the new release. First off, it seriously is 10.4 or higher only. I'm so sure of this (like, really really sure) that I even used a format for the disk image that's specific to 10.4 and higher. I'd like to maybe do a 10.3.9 release sometime in the future, but it has to wait until I get access to my PPC box, which won't be until at least June. Furthermore, for the user who requests more bulb packs - I'm an engineer and a software developer, not an artist. Once and a while I get inspired to draw bulbs, but not very often. I've got some stuff in the pipeline to help folks out creating bulbs, and I'm hosting bulb files on my site so they're easier to find, but I'm not going to be able to do most of the artwork. I'd love it if you'd be willing to contribute. Really.
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Creepster
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
It is just me, or is there something wrong with the file that gets D/L'd. It doesn't open or anything. Even from the developer's site.
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Dalahast
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
I've always liked this app. Now… The developer needs to include fiesta bulbs- chiles, salsa, chips, maracas, etc. This could be something totally great if it worked for every single holiday and the days in between! I want to see huge packs of bulbs for this.
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schmelding
19 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Just in time -- only 341 days until Christmas!
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Creepster
09 December 2007
Version: 1.2
Great program. It really adds a zing to the desktop. Run this and iTunes in the background with some Christmas music and you'll really get into the spirit. My only wish would be that it played MIDI files. I ahve a ton of Xmas ones.
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Hendo
28 November 2006
Version: 1.2
I absolutely love this little app. The only thing that would make it better is to make it a pref pane so it doesnt take up space no the dock. but other than that it is awesome.
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The-Arcticmac
04 November 2006
Version: 1.1.1
Just a quick note - I've been getting lots of requests for a UB version. It's coming. Look for one by the end of November.
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jeanhanamoto
21 December 2005
Version: 1.1(2)
I have tried to download this file from several different places and all I get is a page full of symbols (code?).
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Ericb
08 December 2005
Version: 1.1(2)
This is a great app- thanks for making it available. However, I'm having the same problem as "Anonymous" in that I can't seem to get Preferences to do anything. I save the configuration and nothing changes; I restart the program and nothing changes. Can you give a quick procedure for changing the settings? Or is it my system? (eMac, 10.4.3). Thanks again! Eric B
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The-Rotten-Apple
05 December 2005
Version: 1.1(2)
Mac OS X 10.4.3 For FREE, no complaints. Lots of bulbs and lots of options! Looks like it should and works 99.99% One minor glitch I found when attempting to use the "Check For New Bulbs" option a few too many times, it hung and required a forced quit. Great work, and well worth the tiny download!
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2railroad4
04 December 2005
Version: 1.1(2)
This is a great little program for the holidays. Thanks
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The-Arcticmac
04 December 2005
Version: 1.1
Sincerest apologies to all who downloaded the initial release of version 1.1 and were unable to open. Version 1.1(2) is available from my site (and hopefully here too, soon), and fixes a problem with the disk image that made it unopenable under 10.3 and lower. Version 1.1(2) is also recommended for everyone due to the fact that it contains a Spacer bulb which I accidentally left out of the initial release. Again, Sorry about that. Happy Holidays!
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Anonymous
26 November 2005
Version: 1.0
OK, I downloaded MacLamps X today into Tiger 10.4.3. Now I have lights all around the screen. What is the secret for getting the preferences to do anything? I made some changes, clicked on "Save" and nothing changed. Tried "Save and Close" and that did not work either.
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Anonymous
07 November 2005
Version: 1.0
After my move to OS X, I e-mailed Tiger Technologies to make an OS X version of Holiday Lights. It was a favorite of mine in OS 9. They didn't think they were going to do it. Ta Da. It's been done and NOT by Tiger Tech. And it's very close to Holiday Lights. Thank you so much for making this program. I can't wait until it can play midi files. Or hope it can.
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Anonymous
20 December 2004
Version: 1.0
Very nicely done.
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Anonymous
20 December 2004
Version: 1.0
One kink: the "bulb chase" checkbox has no effect, in 10.2.8, at least (with "flash bulbs" checked, of course). The bulbs all flash on at the same time, and all go off at the same time; "chase" should stagger the on and off. Suave otherwise; I love the drag-n-drop config method.
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Anonymous
20 December 2004
Version: 1.0
Nice app... simple, yet effective. really adds some life to my screen. Thanks!
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Anonymous
20 December 2004
Version: 1.0
This is a nice piece of work; thanks! The glowing snowflakes are superb.
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