3D Desktop Aquarium Screen Saver
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3D fish screensaver.   Shareware ($12.95)
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3D Desktop Aquarium Screen Saver... Watch as your monitor fills with water and real 3D fish begin to swim around the screen you were just working on!

Features Include:
  • Real time 3D fish that don't just swim back and forth, but towards you and away from you, up and down. Like real fish!
  • Uses realistic 3D fish models, not just flat 2D images like other screen savers do!
  • Motion Sensor Tilting! If you have a laptop with a sudden motion sensor you can tilt it side to side and the water level will stay parallel to the ground!
  • Dymanic underwater lighting. So
What's New
Version 1.8:
  • Fixes problems with the volume control and with the reverse tilt option starting on a weird angle.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Frodo_life commented on 24 Feb 2010
actually was just about to purchase but the reviews about expiring download links, difficulties updating etc put me off.

I don't want to wast my time writing emails to developer or having complicated update procedures for a $12 screen saver so will stick to marine aquarium.

things need to be easy and hassle free otherwise no money from me.
[Version 1.8]


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Espiridion reviewed on 23 Feb 2010
It only took me a few seconds to download the newest version. I have used some of their screensavers since 2006, and have never experienced a problem with a download.
The process is as follows:
1. Upon purchase, I received a link to download the screensaver.
2. When a new version comes out, I visit that link, enter my registered email address, and download the updated version.

This is a very simple process.

Regarding the software itself, I had Marine Aquarium and Aquazone. Aquazone is awful. Marine Aquarium is great, and looks incredible. Unfortunately it is expensive at $20 with upgrades for $10.
3D Desktop Aquarium offers a balance of price and beauty, it has a wide variety of options, and it is the one I use these days.
[Version 1.8]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 23 Feb 2010
Like ANDYROGERS says, the update/upgrade process for 3D Desktop Aquarium mostly doesn't work, and even when it does it's too hard to use. The developer is so worried about software piracy that he imposes obnoxious and often dysfunctional procedures on his customers. If you value your time, stay away from Useless Creations. Though the software is more or less excellent, the customer interface is a pain in the a-s. In my very irritated opinion, until the developer cleans up his act, he doesn't deserve our business.
[Version 1.8]

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Useless Creations (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2010
Sorry to hear you that you've had trouble downloading the update, all you need to do is email me and let me know. I don't always see the comments here, so email me and I'll help you out. I reply to all emails.

All I want is for you guys to enjoy these screensavers, thats what I do! :)
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Andyrogers reviewed on 22 Sep 2009
It is extremely frustrating to try and download new updated registered versions of this developer's products. I follow all the instructions on Rob's web site. I use my link supplied upon original payment. "The re-download limit for this item has been exceeded." is the message I get. So then I have to email the developer. When he replies, he has to reset the number of downloads - which eventually runs out again after one or two more upgrades - unless any attempt fails for other reasons. When that happens, your download count goes down again anyway. If I can get one good download of a new version, I generally don't have to re-download again until a new version appears. Sometimes, after a notification, I end up with an old version downloaded needlessly! Why can't other developers send registered users a link to a private web site, the way eCamm does it? Or some other system. This mess discourages me from purchasing any more of these Useless Creations.
[Version 1.7.2]

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Robotank replied on 23 Feb 2010
I can certainly understand your frustration, and I'm not doubting or downplaying the problem you're having, but that issue in itself doesn't make for a one-star review. Why not just post a comment stating your problem? MU application ratings are too often skewed by people posting one-star reviews for a single issue or bug. Just my opinion, but a review should be comprehensive.
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wiiman217 commented on 15 Aug 2009
HELP!! I downloaded the free trial and it looks AWESOME! Especially with the tilting on the MacBook, I'd say it's a buy for me. HOWEVER, when I initiate the tilting and reverse the way it tilts (I reversed it in order for the water-level to remain level across the screen, other wise it made no sense), the water level became uneven. The water level was elevated at the bottom right of my screen, making it uneven. I'd just like to know, is that a bug in the free trial, the full program itself, or a defect in the MacBook's SMS (Sudden motion Sensor)? I'd appreciate an answer to my question ASAP before I go ahead and buy the full version. Thanks!
[Version 1.7.1]


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ShotgunWeddings reviewed on 09 Feb 2009
1.7 works properly now.

Very cool little screen saver.

It would be nice if it was free, but you gotta pay for eye-candy sometimes. At least the price is very reasonable compared to others.

Thanks for the update!
[Version 1.7]


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AndyRogers commented on 18 Dec 2008
Version 1.6 (registered) doesn't recognize all the fish. Hold on to your previous version. I sent email to the developer yesterday; no response yet.
[Version 1.6]


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fredpdavis commented on 08 Apr 2008
I purchased some time ago and even with updates, doesn't seem to work with OS X version 10.5.2 on my current iMac, MacBook Air or 15" MacBook Pro, all running the same system software. Was a great program when I originally bought it, wished it worked, really enjoyed the graphics.
[Version 1.5]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 08 Apr 2008
Perhaps you should contact the developer via the developer's website, you might get the problem resolved.
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fredpdavis replied on 08 Apr 2008
Got a very fast response from the developer. I realized I needed to click the small triangle in front of "Other" in the list and then the option for the program would be displayed. Works great on all my MacBook Air and iMac running 10.5.2.
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HTGroff commented on 26 Feb 2008
I downloaded the update from 1.4 to 1.4.1 and the updated version says it's an Unregistered version. Version 1.4.1 only fixes bugs and, according to the developer's website, to update it says to go to the website as shown on your original receipt and click on the download/re-download link, which I did and I get an error message saying: "The re-download limit for this item has been exceeded. If you have questions about this error message, please contact"

I tried re-installing my 1.4 version and just get an error message, so I assume I'll be without my full version (with a 3 fish limit) of 3D Aquarium Screen Saver unless I pay for it again.
[Version 1.4.1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 26 Feb 2008
You should go to the developer's website and contact the developer directly.
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HTGroff replied on 26 Feb 2008
I have contacted the developer and received an automated reply which directs me to various links on their website which keep sending me in circles.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 26 Feb 2008
try this email address for the developer:

Rob@UselessCreations.com
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HTGroff replied on 26 Feb 2008
Thanks, but that is the address I used and that's the address from whom I got the automated reply.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 26 Feb 2008
Drat. Well, maybe the developer will visit MU and see your post. Hopefully.
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HTGroff replied on 26 Feb 2008
The developer did personally reply and reset the limit, so my screensaver is working once again.
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db commented on 20 Nov 2007
apologies... for whatever reason(s) all appears to be working now. Just dl'd the registered version and am about to install.

thanks Rob, sorry for the slam. Get this folks, it's a beauty.
[Version 1.4]


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Downloads:50,636
Version Downloads:20,872
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Shareware
Date:23 Feb 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $12.95
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3D Desktop Aquarium Screen Saver... Watch as your monitor fills with water and real 3D fish begin to swim around the screen you were just working on!

Features Include:
  • Real time 3D fish that don't just swim back and forth, but towards you and away from you, up and down. Like real fish!
  • Uses realistic 3D fish models, not just flat 2D images like other screen savers do!
  • Motion Sensor Tilting! If you have a laptop with a sudden motion sensor you can tilt it side to side and the water level will stay parallel to the ground!
  • Dymanic underwater lighting. So if the surface of the water ripples, so does the refracted light!
  • Download additional fish with ease! The registered version lets you download fish right into the screen saver from the Settings screen!
  • You can select the background you want! From your wallpaper or a random image (jpg, png or gif files), as well as the option to capture the current screen.
  • Select between warm and cold, salt water fish, and fresh water fish, or mix them all together! Remember virtual fish can all survive in the same virtual water!
  • The fish's eyes move, so they now look around as they swim across your screen.
  • Background Hum/Bubbling sound for that real aquarium atmosphere.
  • Many options so you can customize it to your liking. With the full version, you can have as many as 40 fish swimming around at once, as long as your CPU can handle it!
  • There are now 20+ different fish species available for the full version!


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