G-Force
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(5) 3.3

Visualizer plug-in for iTunes.   Shareware ($20.00)
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G-Force creates bursts and blooms of psychedelic color. Use it as a screensaver, a music player accompaniment, or a standalone display.

Take in mind-bending visuals while listening to iTunes. Create a bright, morphing backdrop for your next party. Or replace your played-out slideshow screensaver with something bold and beautiful. Get G-Force, and enjoy the show.
  • Endlessly unique. G-Force creates millions of combinations of booming colors, fluid textures, and dreamy shapes. You've never seen a visualizer like this.
  • Easy
What's New
Version 5.2:
  • Added 7 all-new WaveShapes from SoundSpectrum's very own Peter!
  • Improved stability of fullscreen mode switching.
  • Added thumbnails for the OS X System Preferences screen saver panel.
  • Inserted workaround for ATI driver bug on older Macs that was causing white squares to be displayed in track text animation.
  • Addressed installer permissions and compatibility issues under OS X 10.5.
  • All python files now use 4 spaces instead of tabs.
  • Internal python cleanup.
Version 5.2:
  • Added 7 all-new WaveShapes from SoundSpectrum's very own Peter!
  • Improved stability of fullscreen mode switching.
  • Added thumbnails for the OS X System Preferences screen saver panel.
  • Inserted workaround for ATI driver bug on older Macs that was causing white squares to be displayed in track text animation.
  • Addressed installer more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



MacUpdate - G-Force



G-Force User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
(5)
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Leoofborg reviewed on 18 Jan 2014
I don't understand *why* folks are trashing one of the only two Screensavers/Visualizers that I'd even consider paying for (the other is ScreenSleeves by Peacock Media, buy *that* if GF runs your fans too much).

Yeah, year over year I've paid. Why?

1/ Responsive Dev. Most dev teams are REALLY small, or if 'large' then they're offshore. You do NOT want that crap on your Mac.

2/ Small Dev Teams *have* to charge more. They're NOT Apple with a shitton of money in reserve. They're normal folks like you & me.

3/ G-Force is a REALLY speclalized visualizer AND App suite. As I said in the comments below, if you don't need it, or even don't need it *this year" then don't pay for it. I've dropped other subscription apps due to lack of need. G-Force (unlike those other apps) won't just 'expire' or 'stop working' if you stop paying.

4/ And FINALLY: It's been my experience that SS 'discounts' renewing subscriptions. Sure you've been paying $20 or so a year. Was that for GOLD or PLATINUM? Remember, Plat is $30 to newbs.

There's no guarantee that SS will discount again. I'm just saying.. if you don't enjoy G-Force as much as you did, you can either move on or support the Dev. There *are* shyster devs out there trying to shake $$ out of you.. more towards the "Clean ur Mac" or AV side of things -- this Dev(s) is NOWHERE NEAR THAT. They do good work.
[Version 5.1.4]


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Kappe reviewed on 04 Dec 2013
oh come on trash this
[Version 5.1.3]

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Leoofborg replied on 18 Jan 2014
You're perfectly free to do so. Everybody whining that 'this is too expensive' is basically saying that the Dev has no right to eat.

G-Force is NOT for everyone. Those who say that the default iTunes Visualizer is 'the same' are 70% right.

The other 30%, those who'd make our own visualizer objects, want precise settings, want to input audio from something OTHER than iTunes, etc... are willing to pay for it.

In fact, if you drill into the settings there's networking to other screents and some commercial stuff there (that I'd never use).

But someone does.

Last thing: Unlike SOME vendors, G-Force will still work. You could probably stop paying and (depending on the stability of the build) it'd keep working for another year. The Dev *is* responsive and does good work. They are NOT going to just 'up and cut you off' as some are wont to do.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 29 Sep 2013
Here is my Review and comments on this GREAT visualizer. First of all let me preface my review by stating that I am NOT an employee or relative of the Developer. This application is very expensive to maintain and to update.The staff are eager to reply to each and every inquiry by the users.I have used this app since its inception and it has improved over the years to such a degree that it is hard to recognize it from its first appearance.There is no way I will not back up this App with my money because of the rancor of the crowd that protests the charges. The Developers need money to produce the best Visualizer available anywhere on the web. their staff is large and the service is great,that is why I support it over the years.
[Version 5.1.2]


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MisterE commented on 07 Jun 2013
WOW, I remember when G-Force was a 5 star featured app. How the mighty have fallen.
[Version 5.0.1]


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lursay reviewed on 30 May 2013
OUTRAGEOUS CONSTANT BILLING Never more, you are asking 24$ for a license renewal ... it is years I have been paying but this time is one to much; so no more again; really you must be out of your mind. 24$, this must be some stupid farce; how can you expect we are going to buy it...........
[Version 5.0.1]

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Acuraice replied on 29 Sep 2013
don't you love the way fools on macupdate click the frown symbol on comments you post that are perfectly valid arguments??? they are simply hating on us for posting what they don't want to hear. oh well,the minus symbol or plus symbols mean nothing in reality,so ignore them. keep on rocking on bud! i loved your comment and clicked the happy face for you :)
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Xenophile commented on 20 Sep 2012
This is not a rhetorical question, I appreciate the time the developer put into this app and from my testing over the years (much of it done many, many versions ago), the visuals are truly beautiful.

What is the difference between G-Force visuals and the built-in iTunes visuals? At first glance, they appear quite similar. For a $20 annual subscription fee, I expect a bit more differentiation from Apple's visualizer.

Here's another perspective: I last bought G-Force in 2002 for use on a 500 MHz single core Power Mac G4. Yesterday I tested the latest version of G-Force on my 3.33 GHz Hexacore Xeon Mac Pro. That's $200 worth of updates between the two releases, and over an order of magnitude in the difference of hardware capability.

I could not discern any meaningful differences between the two releases.
[Version 4.4]

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Outer replied on 21 Oct 2012
as must be evident, i'm an unabashed fan. if you can't tell the difference, this probably isn't for you.
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Outer commented on 27 Aug 2012
So far G-Force continues to perform flawlessly and impeccably under Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.1, at least for me.

Still the best.
[Version 4.3.2]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 05 Dec 2011
I have to update my remarks on G-Force. After some correspondence with the Sound Spectrum support staff I found out that G-Force is now compatible with OS X 10.x, Lion. If you upgrade to Lion you'll find that your older versions of G-Force (before 10.3.1) don't work in iTunes, which, in Lion, is a 64 bit app. Even iTunes running in 32 bit mode won't work with G-Force.

That said, I think G-Force is an excellent visualizer for iTunes and an attractive screen saver. But it's far from an essential piece of software. Especially given the expensive upgrade cycle, it is a luxury item only.

I don't agree with the low ratings for G-Force. I think they are skewed by angst over the annual subscription cost, though I agree that cost is a drag on its appeal. G-Force has a lot of interesting features - most of which I don't even use. It's easy to use as a visualizer and a screen saver. And it's a stable program in my experience. The only mark down I can give it is for value. Other than that it's a solid product.

That said, I'm not sure the folks at Sound Spectrum pay any attention to this forum. Nor is their online blog particularly useful for posting complaints. If you want them to get the message about how PO'd you are about their pricing policy, the best way to let them know is to use the contact form on their web site. I've found they do respond to items posted their.
[Version 4.3.2]

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Outer replied on 21 Oct 2012
yeah, well, the mac is pretty much - and i'd emphasize pretty - a luxury item to start with, right?
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 21 Oct 2012
@ Outer: Hardly. Millions of people use Macs for day to day and professional work - just ask Adobe and Microsoft. Your view of Apple products is more than a decade out of date. Your opinion is in serious need of an upgrade.
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alas! commented on 05 Dec 2011
While I still think that G-Force is incredibly good at what it does, I do feel that the $15 upgrade tax year after year IS most egregious.
I stopped upgrading a couple of years ago……my last version(platinum) works quite well and I'll stay with it.
I've got its DMG safely stored away. The download for one's paid for version should be available at Sound Spectrum's website and is keyed to its registration code.
It's really not necessary to stay with the most up to date versions; "what's new"
with each version is not usually noticeable or apparent. Any changes are usually "under the hood" and not visible.
Anyway, the annual $15 tax is outrageous. JUST SAY NO!
[Version 4.3.2]


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Mistere commented on 17 Nov 2011
HaH! And here I thought Skype was the lowest rated feature app on MU.

Hey MU mods / admin, if an app has under 3 stars it should lose it's featured status.

This steaming pile certainly doesn't deserve it.
[Version 4.3.1]

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Kappe replied on 17 Nov 2011
today is the crapware day
and yes, stop featuring 2 or less star stuff
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alas! replied on 05 Dec 2011
I cannot agree with others here who characterize G-Force as "a steaming pile of shit" or "crapware".
As to being "frivolous", well, If one appreciates aesthetically appealing imagery that responds to music, then G-Force is far more than frivolous.
I think that the major bone of contention here is Sound Spectrum's unconscionable $15 ad infinitum tax.
I originally paid $30 for the Platinum version and I'm not about to pay and pay and pay year after year.
But G-Force does deliver the goods, and beautifully.
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ray16 had trouble on 26 Sep 2007
My G3 B&W went down awhile back, now I'm on an old slot loading iMac. 400mhz. Reinstalled last build of 10.3.9



updated all the software, but G-Force just shows a black screen, nothing. I think it's cuz at the moment there is only 128 of RAM, I will install 2 512's soon. Or could it be a bug???
[Version 3.7.2]

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8oo8 replied on 26 Sep 2007
G-Force is quite processor intensive. Your machine's 400MHz of power may not be able to handle G-Force's requirements.
And merely 128 MBs of RAM is really crippling your machine, especially these days.
It's most unlikely that the problem is due some glitch in G-Force.
I'm running G-Force 3.7.2 on a Powerbook 1GHz with 1.5GBs of RAM and am experiencing no problems whatsoever.
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EJ1 replied on 04 Oct 2007
I believe the newer versions of G-Force require a G4 processor. Check the FAQ's :

http://www.soundspectrum.com/g-force/Documentation/faq.html#system
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ray16 had trouble on 24 Jun 2007
3.7 doesn' install properly, when trying to launch the standalone, I get the promt window that the engine failed or can't find the folder.



In the itunes list G-Force is not listed.


bad bug for a great App.


Please fix.
[Version 3.7]


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George-Paphitis had trouble on 04 Apr 2006
I could not run G-Force 3.5 at all on OS 10.2.8 And what was worse to revert to the G-Force 3.1.3 Platinum I had to manually remove all the newly installed files before I could do the reversion since the installer would not let me install an older version over the new one.
[Version 3.5]


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Lin Mu had trouble on 04 Apr 2006
This new version acts very strange on my older iMac g3 running 10.3.9
I removed all G-Force files, and re-installed G-Force 3.5, then restart all to no avail.
iTunes will load g-force, I get the registration screen, then the logo, and that's it. Black screen, but this does not crash iTunes.

I reverted to G-Force 3.1.2
[Version 3.5]


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ray16 had trouble on 08 Jan 2006
To all itunes users, if itunes is still unstable and quits, trash the plist. perfernce file and restart itune.

The setup window will come again, but no big deal.


Good Luck
[Version 3.1.2]


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Ray16 had trouble on 13 Oct 2005
link is for 3.0.1, and when I went to the site my code was invalid, its not up till 3/06, strange
[Version 3.1]


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Ray16 had trouble on 11 Jun 2005
Sorry, I do run Jaguar, and would one do a manual install???
[Version 3.0]

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Anonymous commented on 12 Jun 2005
Hi there.. Sorry that your were having problems under 10.2. After quite a bit of research and hard work, I've managed to add 10.2 support to the installer, so as of June 12, re-download G-Force and it should install properly (if it doesn't, be sure you go rid of any pre-existing G-Force stuff). Send soundspectrum support and email if you get further problems. Enjoy G-Force!

Andy

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sambear1965 rated on 16 Aug 2013

[Version 5.0.1]



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Kappe rated on 18 Sep 2012

[Version 4.4]



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Fzp rated on 05 May 2012

[Version 4.3.2]



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iPoopStore rated on 05 Dec 2011

[Version 4.3.2]



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Kappe rated on 17 Nov 2011

[Version 4.3.1]



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Cal6n rated on 17 Nov 2011

[Version 4.3.1]



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Craigin rated on 29 Apr 2011

[Version 4.2.0]


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License:Shareware
Date:06 Mar 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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G-Force creates bursts and blooms of psychedelic color. Use it as a screensaver, a music player accompaniment, or a standalone display.

Take in mind-bending visuals while listening to iTunes. Create a bright, morphing backdrop for your next party. Or replace your played-out slideshow screensaver with something bold and beautiful. Get G-Force, and enjoy the show.
  • Endlessly unique. G-Force creates millions of combinations of booming colors, fluid textures, and dreamy shapes. You've never seen a visualizer like this.
  • Easy installation. Simply download G-Force and click to install. A world of visual splendor awaits you.
  • Try it and see. Experience G-Force for yourself -- download the free trial today.


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