Marine Aquarium
Marine Aquarium
3.3

3.6

Marine Aquarium free download for Mac

Marine Aquarium3.3

11 December 2018

Stunning virtual fish tank with screensaver.

Overview

You've seen aquarium programs before, but you've never seen anything like Marine Aquarium! Marine Life so vibrant you won't believe your eyes. Indescribable realism! These fish are actual 3D Models, not flat images dragged across the screen.

Use Marine Aquarium as a stand-alone simulator or as a screen saver.

What's new in Marine Aquarium

Version 3.3:
  • Upgraded to add OpenGL Core Profile support to address "transparent fish" issue on some newer Macs with Intel integrated graphics
  • Requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • New feather dusters

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69 Reviews of Marine Aquarium

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Mjkphoto
03 January 2010
Version: 3.0.1

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I bought Marine Aquarium as part of a MacUpdate Bundle. I just upgraded to Snow Leopard and discovered that version 2.6 doesn't work (the program will launch and play, but the screen save is not compatible). Because I purchased through MacUpdate, the developer's site doesn't recognize my Key Code and therefore I'm not eligible to upgrade. Thus 1 Star Rating. Worst. Very disappointing.
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nomodidaskalos
19 April 2020
Version: 3.3
I am using a nearly new 7,1 Apple Mac Pro (2019) with OS Catalina 10.15.4 or 10.15.3 and I have zero issues with this Mac version 3.2 as long as I leave it on "Light" and not "Dark". Since I cannot stand the "Dark" mode anyway I am thusly perfectly happy with it !
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fern-2
05 March 2020
Version: 3.3
I can't get Marine Aquarium to show up in my list of screensavers. I have a MacBook Pro with Catalina.
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piquadratpi2
11 December 2018
Version: 3.3
This version 3.3b1 works well on my i Mac with high sierra 10.13.6. No problems. Soon I will try it on 10.14.2 (Mojave) on my MBP. I hope it works there too. Still the possibilty to exit full screen on mousemove is always on and couldn't be disabled. But it's no big thing and doesn't disturb me much. Thank you for the update.
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4.5
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
06 April 2018
Version: 3.2.1
Version 3.2.1 works reasonably well on my 27" iMac running macOS 10.12.6. For some reason, though, the screensaver will accepts but won't hold my serial number. The registration field is blank every time I reopen the settings and they won't close unless I paste in the serial number again.. Another interesting issue: The screen saver is limited to seven different kinds of fish—though I can show more fish if I want to. But they will be duplicates of one or another of the fish in the base set. The application, on the other hand, gives me access to all the fish and I can show up to twenty-two of them at a time—even though the limit is still set at eight. And, finally, the app holds my registration. I suspect those having trouble with Marine Aquarium may be using a Mac laptop with dual video RAM. The computer will use a portion of the system RAM in order to conserve battery life. In order to get better performance you need to be sure you are using the more powerful video card. I don't recall, unfortunately, how you switch between the two, or insure one or the other is used for a specific application. Sadly the product web site was deactivated last month. So I cannot comment there about it. I saw no recent comments there in any case. Though I didn't check all the blogs. Sadly it seems to be the case that development ceased in 2014. Even so, it still works, with a quirk of two. So despite the lapse in development, I don't regret the money I spent on the original and the upgrade.. I don't know if it works in High Sierra because I haven't upgraded from Sierra yet. Perhaps someone who has upgraded can speak to that question.
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Big Johnson
04 March 2016
Version: 3.2.1
It's really dumb of the developer to post "OS X 10.4 or later" when they're not going to maintain it for compatibility with future OS's. Should probably say "OS X 10.4 to 10.10," because it worked through Mavericks.

But since buying a new computer with El Capitan, it's very quirky.
It runs, but the fish are bizarre - some are only partially visible and swim through the coral and other objects. Some will be partially visible and then suddenly POP into full visibility. And sometimes some fish only appear as wire frameworks without skin or color.

I contacted the dev. twice about this and never received a response.
Since it no longer works on my OS and has been abandoned by the developer, I'm giving it the lowest possible rating.

Still a cool app for older OS's, but if you have a problem you're on your own - don't expect help from the developer!
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Beamy
31 October 2013
Version: 3.0.1
Newest version is 3.2.1 :)
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Mikebenda
25 July 2012
Version: 3.0.1
Nice when it works. Mountain Lion breaks this. Doubt there will be an update from this developer.
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Mikebenda
10 July 2012
Version: 3.0.1
Current version seems to be 3.2 (on their website). I have 3.0.2, which runs fine on Lion. Does anyone know what the newer version offers for a $10 upgrade price?
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Vinkri
16 December 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Very nice screensaver. But hey, 20 bucks for a screensaver??? Please... For those who will ask: I got this one in a bundle... looks more like a freebie, to me.
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Shk747
17 August 2011
Version: 3.0.1
5* but where is a new osX version ? we are in 2011 are you sleeping dear developer ?
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2.5
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
13 March 2011
Version: 3.0.1
Ok, so the image is gorgeous and it the software is stable. I have owned almost every version of this screen saver since it was released. Call me nuts, but the company logo, which apparently cannot be disabled, bugs the sh*t out of me! I thought the reason we pay for software is to avoid the annoying advertising.
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0.5
Clarusad
11 December 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Still not fully compatible with mac OS X (V° 10.6.5) : the screen saver module works normally, but not the application. And previous version (version 2) was nicer : more realistic !!!
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Baehelen17
01 June 2010
Version: 3.0.1
the thing tilits the wrong direction... It's kinda weird
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Aliendude
03 May 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Apparently, this version doesn't work with 10.6.3. Have emailed the developer twice, and have not received any reply. An update is in order, as is much better customer support.
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Paul-Harvey
22 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Yes I am another still waiting for an upgrade option plus emailed the developers over a month ago and am still awaiting anything back. All very disappointing for what is essentially a nice product.
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Francky76
03 April 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Hello there, So, is there a solution to upgrade ? Is it a payed or free upgrade ? (payed i suppose). What should one do, if he wants to upgrade ? So many questions, so few answers ! Franck :-)
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Programhappy
26 January 2010
Version: 3.0.1
I paid a couple of months ago. After installing the recent security update from Apple, the screen saver no longer works. A black screen appears, with a message stating that "Marine Aquarium 3 does not work with this version of Mac OS X." I need a working version for the latest version of OS x 10.6.2!
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Mjkphoto
03 January 2010
Version: 3.0.1
I bought Marine Aquarium as part of a MacUpdate Bundle. I just upgraded to Snow Leopard and discovered that version 2.6 doesn't work (the program will launch and play, but the screen save is not compatible). Because I purchased through MacUpdate, the developer's site doesn't recognize my Key Code and therefore I'm not eligible to upgrade. Thus 1 Star Rating. Worst. Very disappointing.
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G4jay
17 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
Ok, so this thing looks really nice. BUT... they claim you can spread the tank across multiple screens. Not from the screensaver you can't! If you use the screen saver with dual monitors, it mirrors the tank. The separate app lets you drag the size of the tank between dual screens, but how is that useful as a screen saver? I use the screensaver NOT the app. Am I missing something here?
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Steven-Goodheart
16 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
This update is gorgeous. On my 24 inch iMac Intel Duo Core, I don't get any of the rendering problems mentioned in a previous review.....I mean, if I look super-close, using a magnifying glass, I can see very, very slight anomalies on the edges of some objects, but I really don't see anything that takes away from my viewing pleasure. I love the "pan" feature, and the new moving background objects, especially the Christmas Tree Worm and the antler corals. I love that I can have up to 30 fish on screen a once...looks amazing on my big monitor. The integration with iTunes is way cool and works flawlessly. I also own and love 3D Aquarium, but the detail and movement of the fish is definitely superior - sharp, crisp, realistic. I see many more artifacts with 3D than with Marine Aquarium, by the way. Finally, have to say that this new version is so gorgeous is breath-taking. Friends who have looked at it are just blown away by the realism of the look and movement of the fish. This was an upgrade from 2.6 for me, and I think it's worth every penny. 5 stars for sure. (Oh, and try running this as your desktop with something like Wallsaver. You won't be able to get any work done...you'll just want to watch your desktop!)
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Chriswan
16 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
I have evaluate the app I still see a lot of texturing minor problems, such as: - 1-2 corals which in real world sways a lot has not animated yet - a lot of black semi transparent polygons on edges of the corals, and moving corals - a lot of unintentional blank gaps between corals (corals doesn't adjecent correctly) - temporary missing textures on when fishes about to move away / onto the back of a coral And there's no option to move the tank manually CMIIW Overall I still thinks the predecessor is better than the current version
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Carlos-Sz
15 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
The new 3D tank is very polished. One thing I really miss (specially for my kids): the ability to feed the fishes (F key in the PC version). Once this feature is added I will also purchase a Mac license for sure.
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Espiridion
15 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
I love this screen saver. Out of the Aquarium screen savers it used to be my favorite, but I already paid for the screen saver and then paid for an upgrade. It looks as though some features from version 2.6 are gone in version 3. I'm not giving them another $10, and I would not pay $20 for a regular version. In contrast, the FULL version of 3D Desktop Aquarium is only $13 and I don't recall ever paying for an upgrade. I've had it probably since 2006. That's more reasonable, and they also have other screensavers which are cheaper. If you buy a bunch together, there are further discounts. It has a nice effect of the tank filling up with water. I also have Aquazone, but it's not as good and it is buggy.
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Danmarc
15 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
Had the pre 3.0 version loved it and when it stopped working thought I upgrade but no ...my bought license did not work for an upgrade on their website. So a mail to creators got me an answer "I had to upgrade through whoever you bought it from". Now correct me if I am wrong but you would think a software license is a software license but in this case no. Although a lovely screensaver I have gone of this way of handling customers. Just using a simple free one now (red pill - Matrix influenced. Shame though
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Chriswan
15 December 2009
Version: 3.0.1
Can't upgrade using the SN and e-mail address acquired from 2007 MUPromo Bundle...
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
15 October 2009
Version: 2.6.1
Well, I'll grant that ten dollars for an upgrade (an upgrade mind you, not the full Marine Aquarium product!--might not be so unreasonable IF the Mac version does all that the developer says it does for the Windows product. But keep in mind that this is just a screensaver. Most screensavers are free or cost $5 to $10 for the full product. So, the developer is promising us something magical and far more attractive than last version... Let's hope that the Mac version does everything--feature-for feature--that the Windows version does. Otherwise, people are going to feel bamboozled. Already, we Mac users are waiting for a product that has already become available for Windows users. I also hope that it will be stable fresh out the gate so we don't have to wait for bug fixes that may, or may not come.
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Ozzpot
10 October 2009
Version: 2.6.1
@Kosovar: On the contrary, MA3 is a total overhaul of the whole app, which has taken the artist/developer a very long time. The art has been painstakingly, expertly and totally redrawn from scratch in ultra-high definition to accommodate modern screen sizes. Many of the background features now animate too. there are many more fish to choose from, and you can now have up to 30 at once (rather than 8). The work that has been put into this is well worth the $10 upgrade. If you visit the official forums for this app, (www.feldoncentral.com/forums/), you'd be able to communicate directly and frequently with both the developer/artist behind the whole thing, and the guy charged with converting the app to Mac. You'd also have access to info and screenshots of version 3. I recommend you check it out. At time of writing, the conversion to Mac is complete, and version 3 is available to download in it's full from from Nova Development. We are still waiting for the download to appear on SereneScreen.com however, so that we current users can pay the very reasonable $10 for the upgrade. Hopefully this is imminent.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
07 September 2009
Version: 2.6.1
The maker of Marine Aquarium wrote to say the following: "We are working on Marine Aquarium 3 as we speak. This new version of the aquarium will be fully compatible with Snow Leopard. There will be a small upgrade cost to the newer version." As I wrote before, these folks neglected Marine Aquarium for years and now, as they see an opportunity to wring some bucks out of this oldie again, they're going to charge for the upgrade. There was no mention of any improvements, like enhanced graphics or realism; just that it will work once again on Snow Leopard. (big deal) Maybe the competition will take the initiative to do better and send us a truly photo-realistic aquarium screen saver, with the same feature set for Mac users as for Windows users. That's something I'd pay for!
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
17 May 2009
Version: 2.6.1
I bought the newest iMac (early 2009) and installed MarineAquarium on it. I also just updated my OS to 10.5.7. I have owned MarineAquarium Time and Marine Aquarium for years. Unfortunately, MA doesn't seem to work anymore on my new equipment. A message pops up and says that this version of the screensaver doesn't work on this model of the Mac that I own and to contact the developer. My guess is that this screensaver will not be updated again for compatibility, since it hasn't been for such a very long time. Potential buyers should consider this, or at least install either or both screensavers as a demo first for testing. I wish the developer would prove me wrong about their not updating their product as it was always one of my favorites. If they DO fix it, I would also suggest increasing the resolution of the images, especially the coral rock background. On a 24" screen, it is looks unrealistically pixellated. On a 30" screen it must look worse. I just tried checked the developer's website and can find no reference to the incompatibility problem. I know it is naive of me to say that they should warn potential buyers not to waste their money since their software apparently doesn't work anymore on the newest machines and/or Mac OS software, but that's just me.
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Wjb3wvu
22 January 2009
Version: 2.6.1
I was going to try this program but after reading the comments of poor customer service, I'll pass. I've had it with companies that won't support their product. Customer service should be their number one priority after providing a quality product. Thanks to comments like those posted here, we no longer have to purchase a product to find out things like this.
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Hermie
10 December 2007
Version: 2.6.1
I'm sorry, but I will not set my monitor to thousands of colours...
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Xypher
07 August 2007
Version: 2.6
Some people had trouble with this on Intel, but it works on my MacBook Pro without any trouble. Still the best Screensaver around, but it's time they introduced some new fish, features etc...Agree about the customer service though. I haven't had a reply after 6 months, LOL!
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Mbhockey
01 October 2006
Version: 2.6
Pretty absurd that half the registration keys they give out do not work at first. Horrible service too. Emailed them 4 days ago, nothing.
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Rey
23 August 2006
Version: 2.6
This screen saver is beautiful, but they lose big points for horrible service. On Sunday night I purchased/installed the screen saver, but it won't take the install code they gave me. I tried every troubleshooting trick on their page and in the Read Me doc (which accompanies the download) and a few extras and could not get it to accept this code. I'm an expert user and I know I can rule out user error here. I've cut and pasted the code, entered it manually, checked permissions manually, tried reinstalling and activating it from the root user account... no luck. This was on a clean install of 10.4.7, so I know there's nothing wrong with the system. I even booted to my firewire drive which contains the old system and it didn't work there. I think they just gave me a bad code. To make things worse, I emailed their customer service, which promised a reply within 48 hours. Well, here I am on Tuesday night without a reply. That's not acceptable.
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2.75
Makardel
01 May 2006
Version: 2.6
I hate the clock! Why must I see it and can't turn it off? No one who loves naturally Aquaristik would have a clock among his fish!!!
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Abbott
08 March 2006
Version: 2.6
Excellent piece of software. My earlier comment was wrong. Turns out that the problem I had was trying to upgrade from too old of a CD. For the 2.6 upgrade to work, you need v2.5. 2.6 is colorful and enjoyable to use. The only change I'd make is in allowing different settings for the screensaver and standalone app. Specifically, I wish I could set the clock to show only in the screensaver. Maybe in a future version.
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Abbott
06 March 2006
Version: 2.6
Would be nice if it worked in registration mode...but it doesn't. Tried it on a dual G5, OS 10.4.5, and it doesn't recognize my original CD for registration. I also noticed that the posted version is 2.6.0rc1 (ie, beta), so maybe they'll fix this by the time it goes final.
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4.75
Orion-Mk-V
06 March 2006
Version: 2.6
Remains the best of the aquarium savers out there. Very realistic and runs flawlessly. Never had problems with the company or registrations... sorry to hear some people have.
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2.25
Anonymous
08 November 2005
Version: 2.0.6
haha... the screensaver itself is beautiful, very realistic and all, but it just doesnt work. Enter the reg. key, works in system prefs but then, out of there it says you have to enter a keycode and all that, and when you come back to system prefs, you have to re-enter the key. So its basically useless for the people it doesnt work. Shame, shame shame!
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2.5
Anonymous
04 August 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Just bought one today but the registration box keeps popping asking for my registration code everytime I open screensaver at System Prefs. It could be good if it does work. It does not want to take my registration code.
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Murilø Cinzentø
04 May 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Yes...is the best for the Mac...but i lost the serial number in an accident in Lisboa,i write for the people many times ,to differents e-mails adresses,to technichal suport,everybody,but the people there or dont have NONE attencion with the guys what already buy the screen-savers or ALL people there go to long vacances...
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Anonymous
24 December 2004
Version: 2.0.6
lovely
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Anonymous
24 December 2004
Version: 2.0.6
my cat loves this !! my LCD doesnt like my cat! looks sooo sweet
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Ozzpot
02 December 2003
Version: 2.0.6
This is absolutely beautiful. I use it in conjuction with "Backlight" to have fishies swimming around my desktop all the time. Eats away at the CPU, but it is so equisitely relaxing. The fish not only look superb, but act so realistically that you forget very quickly that they're not real. The 3D modelling and animation is absolutely astounding. Have iTunes play something smooth and relaxing and you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Worth 20 bucks of anyones money to see the look on the faces of your Windows-zealous, beige box owning friends, too! A must buy.
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3.5
Anonymous
31 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Hi I LOVE Aquarium, But I Don't Love the White Strip Going down the Screen Saver Now that I Installed Panther OSX 10.3... The Update Marine Aquarium 2.0.6 fixes that Right up! Enjoy! God Bless You! Any Your Fishies! :D
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Anonymous
24 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Couldn't this be merged with Marine Aquarium time, and allow an option for to display either regular coral or the crystal clock? Seems like a relatively minor difference for another $25.
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4.5
Anonymous
24 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Naysayers are out of bounds. I'm not surprised the local CompUSA uses SereneScreen aquariums to show off their monitors. Very impressive and the recent interface changes, expecially with regard to the choice of fish, are great. Best virtual aquariums ever.
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Anonymous
23 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Pretty but "Random" fish is not very "Random" it picks "no fish" more the 40% of the time.
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Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Cute. Graphics very impressive but definantly needs impoving, a little fuzzy here and there. Plus the coral is very "cut out", in otherwords it dosen't blend in very well with changing background. Otherwise very nice, but not worth the registration fee, the free screen affects that come with the computer are better than this! sorry, not impressed.
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Burningoil
22 October 2003
Version: 2.0.6
Great, finally works in Panther! Love this screensaver.
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Anonymous
14 October 2003
Version: 2.0.4
Caudal fins move nicely, just like they do of fish. But the pectoral fins don't move at all! On the windows version, the pectoral fins propel the fish forward just like on real fish. It seems like I'm picking nits here, but I think that Macintosh users should get working pectoral fins!
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4.5
Linda
13 September 2003
Version: 2.0.4
I just upgraded from 2.0.1 to 2.0.4. I don't see any difference, but I still love it. It's the only screen saver I've ever paid for, and the only one I would! I would like to see some drifting of the anenome fronds, and a choice between a column of bubbles and a line of bubbles, or at least a way to make them lighter or heavier flow. You need to clarify the difference between a CD keycode and an internet key code in your download instructions. It is not clear in the read me or on the online instructions. Thanks for a great product!
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Anonymous
27 June 2003
Version: 2.0.4
When I download this screensaver, I unstuff it, and the Disk Image doesn't mount. Tried on multiple macs and same result. That is why I am giving you 1s.
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4.5
Anonymous
31 May 2003
Version: 2.0.4
Most beautiful screensaver around. On the 17" widescreen iMac you get some extra rockformations to make up for the xtra width. This scrnsvr is extremely realistic and runs very well. Many options in the configuration panel.
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Anonymous
26 April 2003
Version: 2.0.4
I like this screensaver, but it's time for a major update. A year ago, when I purchased it, I was led to believe that a "real" update was coming, to include a 3D moving background, and individual fish behaviors and interactions. I'm very disappointed that this update doesn't address any of those issues.
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Anonymous
25 April 2003
Version: 2.0.4
V2.0.4 locked up in the prefs setup window selecting the fish. Could not even force quit to get out of it. Had to trash the screen saver and restart to get the pref window to close. Seems to work fine in OS9, but not OSX. V 2.0.3 worked fine. Recommend sticking with V2.0.3 until this is fixed.
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Acrappa
25 March 2003
Version: 2.0.1
Complete BS support. I've been waiting for a week to get my new key code.
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Anonymous
23 March 2003
Version: 2.0.1
Can't make it work with my 1.1.2 registration code. And when trying to get into support page, my email is rejected . . . . ????? Well, maybe Serene think we should buy it again ?!?!?
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Anonymous
28 January 2003
Version: 1.1.2
way cool!
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Anonymous
28 December 2002
Version: 1.1.2
It seems to have a little trouble with the fluidity at times. the bubbles seem to stall at one point, and I don't really like that the it goes so dark at one point
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Richard Milker
30 November 2002
Version: 1.1.2
This has got to be the coolest thing I have ever downloaded. BTW folks, if you try this out, hit your TEST button in your Screen Saver control panel to view it. WOW. All that aside, at $21.95 it's too expensive, so I gave it a 2 on "Value". I'd like to see more HQ screen savers like this one, all others are garbage compared to this.
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Anonymous
30 October 2002
Version: 1.1.2
Works fien is OSX 10.2.1! I love it - its Awesome.
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Donlin
01 October 2002
Version: 1.1.2
It doesn't even open in 10.2.1.
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Anonymous
30 September 2002
Version: 1.1.2
This is the most beautiful screensaver out to date! I catch myself watching my screen and staring at the fish. It's like watching a real aquarium.
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Acrappa
30 September 2002
Version: 1.1.2
Looks great and runs well. A bit pricey, but it's unique. Sold.
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Doc Elroy
12 September 2002
Version: 1.1.2
Absolutely awesome! One of the best photorealistic screensavers I've seen. And it runs absolutely smooth. Very good!
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UmarOMC
22 July 2002
Version: 0.99
I've seen this on the Wintel side and thought it'd never make it to Mac really... this is not just a crappy re-compile port... this runs QUITE well even on G3-based systems (I've a RadeonPCI installed, though, instead of the default Rage128)... yes it's a shareware screensaver but this one might actually make you SERIOUSLY consider whuppin out the credit card! I could only force myself to give a four star rating for value since most screen savers ARE free... but it's value is four stars nonetheless...
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Anonymous
21 July 2002
Version: 0.99
EXCELLENT !!! OSX ROCKS (:
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Jerome
19 July 2002
Version: 0.99
I have PC friends who love this screensaver. I am not big on screensavers, but this one is one of the best I have seen. The beta works fine on my Powerbook G4 550, although the fans comes on almost immediately. At $12.95 it is a bargain.
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