Apple gives free screen saver to .Mac members

A Freefall screen saver, with breathtaking displays of satellites orbiting Earth, is now a free download for .Mac members. It’s a dazzling peek at the full version of XtremeMac’s Freefall Satellite Simulator & Screen Saver, winner of the 2004 Apple Design Award for Most Innovative Apple Technology and featured in the keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

XtremeMac’s Freefall software puts the wonders of satellite exploration at your fingertips, tracking the flight paths of more than 850 actual satellites. Rich with simulated space views of earth and its orbiters, Freefall uses the power of Mac OS X to seamlessly transition between perspectives, taking you soaring over the continents and oceans of the world.

Freefall puts the wonders of satellite exploration at your fingertips so you can view the flight paths of more than 850 existing orbiters, from government Global Positioning Systems to satellites used by weather services, search and rescue teams, and more. .Mac members get a 30 percent discount on the full version of Freefall (regularly US$29.95 retail).

More info here.

20 Comments

  1. Downloaded screensaver. Nice. Not impressive. Like a fireworks display, it’s entertaining for awhile, then it gets boring fast. Makes for an interesting screensaver if a Wintel weeny happens to walk by.

    I’m not going to buy the full version. The ap itself has enough workable functions to entertain my friends for the few minutes needed to demo it. “Wow! I didn’t know it was so crowded. Ok… now… umm… you got a program on this Mac that we can shoot and blow sumptin’ up?!”

    I’m still not sure why someone really needs this.

    Oddly enough, my cable modem seems to be dog slow (almost like dial-up) this afternoon. Weird. Reset computer and modem, still the same. I hope it doesn’t last too long, I have some new porn videos I need to post online.

  2. Aryugaetu “Oddly enough, my cable modem seems to be dog slow (almost like dial-up) this afternoon. Weird.”

    Not weird at all. My extra 1Mbps had to come from somewhere. Think yourself lucky they didn’t upgrade me to 4.

  3. Come on guys, it’s not suppose to cure cancer, it’s a screen saver!
    All screen savers get boring if you stare at it for a while. It’s just suppose to put something cool on the screen between the times you use your mac to cure cancer. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />
    The fact that the satellites and positions are real just adds to the coolness. So does that free part.

    Magic word, “children” as in. . . oh never mind.

  4. I’m using it on my G4 iBook, but it seems to run pretty hot while it’s on (in between the speakers, by the hinge). I guess the video card doesn’t like it.

    Question: is it bad for my machine for it to run hot a lot?

    Thanks…

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