Let it snow on your desktop, on your windows and have Santa
running around your screen for that extra Festive Season Cheer.
Snow for Macintosh is an application that animates falling snow
and Santa on your desktop.
To install get the file below, which may or may not be
automatically un-stuffed. (Use BinHex 4.0 or StuffIt to decode
manually.) Result is a folder called "Snow for Macintosh",
containing "Snow" and "Snow README". Double-click Snow to let it snow.
Copyright 1984, 1988, 1990, 1993-1997 by Rick Jansen, all rights reserved.
(This means Snow for Macintosh is available freely and you may give
it to other people as is, but I retain all rights, including look
and feel. Therefore it does not classify as 'Public Domain' software.)
(48464 bytes) plain-text .hqx file
Last updated: November 15th 1997
This is version 1.0.0 beta, wich means it's rather new in this form.
Please let me know any good and/or bad experiences by e-mail:
The whole process of letting it snow on your windows is rather
CPU intensive. If you find Snow slows down your machine choose fewer
snowflakes, no Santa, no tree or no Snow at all and that sort of thing.
Snow does not know about icons on the desktop. If you move an icon
at an inconvenient time, or an icon gets exposed it may be Snow punches
a snowflake-shaped hole in that icon. No harm will be done though.
Snow runs fastest if it is selected as the frontmost application.
If it runs in another application's background it will run notably slower.
Make it the frontmost application by choosing it from the applications
menu (top-right menu) if you feel like some heavy snowing.
You can set preferences, the number of flakes, how fast they fall,
Santa's speed limit etc. The preferences are read at startup. (From the
file "Snow preferences" in the Preferences folder.)
Snow for Macintosh and screensavers like Pyro do interfere. When
Pyro wakes up all snow will have melted and falling flakes will display
an un-snowflake-like behaviour.
A little snow story
In 1984 (remember Lisa?) the first Macintosh program I wrote was a
Christmas card which showed a picture of a snowman and falling snow.
Later a Father Xmas in his sleigh was added. I converted this to
an undying desk accessory in 1988 (remember MultiFinder?). But,
little boys grow up, and when they are forced to a workstation
with X-windows they want their thingies there too. So Xsnow was
born in December 1993.
X-windows version has been around for a
few years now, a new Macintosh version occurred in 1996, now followed
by the Windows version. (Some operating systems always come last.)
Rick Jansen, email@example.com