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Lightning & Tornados

Type of program: Screen Savers
Supported platforms: Win 95/98/NT
Company name: Always Great Software Inc
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Version: 1.0
Cost: $14.95
Installed size: 3150 KB


As you can figure by the name, this screensaver is dedicated to bad weather and all those who love to look at it. [especially from a dry and comfortable chair in front of the computer!] There are 28 images, and the sounds of thunder and falling rain accompany it. To hear the sounds, you need an MPG3 player. The settings menu gives you an address where you can download one if you donít have one on your computer all ready.

GOD! These pictures are GORGEOUS! They are still images, but they are such vivid images, that if they ďmovedĒ anymore-the company would have to charge you for movies! What really makes this screensaver great is the sounds. Iíve seen similar screensavers before but they have no sound, or one or two sounds that occur now and then. When I played this for the first time, I had the sound up a little loud, and my husband asked me if it was raining outside cause he heard thunder! When you see one of the images of a lightning strike, a nd you hear the lightning rumble out of your speakers, you will feel a few hairs start to stand up, believe me!

You can size the pictures from original size to fit the screen, decide the length of time it will be on, enable captions and decide where to put them. You can decide how long you want between sounds, and choose between many, none or all of the transition effects.

The screen saver comes with a nifty control that lives in your system tray and enables you to do all kinds of things. You can change the default screensaver, launch any screensaver on your system, randomly launch a new screensaver when windows starts, and temporarily turn off your screen saver.

This screensaver, unlike some that make you guess what the other images are, shows all the images i n this evaluation copy, but it is only good for 7 days, after that...poof! better register it! Registratio n will get you free upgrades, notice of such, and tech help.

I loved this screen saver, and you will too. [otherwise why are you reading about something with a name like this in the first place?] But donít just take my word for it, download it and give it a try, it will convince me!

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Reviewed by Stormy Strock

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