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Butterflies 3D

Type of program: Screensaver
Supported platforms: Win 98/2000/ME/XP
Company name: Atlantis3D, Inc
Version: 1.0
Cost: $12.95
Installed size: 1.5 MB


Basically, this screensaver consists of an animated image as the background and the butterflies flitting around screen oops better not forget the hummingbird too. In the options menu, it shows 3 scenes, a rain forest, LA arboretum, and Yosemite Falls. The animation is the waterfall that is in each image. The only scene that is allowed in the demo is the Yosemite Falls, however you can get a peek at the other 2 in options even though selecting one of the others won’t stick. In the Yosemite Falls one it is autumn and colored leaves are falling. There is also an image timer you can set.

You can change the sound level, the music level, the fog level and the ambient light level. You can also turn on or off Bitmapping, falling leaves, waterfall water, clouds, and particle culling. You have a choice of 20 butterflies, 2 hummingbird, and a dragonfly but most of this is saved for the registered program. In the demo you are allowed 4 butterflies, although I never saw the blue one, one hummingbird and no dragonfly. Also you are, in the registered version, allowed to customize your critters, with little up and down buttons to change, however I couldn’t see what kind of changes were allowed. Shame, the author could have allowed you to look at the changes available, like he allowed you to see the "thumbnail" version of the 2 other scenes, and then not allowed the change to take effect until registered. Would have been great since, as usual, there was no help file.

Except for the lack of written text file, this was a nice looking screensaver.

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Reviewed by Stormy Strock

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