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Around the World: London Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Around the World: London

Most famous London attractions in all their magnificence.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 238 57 comments

Around the World: London was available as a giveaway on June 22, 2008!

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Let this fabulous screensaver take you to the very heart of London to explore one of the world's most famous landmarks. Go for a walk along the River Thames and enjoy the stunning views of the legendary Big Ben and the magnificent Palace of Westminster with a glimpse of the ancient Westminster Abbey. When day turns to night, you will be fascinated by the grand gothic splendour of this breathtaking setting.


  • Extremely realistic colorful graphics;
  • High-quality animation;
  • Explore the fascinating capital of Great Britain;
  • Styled music and natural sound effects;
  • Digital Clock;
  • FPS counter;
  • Synchronization of daytime and nighttime scenes;
  • Change of weather: sunshine and rain.

System Requirements:

Pentium III or higher; 128 MB Video Memory; DirectX 9.0 or higher; DirectX-compatible sound card; Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista


Astro Gemini Software



File Size:

10.1 MB



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Limited view - poor graphics - lousy sound - the other offerings on their site seemed to be a similar level of quality.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Koger  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#54 Keri. First of all when you assume that I am a kid all you do is make a fool of yourself. So I guess the point your trying to make is, freedom of speech is ok as long as it agrees with what your thinking. You naive b1tch get a life, the world does not revolve around your pitifull life.

Reply   |   Comment by Cornerg  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

PLEASE, compile your photos of London into a zip file, and post a link in the forums! Then, those that want great backgrounds can have them, and those that want the screensavers can have their fun, too!

Reply   |   Comment by onymous  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love screensavers and I love London. But the graphics remind me of a discount mystery game. And little animation. Walking around where? All I saw was Big Ben in day time, nigh time and various rainy times. It would have been nicer if it they had just rotated photographs from London.

Reply   |   Comment by Geek Grrl  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Be careful though, “He that protests too much…..” (That’s Shakespeare by the way.)

No, this is Shakespeare by the way: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Or possible it's Queen Gertrude. Depends on whether you think the Magritte painting is a pipe.


Reply   |   Comment by G  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Lol... All the moaning against those telling the truth on screensavers and saying their free...Actually think of the few units the monitor uses in wasted electricity!

There's some toxic waste going free for you guys...Guess I'll ask the companies to dump it outside your house because "They won't mind because it's free"

FACT, Sceensavers are a waste of energy (something the planet is running out of quickly)
I'd sooner do my bit to save the planet rather than moan about people leaving bad comments on free stuff given here.

Free is good providing it's useful!

I'm pretty sure GOTD want honest opinions from users of their site (and the companies offering the software with them)

Get over it we are in a democratic society and strangely dispite the comments, The thumbs down says it all.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Merrick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cornerg, you just dont get it. Yes there is freedom of speech and there is freedom to go to a different site and pay for your software. Its fine if they are complaining about how it works, bugs, dont like the pics, etc., thats what the page is for but if they are just complaining that they dont want a screensaver, they want something else for free. What a bunch of spoiled brats. I assume you are one also. It is absolutely horrible for people to complain that they want a better software for free. Do you not get the FOR FREE part. You probably yell at your parents at Christmas when you get the wrong size iPod too. I am so afraid to see what happens in 30 years when these spoiled brats are running the country. I just had a shiver thinking about it. I did not download this because I dont need any screensavers but am completely tired of people complaining that they want something better for free. Have your parents not taught you anything??? Show a little respect!!!!! If this were my site I would shut it down or block the brats. How about this, go out and get a job, learn the value of a buck and then come back and appreciate getting something for free, even if today its not something you particularly care for.

Just wait until you have to get a job. No, not asking if I want fries with that for 20hrs per week but a job to support a family with. You will grow up and change your opinions then!! Its getting late so you had better go put on your zit cream and get ready for bed, you have summer school tomorrow.

Reply   |   Comment by Keri VanNuland  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey Guys! No comment on the current freebie, however, I'm not sure the 'vote' thingy on comments is really necessary here.
I for one am a lurker, reaching out for some feedback with our daily gift and download if I can't make up my own mind.
What I don't understand is when some of you leave some good words and it garnishes some 80+ negatives. I know the question is "Did you find this comment useful? yes | no" but, if someone has something nice to say, it is still useful so, why hit the neg.?

This can be very confusing and of no use at all although good feedback is always welcome.

Just my opinion and have no doubt it will get the thumbs down. Then again , my post isn't really useful. Is that how it works?

Keep up the good work GAotD! I have downloaded quite a lot of your giveaways. Nothing to lose :o)


Reply   |   Comment by Aussie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Screensavers are useless resource users. We no longer need screensavers anymore! It is just a nothing program. Why would anyone want to pay $30 for something as useless as this? I DONT LIKE THEN!! Please, GAOTD can you please offer some more utilities for my iPod, or ppt?

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great Work GAOTD Keep it up ! this may have been mentioned before, why not made a page just for Complainers to post on ? or just move the Complainers Posts to a different Page.
I for one as many others that do not need or want a paticular program offer just move on and wait for the Next Day for Something Different I/They may want. ALL programs that are offered here are GOOD to someone and the Designer worked hard to make and offer it for free.
There is Enough Complaining about everyday Living, trying to make ends meet, so why take it out on a website that is trying to do good for all ? ............... just my thoughts

Reply   |   Comment by Cami Dawn  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am not sure that some of you realize that windows comes with screensavers built in. So unless your going to sit in front of your screen watching a screensaver what does it matter what it looks like. Even if I did want to watch a screensaver this one would be almost my last pick, right ahead of the blank screensaver in windows. It's boring, has extreemly cheezie graphics and very unrealistic. If I were GAOTD I would be most embarassed to even offer this one.
And to all you who have the audacity to sit there and complain about the people who say they don't like this or any screensaver, shame on you. This forum is meant exactly for that. It's for the people that try the program and want to voice their opinion, good or bad. It would be as silly as for me to type a comment to the like " Oh my not another comment about how nice this screensaver is, please stop commenting about how much you like it, thats not what this forum is about. " Come on people this is for good and bad comments if you don't like reading the bad comments may I suggest not reading any. I will part with 3 immortal words " FREEDOM OF SPEECH "

Reply   |   Comment by Cornerg  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am curious about the size of the download. 10.2MB. When I installed the program it only took up about .79MB.

I don't think that the image - not even a detailed photograph should take up that much space. So what was in the extra 9.4MB?

Personally I apprecaite the work that GOTD does. I have quite a few porgrams that work pretty well.

I was expecting more from this one, however, based on the glowing description. I uninstalled it.

Reply   |   Comment by woolygums  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Um... just use Power Options to turn off your monitor automatically after a given period of inactivity. There's no need for screensavers anymore.

Reply   |   Comment by Frederick  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Why oh why do so many have to act like they DESERVE better than just what is given to them for FREE?? To all the complainers, STOP ACTING LIKE A BUNCH OF SPOILED BRATS and appreciate the fact that you have the opportunity to even download free games at all. I wish the owner woulld block these type of people with a nice page that says 'Beggars Cant Be Choosers' and not let them download anything anymore. Maybe that would teach them a bit of appreciation!

Reply   |   Comment by Keri VanNuland  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Insalled it and I see only one picture. It does not change pictures only day and night rain and bright skies.....??????

Reply   |   Comment by Orna  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's not only that the screensavers are useless. But what I wanna know is how the hell are they normally charging $20 for them??? Who the hell buys screensavers? Google found 4,190,000 results for a free screensaver search and then there are the free make your own screensaver programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Gyan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm not voting down because it is a screen saver, but because the company always adds so much junk with the downloads!

Reply   |   Comment by moony  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Pretty much, useless. Not because I don't use screensaver, but it's exactly the same 15 second scene over and over again. Gets extremely redundant and irksome.

Reply   |   Comment by Krosis  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love this screen saver, unfortunately the publisher is Astro Gemini. They are horrible for stability and they crash my computer. So a thumbs down due to Astro Gemini, not because it's a screen saver. 3/10.

Reply   |   Comment by TedM  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sure who actually needs another screensaver, but despite the fact that this one shows just the static image shown in the screenshot, they did a nice job with the animation in it: the water in the river, the raindrops bouncing off the pavement, etc. The one thing missing in the animation that I'd love to have seen it include though, is having the hands on Big Ben actually reflecting the correct time of day. Nice job on this one otherwise.

Reply   |   Comment by sherwood01  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gotta give this one thumbs-up; having lived in London when I was young, this screensaver brings back many happy memories.

This is also one of Astro Gemini's more versatile "static" screensavers; though it could have been expanded with a wider selection of famous London landmarks to choose from (St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Harrod's, etc.), this screensaver does offer a wider selection of options than most of its other titles.

You can choose "Accelerated Time Mode" and watch day and night cycle through in about one minute, or select "Real-Time mode" and watch it slowly change during the day, based on your computer's clock.

You can also toggle the frequent rainstorms on or off, along with the music and sound effects (the volume level is also adjustable), and the onscreen clock, which can display 12-hour or 24-hour time.

Perhaps future versions of Astro Gemini's "Around the World" screensavers will allow you to select from a list of different landmarks, instead of just the one.

The graphics are clearly and superbly rendered on my P3 XP computer, and watching for a few minutes brought back memories of my time in that historic city.

Regardless of what many people around here may say about screensavers, this one is definately a keeper, especially if you've ever called London your home. Pick it up while it's available here on GAotD, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks, Astro Gemini and GAotD.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Quote #32
SOME OF US LOVE SCREENSAVERS!!! I cannot understand why someone would spend all that time typing up a paragraph just to say “i dont like screensavers”.. useless people.. Thank you GAOTD for the screensavers!!

It should tell you and anyone else what type of people they really are and stand for.
Truth be known they still live home with mommy and don't work to support themselves. They are the sad ones living on Welfare at our tax dollar expense.
As usual, GAOTD. team comes threw with another good free app. for us. Thanks for all you do for us. I for one am greatfull for whatever you give away each day. Also a big thanks to the vendor for being so kind as to let us have this nice screensaver for free today.

Reply   |   Comment by Purple Rabbit  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you make one using your own photos that's fine, but then you don't get graphics like moving water, rain, etc. That's what I like about PC games is they have moving water, clouds, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

These are the first two things I've downloaded since Ozzy Bubbles so I hope they work. I didn't need 50 of those file converters or whatever they've had lately.

Reply   |   Comment by Diane  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh God no.
I'm trying to forget London why on earth would I want to bring it everywhere with me?

Reply   |   Comment by Local  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I won't be downloading this, but I did want to point out to some of these people that some people DO have a reason for using screensavers, even if we no longer have the kind of monitor where an image can be burned into it. I personally use screensavers for privacy. When I step away from my desk, I have a screensaver that comes on within one minute and is password protected - that way, no one sees what I'm doing or looking at or working on if I don't want them to. For me, that IS useful, but then again, I don't need a separate, downloaded screensaver when the ones that came with Windows work just fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Cherry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

CRT displays are prone to an effect known as "burn in" wherein a static image shown on the display for extended periods can end up permanently "burnt" into the display such that you can see a ghost image of it over anything displayed on the screen. This isn't generally an issue for TVs as they rarely display a static image for large periods of time, but it was a major issue for computer displays.

Screensavers were specifically meant to combat this effect. The basic idea was to either blank the screen or display an ever-changing image when the computer was not in active use, thus "saving" the display.

Even with CRTs, however, screensavers have been largely out of fashion for something like a decade and a half due to the emergence of "Energy Star"-compliant monitors that allow the computer to outright shut off the display, which not only prevents burn in but also reduces power usage and generally improves the life of the display.

With modern LCD displays, burn in isn't even a issue. (Well, technically, you *can* get image retention effects even with LCDs, but they're normally temporary, unlike CRT burn in). On the other hand, the primary thing that determines the lifespan of an LCD display is the backlight, which gets progressively dimmer as it's used.

Assuming your computer spends a significant amount of time turned on but not in active use, you will *vastly* increase the lifespan of your display by having the computer set to turn off the display during periods of inactivity rather than having it display a screensaver.

(Please note that when I say "turn off the display", I don't mean use the "Blank" screensaver included with Windows; that'll blank the display but leave it turned on with the backlight still going. You need to use the "Turn off monitor" settings in the Power Options control panel to actually get the display to turn off.)

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Stone  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Another resource wasting program!
Monitors have an off switch for a reason especially in these days of people LEGALLY being enticed to go green, Screensavers have no place on any part of a PC.
Modern technology dictates a screen no longer requires *saving* so installing something like this is just mad and wasting space.

The picture itself is'nt even a proper picture and the title indicates there's more locations to come and that is worrying.

Still uninstalling was quite easy after checking the download and previewing :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny_B  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

SOME OF US LOVE SCREENSAVERS!!! I cannot understand why someone would spend all that time typing up a paragraph just to say "i dont like screensavers".. useless people.. Thank you GAOTD for the screensavers!!

Reply   |   Comment by Steelslinger512  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This screen saver's ok if you dont have any pics of your own....If you're worried about taking up too much of your pc's resources why not just make your own slideshow screen saver from pics you already have on your pc. I've been fortunate enough to have been to the UK many times, with some amazing pics as a result.....they make an awesome screen saver without using up additional memory.

Reply   |   Comment by shellsangel  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This screen saver is from the game "Around The World In 80 Days'. When you buy the game you get the screensaver. Interesting that an old screensaver ended up in a new game. Each country you go to in this game has a scene similar to this, same style and art and effects. Hmmmm... Have a great day everyone.

Reply   |   Comment by candleflame7  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I'm going to make an educated guess here and surmise that many of the individuals that hate all of these screensavers do so because they have no use for one. Why would a screensaver be needed when a computer is never idle for more than 5 seconds? When your socialization, stimulation and recreational needs are all dependent upon the computer, it leaves little use for a program that interferes with your ability to meet those needs.

As far as screensavers go, this one is pretty basic, certainly not something that one would pay for when there are many similar to it available for free. It is just one image, and no it's not a real "picture" but it has a nice stimulation of natural, outdoor occurances such as rainstorms, clouds moving across the sky, water rippling and the sun rising. These could be things that people who have no use for screensavers haven't seen in a long time. It might be worth downloading just for that.

Alright, let's get this comment shot down now. Be careful though, "He that protests too much....." (That's Shakespeare by the way.)

Reply   |   Comment by heidihopes  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Concurrent Processor!!
Fore 20+ years I've been a keyboard man (near absolute paperless man!), I've alway been opposing the idea of having a screen saver for 4 reasons:

1. if the PC is ideal then no one is behind the desk to see it!
2. if the someone behind the key board, the PC will not be ideal!
3. if the PC is not in use, then energy saving would force power off!
4. Having C-Tube monitors would be healthier to switch radiation off!

however, recently I must admit that I am changing my prospective for real advances in display technologies:
1. low power consumption LCD monitors (brilliant screen display)
2. multiple CPUs/monitors (one desktop and two notebooks)
3. 24/7 INTERNET connectivity

This forced me to reconsider the screen savers added value, for the fact that once I am focusing on one task I really would like to have an eye on the other lower priority tasks.

It was so nice that GAOTD team to offer "atmosphere light" it seriously gave another dimension to work environment of it being so relaxing!

Therefore, for I consider myself as a "concurrent processor" i find it nice to have the screen saver installed on my multiple-PCs with single user environment :-)

Thanks GAOTD Gang !


Reply   |   Comment by Dr. Olaimi  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you so much,
I like screensavers , I can watch screensavers for hours and hours.
It's better than TV , not as boring and NO commercials!!

Reply   |   Comment by Spooner  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded and installed this screensaver with no problems. Unfortunately, this screensaver is boring. Of all the GAOTD screensavers I have seen, this has been the worst so far. The virtual camera sits in one spot and only the weather changes. In the description, it tells us we will take a virtual walk to see the sights of London. This does not happen. The scene itself is depicted in the thumbnail at the top of this page, and it is a poor image of the House of Parliament, part of a bridge over the Thames, and the river itself. A static image of an old government building, a subject which is hardly appealing to the average viewer. I once stood in the rain to see the real thing while my wife sat in the car, she was so bored. She was correct, there was not much of interest to see, but since it was my one and only visit to London, I had to do the touristy thing. She was more practical, at least she was dry. I intend to uninstall as soon as possible, as I have already done with all previous AstroGemini offerings. I appreciate the efforts of the GAOTD staffers to provide us with a variety of offerings, but I cannot imagine the rankest beginner computer user who would be thrilled with today's product. I hate to say it, because in general, I like screensavers, but I have tried many of the AstroGemini offerings and they are always devoid of lasting interest. There are never any people, the actions are limited, the artistry premitive and one is always left with a feeling that one's time has been wasted. I'm about to the point where I will always pass on any AstroGemini product, and I certainly advise you to pass on today's offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Briar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a pleasant screensaver, though it could have been much better if London had been represented with more than just one well known tourist spot (the houses of parliament). This appears to be an early AstroGemini screensaver because (as already mentioned) it doesn't integrate with the AstroGemini manager, also it's not like the ones we are used to because the main image remains stationary, with only the clouds, rain and daylight changing (oh yeah and you see the sun move across the horizon) Still, I'm a great lover of screensavers, though I think it's about time we christened them something new; for example what about chill savers or stress busters lol.

I'll be keeping this to add to my growing collection of stress busters. If you're one of those rare people (like me) who are happy to pay for screensavers, let me recommend Aquazone and Aquazone 2. Both are superb fish screensavers which you can get from:




As a slideshow:


The original Aquazone is aquarium based with loads of different tank environments to choose from and Aquazone 2 is a full 3D environment fish screensaver where you are able to roam around a large expanse of several different ocean and one river environment (Arctic, blue ocean, coral reef, deep sea and Amazon River)

Another one I’d recommend is G-Force, though it’s more than just a screensaver because you can also use it for your media players visualizations (its primary function actually). To get the screensaver function you have to buy the Platinum edition, which allows you to use it with any media player. The gold version is limited to one media player of your choice and doesn’t have the screensaver option:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Very nice so run it a couple of tmes then get rid of it. Would be like driping water to have it around very long.

Reply   |   Comment by ken kelly  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have to say that I was once bored when GAOTD gave screensavers after screensavers. However, it's been some time and a screensaver once in a while ain't so bad.

The thing about screensavers is that you won't really want to waste money on it. So, having it free, IMO, is a good way to enjoy it. Maybe many do not see the real function of a screensaver - true, they have really lost the function of keeping the monitor from burn-in. However, screensavers do have some artistic aspect and provide you with some individuality - when you leave the notebook in the office to go to lunch, toilet, etc - an interesting screensaver becomes a topic for conversation.

I just hope there'd be function like in Linux where when the screensaver is on, it acts also as sort of an answering machine where people who came while you are away can leave a note on your screensaver. Now, that would be good functionality.

I remember the nice aquarium screensaver. Sure, the monitor don't need it but I find staring at it for a few minutes relaxing. Helpful for that 5 minutes rest every hour. It's not to save the monitor - it's meant to save your eyes! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Though most savers from Astro Gemini are glitchy, I found this one to run pretty smooth. The only problem is it peaks my processor at 100% while running. I have Sim Aquarium which is far more realistic with lots of things going on and it only uses 20% of my processor when it runs. With a 3Gig processor, 1500 MB's of RAM and a 512 video card no way should this app be peaking that high. Uninstalling it.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Being my first post, let me say Thank you to the GOTD team for the wonderful concept.
Looking at the recent giveaways, I cannot but compare this to the economic recession that is happening globally.

Are we running out of good and useful softwares to giveaway?
I mean, Screensavers are for the beginners.... Hey I am not trying to complain and I love this site and the concept. I love it so much that this is the first site i used to look at in the morning. Its not just the products that are interesting, its this section, where folks crib, bitch, balk and bargain. You guys rock!!! If we had TRPs for websites, GOTD would rank top.

Team, Please give us a more varied range of softwares. And I guess thats a general sentiment.

I know we must be grateful and all, but unless you heed us, more of us folks are going to go elsewhere and mark my words, There is more things that we can get on the internet than just porn.

Thank you, Team and Alleluia for GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Agent M  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD
But the graphics are, bad, I went to their site and checked out most of the products and this seems to be a $2.00 disc you fine in clearance stores or something you get for free with a magazine subscription or something you would see 10-15 years ago. Maybe someone with bad eyesight will like it.

Reply   |   Comment by John A. MacDonald  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's not even a photo... what is the point??

Reply   |   Comment by Person 1  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Excellent! Of course, the thing I like most about AstroGemini Savers is the way the move around a scene, showing different angles & such as if you were walking through it. This is the first one I've seen that doesn't have that:-( But on a positive note, the quality of the picture & effects are much better, so it makes up for it. Definately thumbs up on this one. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Lori  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hmm, 45 thumbs up and 97 down, without a comment! The photos look stunning but I use Google photo screensaver that displays my family photos or whatever in a folder on my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Ash  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's a cute screensaver, but the camera doesn't move and it's a bit awkward that the sun is seen when it rains. I like how the colors change from night time to day time and back.
Thank you Astro Gemini and Giveawayoftheday!

Reply   |   Comment by xunrage  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Very nice screen saver. I would highly recommend. Thank you. both to the creators of Around the World - London and Give Away Of The Day.

Reply   |   Comment by TisJoanie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Since all the comments are in moderation, I don't know what people have posted, but the following should answer some of the usual remarks. This screensaver does not install or use the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager (or at least, since I already have the Astro Gemini Screensaver Manager, it didn't do anything, and it just used Windows' screensaver manager). Screensavers are fully compatible with Windows Power Management. Screensavers can be run fully standalone, not as screensavers. Some types of LCD's are far more prone to (temporary) image retention than CRT's ever were, therefor use of a screensaver or powering off is recommended by some manufacturers.

I had looked at this before, when Astro Gemini first released it (I doubt that they wrote it, but that's irrelevant). I let this version run awhile to see if anything had changed; I didn't notice anything. Frankly, I don't understand why it needs DirectX 9, it's not what I would call a 3D screensaver. Very simple images and animation, static viewpoint. Largely repetitive animation, repetitive music (although if you have an audio system which reproduces deep bass, the thump of the bass drum is impressive).

I don't use screensavers as screensavers, only as relaxing animations. In those terms, my favorite screensavers are from Astro Gemini--Mountain Lake 3D (if it hasn't been given away before, I wish Astro Gemini would give it away), 3D Waterfall, Atlantis 3D, and Japanese Garden 3D. While some of those were written a while ago and have primitive graphics, I view them at 1920x1440 with a fairly modern low-midrange graphics card, drivers set to quality, reasonably high frame-rate, with good-quality circumaural headphones (a number of Astro Gemini soundtracks have very deep bass, including Atlantis 3D).

Most Astro Gemini screensavers support dual-monitor systems (display on the primary monitor, second monitor blanked). Around the World: London doesn't blank the second monitor. A major problem with Astro Gemini screensavers is that they don't support LCD aspect ratios. It's not a problem for me, since my primary monitor is a CRT, but it's probably a problem for most people.

3Planesoft screensavers support dual-monitors (selectable), and various aspect ratios (including auto-detect). Ancient Castle 3D and Western Railway 3D look spectacular on my 1920x1200 16:10 24" LCD, but my graphics card doesn't have the compute to do Western Railway 3D justice. I generally don't care for 3Planesoft soundtracks, but Lighthouse Point 3D has some very deep bass (again, like the Astro Gemini soundtracks, if your audio system can't reproduce it, you'll miss out).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded and installed perfectly. But I was expecting much more than just one pic/image which just changes to reflect day and night and rain. Disappointing. Don't bother.

Reply   |   Comment by Maz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Why oh why in this age of technology do things like this clog our hard drives taking up valuable data space.
The days are long gone when an image would "burn" indelibly onto our monitor screens. Screensavers are a complete and utter waste of time. IMHO (of course) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Beau Basin  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ah London!

Sure this doesn't have "styled music and natural sound effects" and "synchronization of daytime and nighttime scenes," but this one offers several fresh wallpaper images several times a month. Not only of landscapes, but of its people, its culture, its way of life.

Google Photos Screensaver http://pack.google.com/screensaver.html (free download)

After installation, under Settings, choose "Photo Feeds" then "Configure". Finally, add http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tags=london+wallpaper&format=rss_200 to the list.

If you want more variety and get several fresh images DAILY, remove "+wallpaper" from the URL. If you want even MORE, then add these feeds:

* http://feed.photobucket.com/images/london/feed.rss

* http://www.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=search&Data=london&format=rss200
* http://www.pixagogo.com/rss/labels/london

Using a photos screensaver that's limited to what came with the package is soooo 1995. :p

Reply   |   Comment by Pinoy.ca  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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