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Around the World: New York Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Around the World: New York

Enjoy the spectacular view of New York City at the end of the 19th century.
$9.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 163 (19%) 676 (81%) 35 comments

Around the World: New York was available as a giveaway on July 21, 2013!

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Natural media painting with an intuitive interface!

Enjoy the spectacular view of New York City at the end of the 19th century featuring one of its most famous landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge. Being the longest suspension bridge in the world upon completion, it has become an iconic part of New York's skyline. Take a walk across the bridge and you will find yourself in the very heart of the city among magnificent skyscrapers, American symbols of power and ingenuity.

Key features:

  • Extremely realistic colorful graphics
  • High-quality animation
  • Vintage views of Brooklyn Bridge and NYC
  • Styled music and natural sound effects
  • Digital Clock
  • FPS counter
  • Changing weather: sunshine and rain
  • Enjoy the fascinating view of New York by day and night.

System Requirements:

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

Publisher:

Astro Gemini Software

Homepage:

http://www.astrogemini.com/around-the-world-new-york.html

File Size:

13.9 MB

Price:

$9.95

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#35

Have to say I'm unimpressed, I was hoping for something a little more then a static image(it's just the bridge, nothing more). Some of the "around" screen savers actually travel to some degree. This is just the bridge. Thumbs down for this one guys. Very disappointed.

Reply   |   Comment by Nicholi1120  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#34

Thank you GOTD and Astro Gemini Software. Excellent as usual.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Coyle  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#33

@ 29
"I can’t say anything good about “Astro Gemini Software”; their ethics are questionable ..." Would you care to elucidate or are you just gassing??

Reply   |   Comment by gen  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

I would love to know how to take a walk across the bridge to see the actual city. All I see is the city... the different times of day, and rain and sun. It might be more interesting if I could see the actual city. The minute I click on anything, the screen saver vanishes. Someone want to give me a hint here before I delete the program. I visited NYC when I was a lot younger, and it could be interesting to look back in time, because I doubt I will get back to there again, not with my life style of today. Thanks people.

Reply   |   Comment by Paula  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#31

I like it, it's nice, but..what on Earth is with that "lazy country afternoon" music doing in the Big City? ;-) For the programmers, I would definitely put different music in there, something appropriate for the Big Apple. Win 7, 64-bit, plays fine.

Reply   |   Comment by DelennDax7  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

@papin..

Do you REALLY have to nag us on power consumption? Who are you? Our mama's..? And these 'saved' kWh (gWh)? What would you suggest we use them on? Another five minutes to darken toast? Maybe extra time to dry our hair? You know you can't save power consumption, you can only use it (no matter how much). Yes, I suppose it would save 4.5 to 40.5 billions (of whatever currency) but individually we're talking a little over 14¢ a day (at your quoted $50.00 year).. so these 220 million computer users should waive using a screen saver so that the military or even worse, politicians might use the extra saved power to see their ugly mugs on the boob tube for an extra 30 seconds a year.. No thanks, I'll just cut my newspaper subscription to week-ends, save more than 14¢ a day AND help conserve the natural environment. But don't worry, I got a good chuckle out of your post.

Reply   |   Comment by charlie tunna  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#29

I can't say anything good about "Astro Gemini Software"; their ethics are questionable, and their screensavers are second rate compared to other screensavers vendors who charge the same or less for better quality. I haven't downloaded or installed todays giveaway and I will always give "Astro Gemini Software" a thumbs down based on their questionable character and integrity.

And though I have not downloaded todays giveaway I did check it out; it is supposed to be of New York in the late eighteen hundreds (late nineteenth century)yet the night time views show New York lit up fairly brightly. Gas lamps where employed on the Brooklyn Bridge and throughout NYC when the bridge was opened in 1883, but electricity was still very primitive, so I don't see how the city could have been this bright even up to the early nineteen hundreds. Just think if your going to creat something it should be accurate to the time period you say it's for.

Thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#28

I personally enjoy Astro Gemini screensavers and I love their screensaver manasger which lets you select screensavers you want to run and rotates them for you at desired intervals. I run screensavers all the time on a pc which does Distributed Computing tasks (BOINC) while I'm not using it.

Reply   |   Comment by Reality Check  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#27

Many of us still use screensavers. If nothing more then to get some eye candy going while we're away from our computers.

Astro Gemini has some cute screen savers, and this is one of them. It installed and ran perfectly on a seven year old single core processor Windows 7 32bit machine with 1gb of ram.

There are some things I'm not a big fan of in this screen saver though, and that's primarily the sound effects. It sounds really low quality which ruins it. Secondly, it looks like there's only one screen resolution available, and that's "low". The city itself is rather cartoony, but that's alright. (Hence the cute remark.)

I don't think I'd ever purchase this screensaver. So thankfully I got it for free. Overall, I'd give this a four out of ten. Nothing special, so you won't lose out by not installing.

Reply   |   Comment by Duncan  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#26

back to the 90s

Reply   |   Comment by jooosh  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#25

Seriously I'm not a person with hateful intentions. I don't see a reason unless you actually "live" in NY to really want to wake up and see NY on a 24/7 basis on your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#24

I for one enjoy screensavers and backgrounds and change them frequently. However, I didn't care for this one and will skip it today. I would love to find some transparent screensavers. (Anyone have any ideas where I might find some?)
Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Terri  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

Downloaded it, and couldn't believe they actually charge $9.95 for this normally. Removed it.

This software is useless, and this website is becoming a waste of time. Time to remove you from my favorites.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#22

Who wants to see New York City, another crime-infested and ultra liberal city? SURELY NOT ME. I WILL PASS.

Reply   |   Comment by Software Babe  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
#21

Is this the same screensaver that comes with the game? (Around the World in 80 Days)

Reply   |   Comment by FeAudrey  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

I tried this by installing on my Win 7 64 bit machine. I watched for a few minutes to see what it did. Not that great graphics, and it became boring after just a few minutes, so uninstalled it.
When I was through uninstalling it, it left my desktop a mess - the icons were all in different places and when I opened internet explorer, it took me forever to figure out to open it maximized, as it had now had it open in a small window.
I then made sure I deleted the original files.
So I did not have that great of an experience with this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#19

I always ignore these screensavers but I wonder if it has been mentioned that this screensaver has been taken from a game, the quite popular macth 3 Around the World in 80 Days. In fact, Astro Gemini is using more than one of the scenes - which were designed as optional screen savers - from that game as screensavers in it's Around the World Series. Now maybe they are the same developers that made that game selling screen savers under a different guise, or they have permission, or have permission to use these because they, or he/she, is has permission being the original artist. Or maybe even they are the ones who have been stolen from in the 1st place. But I'd feel a little uneasy about giving them money unless I knew the answer to this. They may be the designers of many games, or all of their materials may be cribbed from somewhere else. If this has been answered before to people's satisfaction, then I apologize.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

@3 do you work for them of what ? It is obvious that you have certain interests to praise them, as your conclusions don't actually match with the reality.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#17

#3:
Screensavers deserve thumbs down because:

- Watching a screensaver means you've got nothing to do in your life

- It's a huge waste of resources (uranium, carbon, water, forest, ...) to produce electricity just to run such dumb software. Screensavers are dumb by nature, because they uselessly require more computer resources (CPU, RAM, I/O streams, ...), they are ugly (watching other people's screensavers could make you blind) --- and have no meaning in human life.

- Nowadays, desktop computers can turn off the screen when idle, so there's no reason whatsoever to run a screensaver.

- Then, screensavers take disk space; more files to defragment; more files to backup. This adds up time to maintain a computer ---and more electricity to waste.

Okay, I understand there are some countries (like the ones that refuse to sign the Kyoto protocol) where people don't mind paying high electricity bills, where people don't care about ecology issues. I understand that, wherever they live, you'll find people producing screensavers, and other using them. Counterproductive? Yes, but not only.

Doing the maths (just for the fun):
There are more than 1 billion computers in use in the world. If only 1% run a screensaver for 10 mn every day, that would be 500 millions hours per year (assuming 300 days/year). If each computer uses 90 W while running the screensaver, then the total energy consumption is 45,000 GWh. If the cost per kWh is 10 cents, then the whole bill is 4.5 billion dollars or euros, or whatever. These figures are very conservative; for a less conservative approach, the total is up to 40.5 billions (of whatever currency).
In the US, where there are about 220 million computers, it's said you can save $50 a year by putting your computer on sleep. Not much money though, explaining why screensavers are so successful. After all, who there needs to save $50 ?

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-29)
#16

Noticing the negatives vote on these screen saver programs leads me to think such a vote is telling GAOTH this type isn't what its readership enjoys, rather than a vote for the program.

Reply   |   Comment by wondering2  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#15

I installed this program on machine running windows 8. No problem. I ran a preview. Disappointed. Removed. Would not have been happy if I had paid for this product in the shops.

Reply   |   Comment by philip  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Does not install on Win 2000 Erroe MessL setup.exe is not a Win 32 file

Reply   |   Comment by Helmke  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#13

Stortch likes it. I like it. Stop whining and enjoy it, you big babies. Thank.

Reply   |   Comment by Big John Gallonio  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#12

what a waste of time. I like my state not New York. Thumbs down gaotd for this screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by mario  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-41)
#11

Weather and time pass too quickly.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

I totally agree with Pro E Pro above. It is a nice piece of software which is FREE. If you don't like screen savers, then just don't install them. To the professional grumblers I say this - please don't make unjustified negative comments and spoil it for the rest of us who appreciate Astro Gemini generosity and the perfectly reasonable promotion of their software

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#9

I wish more screen savers were offered. There are too many useless business based programs that no one can use offered.

Reply   |   Comment by Par Anoid  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#8

The graphics are good but I would put a different landmark in, or do some traveling. Right now it's just the base of a bridge in any city.

Reply   |   Comment by Estella Ferree  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#7

Installed easily on my Win 7 x64 machine. As always with the screensavers from this nice company, the graphics are very nice, the weather/time-of-day changes are neat, and the on-screen clock is very handy. Sure - no one *needs* a screensaver any more, but watching a pleasant one like this now and then can be very relaxing and simply fun. Thanks very much once again, GAOTD and AstroGemini for another "keeper!"

Reply   |   Comment by Marsha Aronson  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#6

Nothing special - installed it, then deleted it.

Reply   |   Comment by roomtrad  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#5

Nice, thouthful app..thank

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-36)
#4

Is this a screen saver?It doesn't say so in the description!

Reply   |   Comment by J.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#3

First comment, with almost 100 votes in. I'll be interested in seeing why the votes are so negative - I think their programmers do a great job, and they have some really high caliber talent in their design and art department. Astro Gemini has been very generous to GAOTD with their screensavers in the past, and I've found them to install easily, give lots of options, and work well for what they are intended to do. Thanks again for sharing your creative output with the community.

Reply   |   Comment by ProE Pro  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)
#2

I love NYC, so I gave this GODT a spin.
Installed on XPSP3, run it for 30 sec and removed

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Reply   |   Comment by Adif  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#1

choppy, average graphics. Might be nice for a day or two at most.

Reply   |   Comment by Levitiquetus  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
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