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Forest Life 3D Screensaver Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Forest Life 3D Screensaver

This screensaver will immerse you into the peaceful environment of the forest life that will make you forget about all your problems!
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 230 (26%) 638 (74%) 43 comments

Forest Life 3D Screensaver was available as a giveaway on July 3, 2010!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$22.95
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Let your screen take you away to a quiet place in the forest. Watch the little peaceful bugs and ants running about their business. A funny little spider making a web. Dew drops on the leaves. Birds twittering somewhere in the branches above.

This screensaver will immerse you into the peaceful environment of the forest life that will make you forget about all your problems!

System Requirements:

Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista; Pentium III or higher; 32 MB Video Memory; DirectX 8.0 or higher

Publisher:

Astro Gemini Software

Homepage:

http://astrogemini.com/forest.html

File Size:

3.97 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#43

Need it to run on dual monitors. Saw earlier post on this.... any answers developers. Does it or not? If not, Ill need to uninstall. If it does, maybe Im just missing the setting??

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by makenoiz  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Easy install, attractive screen, nice music. My only complaint is that the spider looks like a beetle, but who cares? thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by HE  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

BigPotz here, back quickly for my two cent review!
The bugs look as if they were moving on top of a fake backround and the movements were not fantasticly realistic. Secondly, I had to shut off the mouse movement in the screensaver, as it kept going in and out of screensaver every few seconds. I was able to adjust the sound, very quickly to a low level, that others complained of not being able to do at all. It's very simple and took all of two seconds to set to a comfortable listening level. Just open the options of the screensaver and move the sound slider left or right, to change the volume. All the comments the I have read above mine were true and honest accounts of this offering. It has room for improvement, imo, but I don't use any other screensavers than what is built into Win XP or 7, so I have nothing else to compare this one to. It is worth downloading simply because it is free. The screensaver can be tweaked just enough to work correctly, (on one monitor only, unlike the Windows default screensavers, which work seemlessly on two monitors.) If you are into animated screensavers, then give it a shot. The quality isn't exactly amazing but being free today, At least IMO, makes it good enough to at least try and see if it is good enough for you. Everyone is different and the software is free, so what the heck...Download away. The worst that could happen, is that you delete it with no harm done to your computer, if you do not like it. Children may get a kick out of it, though.

BigPotz


BigPotz

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Rock  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#40

I tried my Windows 7 default screensavers in a dual monitor setup after reading other comments that this one doesn't work on two. The Windows 7 default screensavers worked seemlessly on both monitors, as if I was watching only one monitor. Now that my curiousity is peeked that this ofering does not work like the Windows 7 defaults, I will download and see if it will on my computer the same way as the default screensavers. I never download screensavers, due to the very high probabilty of getting spyware or other garbage with them. I trust, from reading the comments, that this is free from garbage, I hope!!

BigPotz

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Rock  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Not bad, though not photo-realistic either, the Forest Life 3D Screensaver seems a bit power hungry... with antialiasing at 4 samples, on a screen size of 1080p, checked Task Mgr's graph & the resource used plotting in GPU-Z -- they showed 2 cores on an AMD quad ~60% each, while making heavy use of my ATI 4870 [last generation full featured graphics card]. Suspect some will have problems running it depending on PC/laptop horsepower.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#38

Nice to see another astrogemini screensaver. I really like their screensavers and their screensaver manager that lets you manage ALL your screensavers, not just their own products, etc, is superb.

Reply   |   Comment by Reality Check  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

I researched some but cannot find the direct x 3d . Help please.

Reply   |   Comment by Ocean3  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#36

Overall a pretty nice screensaver. I do agree that $20 is too much money, but there are some other tactics this company employs the I do not like.
I went to their site to check out their other screensavers and downloaded the sea life demo. The installer did want to install their toolbar to my browser, but it did have a checkbox to opt out (checked by default of course) which I did. This also installed their screensaver manager program (without asking!)I all fairness the manager is a cool program will rotate any or all of your installed screensavers (you can choose which ones) each time that a screensaver starts. Another part of the manager is a tab that shows all the screensavers that they offer and a button to download. Pretty cool, but when it installs itself, guess what? It installs their toolbar! This time without asking. But the story doesn't end there. The manager then tried to change my default search to Yahoo, again without asking. Taking those kinds of liberties with my computer is something I just can't accept.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#35

I installed it and it seems to be good program, except that it takes an awful lot of time to weave the web. I wish there was a setting option or some thing to speed it or bypass.
The usually dainty ladybugs seem to be on steroids, hovering menacingly in the top right corner.
As it was taking too much time to weave the web, I did not watch it completely. Will try again later.
Just thought this feedback may help the authors.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

this is pretty good..i dont usually use screen savers..i like that i can go into settings and change the progress of the web.

Reply   |   Comment by donnie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#33

Doesn't run on Windows Server :(

Reply   |   Comment by Prasad  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

This screensaver is very buggy, but for once that's a good thing.

Installed and runs perfectly on XP sp3, Athlon dual core 4200+, AGP Radeon 3850 with screensaver graphics options at highest settings and music on.

I would argue that this screensaver is worth the asking price; unlike most screensavers, an action actually runs to completion as you watch, and the ability to change the size of the web and randomize the backgrounds adds variety.

No bugs are harmed, so it's safe to watch for anyone who grows attached to the little, er, buggers.

I did have to turn the music off after a while, or I would have been forced to put my fist thru the monitor and then be left without a screen on which to watch the screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by rsmik  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#31

I love 3D screensavers, especially with nature settings but I have a problem with bugs. I downloaded this one hoping that there was a setting to omit them but it appears there is very little you can change about this one. Not having that option will force many people to automatically pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Heidi  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#30

Man who needs a Screen Saver, 3D especially doesn't run smoothly on my VGA Screen, not to mention unnecessary CPU usage. But those with higher rig could use it for, can add to their fancy.
I'll pass this Not a Keeper for Screen Savers.

Reply   |   Comment by Squeaker  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#29

I had to redirect the startup icon to C:\Windows\SysWOW64
running Win7 64bit.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#28

I am wary of screensavers, as they are often associated with viruses / spyware.

Now that I see this being offered by GAOTD, I can trust AstroGemini. I always enjoy screensavers.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#27

This is really nice and peaceful. Lovely graphics.Works well on my Vista laptop.
Some others are reporting the volume being to high. Go to "Personalise windows" "screen-saver" "options" and reduce the master volume using the slider bar.
Love this, well done and thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Issylupus  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

I prefer the Astro Gemini ss's that move the camera around a 3d-type scene. The scene in this one never moves, although there is plenty of movement going on in it. I found it to be somewhat boring after a while. In fact, it tended to make me sleepy because of the repetition in the music and visual activities. However, that could be a good thing just b4 bedtime!

Reply   |   Comment by Sleepy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#25

When the clock display is in 12 hour mode, it showed 12:11am when my computer was actually set to pm.

Reply   |   Comment by epoclaen  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#24

ran on windows 7 home premium 32 biit perfictlye :)

Reply   |   Comment by Gareth  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#23

This is one of the best screen savers I have ever seen
you actually see a spider building a webb
excellent !
I really cannot understand some of the cruel coments as this is simply not true. I can only think that they have some vetted interest in saying so.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Vaughan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

Loaded in less than 10 seconds with no problems on Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit. Yes, it's cartoonish, but the creators obviously weren't aiming for full realism, so I didn't expect it. Right clicking the program icon lets you open a configuration menu that allows you some limited control over sound/volume, the spider's web-building activity, gamma, light rays, background, etc. The music is indeed relaxing and low key with nature sounds mixed in, but I'd like to be able to turn off the music while allowing the nature sounds to keep playing. When you turn off the music in the configuration menu, you lose ALL sound. If I had paid full asking price for this, I'd be disappointed, but it's fine as a freebie.

Reply   |   Comment by Em  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#21

installs, registers and runs fine on win7 x32. nice screensaver. nice graphics. soothing.
works for me. keeper.

thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

Sorry, that should be left click on the Forest Screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by Dusty  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Thanks, GOTD! Might not become my favorite screensaver, but I love getting this kind of software for free. It's nice to get something that's fun and useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Klacey  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#18

If you right click the desktop and select screensavers then you can right click this screensaver and adjust Settings.Can adjust sound level,pick up from 1/4 or 1/2 of spider web,etc. G'day !!

Reply   |   Comment by Dusty  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

Any luck to get it to work on dual monitor setup?
None here...

Reply   |   Comment by Louie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#16

I installed on my WinXP sp. The installation went smoothly. Checked the program preview and seemed to work. Set the time 5 mins. And nothing happed. Click to see the Screen Saver had witched to None. It was Forest life before. Tried 3 times, it went to None instead. I gave up. Any suggestion from anyone? Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#15

hmmm. Well, it is a screensaver. It doesn't have to be perfect and the reality is that after the first few times of seeing a spider appear on your screen, you won't watch it much anyhow.

pros:
-entertaining on first watch
-interesting to watch how a spider makes its web (could be educational)
-the music is nondescript musak-ish. They ought to sell the audio to The Weather Channel.

cons:
-not as realistic as the promo suggests
-the bugs are robotic looking in their movements and turning
-the bugs appear (to me) to be walking on a background rather than looking like they are actually part of it.
-the clock is a weird font and the 12 hour shows Am Pm instead of AM PM (how is that for picky??)

IMHO, worth the download if you have a kid in the house who would like to see it... not worth it if you don't. I agree with the previous commenter, that this would not be worth $20. (I want my flying toasters back.)

Reply   |   Comment by friendinme  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#14

Works great except for one thing. Upon leaving the screen saver it changes my screen resolution to 800x600. I have to go back and reset my screen resolution each time. Sorry, uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by Boback  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

Nice eye candy. Installed fine on 64bit Vista. All of the screen savers on their site are very beautiful. It's hard to find screensavers without some form of malware involved, so I have not installed any until now. Thanks, gotd.

Reply   |   Comment by Ernie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Downloaded and installed fine on XP SP3. Didn't realize the main part of the screensaver was the spider. EEK! Got a real phobia about those. LOL. Oh well. Getting a new PC in about 2 weeks, so won't have this very long anyway. :)

Reply   |   Comment by GoHybrid  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

This screensaver is just fine. The textures in the trees looking a little blurry are just like they would be in a camera with closeups and backgrounds, there is nothing wrong with them. The music is very soothing and you can always turn down the speakers. The drops of water don't add much, but it does happen in real life. I must admit, $20 is a bit high for the price.

Reply   |   Comment by Cris  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

I have downloaded it but not installed yet. Hope it will work on both my monitors. Most only work on one.
Thanks GAOD

Reply   |   Comment by Loopy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#9

i didn't like it. It reminds me screensavers of 2002, very outmoded.
Also, it continuously asks my firewall to connect to the internet.
Shift+Del from me.

Reply   |   Comment by Andreas  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

How quickly do the water drops achieve terminal velocity, Ben? :-)

I notice that the Diskkeeper ad on the front page doesn't link to anywhere. What gives?

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

Very nice,.. brightens up our screen which is a refreshing break from the bottom end, ie. "Microsoft Bliss" ( where on earth did they get name that from ?) to our custom screens whatever that might be.
Just one question,.. can anyone tell me how much of our computer resources are gobbled up with this ? I haven't noticed any slowdowns so far.

Reply   |   Comment by terrawarra  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

The screensaver has some very nice animations. It's fun watching the spider attach his web, the little ants climbing and the bugs flying. I thought some of the textures in the trees looked a little blurry which detracted from the artwork. The leaves were great, but perhaps they looked a little too crisps in comparison? The music was enjoyable but perhaps set a little loud. I had to turn the sound almost off on the latpop to get it at an acceptible volume.

Nice giveaway - thanks all!

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#5

The screensaver is nice enough for its size (4MB), but not for its price. I wouldn't pay 20 bucks for it but then I've never been big on screensavers. It's because it's small and free that I even installed it.

Room for improvement:

Since it apparently takes quite a while for the spider to finish its web there really should be an, in my opinion rather obvious, setting to resume the web from its last position in addition to from scratch and 1/4 or 1/2 way through. That shouldn't be too hard to implement.

A way to mute the music or change its volume without exiting the screensaver would be a helpful feature to add too. Perhaps a popup screen activated by F1 or "O" (options) which would allow you to do so would be a good thing. Or "H" for a help screen telling you which keys would make the change you want. Also a way to force the background to change to another one without exiting would be nice (keys 1 to 5 for instance).

I also had to disable 'Exit on mouse move' when I tested it because apparently the sensitivity is set too high. Normally my mouse would have 'gone to sleep' long before any screensaver would activate but when you forcibly activate it the 'spontaneous' rest activity of my mouse (I assume) makes the screensaver disappear again after 20 or 30 seconds. A user settable sensitivity for the amount of mouse movement (in pixels) that would deactivate the screensaver would help here.

Oh, and according to the laws of physics water drops falling from leaves should accelerate while falling. I wouldn't mind fudging the speed a bit to let's say a quarter of the real speeds to make the drops stay visible longer but a simple linear movement is just wrong for anyone with a solid scientific background. You could even include an option for the occasional rain shower.

I guess that's enough homework for the developers for now.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#4

it run fine on my win7 x64 ultimate. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

I found this so relaxing. I even forgot to eat my cornflakes. A beautiful way to start the day. Thanks Gotd team!

Reply   |   Comment by Unkle Munky  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)
#2

Nice screensaver, & my grandchild will especially love it. Works smoothly, nice spider & ants & beetles. Ladybug is too big & when it flies "close-up" to viewer it gets way too big & looks far too cartoon-y. The bush or part of tree at middle left looks too phony, needs to be fixed or removed. The tree branchs at front are excellent! Could be slowed down a bit, but that's no biggy.
The thing I dislike the most is actually the "add ideas" part! I don't think it's needed at all. Asking for comments may be ok, but the new thingy is unpleasant.
If the suggestions aboved happened, I'd consider buying this one. The decision would be based on price,& truthfully, screensavers just aren't $20 worth of importance to me. I myself would never spend over $5 for one, no matter how great it was. And it would have to be awfully special to be worth $5 to me. I think I have maybe 1 3D screensaver that MIGHT qualify. :)
Astro-Gemini does have some of the best there are, though. Astro-Gemini rocks!

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#1

You've gotta love it: 110 votes, and not a comment amongst you.

Hope this screensaver set is a keeper. Will have to report back. Thanks to GOTD and Astro

Reply   |   Comment by Kenny  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-62)
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