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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks Apps
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This PotW was supposed to run in early July, around the USA's July 4th birthday party. But then I got caught up in Macworld travel, and kinda forgot about it. So here it is, late from its original target date, and late even within the week.

Digital FireWorX is an electronic fireworks show, as you can see in the shot at left (Click here to watch a short SnapzPro movie of the program in action -- reduced from the 640x480 original to save a bit of bandwidth). It includes both a screensaver module as well as a standalone application. Using the standalone app, you can create your own shows, complete with background images and sound -- you specify which fireworks go off where on the screen, and in what sequence. You can also just do a 'live' show, clicking the mouse to launch random fireworks into the sky. There's also a screensaver module with a number of additional options regarding flares, trails, etc. With the live program, you can create shows of any size, from 640x480 up to the screen resolution. The screensaver will run across multiple screens, too -- if you're lucky enough to be running two 30" Cinema Displays, it should be quite impressive.

The pricing options for Digital FireworX are somewhat unique, and fitting for a program of such non-mission-critical stature. You can use it for free with five standard fireworks; you can purchase it for $5.00, which then allows you to buy additional fireworks effects in packages for $5.00 each, or you can buy the program with all the effects packages bundled in for $15.00. For now, I've been happy to use it for free, but some of the additional effects are quite nice, so I may spring for the $15.00.

Not a world changer, by far, but a fun way to pass a few minutes of free time (and annoy your cubicle neighbors if you crank the sound and then leave with the screensaver running and locked ... but you didn't hear that from me!).
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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: dg37mosxh on Aug 13, '04 11:12:30AM

Here's another fireworks screen saver you folks can try: the RSS-Skyrocket. This one is free and is 3D with a moving camera. No sound, though. But decent graphics hardware is required.

http://www.geocities.com/jes_jm/skyrocket/



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: olivesoft on Aug 13, '04 11:24:47AM
Personally, as a screensaver, I prefer Skyrocket. It is an OpenGL module in which the camera flies around in space, showing the fireworks from all angles. The environment consists of a suburban landscape on the ground, translucent clouds, the moon, stars and distant mountains. It doesn't have sound or keyboard control (in the Mac OS X version), but as a screensaver, it fills the bill for me. Source code is available as well. http://www.geocities.com/jes_jm/skyrocket/

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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: PancakeMan on Aug 13, '04 12:05:20PM

Anybody have a mirror or torrent for this file? We seem to have overloaded the linked site.



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: plbogart on Aug 13, '04 03:02:13PM

I have to agree with "olivesoft" about Skyrocket. I've had that for years on my PeeCee at work and it's a nice use of OpenGL and particles. I was glad to hear it got ported over. The "ground" may be dull but otherwise this is a great saver for OS X. DFX is nice and it's good to see that it's updated but it doesn't compare to Skyrocket.



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: cougar718 on Aug 13, '04 03:30:48PM
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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: mm2270 on Aug 13, '04 09:46:51PM

Here's another link for the SkyRocket saver:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/rss-glx/skyrocket.zip?download



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: mm2270 on Aug 13, '04 09:48:32PM

Ack! Never mind, that appears to be another sourcecode link. Not a usable OS X saver in the fashion it downloads. *sigh*



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: dg37mosxh on Aug 14, '04 01:19:20PM

Actually, that is the original Windows version from which the MacOS version was ported.



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Digital FireworX -- Great indoor fireworks
Authored by: dg37mosxh on Aug 14, '04 01:21:31PM

I meant the version with the '.zip' is the Windows version.



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