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By Jesse Lauro

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Brrr! This winter season has been unusually cold, but we have just the remedy: a warm, beautiful fire to chase away the chill! A click of a button will play a video of a crackling fire that fills your entire screen. Use it to create some atmosphere for a romantic evening, or relax by yourself with a cup of tea after a long day.

• No obvious looping like other Fireplace apps

• Carefully constructed fire with a coal bed that took hours to develop.

• Dual screen function that allows you to enjoy the app on one screen while you work or play on the other.

What's New in Version 1.2

- Takes up less disk space... uses the same great video that you've come to love.

- Consumes A LOT less CPU.

- Nicer icon.


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Customer Reviews

Worth the HD space appropriation

This is my first experience with downloading an app after upgrading to snow leopard. I considered these reviews, and the comments for the other fireplaces as well. My, what a cutthroat dog-eat-dog world the realm of free and ninity-nine cent fake fireplaces is!

My highest hope for this fireplace was to turn it on upon turning in to sleep on what remained of winter nights. My first test of this fireplace disabused me of that notion when the nice crackling sound soon received competition from the sound of my macbook fan going on. I may be overcautious about this, but whenever my fan goes on I stop what I'm doing until it goes off. I took a bit of a chance letting the fire go during a lunch break and there seemed to be no repucussions - but I will never let it go further than that. That said, the fire makes for a very pleasant short duration break. The break in the surprisingly long loop can easily be attributed to the momentary oxygen gasps experienced by real fires. A minor flaw is that the flames seem to blaze a bit unnaturally fast, detracting somewhat from the mellowing effect, but the fan issue had already precluded extended relaxation on my part.

Though the upgrade touted halving the file size, for some reason this didn't reflect in my remaining HD space, but I am still happy to have this app.

Not allowed to start fires in the house :)

Okay pyromaniac here... that coal bed didnt take hrs to make unless it was his first time making one and he was using like drenched driftwood or something. Admittedly I do catch my table on fire with isopropyl alcohol every once in awhile but its to dangerous to keep it burning for too long and it strips the varnish a paint off in a few seconds; so needless to say I'll probably use this in the winter when the snow is to deep to get to a shelter on the AT. Though I won't find a desktop fire quite as fulfilling as chopping the logs with my tomahawk and making myself smell of "man stink," and occasionally torturing the bugs that crawl up my leg while trying to get to sleep (very fun i reccomend beetles they look almost good enough to eat when the heat cracks the shell :))

BTW false advertising this doesn't say lite version so it shouldent have an ad on it and i think its sad what he did to his original buyers sadly they probably didnt get their money back apple only refunds after like 1-2 mo. from my experience.

Also the "far less noticeable loop" is like 30sec long, its harrowed in by the flames in the front disapearing and an obnoxious (completely unlifelike on speakers) wood crack.

Killed by scrolling

I got this app, and occasionally it worked fine, but there were a few problems: one, that its fullscreen mode was other than Lion's fullscreen mode; two, that if I scrolled sideways or up/down, it would glitch up and stop going; three, that if I switched applications when I was in fullscreen mode, it would set itself as my desktop picture, which was cool in itself, but scrolling would still kill it if not on another window. The only way to fix it would be to quit and relaunch. I would reccomend not to download this until this is fixed. The ad so often complained about by other users is not a big deal – fullscreen mode fixes it – but "no obvious looping" is a lie – there is a short pause with no crackle and a frozen image whenever it loops through – just for about half a second, but still noticeable. Please fix these in the next update. It worked in FishTankFree – just do the same thing. Thanks in advance!

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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
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  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 99.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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