By Jesse Lauro
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
This is the premium version our popular free Fireplace app.
We sincerely believe it is the best Fireplace app available
on the Mac App store.
This app features:
• 4 original fireplace videos (3 brand new fires and the classic fire from the "Fireplace" app)
• New hardware acceleration to reduce the load on your computer
• Full HD quality video
• Stereo sound, so you can experience the full crackle
• Dual screen function that allows you to enjoy the app on one screen while you work or play on the other.
• No obvious looping, unlike other fireplace apps
• No stock footage bought online like other apps
I almost never bother to review - well, actually, I don't think I have EVER bothered to review an app, but I had to write in and thank the makers for this one. I've searched high and low for a good fireplace emulator (would have settled for decent), but all I've ever found were so-so graphics looped embarrassingly badly and sound like crackly plastic cups crunched in my hands.
This fireplace is so real, I almost felt the heat on my face. It looks and sounds more like video of a fireplace looped so seamlessly that I almost fell asleep watching before I caught the skip signalling it had looped back. This is a completely realistic emulation - the flickering flames mesmerized me, startling me every now and then when a log popped and spit a flaming piece of itself at the glowing embers underneath the pile. The sound was perfectly in sync with the image on screen. I was even able to play my smoky jazz low in the background. I couldn't have asked for a better experience - I'd pay many more times what I did. This IS a fireplace, sans the mess and heat. Trust someone too lazy to ever bother reviewing and buy this. You'll be so glad you did.
Its a nice app, but its not a seemless loop. At least not on my Gen 3 mac mini. There is a noticable stutter around every 6 seconds or so. Its not a deal breaker but it is noticeable. All in all, Im happy with my purchase.
Those of you complaining the the fire seems washed out, you have to remember that the clasic fire and the camp fire are real wood fires and will have more red in it and more depth of color because burning wood releases gasses that affect the color of the flame. The Modern fire and the Stone age fire are gas fires. Either propane or natural gas. Because of this, the color will be lighter and have little color variation than you would see in a wood fire. These can seem more washed out.
Really Sets the Mood!
My girlfriend and I were looking for something to set the mood in our living room during the depressing winter months. This app really fits the ticket! The crackles and pops really compliment the vibrant HD-quality fire video, mixed with some quiet holiday music really warm up the place on a cold winter's day -- transforming your dismal den into a cozy winter cabin.
For a perfect evening, just fire up (no pun intended) this app, add some spirits (warm preferred) and a nice cozy place to cuddle and you've got a terrific evening with someone special.
- Category: Entertainment
- Released: Mar 10, 2011
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 139 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jesse Lauro
- © 2011, Jesse Lauro
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later