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Let It Snow

By ilia

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Bring a Winter Wonderland to your desktop with Let It Snow's realistic snow fall and get into that festive holiday feeling as snow covers your dock and settles on the currently active window whilst you work.


· Realistic snow fall - using a physics engine
· Snow drifts - that build up at the bottom of the screen
· Snow covered windows - snow settles on the currently active window
· Random flurries of snow - so you'd better wrap up warm
· Melting snow - snow disappears after a period of time
· Gusts of wind - for additional realism

A number of preferences let you control how the snow falls:

· Amount - Decide how much snow you want
· Size - Pick bigger or smaller snow flakes
· Speed - Select faster or slower snow
· Flurries - Choose if you more or less flurries of snow
· Thaw - Set how quickly you want the snow to thaw
· Escape bottom - Toggle between snow escaping from the desktop or building up at the bottom of the screen
· Multicolored - Add a bit of colour to your snow flakes
· Settle on active window - Choose if snow settles on the active window
· Gusts - Choose if you want more or less gusts of wind

The app lives in the system bar, a white star near to the volume control in the top-right of the desktop. Clicking on the white star icon gives you access to the preferences, an option to automatically start Let It Snow when you machine starts and the option to quit the app.

For those with two displays, the snow will fall on what OS X considers the main display.

NOTE: The desktop backgrounds in the screenshots are not distributed with the app.

Let it Snow brings a little bit of winter magic to your Mac!

What's New in Version 1.4

* New Feature: Let It Snow now lives in the status bar (near to the volume control) freeing up dock space
* New Feature: Gusts of wind
* Enhancement: Added more realism to the snow that settles on the active window
* Enhancement: A little more snow


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Customer Reviews

Winter Wonderland

I like the app….the concept is great. I’d like to see an option to make it a standard screensaver vs. a separate application but I understand the limitations of the screensaver apps and it probably isn’t possible. It doesn’t seem to impact the performance on my 2013 MacBook Air in any way. I put it in my library/startup items so that it launches automatically at boot. I use this during the winter holidays and it adds a nice touch to your OSX desktop! The latest update puts an icon on your menu bar for easy access to preferences and controls.

Pleasant seasonal effect.

I usually have a photograph that I have taken myself around the city. It is nice to have the snow effect to add to it during the season, this seems to fit the bill. Wouldn’t mind a little more pile up at the bottom before it disappears. I think it was worth the $.99 and don’t regret purchasing it. Will probably keep it off now that Christmas is over, but maybe during the summer it might be nice to have to cool things down a little.

Fun, but a major CPU Hog!

I really enjoy the snowfall on my desktop, but it really hogs the CPU. Let It Snow takes about 10%, but it causes WindowServer to run at least 40-50% of my cpu. My Retina MBP is fine, but my MBA’s fans go crazy until I kill the app. Not sure if anyone else is having these issues, but hopefully it will be addressed in an update. If you are ok with the resources being sacrificed, its a festive app with nice effects.

Let It Snow
View in Mac App Store
  • $0.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2013
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 1.4 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: ilia language services ltd

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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