Realistic Animated Christmas Snowflakes
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Realistic Animated Christmas Snowflakes

Updated Dec 16, 2004 by GreenReaper


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Comment #1 Friday, December 17, 2004 4:38 PM
love this, great work.

Is there anyway I, (as a non programmer) can reduce the size of the snowman or even make him invisible.
Frogboy
Comment #2 Friday, December 17, 2004 5:51 PM
This is awesome!
bbnn
Comment #3 Friday, December 17, 2004 7:39 PM
Great work! i realy like it, good for the summers to
GreenReaper
Comment #4 Friday, December 17, 2004 8:38 PM
mark: If you want him invisible, just right-click the snowman and click Properties, then go to the Relation tab and select Visible: No . . . and DesktopX crashes. OK. Right-click and disable the script first, then go into properties and set the visibility. You should find some script popups occur, just select Enable on all of them. Then it should work. If it doesn't, try right-clicking DesktopX, selecting List Objects, then right-click the GR_Snow_Controller and enable the script. You would also have to edit it there to make it visible if you want to change the options (or delete and re-import, or start a new theme, or edit the DXLocal file manually in your theme directory). You could alternatively change the opacity in States tab/Transparency/Uniform opacity.

Frogboy, bbnn: Thanks! And bbnn, you could use it in autumn if you wanted, just change the flakes to leaves.
GreenReaper
Comment #5 Friday, December 17, 2004 8:57 PM
Whoops, I seem to have broken WC's comment system as well - can't edit that post either. I'm having a good bug-finding night tonight!

Edit: Fixed by Jafo. Yay for Jafo!
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Comment #6 Saturday, December 18, 2004 7:47 PM
I ended up reducing Snowman.png to icon size, it works great. Changing the tranperancy had me hunting the desktop for the object. Thanks for a great addition to my desktop
Iben
Comment #7 Monday, December 20, 2004 1:44 AM
Really cool great work!!
Yrgal
Comment #8 Monday, December 20, 2004 10:55 AM
Excellent! Runs so smooth and the feeling of snow is just right!
Tombala
Comment #9 Monday, December 20, 2004 1:09 PM
GreenReaper! it's always so much fun to see other programmers that just do stuff for a challange and fun! I am also the type of person that likes fancy algorithmic stuff and really enjoyed your snowflakes article as well as the flakes themselves.

Hope to see more stuff from you soon... How about some leaf simulation or grass field with grass blades bending in the wind?
GreenReaper
Comment #10 Monday, December 20, 2004 2:07 PM
Tombala: Hehe, well I'm looking at a few ideas - although I have a few other things I have to do first, like deal with this "christmas" thing . . . *grins*
flipdoubt
Comment #11 Tuesday, December 21, 2004 4:35 PM
Firstly, this is awesome.

Secondly, if you think the snowman is just a bit too big or obtrusive, try changing the graphic to one of the bigger snowflakes that is part of the Snowflake object that comes with DX. I choose Snowflake(7).png. You really need an icon to make it easier to delete or configure, and a slightly different snowflake works well.
DorcasGood
Comment #12 Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:33 PM
My "Current Flake Count" never goes over 30. How do I get more flakes on the screen? I've tried the settings from the screenshot but they didn't make a difference.
GreenReaper
Comment #13 Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:56 PM
Dorcas: Chances are, you have not set IconX mode or hide desktop icons mode as instructed in the description. If you do not performance will be really bad and it will not be able to do more than 30 before using up all of your CPU. This is because it has to create each snowflake as a separate window in that case, and moving 30 windows around the screen 20 times a second is quite a lot of work for it.

If you have, and it is not using up all of your CPU, but is not going over 30, then there is some other problem - perhaps something is using a lot of CPU for short moments, which could stop it increasing. Or you have a Pentium II 200 Mhz.
DorcasGood
Comment #14 Thursday, December 23, 2004 5:29 PM
D'oh, thanks. I skipped over some of the instructions when I saw IconX because I don't have it installed. I skipped too far
XX
Comment #15 Saturday, December 25, 2004 5:31 PM
Amazing snow! I LOVE it!!

This is so realistic snowy and windy day simulation I ever seen.


http://images2.stardock.com/X/XX/Desktop.jpg My desktop, it uses my Crystalized desktop, ApptLinearCalendear, and your object.
os1smith
Comment #16 Sunday, December 11, 2005 3:44 AM
This is very cool!!!!

What settings are you people mostly using, I have a amd64 and radeon video board, been playing with the settings and can't find anything that works really good. had it upto 850 flake count one time, but cpu was max.
th3shur1k3n
Comment #17 Friday, November 17, 2006 5:46 AM
hey this is awesome! perfect for the upcoming season and it even couples well with Island Dog's Christmas lights objects! ty.
GreenReaper
Comment #18 Thursday, February 01, 2007 5:53 PM
The files are probably kept in the %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Stardock\DesktopX\CurrentTheme folder (go to start/run then put that in). You can also just download the dxpack, open it up in a zip program, and replace the images.
RickJP
Comment #19 Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:46 AM
will be using this this year what ever the desktop ends up with this will add to it.
thanks


RE snowman to big or not wanting it on screen simple way (and in my case thats best)
is to just pick it up with mouse and slid it off side of screen
iBookChick
Comment #20 Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:08 PM
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... This still rocks, even three years later. Great work, GreenReaper!

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