Editors' reviewThis program blends a few nice visual elements with some mediocre ones, resulting in a screensaver that's strictly middle of the road. 3D Fireworks by the Bay shows you a fireworks display set against the skyline of scenic San Francisco. Though the buildings and night sky look realistic, the bursting fireworks and the moving bay waters are decidedly more primitive. We also noticed what we suspect is a geographical inaccuracy, as the famous Coit Tower appears perched atop another skyscraper. The feature set is extremely minimal, letting you only turn the fireworks sounds on or off. 3D Fireworks by the Bay isn't a bad addition to your desktop, but we think it needs more development.
Fireworks shoot up from the water to light the sky over the rippling waters of the San Francisco Bay. Stars twinkle in the sky far above. Red beacons glow brightly and then dim atop buildings as outdoor lights flicker among the various waterfront establishments. The fireworks sound effects match the fireworks, growing louder for larger and nearer fireworks and softer for smaller, far-away ones. Sound can be muted. The program contains animated GIF images, and password protection is provided. The software is available in a variety of sets at a significant per-screensaver discount. It's also available as a free, 3D-animated e-card at www.SanDiegoEcards.com.