Christmas is coming; in fact, it's always coming. Get in the spirit with a festive animated 3D screensaver that also counts down the days until Christmas with 3D Magic Christmas Toy Shop, which turns your desktop into a window on Santa's workshop. It plays music to a variety of animated activities, including a toy train, an elf on a rocking horse, a glittering Christmas tree, and a snowman dancing outside in the cold. You can easily alter the color balance to give, for example, a reddish or greenish glow, and change what falls from the sky. It displays the day, date, year, and time in addition to counting down to C-Day.
The free trial version downloads and installs easily and uninstalls just as neatly, should you decide not to keep it. Clicking Settings on the Screen Saver tab of the Display properties opens the program's colorful, easy-to-use controls. It will play up to 10 MP3s of your choice (the trial version only plays one, actually part of one, "Let It Snow," and it cloys quickly). Most controls are enabled in the trial version; however, the full version is only 10 bucks.
This is just one of many lively 3D animated screensavers from Unique3ddigital, and one of several holiday-themed offerings. It worked perfectly in Windows XP. Unfortunately, while it downloaded, installed, and even previewed in Vista Home Premium SP1, not even several complete uninstalls and reinstalls could get it to show up alongside the rest of the screensavers in the Display properties.
3D Toy Shop slowly comes alive with a moving train, dancing teddy bear, marching toy soldiers, a countdown to Christmas day, functional clock and calendar, a dancing snowman frolics in the falling snow outside and more! Contains realistically modeled 3D animated images and MP3 music file (Let it Snow). Select from falling snow, giant colorful snowflakes, candy canes, sparkles, holly, none or all. Select from pre-set tints or time of day presets to give a morning, evening or night effect, or go wild and make everything purple. Demo contains almost full set of features: sound mute, volume control, background tint, brightness, selectable number, color, size, fade and velocity of falling animations. Have fun customizing this screen saver to your preferences.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.1 was reformatted and compiled for compatibility with 64 bit systems including Vista 64 bit and Windows 7.