Decorative - Festive Lights

Description: Decorate your Dashboard. This widget dresses your Mac in elegant animated lights with over a dozen motion patterns including blink, twinkle, chase, and more. Install custom lightsets to suit every season and taste—from Christmas to Hanukkah, St. Patrick’s Day to the 4th of July.

Festive Lights offers you every adjustment you could hope for, from the set and pattern to placement, scale, speed, and animation parameters, so download it now and get festive!
Author: esqwuared
Version: 5.01
New in v5.01: - Attribution tag gives credit to creators of custom lightsets
- Six new light patterns, including new dimming patterns for elegant fading lights
- Improved lightset removal support
- Updated standard lightsets are livelier than ever before
- Animated tags add a bit of festive flair
- New rendering engine with improved performance
- Improved multi-monitor behavior
- Simplified lightset format makes creating custom lightsets even easier
- Minor bug fixes
Uploaded on: December 15th 2009 at 11:37 PM
Rating: (4.76 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 5423 (all versions), 1075 (this version)
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Very cool!

Posted by: elbis on Dec 17, 05 (4:37 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Not much else to say, good job! smiley

Posted by: SiliconX on Dec 17, 05 (4:48 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Wow! Love it! Looking forward to seeing the updates you've got planned.

Posted by: neeKlamy on Dec 17, 05 (6:09 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Sweet! smiley

Posted by: seb2 on Dec 17, 05 (6:17 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

WOW!!! Beautiful!

Posted by: jazzman34653 on Dec 17, 05 (7:38 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Great. smiley

Posted by: SanHolo on Dec 17, 05 (9:24 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I like itsmiley
My only question/complaint is that I noticed it was using 60% of available CPU on my 1.67 Ghz Powerbook G4 when dashboard is hidden (dropped to 30% when I opened dashboard). Maybe you can set the widget to freeze when dashboard hides in a future version?

Thats my only complaint, otherwise I love itsmiley

Posted by: Snowball on Dec 17, 05 (11:09 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Whoah, that thing's a guzzler! It doesn't take up nearly THAT much on my G5, but it does consume the most memory and CPU usage of any of my widgets, and I have quite a few! smiley

Posted by: SiliconX on Dec 18, 05 (12:26 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Sorry about that. I forgot I had removed that check at one point, so an update will fix the CPU usage shortly.

It will also add another slider, with nice effect.

The custom light sets are nearly finished, but I'm going to wait to make that official for a bit while I perfect it.

- Eben

Posted by: esqwuared (developer) on Dec 18, 05 (3:00 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Nice one

Posted by: sighmansea on Dec 18, 05 (5:06 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I like it! One thing I would like is a slightly larger frame. I use the 1280x960 screen setting on my eMac, and there is a slight margin between the string of lights and the actual edge of the screen. A teeny bit is good, but it's too much.

Can you also add an option to make the lights a bit smaller?

Posted by: jtbandes on Dec 18, 05 (5:58 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

jtbandes -

I think both of your concerns can be directly addressed by slightly altering the actual graphics themselves. The code itself is setup to pull the graphics to the edge, and also dynamically places lights to fill the screen, regardless of their size.

I'll be releasing an update allowing installation of custom lightsets. In the meantime, however, if you have access to image editing tools you can simly scale the graphics inside the widget bundle accordingly to get some smaller lights. (control-click the widget bundle and show package contents).

- Eben

Posted by: esqwuared (developer) on Dec 18, 05 (7:14 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Another problem, it's not saving my settings when I restart Dashboard.

Posted by: SiliconX on Dec 18, 05 (7:34 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

siliconX -

You are correct. I rushed out a working version first because I wanted people to have it in time for Christmas (imagine that). Anyway, I intend to implement preferences for it when I release the version that includes custom lightsets, in a few days.

- Eben

Posted by: esqwuared (developer) on Dec 18, 05 (7:51 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Ah, much better, thanks man smiley I can play games without having to close thissmiley

I like the custom lights idea.. that way we can have this open for easter and other holidayssmiley


Great work
-Snow

Posted by: Snowball on Dec 18, 05 (8:38 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Great widget!
The link here is for the older version though! I downloaded 1.1 from the developer's web site!

Posted by: mahrer96 on Dec 19, 05 (1:46 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

i can't close mine at all, the close button goe's psycho if i get anywhere near it.

Posted by: jeffl89 on Dec 19, 05 (9:23 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Love it!

Posted by: EricNau on Dec 21, 05 (8:08 AM) for version 2.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

CPU usage is still too high! If the computer is idling, it seems to be at about .4%, but as soon as the user moves his/her mouse (when NOT is Dashboard) the usage of that widget can jump to almost 20%!

Posted by: EricNau on Dec 21, 05 (8:29 AM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

EricNau -

Unfortunately I can't seem to reproduce the problem you're seeing. My CPU usage wieghs in around 15% when dashboard is running, but is a constant 0 otherwise, regardless of other factors.

Has anyone else witnessed this?

- Eben

Posted by: esqwuared (developer) on Dec 21, 05 (9:09 AM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

Where's the "additional slider"? In th enew version I don't even have the old sliders.

Posted by: dturley on Dec 21, 05 (1:17 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

dturley -

That's confusing to me. Confirm for me that you do have 2.0 installed, with the white rectangular info tag instead of the square black one.

If that's true, then the sliders should appear beneath the pulldown menus whenever "Blink, Twinkle, or Chase" is selected as the mode.

If, for some reason, you don't find these there, please send me an email via my website (click the little "im" tag on the lights) so I can deal directly with you in troubleshooting. We'll figure it out.

Thanks.

- Eben

Posted by: esqwuared (developer) on Dec 21, 05 (4:08 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

took a little while but I got it going... great update!

Posted by: wapittma on Dec 21, 05 (4:26 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Fixed. From the developer:
"Hi. I wanted to give you some feedback on your post. As it turns out,
it was my fault: I accidentally set the default preference for mode to
"twinkling" instead of "twinkle", which confused it.

Switching to another more and then back should give you the sliders."

Posted by: dturley on Dec 21, 05 (6:40 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

esqwuared -

I can't seem to re-create it. Maybe my computer was just acting up. Right now when dashboard is closed it's only using about 0.20% (on my iMac G5), which is no big deal.

Great widget!

Posted by: EricNau on Dec 21, 05 (8:55 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

esqwuared -

It's doing it again!

To re-create my scenario, try placing the lights BEHIND all of you other widgets. Then (with activity monitor open) and dashboard closed, you should see the usage at around 15%, the faster you move your mouse, the higher the usage for that widget.

For the record: I'm on the colored, twinkle mode.
Scale & Speed sliders are in the middle. Density is almost minimal.

Posted by: EricNau on Dec 21, 05 (9:01 PM) for version 2.0 (previous version)  

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