Liquid Dream
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Liquid Dream

Updated Jun 21, 2007 by Stardock Design


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Yosmel
Comment #1 Thursday, June 21, 2007 4:43 PM
Not a bad dream. Very interesting to play around with all the settings and different wallpapers (especially if you have hundreds of wallpapers such as I do).

Some wallpapers work well with the cloud and night sky reflections and some don't. The backgrounds included in the dream seem to work the best and normally a light toned or bright background will reflect the clouds better while a dark background will reflect the night sky better. All it boils down to is messing with all the different possibilities until you find something that visually pleases you.
jaximflash
Comment #2 Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:05 PM
is there a way to adjust the speed of the rippling? It seems like it could be too much motion for a desktop.
Frogboy
Comment #3 Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:00 PM
is there a way to adjust the speed of the rippling? It seems like it could be too much motion for a desktop.

There's a ton of settings in it that allow for how much it ripples, how fast, etc.

The rippling in the video is much faster than it would be on your desktop (probably an artifact of trying to desktop record).

Armbut
Comment #4 Friday, June 22, 2007 5:02 PM
One effect that would be awesome is if dragging your mouse across the desktop would make the water ripple!


Not to dismiss the Dreams or anything, they're really cool for Windows users, but Beryl (Now Compiz-Fusion) has this same effect. Just hold down the Windows (Super) key and drag your mouse around, you get ripple effects.

Press Shift+F9 and you get the same effect as this dream, really.
Excalpius
Comment #5 Friday, June 22, 2007 10:41 PM
When you drag and drop an icon, or a window for that matter, would be a good times to see the effect too, I would think.

One nice thing about the Beryl effect (which can all be done with Vista if anyone wants to) is the use of such "ripples" as email notifiers, alerts, etc. The idea of replacing the ubiquitous flashing item on the taskbar with a small ripple might be very pleasing indeed.
vStyler
Comment #6 Friday, June 22, 2007 11:31 PM
but Beryl (Now Compiz-Fusion) has this same effect.


Not on Windows it doesn't.. your comparing apples to oranges. 
aufisch
Comment #7 Saturday, June 23, 2007 5:09 AM
This is the best Dream I have seen/used so far and worth every cent. I love how we can tile the wallpapers and that we can change the reflectivity. Outstanding work!
mokeyb
Comment #8 Saturday, June 23, 2007 5:49 AM
I agree, this Dream is brilliant. Worth every penny.

Although I think it would be great to be able to change the reflection image as another user suggested earlier. I also think it would be great if the day / night setting was automatic to synchronise to the time of day. Or even slightly varied lighting conditions, or reflection depending on what time of day.

Or to take it even further. A completely simulated realtime scene that adjusts the lightning and reflection image depending on the time of day and weather. You could even simulate more ripples and droplets if its raining as well as displaying some big storm clouds in the reflection. This dream has a lot of potential.
Excalpius
Comment #9 Saturday, June 23, 2007 5:08 PM
Can you imagine changing the reflected picture to a webcam shot of yourself and then having a friend/client over to see your own face reflected in your rippling desktop? HAHAHA
garsgolfer
Comment #10 Saturday, June 23, 2007 6:26 PM
Not an attractive desktop image for me - especially since I stare at my screen 4-5 days per week; 10 hrs per day when not traveling.  
I.R. Brainiac
Comment #11 Saturday, June 23, 2007 7:42 PM
This looks very cool to me...like John said...being able to change the underlying image is a great touch.  
klxz79
Comment #12 Sunday, June 24, 2007 5:30 PM
I like this dream. It acutally has low resources my CPU usage is usually less than 10% with this thing running while most others are at 40-50% all the time.
xgman
Comment #13 Monday, June 25, 2007 4:44 PM
include this in an object desktop subscription and I'll use it. I'll have to think twice before renewing my subscription this time. For Vista, the value is no longer there for me. Maybe if these premium dreams were included, maybe, but it's slim pickens with OD with Vista as far as real usefullness. I suggest that stardock re-think this a bit.
cmmc
Comment #14 Monday, June 25, 2007 5:44 PM
there should be and option to change the reflection image, and i dontknwo if its posible but if you can make your webcam to reproduce the reflection image that would be Amazing.. just like the Xbox 360 lifecam
elvee
Comment #15 Tuesday, June 26, 2007 6:03 PM
I wish I had Vista Ultimate
KarmaGirl
Comment #16 Friday, June 29, 2007 6:42 AM
include this in an object desktop subscription and I'll use it. I'll have to think twice before renewing my subscription this time. For Vista, the value is no longer there for me. Maybe if these premium dreams were included, maybe, but it's slim pickens with OD with Vista as far as real usefullness. I suggest that stardock re-think this a bit.

Actually, we have discussed this very point in many meetings.  And, one of our options that we were considering as a "value" to our Vista users is to add exclusive content while we are updating everything to Vista.  We weren't sure if this was what customers really want, but it is looking like it is.

KarmaGirl
Comment #17 Friday, June 29, 2007 7:28 AM
This dream is decent, and definately not upto par with the other "master" dreams..
not worth the $10 IMHO

I am not sure how you can critique something without actually having it

This dream is much different, in that you can customize it.  You can choose different backgrounds, including your own, you can choose from two reflections, and you can customize the ripples.

Here are 4 screenshots, all from this same dream:

Frogboy
Comment #18 Sunday, July 01, 2007 12:19 PM
include this in an object desktop subscription and I'll use it. I'll have to think twice before renewing my subscription this time. For Vista, the value is no longer there for me. Maybe if these premium dreams were included, maybe, but it's slim pickens with OD with Vista as far as real usefullness. I suggest that stardock re-think this a bit.

I Desktop Earth is included for Object Desktop users and that's a Premium dream.  Others are on the way as well.

As for Object Desktop on Vista:

  • IconPackager 3.2 changes Vista's icons and is the only program that supports changing living folder icons.
  • WindowBlinds 5.5 works well on Vista and WindowBlinds 6, due this Fall, supports blurring and lots of new features for Vista users.
  • DesktopX 3.5 lets users create sidebar gadgets of any size (even very small ones).
  • If there is a feature in TweakVista that you want, let us know.
  • DeskScapes is part of Object Desktop which is what makes these dynamic dreams that we're discussing possible.
  • LogonStudio for Vista is the only logon changing program I know of for Vista.
  • BootSkin for Vista in in development.
  • Keyboard LaunchPad is still pretty crucial I think whther on XP or Vista.

Personally, if you're not using TweakVista to tune your machine then I don't know what to tell you. I saved a couple hundred megs of RAM using TweakVista.  My desktop machine has no use for a good portion of the default services that Vista loads.

Point being, if you really think Object Desktop on Vista is "slim pickings" then my advice would be to not re-subscribe.  Though personally, I find there a bit of irony in that argument as we discuss this in a thread about dyanmic Dreams that are made possible only because of Object Desktop.

cavalierex
Comment #19 Sunday, July 01, 2007 4:15 PM
Uh-oh!

I've used Liquid Dream for awhile now with no problem. Recently, I had to change wallpaper to a static one, but then I wanted to switch back -- Now, I can't seem to load either the LiquidDream or the photo slideshow dynamic dreams!! Other (video) DeskScapes/DreamScenes work fine, but not the dynamic ones. Whenever I select them, the desktop icons flicker, but nothing happens. Clicking on the link to change the dynamic-dream's settings does nothing, either.

Any thoughts? Any fixes?

Frogboy
Comment #20 Sunday, July 01, 2007 10:43 PM
Have you tried rebooting? Maybe the DWM died?

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