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klind75997 06-03-2011 04:39 PM

I can't wait for the installer version. I want it to be in my screen saver like the other version. It (Beta 12d) is on my desktop now for me to click on and look at periodicaly. I just hope the final installed version does not take too long to come forth.

engelens 06-03-2011 05:03 PM

Thank you for Harvey! He looks great!:)

G600 06-03-2011 05:16 PM

Yes, the zebra moray eel really adds to MA, finally the cave is inhabited!:)
But the eyes are quite static; I wonder if this is typical of this kind of eel.

Jim Sachs 06-03-2011 06:56 PM

Klind - The installer version won't do anything you can't easily do yourself. If you want the new version as your screensaver, you have two options. You could simply replace the old MarineAquarium3.scr file with the new one. This is the cleanest way, but it requires finding the old file (it's usually in C:/Windows/System32, but newer operating systems can put it elsewhere).
The second method is even easier - just right-click the file and choose Install. This tells Windows to use the program in its current location. The only disadvantage is that if you switch to a different screensaver, your original version of MA3 would still be the one which shows up on the list. No real problem, you could simply right-click/install again.

jleslie 06-04-2011 01:28 AM

Thanks Jim - very impressive!

spetro 06-04-2011 03:19 AM

Whoa Nellie.....How cool is this!!!!!!!:TU:

edit>> I have found one major flaw. All my fish look VERY nervous when they swim past the cave now.

Andy Lavies 06-04-2011 10:16 AM

My fish don't look a bit nervous - somebody told them that Harvey's tail is superglued to the cave. Poor blighter must be getting hungry by now and can't do anything about it :)

Thanks, Jim!

flip 06-05-2011 12:46 AM

Personally I think it has more character now with that Eel

Nasty looking things those Eels.

I have caught a few Morays over the years you dont release them just cut the line and drop them back.


Jean-Pierre Marro 06-05-2011 08:19 AM

Hello Jim,
Thank you for giving us the possibility of downloading "Harvey" with (12D Beta) this moray eel is magnificent …
I waited and I saw him(it) going out of the cave …
Beautiful work … BRAVO!!

Wesjack2 06-07-2011 06:07 PM

Deep Cool
Looks great -- Very nicely done !!

Thanks :)

srelliott 06-18-2011 10:42 AM

Every little bit helps....
Hi Jim,

This thread originally started out as "what's next" and I saw all the concern about loss of sales. So, I just wanted to let you know that I've decided to upgrade to try and help you weather the financial storm.

Love the eel and keep up the good work. Best of luck to you.


Jim Sachs 06-18-2011 12:26 PM

Thanks, Shannon. Every little bit helps!

snorkler 08-17-2011 10:48 PM

Haven't been to the forum in a while. The eel is great!
Next is a freshwater?? What happened to the creature packs? the live anemone? a starfish that moves? schooling? improved fish movement?
No offense (I love this simulation!) but there is already a very good freshwater sim out there!
I was hoping to be able to purchase add-ons to SSA for some time to come!


Jim Sachs 08-18-2011 01:33 AM

Yes, there's a very good freshwater program out there, but I don't get anything from that one :)

So, it's time for me to continue the original plan and work on my own version.

ESHIREY 08-18-2011 10:22 AM

And we are all waiting for it. If it's anything like the Salt water one it will truly be a WOW factor of 100.

snorkler 08-18-2011 08:01 PM

Sorry to be a pest - but will there be creature packs?
Is Marine Aquarium a "finished" product?
I know Jim does not get anything from the "other" freshwater aquarium but, IMHO, creature packs would be a better way to go than a completely new product. I would even prefer a butterfly garden to another aquarium!!

Thanks, Michael

Jim Sachs 08-18-2011 09:03 PM

Most of the technology from the Marine Aquarium can be re-used in a Freshwater Aquarium. A Butterfly Habitat would mean starting completely from scratch. There are major technical hurdles regarding the butterly movement, which no one has even come close to getting right.

I do still plan to create Creature Packs for both products, as well as the occasional free addition like the eel.

snorkler 08-19-2011 08:00 PM

Sign me up for the creatures!
Would LOVE a butterfly garden but it sounds like that may not happen.
Thanks for the replies and for Harvey!


hayc59 08-21-2011 10:28 AM

Jim thanks for the eel!!
nice add-on ;)

Jim Sachs 08-21-2011 12:06 PM

You're welcome!

jleslie 10-03-2011 10:03 AM

BTW on the 3D Blu-ray topic from earlier in this thread, Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 11 has 3D Blu-ray support, inc authoring to disk, and runs about $130.

Jim Sachs 10-03-2011 10:38 AM

Thanks, John - I checked it out. It still requires other high-end software, and won't work for me. The first user comment on the Amazon page explains why:

feldon34 10-03-2011 12:26 PM

It took years and years before DVD authoring software under $2,000 fully supported the spec.

I think your best bet is to find an authoring house who will do this work for you. You have the special version of MA3 built that will export a stream of BMP or TGA files for each eye, right?

jleslie 10-03-2011 01:33 PM

Is there a trial - if so you could see what it gives you and perhaps use the result to get someone to finance a full version? 960x1080 isn't bad as resolution goes...

i do agree the whole side-by-side thing is a bit of a frig, as the Blu-ray spec says 3D is two full 1920x1080 frames and this is just letting the TV interpret a 2D pic...

Jim Sachs 10-03-2011 04:54 PM

Morgan - I already have a version of MA3 which will export the frames, I just need them encoded onto into a 3D Blu-Ray disc. Authoring houses are far too expensive and out of the question.

John - Sony Blu-print does have a free trial, but the requirements are probably pretty severe, seeing as the price is $50,000 per license.

jleslie 10-04-2011 02:24 AM

Jim - I meant use Vegas to make a side-by-side demo as a proof-of-concept and use that to get someone to fund a full-blown one. (Or maybe just sell them if you are happy with how they look, with a free upgrade if the full one does happen.)

Jim Sachs 10-04-2011 03:11 AM

I'll look into Vegas some more, but I'm not too hopeful of getting something that will just pop into a machine at Best Buy and run in perfect 3D.

As far as getting someone to fund anything...hahahaha :)

scooby 10-09-2011 10:47 AM

Hi there pls someone, i purchased this screensaver along time ago and i have lost my code please help...

patscarr 10-09-2011 11:28 AM

lost keycodes

snorkler 10-09-2011 09:42 PM

Please, I apologize if this offends anyone. I would much prefer improved fish movement (would this not carry over to the freshwater aquarium?) to anything "3D". More creatures, a live starfish, much seems to have been set aside. Just my opinion and I won't bother you all again!


Iwantfish2 11-03-2011 01:25 AM

I was reading through this thread earlier. I saw where you talked about your financial problems with the recession and sales being down. I was on the site before, I had bought a hard copy of GoldFish on ebay for $10 and it came with a hard copy of marine Aquarium 2.0. I just purchased Marine Aquarium 3. I bought a new laptop a few months back. So I thought I would give MA3 a try. It is wonderful. Even better then the older version. The fish and everything look even more gorgeous then before.

I have a youtube channel that gets quite alot of views. Though I only have 1 youtube video posted. I will make a video of the screen saver and post where to buy it at in links. I hope it will help some. Everyone else should do the same if they like. Also do whatever you can to push the videos into popularity. Youtube is like free advertising. I also post on alot of popular channels and videos made by popular people.

Jim Sachs 11-03-2011 08:58 AM

Thanks, it couldn't hurt. There are actually a lot of YouTube videos which feature the Aquarium or movies that it has been used in, but so far none have really done us much good.

By the way, MA3 will have a fairly prominent role in the new Series "Invention USA" on the History Channel, set to premiere Dec 9.

ESHIREY 11-03-2011 09:02 AM

Cool. I'll have to check it out.

Mith 11-03-2011 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by snorkler (Post 135473)
Please, I apologize if this offends anyone. I would much prefer improved fish movement (would this not carry over to the freshwater aquarium?) to anything "3D". More creatures, a live starfish, much seems to have been set aside. Just my opinion and I won't bother you all again!


Agreed agreed agreed agreed agreed agreed agreed!!!!!!!!!

ahankamer 05-27-2012 04:54 AM

Best I've ever seen
Speaking as someone who had a real 250 gal. saltwater tank for over 7 years, I can tell you that I'd rather have yours! Seriously, I look into every "aquarium" desktop application I run across anywhere, and I've not seen anything that even comes close to yours. It really is amazing, and I agree that if you can just get the word out, people would definitely buy it, and for more than $19.95. Especially if you follow through with the fish behavoirs (schooling, grazing etc.). Hand Feeding is a great idea. As are add-on fish/coral packs. I know I would spend money on them. Your work is so far superior to anything else out there, it would be a crying shame to just let it fall by the wayside. It's almost as good for lowering blood pressure as petting a dog.

Believe me, anyone who used to have a saltwater tank would buy it. The viewing enjoyment is quite comparable, without the incredible expense and anxiety that a real tank entails. (People who still do have real tanks don't have free time for anything but testing, treating & changing water, lighting, etc.) Please don't quit! If you put it out there, I'll buy it and convince every one of my friends and co-workers to do the same! Really!

Jim Sachs 05-28-2012 09:15 AM

Thanks for the kind words.

russnjan 06-17-2012 09:52 AM

Jim/Feldon - a quick question

For years now I've prgressed through the various incarnations of MA, and marvelled at the work done to gvet it where it is today.

You will always have my support from "Down Under".

What I found today disturbs me somewhat, so I thought I'd ask the question and get the answer straight from the fish's mouth, so to speak.

I came across MA3Lite being given away for free !!!

Didn't seem right to me, so I thought I'd c heck ......

contains legal software that can be used by criminals for damaging your computer or personal data
Message generated: 12:58:06 AM

Is this right ???



Ralph 06-17-2012 12:29 PM

Clicking that link.. starts a download that then comes up with an error message about not being compatible with SeaMonkey V2. (my browser).

I would caution anyone about downloading this.

Jim Sachs 06-17-2012 01:01 PM

I have a deal with Mindspark under which I wrote a 'Lite' version of Marine Aquarium and allow them to give it away to customers willing to install their toolbar. Both the program and the toolbar contain links to buy the full program. This lite version is about the same as what you get when you run MA without a Key Code.

feldon34 06-17-2012 01:03 PM

Marine Aquarium Lite is a legitimate free trial of the Aquarium available through MyWebSearch aka Mindspark. The official website is here:

Browser search bars have a well-earned reputation as being vectors for malware, but in this case, it's an official deal. As far as I can tell, MyWebSearch doesn't do anything with your data that Google doesn't do tenfold.

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