Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers offers iPad eye candy

Spoiler alert! If you’re stuck in south Texas, southern California or Florida and need some snow for Christmas, Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers is cheaper than seeding clouds. It may be too cute for your taste, but it’s a cheap way to decorate your mantle. Four Stars.

Your luddite relatives have arrived for the holidays and have already begun to point out that you don’t need a desktop computer, laptop, iPhone and iPad. They make snide comments about extravagance and conspicuous consumption, especially at a time when so many people are out of work.You know better than to point out the fact that their RV has been choking traffic in your street for the last three days and that they haven’t even offered to chip in for the creamer they use to drown the expensive Kopi Luwak coffee your mother bought for your twenty-fifth anniversary and that you had been saving for the celebration1 before they found it rummaging through the back of your closet where you had hidden it because they always help themselves to your most expensive coffee, most expensive wine and expensive scotch while bringing with them as a gift a five dollar bottle of champagne they bought at the convenience store on the corner.Rather than arguing, you simply place your iPad on the mantle to play Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers. You then point out that you can move the display to any place in the house, knowing that they could never do anything so cool with the Gateway laptop they’re still using because they can barely afford the payments on the RV.Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers offers little more than iPad eye candy, but it delivers a lot of eye candy for a dollar. The show consists of twelve photographs and illustrations, some cute and others stunning. This may seem like a slender offering compared to other apps, but the delight is in the slideshow features.

You can create a slideshow of images, or choose a single image for your display.

In addition to controlling the timing and transition, you can create a customized falling snow animation. The snow can consist of as many as eight different flake shapes and you can control the speed of the fall and even the wind speed and force. Once set, you can prop your iPad on the mantle or kitchen counter and let the snow fall until the battery dies (or, if you have a dock, even longer).You can also set the snow fall to appear on a single image and save any of the images (without the snowfall, alas) as a wall paper.

The snow falling animation is nice. Too be honest, I’ve seen better Christmas screen savers on my Mac, but they’re also more expensive. And I have to upgrade with every major OS 10 release as well.

Some of the images are a little too cute, including bears with hearts and sentiments more appropriate to Valentine’s Day. That being said, I know that “too cute” isn’t in some people’s vocabulary, and if someone makes a snide comment I can one up them by saying, “I know. Isn’t it delightfully kitsch?” (Once you play the kitsch card you can’t be topped by any form of cynicism.)If I really wanted to pick I should point out that the app has no Airplay feature. It would also be nice to be able to have the snowfall speed and direction change at random.Other than that, Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers allows you to convert your iPad into an ornament when you’re not using it for anything important. It makes a great centerpiece for your mantle, although I wouldn’t leave it there when the fire is blazing. Nor should you hang your iPad in the tree.

Jenny Manytoes rates Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Christmas Slideshow & Wallpapers. She does this for our sake. It’s one of the few holiday decorations we can enjoy in a cat rescue home. Once we joined Siamese Rescuewe discovered that cats think Christmas trees are toys. As are ornaments. And poinsettias, nativity scenes, scented candles and potpourri, lights, wreaths and, especially, jolly fat ceramic Santas that shatter when knocked off the mantle.

1She didn’t know that the coffee costs more than a hundred dollars a pound because coffee farmers have to hand collect the beans from the feces of Asian civets who eat the entire fruit and pass the beans, undigested, through their intestines but now infused with digestive enzymes that improve the flavor. Otherwise she would have sent a silver tea collection.
Ironically, the bean was discovered by plantation workers who were prohibited from using any of the beans they harvested for plantation owners. Who would have thought the natives were drinking a more delicious brew than their greedy but ignorant owners? Personally, I find this little nugget more useful than the entire review. Aren’t you glad you read the footnotes?back

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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