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March 26, 2017
 
  March 14
 
Marine Aquarium 3.3 Now for the Android.
Android fans around the world can now enjoy the long-awaited Marine Aquarium 3.3 Screensaver and art technology from Prolific Publishing, Inc.


High Definition art feels like you are punching a hole through to another universe with your smartphone or tablet.

Daydream mode brings the aquarium to life when your phone sleeps.

Or amaze your friends with a fully animated wallpaper unlike anything anyone has ever seen.


Get yours today.



 
  October 26, 2009
 
Marine Aquarium 3.0 Now for the Mac!
Mac fans world-wide can now enjoy the long-awaited Marine Aquarium 3.0 Screensaver from Prolific Publishing, Inc.

Like the PC version, enjoy a tank so wide, and so huge, your screen has to scroll to view it and you can fill it with 30 fish! Wait, it gets better, search your iTunes library and play your favorite songs in the background.

Get yours today!
 
  February 12, 2009
 
Marine Aquarium 3.0 Released!
Prolific Publishing, Inc. is pleased to introduce the much-anticipated Marine Aquarium 3.0 (Beta) Screensaver. While at first glance you might not notice any difference, this tank is truly unbelievable! It is not just an update to previous versions, the entire program has been re-written from the ground up as a full 3D environment, taking advantage of the increased capabilities of modern video cards. Absolutely stunning on dual monitors.

Imagine a hyper realistic tropical fish tank, so wide; your screen has to scroll to view it! And playing in the background is your favorite song. This is “Scuba Diving without getting wet”!

This dramatic new tank is so huge you can fill it with 30 fish! And for the first time ever, you can upload your music files to play in the background.

 
  July 25, 2008
 
Professor Randy Pausch Died Today
Professor Randy Pausch died today of complications revolving around his pancreatic cancer. He was an amazing individual and if you haven't seen his the "Last Lecture" given at Carnegie Mellon University, sit down for the next 76 minutes and be inspired with just about everything.




Here is his lecture on YouTube


Here is his home page

Jim Sachs, the wonderful creator and artist behind Marine Aquarium was able to gift the professor the screensaver back in February of this year. Apparently he loved it.

At times like these, we are reminded that death gives life meaning. Professor Pausch lived his life fully, with perseverance. Do you?
 
  May 15, 2008
 
Short, but Cute!
This video is really short. In fact, the credits are about half of the video, but cute none-the-less it is!


Thanks to Kenneth!
 
  February 28, 2008
 
Screen Swat!
It is a little dark but we have our first video submission!


Thanks Sue and your kitty too!
 
  February 14, 2008
 
Cats in Motion Part lll
Looks like things are on a roll! Just in time for Valentine'S DAY here is Alex entry on YouTube.


Thanks Alex!
 
  February 08, 2008
 
Cats in Motion Part ll
Patrick just made an easy $50! With his "Stray Cat Strut" kitty video on YouTube.



You can do it too! Just post your cat video to YouTube and add our website address, www.SereneScreen.com. We will give you $50. How easy is that?
Does your cat swat the screen? You get $100!
Details: The first 10 distinctly different cats and people will win. Our web address has to be up for at least 5 seconds and should read: www.SereneScreen.com
PPSSSTT...It can be a hand held sign!
Email 'catlover at prolific com' and include this information:
Your Name
Address
Link to video
Where to send the $$

Thanks Patrick!
 
  May 21, 2007
 
Customer Impresses Wife
Has this ever happened to you?

Last night I left the volume turned up and my wife woke me up in the middle night telling me that a water pipe had burst. She insisted that I go outside and turn off the water. What a hoot!

I turned the volume down and she was amazed at how fast I had fixed the plumbing!


From a recently retired District Attorney in Modesto, CA. Have a funny story? Forward to service@serenescreen.com
 
  February 07, 2007
 
Cats in Motion
Have you seen these pictures our customers have sent in of their cats and Marine Aquarium? Sooner or later it was bound to happen, people posting videos of their cats and our fish.

Here are some of our favorites.

On YouTube This person added appropriate background music as well, Year of the Cat by Al Stewart & Peter Wood
Persian Cat Fishing

Have you got a video of your cat and our program? If you post it to YouTube and add our website address, www.SereneScreen.com, we will give you $50. Does your cat swat the screen? We will give you $100. Details: The first 10 distinctly different cats and people will win. Our web address has to be up for at least 5 seconds and should read: www.SereneScreen.com, and look something like this:
Details: The first 10 distinctly different cats and people will win. Our web address has to be up for at least 5 seconds and should read: www.serenescreen.com, and look something like this:



It can be a hand held sign. Email 'catlover at prolific com' and include this information:
Your Name
Address
Link to video
This offer is for a limited time, so turn on your favorite fish and start herding cats! We will update our website with entries as they come in! All decisions are final.
 
  June 15, 2005
 
Marine Aquarium Sighting...
The Cannes Film Festival, the World's Most Prestigious Film Festival, ran from May 11th to May 22nd this year. It is a non-public Festival that movie producers use to launch their new films in attempts to sell their works to distributors that come from all over the globe. Many movie stars attend as well, providing much fan-fare for the paparazzi and press.

In the Official Press Room, Marine Aquarium was front and center, installed on 45 computers, as it waited for the International Cinema Press, about 800 journalists, to come in and type their reports. What did the journalists have to say about the fish? Everyone loved them!
 
  March 03, 2005
 
Marine Aquarium Sighting...
Watch Monday, March 14th, on NBC when the Marine Aquarium makes itself known on the hit television show Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a fast-paced, sexy drama that follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of "Sin City's" largest resorts and casinos The Montecito. Marine Aquarium is schedule for a recurring role on this popular program.

Also, keep a look out for Marine Aquarium in the upcoming theatrical release of "The Wrong Element" staring Harrison Ford! With his family held for ransom, the head security executive for a global bank is commanded to loot his own business for millions in order to ensure his wife and children's safety. He then faces the demanding task of thwarting the kidnapper's grand scheme, which makes him look guilty of embezzlement. The Wrong Element featuring Marine Aquarium is currently scheduled for release in 2005.
 
  February 22, 2005
 
Marine Aquarium Now Available for your Pocket PC
Prolific Publishing, the maker of the blockbuster hits "SereneScreen Marine Aquarium" and "LifeGlobe Goldfish Aquarium", updates its product line with the much anticipated release of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium for your Pocket PC.

Marine Aquarium PPC features four of the original twenty six fish from the original Marine Aquarium with two available on the screen at once. The Addis Butterfly Fish, Copperbanded Butterfly Fish, Longfin Bannerfish or Threadfin Butterflyfish will swim across your PPC while a crystal clock displays the current time. Marine Aquarium PPC was designed as "cradle-ware" for you to enjoy while you work on your computer.

Marine Aquarium PPC is available only from http://www.serenescreen.com for the special price of $9.95. As a special promotion, if you purchase any of the Marine Aquarium Products, you may purchase Marine Aquarium PPC for only $4.95. This is over 50% off of the original retail price.

The best deal on the Internet just got a little bit better, and your Pocket PC will be the envy of all, with the release of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium for your Pocket PC.
 
  June 14, 2004
 
Prolific Publishing, Inc. announces the release of Marine Aquarium 2 MD for Windows.
Prolific Publishing, Inc., the proud publisher of "Marine Aquarium 2" and "Sharks, Terrors of the Deep", is pleased to announce the release of its first Multi-Display product: Marine Aquarium 2 MD for Windows.

Our first MD enhanced product, Marine Aquarium 2 MD is specifically built at the request of our customers who own wide screen monitors, wide screen laptops or multiple monitors on their PCs. Our Macintosh users have already been enjoying wide screen features.

We at Prolific Publishing continue to improve our product line of award winning software. Marine Aquarium 2 MD is free for all of our Marine Aquarium 2.0 customers.
 
  June 14, 2004
 
Prolific Publishing, Inc. is excited to release the new Marine Aquarium TIME 2.0 for Windows.
Prolific Publishing, the maker of the blockbuster hits "SereneScreen Marine Aquarium and "LifeGlobe Goldfish Aquarium, updates its product line with the much anticipated release of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium TIME 2.0, for Microsoft Windows.

Marine Aquarium Time 2.0 features the same twenty one fish from the original Marine Aquarium, and boasts the addition of the five new fish. The five new fish that have been added to the tank are an Emperor Angelfish, Blue Ring Angelfish, Red Fin Butterfly fish, Rock Beauty Angelfish, and Squarespot Anthias, increasing the number of fish in Marine Aquarium Time 2.0 to twenty six. Users may now enjoy the expanded livestock configurations these five new fish provide.

Our now world-famous aquarium crystal clock received a face lift as well. Previously only available as a special order, any of our customers can import his or her own corporate logo into Marine Aquarium Time 2.0 and watch it cycle along with a Tiffany-style clock, a calendar, and a day-date-time page. Your computer can now tell time in a compelling and beautiful way!

As a special gift to our valued customers, Prolific Publishing has decided to make Marine Aquarium Time 2.0 free for all owners of Marine Aquarium Time 1.0.

 
  March 03, 2004
 
Marine Aquarium to be part of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION!
Watch this Sunday, March 7th, on ABC when the EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME CREW remodels the 'Mendoza' House.

The show's design team is lead by Ty Pennington, who developed a strong fan base on the cable hit "Trading Spaces." Was it his good looks or drill-wielding ability? Watch and find out! Other successful remodeling shows on TV remodel a room or two at a time. These guys they do a full house remodel, taking the structure down to the studs and rebuilding it in 7 short days, while the family is sent away on vacation!

One of the rooms, for the daughter, will be done in you guessed it, an underwater theme. Since real salt-water aquariums can be expensive and demanding on a young girl's time, the design team decided on not just one flat panel screen, but three! And to add that finishing realistic touch. Watch and see if your favorite Marine Aquarium fish is featured!

 
  July 31, 2003
 
Marine Aquarium Sighting...
The Marine Aquarium is being featured on the TV show "Big Brother 4" on CBS. It is on a large vertically-oriented flat panel display.
 
  April 24, 2003
 
Prolific Publishing is excited to release Marine Aquarium TIME for Mac OS X and OS 9.
Marine Aquarium TIME has a "crystal" embedded within the coral in the aquarium. On the crystal, we've "etched" and alternately cycle, a Tiffany-style clock, a calendar, and a day-date-time page, synchronized to your computer. Your computer can now tell time in a compelling and beautiful way! View just one of the different etchings, or set it to cycle through all three.

We are very happy to include this release in THE GREAT DEAL. All owners of Marine Aquarium V2.0 are eligible to receive a $10.00 discount off Marine Aquarium TIME's regular price of $19.95. It may also be purchased as part of a Macintosh Bundle of Marine Aquarium V2.0 and TIME, priced at $29.95.

With 21 fish, TIME has all the same functions of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Please click to www.SereneScreen.com to find all the information plus screen shots of this new release for the Mac. TIME is regularly priced at $19.95.

 
  April 21, 2003
 
Prolific Publishing announces The Great Deal as it releases the much anticipated SereneScreen Marine Aquarium TIME
Prolific Publishing, Inc. is excited to announce The Great Deal, which provides discounts for new purchasers of the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium products and an incredible gift of half price off of the newly released TIME for those who already own Marine Aquarium v2.0 . Under this program, those new to the product line will pay only $29.95 when they buy both SereneScreen Marine Aquarium V 2.0 + Marine Aquarium TIME. For those who already enjoy the beauty of Marine Aquarium v2.0 and have been patiently awaiting the release of TIME, the company is offering this product for half price! The Great Deal is offered for a limited time.

Marine Aquarium TIME has a "crystal" embedded within the coral in the aquarium. On the crystal, we've "etched" and alternately cycle, a Tiffany-style clock, a calendar, and a day-date-time page, synchronized to your computer. Your computer can now tell time in a compelling and beautiful way! View just one of the different etchings, or set it to cycle through all three.

With 21 fish, TIME has all the same functions of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Please click to www.SereneScreen.com to find all the information plus screen shots of this new release. TIME is regularly priced at $19.95.

 
  April 17, 2003
 
Prolific Publishing releases SereneScreen Marine Aquarium TIME and announces The Great Deal!
Prolific Publishing, the maker of the blockbuster hit SereneScreen Marine Aquarium, adds to its product line up the much anticipated release of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium TIME.

Marine Aquarium TIME has a "crystal" embedded within the coral in the aquarium. On the crystal, we have "etched" and alternately cycle, a Tiffany-style clock, a calendar, and a day-date-time page, synchronized to your computer. Your computer can now tell time in a compelling and beautiful way! View just one of the different etchings, or set it to cycle through all three.

With 21 fish, TIME has all the same functions of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Please visit to www.SereneScreen.com to find all the information plus screen shots of this new release. TIME is priced at $19.95.

Along with the release of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium TIME, Prolific announces The Great Deal. If you purchase SereneScreen Marine Aquarium v2.0, you can buy Marine Aquarium TIME, for half price! Pay only $29.95 for both products. Plus, as a gift to our registered users of Aquarium v2.0, we are offering TIME for $9.95, for a limited time.

 
  March 17, 2003
 
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium v2.0 released!
Prolific Publishing, Inc. today announced the 2.0 version release of its blockbuster hit, SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Marine Aquarium 2.0 will be released under a new Prolific brand label, SereneScene, for the retail distribution channels. With five brilliant new fish and a brand new user interface, Marine Aquarium 2.0 is positioned to continue the phenomenon ignited by its predecessor.

The five new fish that have been added to the tank are an Emperor Angelfish, Blue Ring Angelfish, Red Fin Butterfly fish, Rock Beauty Angelfish, and Squarespot Anthias, increasing the number of fish in Marine Aquarium to 26. Users may now enjoy the expanded livestock configurations these five new fish provide.

Prolific, responding to user demand, has created a user interface that presents interesting facts about each fish. Just click on a fish and learn its name, its scientific name, where in the world you would swim into one of them, and its size and dietary habits. As with the previous version, the variable lighting, bubbles, and sound effects continue to make the SereneScene Marine Aquarium 2.0 at once fascinating, beautiful and soothing.
 
  January 31, 2003
 
SereneScreen.com has a new look!
www.SereneScreen.com gets a face lift! We spent some time, and added a new and improved FAQ for answer our most common questions. Optimized artwork should aid our friends using dial up modems, and a new site map will aid in your navigation around the site. Finally our 'finicky fans' section adds a splash of fun you all will enjoy.
More to come...
 
  January 30, 2003
 
Marine Aquarium Time ahead of schedule
Prolific Publishing, Inc. is proud to announce the latest in the SereneScreen product line. Marine Aquarium Time is the perfect addition to our fabulous entertainment software line, and features a beautiful crystal clock and calendar placed in the reef. Slated for release in the first quarter of 2003, Marine Aquarium Time pushes the boundary of what our software is known for.
Perfect for the office
 
  October 01, 2002
 
CompUSA carries SereneScreen Marine Aquarium
Prolific Publishing, Inc. is excited to announce that CompUSA is the first national retailer to be carrying our very popular SereneScreen Marine Aquarium at its 220 retail outlets.

The Marine Aquarium product is the first in Prolific's product pipeline full of beautifully executed entertainment products which include screensaver features. Please visit www.SereneScreen.com for more info.

About CompUSA

CompUSA Inc. www.compusa.com is one of the nation's leading retailers and resellers of personal computers and related products and services. CompUSA Inc. currently operates 220 CompUSA Computer Superstores in 84 major metropolitan markets across the United States that serve retail, corporate, government and education customers and includes technical service departments. Many of the stores include classroom training facilities.

 
  July 24, 2002
 
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium Version 1.1
The much anticipated Mac OS X Version 1.1 of the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium is now available. Early buyers of the beta version can now download the free update. The Classic version will be available in several months, and will be free to Mac OS X owners. Learn more or contact us at MacService@SereneScreen.com.
 
  June 22, 2002
 
Marine Aquarium Mac OS X Beta Begins!
The much anticipated Mac OS X version of the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium is available. Early buyers of the beta version will be offered free updates to Version 1. The Classic version will be available in several months, and will be free to Mac OS X owners. Learn more or contact us.
 
  May 01, 2002
 
Crystal Version Now Available!
We have developed a custom version of the Marine Aquarium, called Aquarium Crystal. We place, as an etching, company names, logos, or names and logos on a cut piece of translucent crystal nestled in the coral. This aesthetically beautiful version can promote your company, reward your employees and will be the most creative corporate gift ever. For more information and a screen shot look here, or contact service@SereneScreen.com.
 
  April 26, 2002
 
Prolific is seeking Sales and Partners
Prolific begins to actively seek international business partners for wholesale and retail sales, OEM and distribution partnerships, of the physical and download wholesale and retail sales opportunities. If you are interested, please contact us at service@serenescreen.com or go HERE for more information. We are now actively seeking partners for Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the Scandinavian countries, and the United States.
 
  April 22, 2002
 
SereneScreen Live Streaming
Now you can see SereneScreen Marine Aquarium working live over the net! A company called Leitch is using our Saltwater Marine Aquarium simulator as the showcase for their net streaming product. The beautiful motion of our swimming fish show off the dpsNetStreamer video and audio streaming encoder to great effect. Our fish have gone high tech, go check it out!
 
  March 18, 2002
 
SereneScreen Sighting
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium surfaces on television again! The latest glimpse of our beautiful reef and tropical fish were spotted on HGTV (Home and Garden TV) on the show This Small Space. They added the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium to their set, displayed on a wide screen flat panel television placed above a fireplace. Keep an eye out on your favorite Television show! We know that the entertainment industry is starting to use this phenomenal product to jazz up their sets, so maybe you can spot a new use of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Let us know!
 
  February 16, 2002
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V1.1 Released
It's time to get some fresh virtual fish food; we are rolling out version 1.1 of Jim Sach's SereneScreen Aquarium on Wednesday, February 20th. This full version fixes many minor issues, but better yet, we are including a bonus! Jim has just finished the creation of a new critter, the Red Volitan Lionfish.

Read the full press Release.
 
  January 13, 2002
 
Marine Aquarium Shown at Computer Electronics Show
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium was shown recently at the 2002 CES just before Bill Gates took stage. The crowd was comprised of the industries moguls mixed with the techno groupies and other average nerd citizens. While awaiting the arrival of the keynote speaker, Bill Gates, Microsoft attempted to impress the throng with Microsoft's stunning new triumph, SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. The program was running on three massive television screens towering high overhead, all showing the three fish version of the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium from Prolific Publishing, Inc. and Jim Sachs. Microsoft lays claim to the program since the XP version is currently included in the Windows XP plus pack from Microsoft.
 
  October 23, 2001
 
Windows XP Plus! News
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium will get a major boost in public exposure thanks to a licensing deal struck this summer with Microsoft. Microsoft Plus for Windows XP, the companion software to Microsoft's flagship new Windows XP operating system, will include a special 3 fish version of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Also, new computers from all major manufacturers that include Windows XP also have this 3 fish version of the Aquarium. All of these users will be provided an opportunity to purchase the full 20 fish version of the Aquarium.
 
  October 23, 2001
 
"Boxed Version" News
Prolific Publishing has been putting the finishing touches on version 1.0 of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium and we're happy to announce that the boxed retail version of the Marine Aquarium should be appearing in retail stores near you in 4-6 weeks. The artwork for the box and CD packaging materials has been sent to the printers and they have started production. You will hear it here first when 1.0 is made available.
 
  July 18, 2001
 
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium Version 99L Released
Prolific Publishing, Inc. releases the new 99L version of SereneScreen Marine Aquarium.

The new features include:

  • New Starfish
  • New Koran Angelfish
  • New Three-Stripe Damselfish
  • Improved Queen Angelfish
  • Improved Flame Angelfish
  • A Volume Control bar
  • Light and shadows now realistically radiate from the bubble column
  • An "EnergyStar" button so that the Aquarium prevents your monitor from going to sleep when enabled.
  • "Always on Top" changed to apply to Windowed Mode
 
  June 03, 2001
 
Updated Free Demo
Prolific just updated the free demo version to use the same amount of video memory as the real version. On some systems, the old demo would run, but the real version needed more RAM. This should eliminate that problem.
 
  June 01, 2001
 
16:9 Widescreen Aquarium
There is now a wide screen version of the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium available to Deluxe Key holders. This is a special version with 16:9 ratio resolutions for plasma displays and wide screen monitors. If you would like the wide screen version, send e-mail with your name and Deluxe Key Code (or order number) to Service@serenescreen.com, and we will reply with the download link. (Note: If you have a normal 4:3 ratio monitor, just use the regular version of the Aquarium. If you don't know if your monitor is wide screen, then it is not.)

The wide screen version is a completely separate program. It does not share Registry settings or anything else with the normal version. Because of the extra graphics, it needs more video ram than the regular version. So if you have a low-end card which can't run the regular Aquarium at a resolution higher than 800x600, the wide screen version may not work.

On a different topic, a few people seem to be a little confused about the "Always On Top" button in the Settings screen. When this is activated, the Aquarium window will always be visible on top of other windows on your desktop when in windowed mode. If you are in full screen mode, then it does nothing since the screen is already on top. As always, just press the "f" key to put the Aquarium in a window (assuming your desktop is in 16-bit color).
 
  May 11, 2001
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V99K Released
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99K released.

The new features include:

  • New Regal Angelfish
  • New Blue Damselfish
  • Improved Picasso Triggerfish
  • An "Always on Top" button so that the Aquarium is always visible in windowed mode. (As always, press the "F" key to put the Aquarium in windowed mode.)
  • A "Don't Duplicate Random Fish" button which insures that no two random fish are the same
  • Different sound
  • Improved timing on the automatic lighting changes, so that it works the same on all processors


Prolific Publishing is now taking over this website, and the distribution of the Aquarium. This will allow me to spend more time on development, and less time looking up lost Key Codes.

If you are ordering a Key Code, it will be displayed on the last screen of the ordering process. Please write it down in case the e-mail doesn't get through. The message from Orders is only a note from the credit card company, and does not contain your Key Code.

If you ordered a Key Code, and did not see it on the screen, please send a message to Service@serenescreen.com with the details of your purchase. We will look up your records and send you your Key Code.
 
  April 06, 2001
 
Version 99J Released.
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99J Released.

The new features include:

  • New Picasso Triggerfish
  • New Flame Angelfish
  • Improved Forceps Angelfish
 
  March 19, 2001
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V99H Released
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99H Released.

The new features include:

  • New Purple Sailfin Tang
  • New Queen Angelfish
  • New sound effects
 
  January 26, 2001
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V99G Released
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99G Released.

The new features include:

  • New Clown Triggerfish
  • New Percula Clownfish


The Fan Site is really booming. I don't run this myself, but it's a handy place for Aquarium users to voice their opinions and answer each other's questions.
 
  January 02, 2001
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V99F Released
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99F Released.

The new features include:

  • New Forceps Butterfly
  • New Regal Tang
  • New RANDOM fish feature
 
  December 28, 2000
 
3D Glasses Info
I have been hearing a lot about how good the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium looks with the ELSA Revelator 3D glasses, so I bought a pair. With a little tweaking of the settings, the 3D effect is really quite amazing. These glasses come with high-end nVidia cards, but can be purchased separately at many on-line retailers for about $40. Your video card and monitor must support a refresh rate of 120 fps to use these glasses. (The SereneScreen Marine Aquarium animation doesn't have to run that fast, just the monitor.)
 
  December 24, 2000
 
Inside the Aquarium Fan Website Launches
If you are interested in learning more about the species of fish in the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium, or adding your favorites to the wish list, go to the fan site at http://www.feldoncentral.com/Sachs/.

Many people ask what the best graphics card is for running the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Most high-end cards like the ATI 128-bit and Radeon, 3Dfx VooDoo cards, and nVidia TNT and GeForce cards will produce stunning performance. But the best value-per-dollar may be the nVidia Vanta LT. I've seen this card advertised on-line for as little as $32, yet it runs the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium at over 40 frames-per-second with all 7 fish turned on. This card also comes in the $700 e-Machines computers available at Costco. Note: it is EXTREMELY important to use the very latest drivers for all of these cards. The video card companies have made major changes in their drivers recently, especially for DirectX 8 support.

Just a reminder -- this web site is the only place where you can buy a legal Key Code for the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium. Computer stores and swapmeets are not allowed to sell the SereneScreen Marine Aquarium.
 
  December 10, 2000
 
"About the Author" section added
Jim Sachs just spent all night putting together a new page for this site. If you are interested, click the "About the Author" on the navigation bar on the left.
 
  December 07, 2000
 
SereneScreen Aquarium V99E Released
SereneScreen Marine Aquarium version 99E Released.

The new features include:

  • New Addis Butterflyfish
  • New French Angelfish
  • New Wimplefish
  • Added Selection Panel to choose 7 of the 10 fish
  • Ability to save settings for sound, lights, fish, resolution, and exit-on-mouse-move. 
  • Easier installation as a screensaver. Just right-click the Fish icon and select Install 
 
  December 01, 2000
 
Other News & Thoughts
A few people also seem to think that the Aquarium is some kind of subscription service for which they would get periodic bills. The Aquarium is one self-contained file. The program is downloaded over the Internet, but once it is copied to your computer, no other Internet connection is needed. You may use the Demo version forever without registering, if you want to. If you wish register, it is a one-time charge, and once you are in our database, you may download future versions for free.

Fish-byte.com has now been officially changed to serenescreen.com. The reason for the name change will become obvious over the next few years. The fish-byte.com URL will point to the new address.

The Aquarium will soon be going through very heavy testing on a large number of configurations by a major software company, which will remain nameless (but starts with an M ). This should shake out any remaining bugs which might be lurking in Win2000 or Win ME.

A lot of people would like to see the plants and sea anenomes moving slightly. So would I! This is extremely difficult to do, but I am working on it. Many things that are already going on in the Aquarium are almost impossible. That is why you haven't seen anything like this before, even from the major programming power-houses. I am just a lone artist with no formal training in programming at all, so don't ask for too much :) Please remember that this program is in Beta-test form, and I only meant it to go out to a few dozen 3D fanatics for testing, not over a million people!

3Dfx sent me a VooDoo 5500 card, so I can do some first-hand testing. They just posted new drivers for VooDoo 4 and 5 series recently, and Aquarium owners have reported that the new drivers work very well.

I have mentioned that the Aquarium does not usually run on notebook computers, but I have found one that actually produces 20 frames-per-second at 1024x768. It's the Compaq Presario 17XL series (though any notebook with the Rage Mobility chip or the S3 Savage chip will probably work). I have also been informed the higher-end IBM notebook computers, like the A20p, work very well. The Aquarium does NOT run on Sony VAIO notebooks, and possibly the IBM Thinkpad 600. (Late news: the very latest VAIO notebooks, shipped in the last 2 months, may work.)

--- Jim Sachs