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Thread: Snowbench desktop background
biospud 17:15 11th March 2012
Does anyone remember a modified 1.X workbench background, with a gradient from dark blue to light blue, and little white snowflakes slowly falling in the background?

I got a modified workbench disk from someone in the early 90's called "Snowbench" that had this effect. I think I managed to eventually install it on my hard disk. I would like to get it again now in my WinUAE emulator, but I cannot find any mention of it by google.

How can I get Snowbench again?
Amiga_Always 10:05 12th March 2012
Have you tried this?
biospud 23:10 13th March 2012
Thank you Amiga_Always.

The WBSnow tool in WBStars2 definitely resembles part of what I remember. That's great. Thank you for pointing out that WBStars2 also supports a snow effect.

The tool I had back in the day also created a color gradient in the background, resembling the pre-dawn sky, presumably using the copper. I think there are some other tools that might help me get this gradient part of the effect.

Also, I was sort of hoping to get this working on my workbench 1.3 nostalgia virtual machine. I think WBStars2 might require workbench 2.X or 3.X.

In any case, thank you for the thoughtful reply.
Harrison 10:59 14th March 2012
There were quite a few different copper effect background utilities available for Workbench to do this.

The Workbench preinstalled packages ClassicWB contain a good one you might like to investigate. I forget what the actual copper utility is called. Maybe PM Bloodwych and ask as he is the developer.