There’s a magic to the early days of any tech that’s misplaced because it turns into extra mainstream. The Mac is a superb instance of that: When it was nonetheless struggling to maintain up with Microsoft and Home windows, Mac OS was a sandbox of enjoyable concepts that didn’t actually enable you get any work achieved, however made utilizing your Mac all of the extra enjoyable. This app brings again that magic, as a result of all it does is make it rain in your Mac’s desktop. Actually.
The app, lo-rain, involves us from developer lo.cafe, who first posted about their creation on Reddit. Their app is straightforward: As soon as downloaded, lo-rain provides digital rain to your Mac. That, in essence, is it. It’s not helpful, however it is aesthetic, including a really chill vibe to no matter it’s you’re doing in your Mac.
One of the best half, although, is how customizable it’s. You may management the rain’s depth, velocity, colour, opacity, angle, fps, in addition to what number of raindrops seem per second. For me, I saved the default colour, however bumped up the opacity, added extra raindrops per second, and elevated the fps to 60 to match my Mac’s refresh fee. You may as well select to have the rain splash when it hits both your dock or the underside of your display screen in actual time. You’ll see splash results on the dock by default, however by selecting this feature, the app makes use of extra CPU to render the impact as every raindrop hits the dock.
There’s additionally an choice so as to add fireflies to the combo, in case you’re into that. You may add as much as 20 at a time, change their colour (the default being yellow, in fact), how excessive they fly, and how briskly they go. In case you’re on the lookout for a “summer season’s evening” really feel in your Mac, this isn’t a nasty choice to mess around with.
Lo-rain isn’t some productiveness app, or a utility that’ll change the way in which you utilize your Mac. It merely brings a rainstorm to your desktop. For $8, it’s just a little steep, however, once more, it’s doing one thing most apps today aren’t: making a enjoyable Mac app only for the sake of it. In case you’re curious, however not dedicated to the excessive value, give the 15-minute trial a shot. It’s loads of time to tinker with all of the lo.rain settings to seek out the suitable mixture on your temper. Then, throw on a lo-fi playlist, and bask within the good vibes.