Last week, I got two emails from readers asking if there was a way to get the old Yule Log Visualization for Windows Media Player running in Vista. Originally released as a part of the Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP, in 2001 I hired Frog Design to re-create the classic Yule Log that so many of us enjoyed during the holidays on TV. The problem is the installer hasn’t been updated to support later Windows operating systems. So today I’m happy to unofficially release an updated stand-alone installer that works with Vista including 32 and 64-bit.
After installing, just go to Now Playing>Visualizations>Yule Log and fire up your music (sorry I couldn’t resist). If you want to tweak the effect, choose “Options”, then select the Yule Log Visualization and click the Properties button. You’ll find a slider for sensitivity.
If you like the visualization, please donate a few dollars to your favorite charity. Given the wintry weather, I’m also working to track down the original holiday skins and AutoPlaylists for WMP which I may also package up if there’s interest.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!