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Editors' Review

Screensavers and automatic screen economy modes are certainly not new. If you wish to have more choices, however, XScreenSaver for Mac offers the perfect solution.

On opening, XScreenSaver for Mac offers a long list of screensaver files and a single readme file. If you currently run on the recommended system quarantine mode, which will only let you install Apple-approved programs, you might have to cut and paste the terminal commands found in the readme file. The start isn't great, but the rest is. From there you can simply double-click the screensavers and they will install. You can open System Preferences so that you can fully preview them. If you don't plan to install all 200 included screensavers, you can visit the developer's Web site and check a static preview of the whole collection. Of course, it takes much of the fun away of testing each one on a dynamic configuration, but it is a faster approach. The available screensavers are both beautiful and variant. A lot of them, however, will appeal to the more tech-savvy crowd such as programmers, developers, gamers, etc. There are abstract fractal variations, dynamic 3D landscapes, green letters falling matrix-style, geometric objects, self-solving mazes, sonar, and Pac-Man game, etc.

XScreenSaver for Mac offers a large screensaver pack and suits anyone looking for a classic screensaver, especially -- but not only -- more tech-savvy users.

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What's new in version 5.38
  • New hack, 'esper'.
  • macOS: Support for Retina displays.
  • X11: webcollage now works with ImageMagick instead of with pbmtools if webcollage-helper is not installed.
  • 'bsod' now accepts Dunning-Krugerrands.
  • Android: These hacks work now: 'anemone', 'anemotaxis', 'atlantis', 'bouboule', 'celtic', 'compass', 'crackberg', 'epicycle', 'fuzzyflakes', 'goop', 'kumppa' 'munch', 'pacman', 'polyominoes', 'slip'.
  • Android: Thick lines work better for: 'anemone', 'anemotaxis', 'celtic', 'compass', 'deluxe', 'epicycle', 'fuzzyflakes', 'pacman'
  • Android: Assorted performance improvements, especially for 'kumppa' and 'slip'.
  • Android TV: Daydreams work.
  • iOS: Tweaks for iPhone X.
  • Lots of xlockmore-derived hacks now have animated erase routines.
  • 'crystal' works properly on non-X11 systems.
  • 'm6502' now includes 'texture.asm'.
  • X11: Try harder to find sensible fonts for the password dialog.
Publisher Jamie Zawinski
Publisher web site
Release Date January 19, 2018
Date Added January 19, 2018
Version 5.38
Category Screensavers & Wallpaper
Subcategory Screensavers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.5/10.5 Intel/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.62MB
File Name xscreensaver-5.38.dmg
Total Downloads 5,075
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free
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Price Free
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