CNET 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.
From Jamie Zawinski:
This is the official MacOS X port of XScreenSaver, the standard screen saver collection on most Linux/Unix systems. Over 200 screen savers are included.
What's new in this version:
- Changed default text source from Twitter to Wikipedia, since Twitter now requires a login to get any feeds.
- New version of fireworkx.
- Minor fixes to distort, fontglide, xmatrix.
- New MacOS crash in bsod.
- New mode in lcdscrub.
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- Like Berkeley's old After Dark.
- Screensaver runs QuickTime & Flash movies.
- Display your screensaver as your desktop background.
- Travel through a tunnel on your desktop with configurable color...
- Realistic 3D fish swim around your desktop.
- Dive into the ocean on your desktop.
- Watch the Matrix code in 3D.
- Detect which music is playing and displays cover art and detail...
- Add a clock screensaver with real-time minutes dropped into wat...
- Turn your OS X desktop into a realistic-looking 3D aquarium.
- Port of the Windows Vista Bubbles screensaver.
- 3D dragons fly thru a city.
- 3D zombies roam your desktop.
- Set a hypnotic screensaver on your desktop.
- Watch the Matrix code on your screen.
- Displays black screen with transparency.
- Developer tool: port of LibMikMod using CoreAudio.
- Command-line utility to expand RAR archives.
- Holiday screensavers.
- Infest your Mac with Bugs.
- Updates 9.1-9.2 to 9.2.1 for G3s or higher.
- Set a different desktop picture for each Space.
- Realistic 3D marine fish aquarium screen saver.
- AutoCAD (dwg & dxf) & eDrawings viewer.
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