XScreenSaver for Mac

XScreenSaver for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    September 10, 2014
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  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5/Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

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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User Reviews
  • 5 stars


    April 22, 2007   |   By AlienBenefactor

    Version: XScreenSaver 5.02


    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    For some reason the "problem" of mounting the .dmg image went away after rebooting the machine. So I have to say in all probability that the fault was in my system and not in the file as I originally thought.

    So now I can properly review this software. This is a great collection of xscreensavers. It reminds me of my early linux days and as such has many hard to find classics such as Xmatrix, BSOD, Hopalong, Hyperball and (my personal favorite Vermiculate. Lots of geeky screen fun packed in an convieniant .dmg file. I give it highest ratings.

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 5.30
    • New hack, winduprobot.
    • Many improvements to lament, including Leviathan.
    • Fixed the normals in flyingtoasters: shading is correct now.
    • Implemented TEXTURE_GEN in GLES: flying toast is now toasted on iOS.
    • Make cel-shading sort-of work in skytentacles on iOS.
    • Fixed dragging-to-rotate on rotated iOS devices, I think.
    • Dragging has inertia now.
    • Most hacks respond to mouse-clicks, double-taps and swipes as meaning “do something different now”.
    • Reworked OpenGL fonts.
    • The OSX auto-update installer wasn't working. This time for sure?
    • Various minor fixes.
    Publisher Jamie Zawinski
    Publisher web site http://www.jwz.org/
    Release Date September 10, 2014
    Date Added September 10, 2014
    Version 5.30
    Category Screensavers & Wallpaper
    Subcategory Screensavers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 50.56MB
    File Name xscreensaver-5.30.dmg
    Total Downloads 4,149
    Downloads Last Week 20
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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