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ZMatrix

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Fans of The Matrix may get a kick out of downloading this animated desktop background. ZMatrix displays a stream of characters pouring down your monitor. The program sits in your system tray awaiting a right click to access its configurations. You can adjust the numbers, speed, and refresh rate of matrix streams. You can also change the font, background, and foreground color. The program gives the same character-streaming effects seen in the movie. Best of all, it lets you configure it to have the smallest amount of CPU time, halting any possible reduction in your computer's speed. ZMatrix can run as a desktop background and as a screensaver. Fans of the movie and screensaver junkies will love this free program.

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  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star: 28
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 6
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    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 2.0 stars

    "good, but only for the recommended OS"

    May 25, 2013  |   By Regalia17

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    the concept is good.

    Cons

    only good when installed in the recommended OS.

    Summary

    this program was created in the early 2000s, when computers run Windows 2000 & XP. the creator doesn't create this program compatible in OS later than Windows XP. when my computer still runs Windows XP, the program runs as a service, which can be seen automatically in my desktop. now, i use Windows 7, and it runs as individual program, not a service. it bothers me a lot to switch to this program only to enjoy it, when before, i got this program installed as a service.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "uninstalled it"

    October 17, 2011  |   By nickrusso

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    Easy to install/uninstall

    Cons

    Took huge amount of power as soon as it started--mouse sluggish, thought it was going to crash.

    Characters much too small, covers icons and desktop when in desktop mode, even hides taskbar, you have to press Win key to get it back. Tried tweaking it when I found the options, still not useable.

    Using Win 7 Pro x64 w/ 8 GB RAM, AMD 2.5 GHz X4 processor.

    Summary

    Too good to be true...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best of class"

    October 2, 2011  |   By earthbased

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    Easy to install and use

    Cons

    I havn't used it log enough to have any problems

    Summary

    Of all the Matrix screensavers I downloaded, this one is certainly the most fun. I really am impressed

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great"

    September 25, 2010  |   By tattooedandrude

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    This works well with as my screensaver and animated background. Free is always nice.

    Cons

    Characters are way small, bout it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it is useless."

    July 10, 2010  |   By pipster58

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    i don't like it at all.

    Cons

    it confused me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Really cool concept. Not the Matrix."

    March 24, 2010  |   By JediGamer

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    I like the concept and how this screen saver works showing through the symbol trails. The authors had a great idea when they created it and it works quite nicely. The saver has a ton of configurations which is nice.

    Cons

    It isn't really a Matrix screen saver. More like a Matrix style screen saver.

    Summary

    If you really dig the Matrix style computer symbols but don't care if they look like the movie and have a ton of time to configure The Matrix get this one and see what you can do with it. The symbols are not identical to the Matrix which was a real bummer for me. So I went onto the next one. I don't need 8 Matrix screen savers on my computer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I enjoy its simplicity."

    March 17, 2010  |   By ckwbutch

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    Easy to use, easy to move. Simple to start and stop.

    Cons

    For what it is, no cons.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great even if you didn't like the movies"

    March 8, 2010  |   By nytmage

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    Works with back ground image nicely .... plus ability to mod just about every way color font size speed clean up all except ....

    Cons

    ....can't change direction

    Summary

    no probs what so ever would recommend to all

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    August 22, 2009  |   By shadowsofsalem

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    love the way you can have it as both a screen saver and desktop and can even have a pic in the desktop even with the matrix system on your desk top and still see the pic...

    Cons

    only problem I had was trying to find a cool pic that would look good with the matrix program on the desktop but that can hardly be held against the program its self

    Summary

    if you like the matrix code from the movie you will love this program, font is small and don't jump around in a unusual way when the font changes. I give its creators props for taking the time to create a great program. I have not experienced any thing to speak negatively about this program for as picky as I am with things I have downloaded I rated it a full 5 stars! I would highly suggest this program for those who love the matrix code from the movie.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "CNET says it's spyware free so it's good to go."

    May 17, 2009  |   By Drucifer_21

    Version: ZMatrix 1.4.8

    Pros

    Very nice effects. Full customizing availability.

    Cons

    BIG problem using screensaver option, even viewing a screensaver preview.

    Summary

    If you decide to download zmatrix; be sure to set your screensaver to activate at 9999 minutes. DO NOT preview screensaver or the program completely covers your screen (very funny... ha ha). If you do, you will probably have to shutdown your computer manually (pushing the button on your tower). I ended the program with the task manager, which was very difficult to do with the streaming characters covering my screen. Other than this, I had no problems with the program and decided not to uninstall it. I always trust CNET's spyware free indication.

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