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Mac apps: Top 10 + 3, best OS X screensavers

1 December 2009 5,368 views 7 Comments



The world’s a beautiful place, especially when we’ve got fresh eye candy to spruce up the place. Here’re 10 + 3 tested and true (Early 2008 MacBook, OS X 10.6.2) screensavers for your Mac that are either new or have been updated recently.

Jubilee, 10.9 MB
— A vivid jumble of abstract light to celebrate the holidays
— See also: Falling Snow screensaver for OS X

Redpill, 116K
— The classic Matrix screensaver now Snow Leopard compatible

Cubicle Flood, 16.4 MB
— Under water at work? Cubicle Flood animates that sinking feeling by turning your idle computer screen into a flooding office, complete with rippling waters and floating debris.

Holding Pattern Coach, 5.7MB
— Holding Pattern turns your idle computer screen into an airplane window, complete with a moving aerial view.

Crepuscular Life Screensaver, 180K
— A free, interactive OpenGL screensaver which runs John Conway’s Game of Life at full display resolution.

Caffeine: Stop your Mac from going to sleep

You’re watching videos on YouTube or TV shows on Hulu, and your Mac just keeps wanting to go to sleep. You’d rather not open System Prefs to change Energy Saver settings as you’ll just have to reset them again when you’re done watching.

Caffeine puts an icon in your menu bar for on-the-fly access to your Mac’s Energy Saver time out settings. It’s free, super useful and, well, it’s free.

Give your Mac a little Caffeine (240K)

Obscure Movement, 80K
— Colors shift hue and glide across your screen in a ballet dance of shifting shapes, like an ever-changing stained glass window.

Euphoria, 688 KB
— An open source OpenGL screenSaver

Particlet, 117K
— An OS X port of a NeXT Step screensaver that shows flying particles blown up by cyclones

Pixel City, 632K
— A fly through of a cityscape, though you’ll need a pretty beefy graphics card to make this one run smoothly

Skyrocket, 7.9MB
— Renders firework displays in 3D

Offshoots, 340K (Snow Leopard only)
— Offshoots growing on your desktop or through your windows while you work—watch them follow your mouse

Cadendish, 612K
— A 3D universe with randomly distributed bodies that uses OpenGL to display the evolution of the system due to gravity

Structure, 9MB
— A protein/macromolecule visualization tool

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