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Fractal Screensavers for OS X Mountain Lion

2 September 2012 3,718 views No Comment

Customize your OS X 10.8 Mac — free, easy and very, very cool. Here are four tested and true fractal screensavers for OS X Mountain Lion, some more visually engaging than the others…

Customize your OS X 10.8 Mac — free, easy and very, very cool. Here are four tested and true fractal screensavers for OS X Mountain Lion, some more visually engaging than the others. However, whether you’re interested in fast moving animation or more glacial rendering, fractals are beautiful.

• Ephemeral (image above, video demo): A screen saver that draws animated IFS fractals, giving an ever-changing display of complex, natural shapes. Ephemeral uses OpenCL (a feature of OS X introduced with Snow Leopard) to efficiently generate the IFS images.
— Not dual-screen aware

• Huepfer: (video demo): A screensaver displaying fractal-like graphics known as Hopper or Hüpfer.

• Electric Sheep: (video demo) is a screen saver that owes its name to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet.

• FractalClock: (video demo) was inspired by a Mathematica toy. With automatically adjusting locators that can be at any angle relative to the “trunk” of the tree, which is the hour hand in the screen saver.

I’ve installed and tested all four of these fractal screensavers for OS X on my 2007 iMac running OS X 10.8.x with dual displays. Of these, I very much like Ephemeral and Electric Sheep.

Which is your favorite? Know of others worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below…

Customize your OS X 10.8 Mac — free, easy and very, very cool. Here are four tested and true fractal screensavers for OS X Mountain Lion, some more visually engaging than the others…

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