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Holiday, Winter Screensavers for OS X Mavericks

8 December 2013 466 views No Comment

There is a dusting of snow outside my window. With a sweater, it’s warm in here and my coffee’s hot, sweet and bracing. And, there’s another pleasantry, a bit of visual comfort food playing on my Mac — Winter screensavers.

I have tested all of these Winter screensavers on my 2011 iMac running OS X 10.9.1. Of course, you mileage may vary considerably.

• Santa and the City 3D (download)
— 3D renderings that exhibit a respectable level of care
— Dual monitor compatible

• Snow Globe City (download)
— Features a rotating London Eye inside a snow globe
— Display mirroring only

• LotsaSnow (download)
— A pleasant if slightly slow flurry of flakes for your Mac
— Dual monitor compatible
— See also: Falling Snow for Snow Leopard and earlier

Most of these Winter screensavers come with installers. With some, however, you will be presented with a file (i.e. ____.saver), just double click it and OS X will ask if you want to install it, just that simple.

See also: Christmas Mac Wallpapers: ‘Tis the Season

• Snow Fall Blue (download)
— a free screensaver, featuring falling snowflakes on a light blue background. The screensaver creates a fairytale atmosphere.
— Performance lagged on my Mac

New Year Watch (download)
— A festive New Year watch/clock
— Display mirroring only

• A Very 3D Christmas (download)
— Plays well enough, yet has the visual appeal of 3D on Windows NT
— Mirrored display on dual monitors

Winter Screensavers: Get the Snow, Stay Inside

If one or more of these Winter screensavers fail load or crash on your Mac, you can uninstall by going to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver. Right-click (two-finger tap) the screensaver you want to uninstall and click “Delete ______”.

Scattered Flurries (download)
— Physics-based snowfall
— A variety of background options, including a screenshot of your desktop, your desktop background image, or any image files of your choice.
— Multi-monitor support that synchronizes wind movement between different screens.
— Has option to run on main display only

Fireplace New Year (download)
— A mishmash of photo + rendered images, serviceable if less than fully attractive
— Display mirroring only

• Snow Flakes Thaw (download)
— A free screensaver, that will fill your monitor with lots of beautiful snowflakes
— Performance lagged on my Mac

Last but not least is this trio — Santa Claus Icons, Santa Claus Hat Emoticons, Winter Holiday Icons — of holiday flavored icon sets.

Know of an awesome Winter screensaver or another holiday/seasonal screensaver? Share a link in the comments below…

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