Do you have iGadget-itis? There’s the iMac, iPhone, iPod, iLife, iWork. All popular Apple iGadgets and iSoftware. What’s missing? iMouse? iFinder? How about iPet?
Yes, finally someone has created the Mac’s very first iPet—the Mac utility you don’t want, you truly don’t need, but you absolutely, positively must try it out. Why? First, you’re curious, no? Second, every Mac user has a little child inside, itching to try something new, something that smacks of no productivity. That’s iPet.
We’re Not Talking Mac Aquarium
True, prior to iPet there have been other Mac utilities that didn’t really increase productivity or efficiency.
Remember Maquarium? Uh huh. Aquarium Management for Dummies.
How about Something Fishy? It’s a screen saver aquarium for fish lovers who don’t want the headache of real fish.
Why bother with reality to wile away your time when a virtual world will do instead.
iPet is not an aquarium for your Mac’s Finder. It’s more of a petting zoo for your Mac’s Desktop.
The Mac Desktop Petting Zoo
That’s my phrase. I have children. A petting zoo is about as close to real, live, barnyard animals as city kids can get. And San Diego has a good zoo with a few pets to pet.
But a petting zoo on your Mac? That’s kinda sorta what iPet really is.
True, personalizing our Macs is nice. We can add photos to the Desktop. Rearrange the Dock. Customize the Finder’s toolbar. Maybe add CandyBar to go hog wild on icon customization.
What else is left except iPet?
If you’re expecting the nifty Mac utility iPet to do much for your Mac experience, I have two words you should remember. Pet rocks. Here’s how it works. Open iPet. And drag a newly created Desktop folder to the arrow (as in the image below).
Once you’ve done the drag and drop thing, you’re greeted with a pop down menu with options to create an animated folder. Seven different animated folders are included in iPet (as in the image below).
Choose from a walking dog, crawling baby, running cheetah, wagging Garfield-like kitty, stupid dog, or annoying fish. I warned you about the lack of productivity, right?
Your Personal Pet Paradise
Remember, iPet is the utility that you don’t want, you truly don’t need, but will make you smile, even though behind the smile you’re disgusted with yourself for even considering iPet.
Not only can you choose to change a folder’s icon, you can also change the animation speed, modify the turns it makes as it walks around the Desktop, and adjust the opacity.
Click Finish and you’re done. iPet has created a customized folder which walks, talks, and is anything but boring. It’s cute. You might even like it, but I doubt it.
After all, who wants these folder icons walking around all over your Mac’s Desktop? Even with kids, I’m not interested. Right now I have a goofy looking baby icon folder walking around my Desktop. It makes noise like my own kids.
If I click it, it cries like a baby (as expected for something useless, it’s annoying, too). iPet won’t break the bank, but in an economy that’s gone sour, it might be worth a smile or two. Or not.