Got wallpaper or desktop photos? Of course. Apple builds them into your Mac so you can customize or personalize it to your liking.
But they’re mere images, a few unique photos, but otherwise obscured behind app windows which clutter your Mac’s screen. What you really want is 3D artwork as your desktop photo. No. Wait. 3D artwork that’s completely animated. With sound. And a screen saver. Yes, that’s the ticket!
Neither Wallpaper Nor Desktop Photo
Perhaps there’s a politically correct way to describe the Desktop background on your Mac. To some, it’s wallpaper. To others, particularly long time Mac users, it’s a Desktop image.
Either way, whatever you call it, it’s a feature that’s nothing to write home about. Why?
Wallpaper or desktop background, every Mac has one. But so does every Windows PC.
Is there any way, other than plastering a photo of your child’s first encounter with chocolate ice cream, or kittens wrestling with puppies, to have a wallpaper or desktop background that’s unique? Almost.
Animate Me, Baby, One More Time
Enter the age of 3D, and animated wallpaper (nee desktop background) like you’ve never seen. The Lost Watch 3D is the strangest, most mesmerizing animated wallpaper I’ve ever put on my Mac.
I hesitate to call it 3D. After all, it’s just your Mac’s old screen. You don’t need glasses because there’s nothing that jumps out to grab your eyeballs if you’re wearing 3D glasses.
Still, The Lost Watch is mesmerizing. It’s described this way:
An absent-minded traveler dropped his golden pocket watch while crossing a river. A few coins fell out as well. Years went by, but the timepiece is still working just fine even though there’s no one to wind it up.
Think of a beautiful old gold watch in crystal clear water, still working after many years, sans barnacles, debris, scum and fish poop. The animation app comes with preferences to control sounds, displays, and screen saver mode.
Yes, that’s right. The Lost Watch 3D works just fine in screen saver mode, too.
Sounds drip from your Mac’s speakers as various and sundry water-bound elements of nature float by in a decidedly 3D-like animation.
Of course, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then what’s a video worth?
The better your Mac’s screen, the better looking the 3D-like animation. To top it off, the watch in the water displays the time on your Mac, and the correct date. How cool is that?
Now, here’s what’s wrong. The sound from The Lost Watch is of water dripping. Or a 60-Minutes-like watch ticking. Or, all of it at the same time.
Stop it already. After 10 minutes I became so irritated I’d rather help my husband change the oil on my car than work on my Mac. Give me soothing water-flowing-in-a-stream sounds instead, please.
And, here comes my 2011 pet peeve. No try before-you-buy option. The Lost Watch is Mac App Store only. Fortunately, it’s drop dead cheap, so you won’t mind. It works as wallpaper-cum-desktop image with excellent animation, and as animated screen saver on your Mac.