Any Mac user can have those pedestrian images float across the screen in a vain attempt to save a screen from video burn in. I’m talking really cool Mac screensavers that double as Desktop graphics so you’ll be the talk of the neighborhood. There’s this genius Mac developer who thinks screensavers and desktops should be works of art.
He’s right. Everything else is just a flying toaster (circa 1995).
Watches, And Clocks, And Dolphins, Oh My!
To be fair, most Macs don’t really need a screensaver. It works to add a layer of security from prying eyes, and decorates the home or office, but that’s about the limit of usefulness.
Desktops, too. Hello? Your Mac’s Desktop is covered by Finder windows, app windows, files and folders.
The most beautiful photo you have of your lovely children, naked spouse, or kittens or puppies is simply obscured by all the clutter on your Mac’s screen.
So, why bother with a set of really classy screensavers that double as animated Desktop images. Because. Just because. Because they’re oh so cool looking.
Look at the Dolphins. These babies move on screen and look like some descendent of a Cousteau family member took the video underwater.
Check this one. It’s a roaring fireplace, complete with moving flames, red hot embers, and the crackling sounds of a real fireplace. On your Mac as a screensaver or an animated Desktop.
There’s a classic watch lying on the rocks under the water. There’s a mechanical clock that has moving parts.
The 3D earth screensaver is less stunning. It’s a satellite view of the earth but has large, familiar 3D buildings popping up in major city locations.
For example, there’s Big Ben and the crazy ferris wheel in London. The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Tall buildings in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nutty things like that.
As screensavers go, Earth is lame, but Dolphins is totally serene. You have to see it to believe it’s not real.
The Lost Watch looks real (even displays accurate time and date in the clock face). And the Mechanical Clock gives you an open view of all the gears in an old fashioned clock with a usable, 3D interface.
Preferences include options to use as a Desktop animation or screensaver (or both), adjust the sounds volume, and a slider to start the screensaver mode after so many minutes.
All these 3D screensavers and a few dozen more are from the folks at 3 Planesoft. It might be the largest quality Mac screensaver and Desktop animation collection in one spot.
Some are goofy. Some are average. Some are stunning. All are inexpensive and bring something special to your Mac.