We usually approve apps before they’re deployed to the school’s Macs, but sometimes the teachers (and students) want to add a little customization to the Mac’s Desktop. My mantra is the same. The Desktop and a bunch of open folders is not where it’s at (column view in the Finder rocks). But it’s a good place for modest personalization (wallpaper of cats and kids tops the list).
Here’s what happens when Desktop personalization goes crazy.
The Mac With A Living Desktop
My Living Desktop is an app that brings your Mac’s Desktop to a new life with a few dozen video desktops and screensavers.
Instead of static photos of your cat, or beaches in Hawaii, or Playboy reject pinups, or your kids with missing teeth, MLD gives you video.
That’s right. Video. Serene nature videos that actually bring the Desktop wallpaper to life in full screen resolution– the scenes move.
Along with the video are natural sound effects. Sound and motion. On your Desktop. Suddenly, your Mac’s screen is a digital window to paradise (or a lake front, or mountains, or sunset on the beach, seagulls, underwater scenes, and more).
Even better, My Living Desktop lets you import your own movie scene as both Desktop and screensaver.
A few other nice touches include auto muting itself when you decide to play something else (iTunes, for example).
For MacBook users, MLD knows when you’re on battery power and can disable itself to save juice. There’s even a mode for reduced CPU usage.
The videos can be assigned ratings so they’ll appear more or less frequently. If you get bored with the included video scenes, MLD has an extensive set of packages in the Scene Store.
These range from Japanese art to fire dancing, from Christmas scenes to butterflies, from autumn in New England to clouds and rain and many others.
These may be the most expensive customizations you can give to your Mac’s Desktop and screensaver, but they’re fully personalized when you add your own home video clips and sounds.