Every Mac has more than a few features which just don’t fit into my workflow. One of them is screensaver. Bah humbug. Rather than have the CPU running down the battery with a screensaver, I just have the screen turn off.
Another mostly useless features for me is the Desktop Wallpaper on the Mac’s screen. Yes, it’s one of the few ways that Apple gives their customers to customize the Mac, but it’s mostly useful eye candy that doesn’t get seen because app windows cover up everything. But here’s one you might like if your Mac can handle it.
Cool. And. Hot.
This Desktop wallpaper app is called Mach Wallpaper, and the images it uses on the Desktop itself are almost enough to get me to change my workflow so I can see more of the background images.
The app displays nearly two dozen themed backgrounds with 3D effects that are nothing if not stunning on a Mac with a Retina display. It features Desklets– a background image with an overlay of weather data, current conditions, and a clock.
There’s enough value in the Desklets to want to see the wallpaper, and the 3D visuals are remarkable and customizable by data, font, color, and more.
- Light and Water
- Fog and Smoke
- Clouds and Fire
- Snow and Stars
- Galaxies and Quasars
There’s even a Blackhole effect. The Desklet manager lets you create and edit and customize each one, but there are plenty to get you started.
As I wrote above, Mach Wallpaper is about the slickest looking, most useful Desktop wallpaper package I’ve run into through the years; easily the coolest. And the hottest. Cool looking, yes, but on my aging, trusty, and much used MacBook Pro it runs hot. After awhile the fans come on and come on loud. Fortunately, they can be controlled somewhat by using Mac Fans Control, but there must be something going on in the background which triggers the CPU, which triggers heat, which triggers fans, which reduces battery life.