Animated Desktop?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by UKingdom, May 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

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    so i was wondering if it's possible to have my screensaver slideshow as my desktop like an animated desktop; i recently installed onyx, which has a limited feature to run certain screensavers as desktops (like the preinstalled "abstract" "flurry" and other screensavers), but not the "choose folder" slideshow, which i would have liked to have (constant changing animated desktop with fading and ken burns effect), does anyone know if another program does this or if it's possible?

    edit: i have found that built in within osx i can do this by "changing background picture" every x seconds, and it even does fade! however, it doesn't do ken burns effect like the screensaver so i was still wondering if you guys know of a 3rd party solution or if i can get onyx to do this for me. thanks!
     
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    mrkramer

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    If there is a program for this it would make your computer run very slow, because of the extra CPU usage.
     
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    psychofreak

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    This does it...but it does slow down your computer...
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Aloha UKingdom,

    I use a program that exactly fits your needs. It's called Backlight and can be found at the FreeMacWare site, one of my absolute favorite websites. Contrary to what mrkramer posted, however, I have experienced no slowdown whatsoever with my 20" Intel (Core Duo) iMac. It's really nice, and gets a lot of "Wow"s when people visit, especially when I use Flurry :D

    :apple:HawaiiMacAddict
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    well, i found out you can do it by running this script in terminal, but you have to keep terminal running in the background

    /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background

    i tried looking for backlight but website is down; any alternate sources?
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    the first program posted above works too! i have it in my dock so i can turn it on and off
     
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  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Aloha UKingdom,

    I reposted the link before I tried to get to the download page. :eek: You are right - I got redirected to OpenDNS instead! I apologize for that. It's only 352kb in size - zag me an email at: HawaiiMacAddict@gmail.com and I'll send it to you.

    :apple:HawaiiMacAddict
     
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    itsallinurhead

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    Just dropped you an email! Thanks.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    i couldn't get backlight to work but the other program listed above works perfect on m 20 inch core 2 duo intel imac.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    put an & after that command in terminal, and you can close it and have the screensaver keep running. Like so:

    /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    Actually the command you want is

    nohup /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background &
     

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