Someone help me Build a Screen Saver??

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by GimmeSlack12, May 20, 2006.

  1. macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I have a good idea for a screen saver, pretty basic, but I really don't know the process for building one. I do have the Developer package installed on my machine.

    Any tutorials that can help me with this? Or anyone willing to lend a hand to kinda show me how? I can PM you or you can PM me. I have some basic programming (C++) skills. Hope I am not being too vague.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    There is a good 2 part tutorial at cocoadevcentral.

    Note that this assumes you will be using Objective-C & Cocoa.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2001
    If your screen saver idea is simple, it's very possible you could put it together in Quartz Composer. This is part of the free Developer Tools and lets you do quite a bit. The interface is pretty easy to learn. All the objects are like blocks and you can hook them together with your mouse. For example, you can select a cube object from the premade options. Then you can import a picture and hook it into the attribute of the cube that tells it what to display on the sides. Then you can create a number generator that, over 10 seconds, goes from 0 to 360 looping back to zero. Hook the generator to the cube's rotation attribute and it will spin once every 10 seconds. You can save this as a screen saver, among other things.

    There are a fair number of tutorials for Quartz Composer online. The only site I still have bookmarked is Please note-Quartz Composer only works with Tiger. If you only have 10.3 you're out of luck.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    It's pretty easy with Cocoa/Obj-C

    For the sake of community interest, why don't you just post the idea here? (OR is it commercial?)

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