WallSaverApp Turns a Screensaver into the Desktop Background of Mac OS X

Feb 20, 2009 - 1 Comment

Wallsaver is a freeware utility that allows you to easily take a screensaver and make it your desktop background, creating a nifty interactive effect that’s pleasant to look at. Aimed at older versions of OS X however, it’s not going to be for anyone, and furthermore, the Wallsaver app is basically a front-end to the command line tool that turns screen savers into wallpapers. The latter is probably a better approach but because it doesn’t require any additional downloads, but because it uses the command line it’s not going to be ideal for everyone.

Thus you have Wallsaver, which is a free download for those who are interested in going the simple route,

The application makes use of your Mac’s GPU (graphics processor) which leaves plenty of CPU power left over to carry on with your desktop tasks, though if you’re on a slower Mac you will notice a performance hit, so whether or not that is important to you is going to be a matter of personal opinion and what activities you’re participating in on the Mac. For example, you wouldn’t want to run such an app when you’re trying to play a game or maximum battery life.

Using the app is simple and pretty self explanatory. If you get sick of it, removing the screensaver background and reverting to your previous choice of desktop decor is as simple as right clicking and selecting “restore”.

To get WallSaver to work, you will need a Quartz Extreme capable graphics card with at least 32 MB of memory and, obviously, a screensaver to use it with. This covers literally just about any Mac around these days, but again, older Macs may have issues with the requirements and CPU toll on older hardware.

Updated on 12/18/2012 with additional comments and recommendations

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Customize, How to, Mac OS X, OS X Apps

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