Revisit Flying Toasters from the After Dark Screen Saver via Web
Do you remember when your Macintosh screen saver was filled with flying toasters, aquarium fish, and warp speed ahead? If so, you might be recollecting the glorious fun of the After Dark Screen Saver, which graced the Macintosh in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, way back when the Macintosh platform and entire ecosystem was full of whimsy and didn’t take itself too seriously.
While the 1990’s are long over, you can enjoy the artwork and experience of the classic 30 year old screensaver thanks to an effort to recreate the After Dark Screen Saver experience directly within a web browser.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to use it as a modern screen saver (well, unless you use WebViewScreenSaver to use the website as a screen saver but that’s quite a workaround), but you’ll at least be able to relive some of the old memories.
The After Dark Aquarium:
The famous After Dark Flying Toasters:
While this is just on the web, if you’re on a much older version of Mac OS X you can actually still run a ported version of the After Dark screen saver, available here from when we covered it way back in 2007(!) – and no, it does not work in MacOS Monterey or Big Sur, we tried. The source is available via WayBackMachine though, so perhaps some enterprising geek will modernize After Dark screensaver?
Anyway, enjoy some more retro Macintosh fun if you’re into that sort of thing, though After Dark was not confined to classic Mac OS and did later make an appearance on Windows PC’s too.