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4. iTunes > 67. Use the iTunes Visualizer as a Screensaver

Use the iTunes Visualizer as a Screensaver

Using ScriptSaver, you can replace that boring default Apple screensaver with the fanciful iTunes visualizer.

The visualizer included with iTunes just begs to be used as a screensaver. This hack uses a little AppleScript magic and a utility called ScriptSaver to make this possible. Combine this hack with “Extend Your Visualizer Options” [Hack #54] , and your Mac can display any number of visual options when it’s inactive.

ScriptSaver (http://homepage.mac.com/swannman/; free), written by Matthew M. Swann, is a screensaver module that, when activated, executes an AppleScript. There are many potential uses of ScriptSaver, limited only by your hacker imagination. When your Mac goes into screensaver mode, you can use ScriptSaver to have it set an away message in iChat, pause iTunes, back up files, or, as in the case of this hack, activate iTunes’s visualizer mode.


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