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Screensavers

The built-in Mac OS X screensavers are pretty, but get old rather quickly. To add some spice to your system, try downloading one of (or all) these excellent replacements. Remember, to install a screensaver, simply place it within the Library/Screensavers or ~/Library/Screensavers depending on whether you want public or private access to the saver.

Mac OS X Screensavers 3.0— A collection of 22 savers, including 17 OpenGL screensavers. This package, although primarily a port of X Window System–based screensavers, is still a must-have on any system. www.epicware.com/macosxsavers.html.

Neko.saver— Based on the original Neko animated kitten, the Neko screensaver turns one or more cats loose on your desktop. They play, sleep, and scamper across your screen. What more could you want? www.lisai.net/~hamada/Acti/MacOSX/Nekoware/index.html.

Plasma Tunnel— An original Mac OS X screensaver creation, this beauty clears your screen with a pulsing, twisting, and turning OpenGL-generated 3D tunnel. www.fruitz-of-dojo.de/php/download.php4.

Paint Effects— The Paint Effects saver is a demonstration of the power of Maya 3D. Regardless of your interest in 3D modeling, download this screensaver. You're guaranteed to spend numerous hours gawking at the scenes it creates. ftp://ftp.aliaswavefront.com/pub/ScreenSaver/MayaScreenSaverforOSX.dmg.sit.

The Terrain Project— Watch your Macintosh generate a 3D-fractal landscape and then fly through it. Try not to get motion sickness. www.macboy.org/#terrainproject.


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