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StarfishX is a Mac OS X-native application which generates cool desktop patterns. It is based on Mars Saxman's Starfish pattern generation engine. The following are a few of the highlights of StarfishX:

  • Mac OS X native cocoa application.
  • Accelerated and multi-threaded to take full advantage of multi-core Intel Macs.
  • Support for multiple monitors (you can generate a different pattern for each monitor connected to your computer).
  • Support for TIFF, JPEG and PNG image formats.
  • Option to generate patterns in the background without the main application being open.
  • For more...

What's New

Version 3.0a2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Tachy0n Member IconComment+34
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I tried this out yesterday and it still launches under OSX 10.6.4 on an i7. However it ran really slowly for some reason.
I tried disabling the Altivec usage, but that didn't seem to help.

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Version 2.0
niclovesmac Member IconComment+0
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I spent some time porting this very cool app to the Intel platform. If you just want to recompile it, it's easy, get the xcode project file. But it won't give you
a big speed improvement over a G4 or G5. In order to get more speed you'd have to port the Altivec code to SSE2 or SSE3. NOT ALL the Altivec instructions have exact equivalents on the Intel side (an example is the vector permutation instruction)....

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Version 2.0
Swordfish Member IconComment+47
Swordfish
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I know this app hasn't been updated in a looooong time, but would it be much trouble to recompile it as a Universal Binary?

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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BTW - Tip! the program puts the images it creates in...

/Your Hard Drive/Users/User Name/Library/Desktop Pictures/

:)

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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this app rocks! honestly, you have to download it. its so easy and the desktop images it makes are real trippy! two thumbs up

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Version 2.0
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MikeWelsh
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This free app is so cool it hurts. Absolutely the very best. Should be a built-in part of "Leopard" or whatever is coming after Panther.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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There's no longer an excuse for a boring desktop picture. Could be a bit faster.

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Version 1.5
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Anonymous
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This is a great application that I first saw on Macoshints.com I'm so glad that I downloaded and tried this. I've already saved many desktop designs that I love and have then alternating on my desktop. The color combinations are very appealing. HIghly recommend.

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Version 1.5
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bean
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The graphics and flexibility of patterns are unmatched.

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Version 1.4b2
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Anonymous
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Finally, it makes a truly full screen pic for my 1024 x 768. Wow, this app rocks! - well 1.4b2 does neway =) And it's still free!

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Version 1.4b1
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Downloads 7,590
Version Downloads 158
License Free
Date 17 Jun 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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