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Screenwatcher is a small cocoa application that displays a movie or a screensaver as the desktopbackground. The application contains a small library interface for the movies. When the application starts it reads all screensavers that are installed and displays them in the corresponding list (this way you can use any screensaver and you can install them absolutly normal by a double-click). It is opensource and can be modified by anybody.

Because Screenwatcher is based on the QTKit (well known as Quicktime) you can extend the movieplayer with any Quicktime component. As example you could more...

What's New

Version 2.1:


  • Smarter interface
  • Drag & Drop (files and rows)
  • Preference panel


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Steven Goodheart Member IconReview+442
Steven Goodheart

Although I bought and use Mach Desktop, and like it's easy of use and many nice features, I have to say that I'm very impressed with Screenwatcher. It took a little time to figure out the interface and see how to add and activate QT and Quartz compositions, but it wasn't hard to do. And I really like that I can create *categories" of movies and thus have playlists of videos I want to show on my desktop. I can't do this with Mach Desktop. Way cool, especially for a free app. Highly recommend Screenwatcher.

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Version 2.1
Infiniteline Member IconReview+5

Seemed to work fine for me in 10.6.4. Not the most intuitive app, but certainly was capable of displaying the screen saver on the desktop. If you're looking for this sort of thing, then give it a shot.

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Version 2.1
An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Don't loose your time downloading this "app". It does not work at all (at least with SL10.6.4).
A window opens when launched, but no file can be input to it.
There is no menu and no help file (neither when using the app nor even in the downloaded folder).
The downloaded folder itself is 41.9 Mb but the "app" itself is only 1.5 Mb. the rest is stuffed with pseudo "samples", actually just short films without any possibility to use them in Screenwatcheran no demo or tutorial.
All this looks that a silly joke, especially for those who you pay the bandwith.

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Version 2.0

Um, within a few seconds time I found the link right underneath the dmg that's just the app in a zip file minus the samples. It's only 583 KB.

Djefis Member IconComment+155


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Version 2.0
Rondfranks Member IconComment+68

This would be really fantastic if it would allow you to apply your screensaver to both backgrounds of dual monitors. I run clocksaver and it works great on the primary monitor.

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Version 2.0
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Downloads 4,814
Version Downloads 4,375
License Free
Date 19 Jul 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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