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TextSpline is a deceptively simple-looking screensaver that animates a line of text (in your choice of font and color) traveling over a randomly generated curvy line (with optional loops).

Uses Core Animation code that should be compatible with Mac OS 10.5 and later.

Note that the saver doesn't limit the length of the line of text, however since each letter uses up some resources, I would advise against using a text line greater than 128 characters in length (plus, it's hard to read long text while it's animating anyway).

Spacing between characters was tricky to do, and depending on the current CPU load on your more...

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Version 1.0:
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Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Ean Member IconReview+223

Nice. Great cat toy. Would be nice to have the text come from both sides of the screen, randomly.

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Knowhowe Member IconComment+241

I fondly remember the After Dark screensavers that used to run on my Macs up to (?) OS 8 or 9- it was a long time ago. One module did this animated text very well and another featured a photo-realistic finger, writing the text of your choice on the inside of your misted-up screen.

Wonderful stuff for its time. What ever became of it?

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Version 1.0

I do miss After Dark screensavers (I used to write After Dark modules for fun back in the day). Sadly, Berkeley Systems was bought and is no more.

I stumbled upon some older interviews with some of the After Dark creators here that you might find worthwhile reading: http://lowendmac.com/thomas/afterdark.html

Harry Macbeth Member IconReview+55
Harry Macbeth

Many thanks to the developer for this this little screensaver! I'm amusing myself watching an old band name lark about on my monitor right now. (Ahhh, such are the egotistic entertainments these days for us ex-rock 'n rolling seniors.)
Perhaps somewhere down the road there might be purchased shareware options for slowing down the travelling speed a bit; or, dare I ask for it, ...psychedelic rainbow text?

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Downloads 682
Version Downloads 682
License Free
Date 02 Jan 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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