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xBack is a utility that allows you replace your desktop picture with a screen saver. While there are other ways to do it, none match xBacks ease of use or feature set. With xBack, you can bring your desktop to life.

Feature list:

  • Quickly start/stop the desktop screen saver
  • Easily change the desktop screen saver
  • Media Support:
    • iPhoto Albums and Slideshows
    • Quartz Composer files ( Mac OS X v10.4+ Only )
    • Create your own Slide Shows to share with others.
  • Configure screen saver preferences more...

What's New

Version 3.8:
  • Added support for OS X 10.7 Lion


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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thus.spake.z Member IconComment+424

xBack crashes every time when trying to run the wonderful screensaver "Electric Sheep".
I notified xBack's developer about this issue a while back but so far no fix. Maybe in xBack's next version, hmm? One can hope.
Wallsaver runs Electric Sheep without problems, though, so a fix should be quite feasible. Otherwise, xBack works quite well....been using it for several years.

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Version 3.7.6
easer Member IconReview+400

xBack has always had a smooth display and doesn't slow my system down. I also like the ability to preview and customize my screensavers in its window. I honestly don't know if their use of their own engine (rather than Apple's) is advantageous, but frankly, I haven't regretted buying this. Customer support has always been good. New competitors will likely always come along, but this program has a long-standing track record.

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Version 3.7.1
Gideon Softworks, Inc. (Developer) Member IconDev+1
Gideon Softworks, Inc. (Developer)

please contact us at feedback - at - gideonsoftworks.com for support.

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Version 3.7
ShotgunWeddings Member IconComment+278

Hey where is the icon in the menu bar gone to?

No way to control the program without it!

Mac OSX 10.4.9 , G4 PPC

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Version 3.7
tekk-x Member IconComment+3

Hey guys, look at this!


It's for free!!

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Version 3.7
Harristype Member IconReview+731

Excellent piece of software. Works fast, smooth, and flawlessly on my Intel iMac 20". Did someone really compare this to Backlight (last version was December 11, 2003)? Is Backlight continuosly being developed, and is there a universal binary yet? I'd gladly pay for low price software that's continuosly developed and improved rather than use free abandonware that's 3 years old (Jaguar-compatible?).

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Version 3.6.5
Kaiomai Member IconComment+1

Charging for the same functionality that other products offer for free. Should you be ashamed, or should we praise you for being a savvy businessperson? Reminds me of Microsoft, take that as you will.

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Version 3.6.4
8oo8 Member IconComment+70

xBack works fine, but so does Backlight http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8962,
which is free.
Try them both and then decide for yourself if xBack runs any better than Backlight.

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Version 3.6.3
ShotgunWeddings Member IconReview+278

? First off, I love this program, since v1.0 it's been the best of the lot that do anything similar!

? Secondly, I didn't start buying Mac's so I can be reminded why the hell I stopped using DOS boxes and WinClones.


• For all of you nix-perts that love spouting off about how a TERMINAL equivalent can easily accomplish the same thing with a few lines of a commands, I have ONE thing to say.
• Get off your asses and write up a GUI front-end for the handicapped folks using Mac's and people like me that hate command lines!

And don't forget folks one of the many great features of the Mac's are it's graphics capablities & elegant GUI driven OS. Let's not waste it with lame excuses like Terminal not to exploit it!

Needed to be repeated obviously for yet another Terminal junkie.

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Version 3.6.3
SouthportLanes Member IconComment+0

Can someone please tell me how to change xBack's menu bar icon? The developer's is the worst eye sore ever. It's un ugly, color image (read: not an icon) the "uglifies" my menu bar.

Developer: please go back to the drawing board and come back with a menu bar ICON (preferably b&w like Apple's).


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Version 3.5.4


If you go there, they can show you how to make your own menubar icons (or colorize, in this case).



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Downloads 18,003
Version Downloads 476
License Shareware
Date 14 Nov 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $10.00
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