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BackLight provides a menu extra (really an NSStatusItem, which are fully supported in Jaguar) that allows you to turn your screensaver on and off as your desktop background. It can also change your screensaver and open the preferences. Having your screensaver on your desktop is quite a cool effect, but you should probably have a Quartz Extreme-capable machine if you want to handle the load.

What's New

Version 2.0:
  • Added Panther and Expose support
  • Fixed compatibility issue with Konfabulator
  • Added option to set the window's transparency
  • Apple's Screen Effects Engine no longer used

Requirements

Mac OS 10.2 or later, Quartz Extreme highly recommended.

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Strider72 Member IconComment+72
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If backlight doesn't work for you anymore, there is another app called "Wallsaver". FYI.

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Version 2.0
Strider72 Member IconReview+72
Strider72
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Very cool app, and works fine on OS 10.6.1.

Interestingly, because BackLight doesn't use the OS's "Screen Effects Engine", it can use older 32 bit screen savers that 10.6 won't run!

That is to say, I can run Marine Aquarium 2 as my desktop, but not as a screensaver. :-p

That really says something about the quality of this app that was last updated in 2003. Great great app, and I hope the original developer is still out there doing amazing things. :-)

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Version 2.0
Roro01 Member IconComment+0
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WORKS SELECTIVELY ON iMAC INTEL 10.4.10

For example does the job with Skyrocket.saver but cannot stop plasq - urban texture.saver

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Version 2.0
elegraphy Member IconReview+150
elegraphy
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Still works with 10.4.7 Tiger.

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Version 2.0
Jeff-H. Member IconReview+188
Jeff-H.
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Very Cool...works great, but VERY distracting!

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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Does this work with Tiger otherwise?

If you want the RSS and Spectrum ones on your desktop check out Quartz Desktop, http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/icons_screensavers/

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Version 2.0
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Sadly, on Tiger, you cannot use the RSS Visualizer (or Spectrum, though I care less about that) with Backlight. *puppy dog eyes to developer*

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Sweet stuff, but if you have MatrixGl and 1 ghz dual or below it might get choppy

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Version 2.0
abstraction Member IconReview+1
abstraction
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Wonderful little toy. Absolutely hoards your cpu and requires a powerful graphics card (atleast a geforce4 mx) but hey, it's really f%@#%ing cool.

Try mixing it with Fluid for some really trippy effects.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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It doesnt work, can anyone help me? I am Running mac OS X 10.2.8 on a new iMac. It shows by the time in the menu bar and then dies.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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It can't be that new if it was running Jaguar in May of 2004....

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Downloads 36,572
Version Downloads 28,235
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Date 11 Dec 2003
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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