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CoolBackground allows you to use the screen saver selected in your preferences as a desktop picture. CoolBackground runs only on OS X 10.2 with Quartz Extreme. It is processor intensive, it is advised to use this application only with high-powered machines. Want to see CoolBackground in action? Download this QT video (630KB).

What's New

Version 2.5:
  • 10.4 Tiger support. No longer 10.3 compatible
  • Exposé and Dashboard compatible
  • KNOW BUG: with some configurations animated desktop will stop on real screen saver launch
  • source code is available so if you might help me to fix that...


  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Rosetta (in order to run on Intel Macs)

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4 6


Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 20,162
Version Downloads 7,783
License Free
Date 04 Feb 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free