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ScriptSaver is a Mac OS X screen saver which executes AppleScripts when it is activated and/or deactivated. For example, ScriptSaver can pause iTunes when the screensaver is activated, then unpause it when you return to the computer. It's limited only by what AppleScripts you write!

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • The desktop can be shown while the activation or deactivation script runs -- so you can display dialogs and messages to the user
  • The desktop can be shown in place of a screensaver (the "None" option now leaves the screensaver transparent)
  • Deactivation scripts are less flaky -- they can be launched synchronously so that Mac OS X doesn't terminate them more...


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Schmye-Bubbula Member IconComment+16

Version 2.11 came with "ScriptSaver 64-bit.saver" but v3.0 apparently is only 32-bit, so I have to set System Preferences to run in 32-bit with Finder Get info to be able to even configure v3.0 at all. Anyone know why a 64-bit version didn't come with v3.0?

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Version 3.0
Cowicide Member IconComment+1132

Now that this is discontinued is anyone aware of an alternative to ScriptSaver?

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Version 3.0
Cowicide Member IconComment+1132

Has anyone tested this with Mountain Lion yet?

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Version 3.0
Michael Haeusler Member IconReview+83
Michael Haeusler

Absolutely great. I have an old screensaver from back in the days, which after a dirty conversion for Snow Leopard compatibility I was not really able to use, because it was not possible to change its preferences, e.g. volume control etc. ScriptSaver does the trick: I now run the old screensaver from within ScriptSaver and have a small script that does all I need, e.g. stop playback in QuickTime, iTunes etc. and mute system output volume. Wakeup script then reverts to the original state. Very useful!

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Version 3.0
cruzdrew Member IconReview+2

Hey I really like this script thank you so much!! I used it with this apple script to set my display to sleep after a minute when i activate my screen saver with hotkey, and then it uses the same script except with 15 instead of 1 when I deactivate the screen saver.

do shell script ("pmset displaysleep 1") ¬
user name ¬
"LoginShortUsername" password ¬
"LoginPassword" with administrator privileges

I have had absolutely no problems with it.

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Version 2.8
Anonymous Member IconReview

i like your ScriptSaver. It's great! But there is a Problem with Exposé: Wenn running ScreenSaver over Exposé-Edge the display stays black.

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Version 2.5
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Version 3.0
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Current Version (3.x)


Downloads 6,971
Version Downloads 898
License Free
Date 12 Aug 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free