StarfishX
StarfishX 3.0a2
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StarfishX is a Mac OS X-native application which generates cool desktop patterns. It is based on Mars Saxman's Starfish pattern generation engine. The following are a few of the highlights of StarfishX:
  • Mac OS X native cocoa application.
  • Accelerated and multi-threaded to take full advantage of multi-core Intel Macs.
  • Support for multiple monitors (you can generate a different pattern for each monitor connected to your computer).
  • Support for TIFF, JPEG and PNG image formats.
  • Option to generate patterns in the background without the main application being open.
What's New
Version 3.0a2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later







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StarfishX User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Tachy0n commented on 29 Sep 2010
I tried this out yesterday and it still launches under OSX 10.6.4 on an i7. However it ran really slowly for some reason.
I tried disabling the Altivec usage, but that didn't seem to help.
[Version 2.0]


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niclovesmac commented on 28 Aug 2006
I spent some time porting this very cool app to the Intel platform. If you just want to recompile it, it's easy, get the xcode project file. But it won't give you
a big speed improvement over a G4 or G5. In order to get more speed you'd have to port the Altivec code to SSE2 or SSE3. NOT ALL the Altivec instructions have exact equivalents on the Intel side (an example is the vector permutation instruction)....
[Version 2.0]


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Swordfish commented on 12 Jul 2006
I know this app hasn't been updated in a looooong time, but would it be much trouble to recompile it as a Universal Binary?
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Oct 2004
BTW - Tip! the program puts the images it creates in...

/Your Hard Drive/Users/User Name/Library/Desktop Pictures/

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[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Oct 2004
this app rocks! honestly, you have to download it. its so easy and the desktop images it makes are real trippy! two thumbs up
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jun 2003
There's no longer an excuse for a boring desktop picture. Could be a bit faster.
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Apr 2003
This is a great application that I first saw on Macoshints.com I'm so glad that I downloaded and tried this. I've already saved many desktop designs that I love and have then alternating on my desktop. The color combinations are very appealing. HIghly recommend.
[Version 1.5]


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bean commented on 20 Mar 2003
The graphics and flexibility of patterns are unmatched.
[Version 1.4b2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Mar 2003
Finally, it makes a truly full screen pic for my 1024 x 768. Wow, this app rocks! - well 1.4b2 does neway =) And it's still free!
[Version 1.4b1]


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Macnook commented on 17 Mar 2003
This has to be the absolute coolest non-productive application I've got my hands on in a long time. I have it set to create until recent cache is full (set to 500) and I review them later. I love good desktop pictures and I'm confident this will make my collection a LOT better. I came back to check the price because I was going to pay for it... Thanks!

Only one feature request that I can think of right now: I'd love to generate "full screen" at any resolution (like the ability to generate 1920x1200 desktop pics when I'm only using a 1024x768 screen)
[Version 1.3b1]


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Downloads:7,573
Version Downloads:141
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:17 Jun 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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StarfishX is a Mac OS X-native application which generates cool desktop patterns. It is based on Mars Saxman's Starfish pattern generation engine. The following are a few of the highlights of StarfishX:
  • Mac OS X native cocoa application.
  • Accelerated and multi-threaded to take full advantage of multi-core Intel Macs.
  • Support for multiple monitors (you can generate a different pattern for each monitor connected to your computer).
  • Support for TIFF, JPEG and PNG image formats.
  • Option to generate patterns in the background without the main application being open.
  • For advanced users: A command line generator for the ultimate in control and flexibility.


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