Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep
3.0.2

4.2

Electric Sheep free download for Mac

Electric Sheep

3.0.2
23 April 2018

Electric fractal imagery screen saver.

Overview

Electric Sheep is a screen saver that owes its name to Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the Internet.

When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated 'sheep' appears [note: sheep = beautiful, fractal based, MPEG2 compressed animations- this does not put hopping sheep all over your screen]. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep. Samples are available.

Every fifteen minutes, 24/7, a new sheep is born and distributed to all clients for display. Each sheep is an animated fractal flame.

What's new in Electric Sheep

Version 3.0.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Maboroshi
01 September 2009

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Please fix this for Snow Leopard! I love this screen saver!
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Version 2.7b15a
lwbrown
16 June 2018
always mezmerising
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Version 3.0.2
WordWeaver
26 April 2018
Yesterday I noticed that there is now a “Gold” version of Electric Sheep which offers high definition imagery, plus faster sheep downloads. I used to use Electric Sheep years ago. However, I became disappointed by the image quality on my 27” iMac. -- it was both blurry and pixelated -- so I stopped using it. When I saw that there is now a “Gold” version, my hopes were raised, and I thought that maybe Electric Sheep would be worth using again. However, upon reading the Electric Sheep website, I came to see that “high definition” only means 1280x720 pixels. As I wrote to Scott Draves, that may be fine on a 17” or a 15” MacBook Pro, but I had doubts that ES would look much better on a 24" iMac with a default screen resolution of 1920x1200. Scott wrote me back and said that I could always cancel my subscription if I was not satisfied. So, just to satisfy my curiosity, I went ahead and subscribed to their monthly plan, and began the one-day free trial period. Well, less than twelve hours later, I have already canceled my subscription. As I said, 1280x720 may look good on a MacBook Pro, but it just doesn't cut it yet on my iMac. It isn't just that the images are not sharp and crisp, it is that I also find the sheep themselves rather boring and old school. I also purchased G-Force Platinum almost three years ago. Personally, I find G-Force Platinum to be much more to my liking. While it is 50% more expensive than a yearly subscription to Electric Sheep, and even though the iTunes plugin no longer works thanks to an Apple bug, nevertheless, there is so much more that you can do with it, and everything is very clear and sharp -- even on my iMac -- being as it is all local. So, if you want to pay money for a screensaver -- there are a number of good free ones out there -- I would say to go with G-Force Platinum on an iMac.
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Version 3.0.2
nobody2011
23 April 2018
The best Screen Saver is the black screen
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Version 3.0.2
Libertyforall1776
11 December 2017
3.0.1a is out!
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Version 3.0
Libertyforall1776
28 July 2016
Screen Saver does not run on 10.11.6. :(
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Version 2.7b36
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templeofawareness
templeofawareness
07 January 2017
Does ES play the old MPG and Avi as well,,, or do I need to convert the Mpgs??
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Libertyforall1776
14 April 2012
MU is just lazy to actually find the release notes! 2.7b34 released. changelog: - fixed issue where launching standalone application before screen saver just after installation corrupted content directory path and subsequent download attempts were failing on low disk space. - blacking out non-primary monitors during full screen mode in standalone application can be now set in preference dialog. - fixed issue where attribution image would have mixed up color palette. - fixed possible stutter in some rare cases - some other minor improvements. - plus all other fixes shared with Windows version
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Version 2.7b34
WordWeaver
13 April 2012
I have been disappointed in Electric Sheep for quite some time now, the reason being that it looks rather crappy -- blurred, pixelated and out of focus on a large monitor. As I recall, this was not the case with my older Macs which had smaller monitors, such as a 17" screen. However, on a 24" iMac -- 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo -- and a 27" iMac -- 2.88 GHz Quad Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM -- as I said, it looks rather awful. Also, I have never seen anything as beautiful as the exotic images which are used to advertise this software. If there is a solution to the low-quality image problem, I'd really like to hear it. Is anyone else experiencing this fuzziness on large monitors? Thanks!
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Version 2.7b34
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
13 April 2012
Perhaps it is just my personal taste, but some of my favorite screensavers are Hyperspace, Multithemes X-Galaxy, Multithemes X-Vortex, Solar Winds and StarCluster. There were a few other well-done SS in the old days, but I can't remember their names now.
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alas!
14 September 2011
One of the most elegant and beautifully designed screensavers ever; ES(free of charge" and G-Force Platinum($30 per year)generate some of the most incredibly astounding imagery. This current ES version works just fine for me, no slowdowns or glitches here. Some of the generated imagery seems sharper than in earlier versions. Of course, what ES sorely lacks is a method for capturing and saving screen shots. Nevertheless, ES is an aesthetic tour de force in creative brilliance. Totally mind blowing....oh yeah!
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Version 2.7b33
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alas!
alas!
14 September 2011
G-Force Platinum, while $30 for initial purchase, is $15 yearly for updates. Since I object to that yearly tax, I just stay with my original purchased version which works just fine. Updates are not mandatory.
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Der~bot~haus
11 August 2010
Very sluggish. Looks as though it is dropping frames. No extra processor load, just stuck in molasses. Reverted back to b22 and speed has returned.
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Version 2.7b28
Fervid
03 October 2009
I'm probably one of the few people that's actually disappointed with this new version. I prefer to have the screensaver on half size (ie in the middle of the screen), but it seems you cannot do this in the new version. Am I missing something completely obvious in the settings?
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Version 2.7b15a