Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep
3.0.2

4.2

Electric Sheep free download for Mac

Electric Sheep3.0.2

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:
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44 Reviews of Electric Sheep

2.5
WordWeaver
26 April 2018
Version: 3.0.2

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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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5
lwbrown
16 June 2018
Version: 3.0.2
always mezmerising
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2.5
WordWeaver
26 April 2018
Version: 3.0.2
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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nobody2011
23 April 2018
Version: 3.0.2
The best Screen Saver is the black screen
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Libertyforall1776
11 December 2017
Version: 3.0
3.0.1a is out!
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Libertyforall1776
28 July 2016
Version: 2.7b36
Screen Saver does not run on 10.11.6. :(
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Libertyforall1776
14 April 2012
Version: 2.7b34
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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WordWeaver
13 April 2012
Version: 2.7b34
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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alas!
14 September 2011
Version: 2.7b33
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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Der~bot~haus
11 August 2010
Version: 2.7b28
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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Fervid
03 October 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
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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Maboroshi
01 September 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
Please fix this for Snow Leopard! I love this screen saver!
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Lee123
15 August 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
They have the crasher fix.
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Fyreflye
02 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
Worked beautifully on OS 10.4.11; crashes on opening with 10.5.6
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Siddhartha
02 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
Fantastic screensaver-one of the best! Only problem-I wish that it would work on 2 screens-I have 2 screens, and one is simply blank while the screensaver runs. Would be great if it would span the screens, or run separately on both (even mirror would be nice)
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Macrob
01 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15a
Ok. I removed the .saver file and the folders in application support. I re-downloaded and installed again, and it seems to work fine.
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Thus-spake-z
01 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15
As far as screensavers/visualisers go, Electric Sheep is, IMO, in the same league as the wonderful G-Force; both render some incredibly beautiful and breathtaking imagery. What E.S. lacks, however, is method to capture screenshots, which G-Force already has. E.S. sorely needs that feature. I think that it would be a very interesting collaboration for the developers of both E.S. and G-Force to work together and combine techniques. Anyway, been using E.S. for some time now and loving it. In light of the apparent glitches with E.S. 2.7b15, I'll stick with version 2.6 for now and wait for the beta to evolve into a stable version.
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resuna
01 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15
IMPORTANT NOTE: From the Electric Sheep website... Before the new hotfix is out. If you have a crash running screensaver just after installation of b15, please try the following: After installation, check if all folders on the path "~/Library/Application Support/ElectricSheep/content" exist. If not, please recreate those missing manually. Or just launch this in Terminal: cd ~;mkdir -p "`pwd`/Library/Application Support/ElectricSheep/content";cd - When all folders are created, the screen saver should not crash anymore. I am working on the patch and b15a should be out soon. If it still crash for you, please let me know. Thanks, Daniel
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Macrob
01 May 2009
Version: 2.7b15
2.7 crashes system prefs as soon as it's selected. MacPro 10.5.6, 13 GB ram, and I've never used this before, so I don't have the old version still installed.
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spotspot
24 April 2009
Version: 2.6.9
The version listed here no longer exists. The 2.6 server is being shut down. You must upgrade to 2.7, see http://community.electricsheep.org/node/509 or just http://electricsheep.org for the latest. --Spot (the developer)
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Jasarthur
06 August 2007
Version: 2.6.7
Really fine and creative, highly detailed graphics--just wish it lasted longer before recycling!
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Sidetracked
18 August 2006
Version: 2.6.7
A clarification to my review below. Although it took 48 hours before I used it, to be clear it was downloading unseen in the background during that time. I was using the computer normally, with no loss of speed. The computer was also going in and out of sleep. Didn't want people to think the computer had to be sitting open on the program that long!
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4.75
Sidetracked
18 August 2006
Version: 2.6.7
My Favorite screensaver. Always changing, always evolving. I just sent a donation, since I now use it all the time. It does take forever for the first sheep to download. It took almost 48 hours before I could use it. But, after 2 days I had one working, and in the months since there are always new ones coming and old ones going without my doing anything. Over 5 months it's worked without a hitch. Not sure it's the case for everyone who's had trouble starting it, but maybe it just takes some patience... Really worth trying, very special and very beautiful. Just don't expect it to work in 5 minutes!
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3.75
Lettuce
19 July 2006
Version: 2.6.7
Had to go into Options and then into Download to change the default cache from 100 to 1000 despite the ReadMe suggesting that 1000 is, in fact, the suggested size (might want to make it default) before I could get it to do anything. Once I did? Outstanding. Love it, and would have rated it higher on but for the ease of use bugaboo.
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Jazzduck
12 June 2006
Version: 2.6.7
Well, this is a load of bull. The client never downloads anything from the server. You just get to stare at the "Please wait while downloading the first sheep..." message endlessly. There are plenty of supposed "fixes" on the developer's website's forums, but none of them work. From the comments there, it's clear that this problem is years old, so apparently the developer either doesn't know how to fix the problem, or doesn't realize the problem exists. Curious, I visited the server manually in Safari, and guess what? If you follow the links that are supposed to take you to the actual .mpg's that are the sheep, those .mpg's never load either. So what do we have? A screen saver that just gives you a static "please wait" picture. Huh. No thanks.
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Yakuzah
08 April 2006
Version: 2.6.7
Does not work at all for me! Never has! ON every version it never downloads a new sheep? I have nothing to block the connection and have left the sheep trying to connect for hours sometimes. Pants!
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Ej1
06 April 2006
Version: 2.6.7
This version 2.6.7 works perfectly for me now.
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mswfujowdffyc
05 April 2006
Version: 2.6.7
Just a heads up...their servers are very slow sometimes, i know it took me nearly an hour to get my first sheep, you're best off just running it overnight to see if it works
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8oo8
05 April 2006
Version: 2.6.7
This version works just fine.
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8oo8
13 March 2006
Version: 2.6.6
This version doesn't work for me either; just a black screen. Installed it twice, had it on my system for 5 days both times; no go. Earlier versions worked fine for me, too. My Mac is running OS 10.3.9.
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Pizzagew
10 March 2006
Version: 2.6.6
Screensaver won't work for me either. I get the screen saying that it is downloading first sheep, and that is as far as it gets. I tried earlier versions with no problems. Something must be broken.
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Ej1
03 March 2006
Version: 2.6.6
iMac G4, 10.3.9 Version 2.6.6 won't run on my system where older versions did. All I get is a black screen. My Electric Sheep folder only has two files now - data020c.000 and gen202
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4.75
St00pid-M0nk3y
02 March 2006
Version: 2.6.6
This is by far the bets looking screensaver I have ever seen. And it's free. It doesn't get any better than that. =)
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Garyi
25 February 2006
Version: 2.6.5
Not working for me on my intel iMac, just sits there saying be patient, a look in the application support shows a file with zero kb. Bummer
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Anonymous
13 November 2005
Version: 2.6.3
Nice idea, but it won't download anything. The port is free, even with Firewall shut off, no single sheep loads - after 5 mins, 3 MB DSL. ???
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4.75
Anonymous
07 November 2005
Version: 2.6.2
i've been using this creation for a year now and i think it's the most amazing piece of passive software ever. people walk into my studio jabbering madly about this or that project and glance at the screen and BOOM! silence. stuck staring at the screen. some call it a screen saver; i think it's an angel birthing machine. all hail the 24.7 gods of electrosomnambulism.
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Anonymous
07 November 2005
Version: 2.6.2
Why not just allow us to render our own "sheep" instead of low quality mpegs clogging our ISPs?
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Anonymous
01 September 2005
Version: 2.6
Wow! This is by far the most amazing and engrossing screen saver I have ever seen. It keeps coming up with more and more of these amazing, endlessly fascinating and stunningly beautiful moving fractals. They really are indescribeable and far more artistic and engrossing than I imagined they would be. I keep neglecting my work and turning on my screen saver. Try this - it's possibly the best free thing you can get on the net.
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4.5
Anonymous
24 June 2005
Version: 2.6
Wow it looks a lot cooler than I thought it would. It was set to giga upon giga of space to claim, but I ain't got it. I'm only giving it 100 MB, and the stuff that comes through is wild!
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1.75
Anonymous
23 June 2005
Version: 2.6
Must be for broadband, or not Tiger supported, waited for ages for my first sheep and gave up, then it hung waking up my eMac's screen
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
Version: 2.6
I've been waiting for a Mac 2.6 version for months now that would install itself-no code savy personage am I even tho the web site stated that was easy...really!-and this simply replaced the earlier 2.5 version in my Screen Savers folder. My only hope is that the few hundred sheep I already have corralled will be set free to graze with this new version as well as the new additions to the flock from the 2.6 server.
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Anonymous
31 May 2005
Version: 2.4b4
there is not a 2.6 version for OS X because no one is working on it. the developer states that he is not a Mac developer and the OS X version will be cut off unless someone steps up to do it(incompatible). come on people!
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4.75
Anonymous
07 January 2004
Version: 2.4b4
This has got to be one of the neatest concepts for a screensaver since Seti@home. It's gorgeous, but it isn't just gorgeous; it's participatory dreaming for your computer along with hundreds of others. There seems to be a glitch which causes it to get stuck looping one pattern in Mac OSX, but it doesn't happen all the time and it's only a minor inconvenience.
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4.75
Anonymous
24 October 2003
Version: 2.4b4
This screen saver is damn cool. The patterns are ever-changing, and very vivid. I find it really interesting the way the patterns imitate natrual selection as well. It is really nice when you use this screensaver in conjunction with a a cool little program that runs your screensaver on your desktop. It would be really cool if you had the option to download higher quiality fractals though.
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4.75
Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 2.4b4
I've gotta say that I love this screensaver. Its a little repetitive, but has a glorious textured feel to it, and the motion is just so fluid! I'd love to see more like this. Wonder how it runs on lesser hardware? And its ever changing downloads kick some potential booty.
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