Electric Sheep
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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
What's New
Version 2.7b35b:
  • fixed "infinite loop" issue when loop iterations value is set to 0
  • improved sheep list calculation when in seamless playback
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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Libertyforall1776 commented on 13 Apr 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
[Version 2.7b34]


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WordWeaver commented on 13 Apr 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!
[Version 2.7b34]

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WordWeaver replied on 13 Apr 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! reviewed on 14 Sep 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!
[Version 2.7b33]

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alas! replied on 14 Sep 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 commented on 11 Aug 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.
[Version 2.7b28]


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Fervid commented on 03 Oct 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?
[Version 2.7b15a]


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Lee123 commented on 15 Aug 2009
They have the crasher fix.
[Version 2.7b15a]


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fyreflye commented on 02 May 2009
Worked beautifully on OS 10.4.11; crashes on opening with 10.5.6
[Version 2.7b15a]


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siddhartha reviewed on 02 May 2009
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)
[Version 2.7b15a]


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thus.spake.z reviewed on 01 May 2009
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.
[Version 2.7b15]

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Anon99 commented on 09 Feb 2010
You can just go into ~/Library/Application Support/ElectricSheep/content/mpeg -- and open the any of the saved .avi movies, using VLC, or QuickTime if you have Perian installed. Find whatever frame you want, and export a still of it.
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spotspot commented on 24 Apr 2009
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)
[Version 2.6.9]

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spotspot replied on 24 Apr 2009
btw, thank you for the very kind comments below :)
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maboroshi had trouble on 01 Sep 2009
Please fix this for Snow Leopard! I love this screen saver!
[Version 2.7b15a]

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Wooden Brain Concepts replied on 14 Sep 2009
Yes, please very much. ;-)
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maboroshi commented on 14 Sep 2009
I guess they forgot to update MU, but if you go to their site there is a new SL compatible version up!

http://community.electricsheep.org/download

Woo hoo!
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Wooden Brain Concepts replied on 14 Sep 2009
Thanks, I just went there myself, and got the update, but it still says it can't be used on this computer. A bit baffled because even older screen savers, including the old version of Electric Sheep, work as-is on my intel laptop also running 10.6.1. But this is not specific to Electric Sheep -- same story also with other supposedly SL compatible screen savers, such as Euphoria 10.2.

Since this is OT, if anyone else is having general issues (or better yet, knows the solution), try looking at this thread:

http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10210603#10210603
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Macrob had trouble on 01 May 2009
Ok. I removed the .saver file and the folders in application support.
I re-downloaded and installed again, and it seems to work fine.
[Version 2.7b15a]


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Peter da Silva had trouble on 01 May 2009
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
[Version 2.7b15]

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Peter da Silva commented on 01 May 2009
Now it says "error connecting to server". Bother.
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Macrob had trouble on 01 May 2009
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.
[Version 2.7b15]

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gazman replied on 01 May 2009
Ditto.
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2stepbay commented on 01 May 2009
Same crash here. I posted a crash report at the developer's site.
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Peter da Silva commented on 01 May 2009
Same here, Mac mini G4, 10.5.6
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EJ1 had trouble on 02 Mar 2006
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
[Version 2.6.6]

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EJ1 replied on 05 Mar 2006
I got it working by downloading the Bit-torrent files on developers website.

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Myka rated on 12 Dec 2011

[Version 2.7b33]



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mday rated on 07 Nov 2011

[Version 2.7b33]



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Sarazil rated on 15 Sep 2011

[Version 2.7b33]


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Date:14 Oct 2013
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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.


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