Cavendish Screensaver
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Cavendish's screensaver module beautifully visualizes the gravitational forces shaping our universe, accurately predicting and drawing the paths of celestial bodies as their masses attract each other. The screensaver generates a 3D universe with randomly distributed bodies and then uses OpenGL to display the evolution of the system due to gravity. Solar systems with multiple stable planetary orbits often form, as do unstable ones with many gravity slingshots, binary stars, and other interesting features. Regardless of the result, Cavendish is guaranteed to produce a compelling and accurate
What's New
Version 1.3:
  • Snow Leopard compatible.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 (see website for 10.4/10.5 compatible version)



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Theonetruerobb reviewed on 30 Aug 2012
This has been my favorite screen candy since I upgraded to OSX, but it's badly in need of an update. It's been crashing regularly since at least Snow Leopard. As for any improved graphics mentioned by others here, well....it's free. A whizzier look would be great, but I'd be fine with just a simple re-compile so that it worked consistently with Apple's recent OS releases.

Hoping for a new version, and soon....
[Version 1.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Nov 2004
It looks like moving spheres with trails - a modernized version of ye old planets screensaver where little balls flew around the screen, their gravity interacted with each other, they collapsed into larger balls on collision, and finally exploded again once critical mass was reached. With tons of extras to configure.

Bugs:
Shading works properly on the spheres when watching the preview run inside the System Pref's window. But in fullscreen mode there is no shadow - they're all just bright balls. (TiBook 667MHz, 16MB ATI Radeon GC)

Suggestions:
Instead of saving and loading different configs via buttonpress (several are included), what about incorporating it all into a drop-down menu from which you can access all the configs previously made and add your own?
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Nov 2004
Looks Very Nice! Works great if you like the "Flurry" style screensaver. This is a very Mac like program.

Download it you fools!
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Mar 2004
Looks "Mac-ish" to me. Uses a nice layout with simple blanks for the values (which, I guess, could be replaced with sliders that have a dedicated range, but what fun is there in that?). Encourages experimentation and looks quite nice too. Plenty of options to minimize processor taxation, yet still provide a hypnotic visualization of gravity theory. (It's gravity, right? Whatever - the interrelationships are gravity-like.)

(Reposted as independent comment - didn't realize that replying didn't offer rating options. Apologies for duplication.)
[Version 1.0.2]


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Ghm commented on 03 Mar 2004
Okay - if you are an ULTRA GEEK, download it and start screwing with it! I almost go ill just looking at the complexity. It's probably a work of art when it comes to programming, but how "un-Macish" can you get!!! 10 bucks says it's a true-blue UNIX cat who whipped this one up! I smoked it as soon as I opened it.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Nov 2004
You have got to show me how you smoke programs someday! A smoked a lot of different things back in my day, but never have I tried an application before. You crazy kids you!
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Valerio commented on 02 Mar 2004
Not so cool as it seems to be... I was looking for some nice graphics too, not only math equation visualizations...
[Version 1.0.1]


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Downloads:13,551
Version Downloads:3,220
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Free
Date:24 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Cavendish's screensaver module beautifully visualizes the gravitational forces shaping our universe, accurately predicting and drawing the paths of celestial bodies as their masses attract each other. The screensaver generates a 3D universe with randomly distributed bodies and then uses OpenGL to display the evolution of the system due to gravity. Solar systems with multiple stable planetary orbits often form, as do unstable ones with many gravity slingshots, binary stars, and other interesting features. Regardless of the result, Cavendish is guaranteed to produce a compelling and accurate visualization.

The screensaver is fully customizable, with support for user modification of nineteen different parameters varying from the number of bodies to be simulated all the way to a switch for drawing velocity and acceleration vectors. Furthermore, the screensaver supports loading and saving of different configuration files to allow favorite systems to be reused.

This is the screensaver module for the full-featured gravitational dynamics visualization tool, Cavendish.


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