My Living Desktop
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Scenic animated desktop backgrounds.   Demo ($19.95)
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My Living Desktop has been the only video desktop and screen saver product available for the Mac since 2005. It transforms your desktop into a moving, living environment by playing serene nature videos right on your desktop as you work. It comes complete with over two dozen Serene Scenes shot from all over the world. Plus users can import their own home movie video footage right into My Living Desktop for viewing on the desktop or as a screen saver.

Features:
  • 28 Serene Scenes from all over the world.
  • Create your own Collection of playlist
What's New
Version 5.3.1:

Note: OS X 10.6.8 users should not update to this version. This update is for users of OS X 10.7 and 10.8 only.

  • Fixed a problem where the randomization of scenes and their star ratings are properly recognized
  • Fixed an occasional bug whereby the Scenes and Settings would not come forward when selected from the menu bar
  • Fixed a bug whereby the screen saver scene would switch unnecessarily sometimes when the desktop started up

Version 5.3.1:

Note: OS X 10.6.8 users should not update to this version. This update is for users of OS X 10.7 and 10.8 only.

  • Fixed a problem where the randomization of scenes and their star ratings are properly recognized
  • Fixed an occasional bug whereby the Scenes and Settings would not come forward when selected from the menu bar
  • Fixed a bug more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 1GB available HD space



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My Living Desktop User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
(93)
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mgus reviewed on 29 Sep 2013
Glitchy software

This software needs work. It keeps reinstalling itself as a Login Item even after being removed repeatedly. There is no “deactivate” or "preferences" option in the menu bar. You have to find your way via “Scenes and Settings” and then click on the small unlabeled wheel icon- and still no general option to deactivate the program entirely, only for specific apps. It slows processing speed noticeably as it turns on, and keeps popping up on it’s own despite system screen saver preference settings. Also, two weeks after downloading all available scenes, the bottom screen still reads “screen download in progress.”
[Version 5.3.1]


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hugelshofer commented on 25 Sep 2013
The Dev is very responsive via their Support eMail form.

#respect
[Version 5.3.1]


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+1

Russ_7d0e1cd4 reviewed on 23 Jul 2013
I needed to reinstall on my new Mac, and literally within 2 hours I had heard back from them with my registration code, along with new links to download my ScenePaks... the ones I had purchased in early 2012! Best customer service ever.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Bretts reviewed on 08 Mar 2013
Needed assistance with an upgrade application. FAST response and great support to see this product installed and working correctly. Sets the marker for what customer service should be.
[Version 5.3.1]


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-4

Lebeis reviewed on 28 Jan 2013
Terrible app. The videos are low-quality, it crashes a lot and i have problems every update.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Maritina reviewed on 26 Jan 2013
This is a wonderful application. The scenes are relaxing and very serene. I like the sounds and moving images, it is like through a window. Excellent product.
[Version 5.3.1]


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Lebeis commented on 29 Nov 2012
Videos are not in HD. Crashes sometimes and updates do not work
[Version 5.3]


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tg62 reviewed on 02 Oct 2012
I love the scenes and sounds. I change them frequently and enjoy going to sleep to the crickets and waking up to the birds. My Living Desktop has brought extra beauty into my world. Thanks!
[Version 5.3]


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+2

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Roddowdell reviewed on 26 Sep 2012
Great Support
You always hope you don't need support but something went wrong during my install on my Mountain Lion Mac. These guys responded very quickly and numerous times until we resolved the issue (even though it was the weekend). I wish more developers were like this.

The app is great too BTW.
[Version 5.1.2]


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+26

Stike reviewed on 31 Jul 2012
This app is pretty great!
I just wish there was the ability to have 1080p video instead. You know, since resolutions are ever increasing, as does processing power, it would be nice as an option for the power users.

Also, SSDs in newer computers also mean there is not strain on disk access, so even less worry to have 1080p.

Its just too bad that the app has a pretty slow and non-standard UI, which can be confusing (for some) and annoying (for slower machines)
[Version 5.1.1]

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JosephAW replied on 22 Aug 2012
I went back to version 4.9 for this reason. I can play all my 1080p videos and the cpu usage is lower then with version 5 at 720 which was staccato.
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Stike replied on 24 Aug 2012
So, where can I find the 4.9 version to try that?
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JosephAW replied on 24 Aug 2012
I looks like they pulled it from their web site. Even CNet's download link fails. You could try contacting support with your SN and they may send you the previous version.
I fell back on my original version when installed.
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+98
Mac007 had trouble on 25 Jan 2011
I discovered that My Living Desktop conflicts with Change Desktop causing the animated desktop not to appear until you quit Change Desktop.
[Version 4.8.3]


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+6
Jcherian had trouble on 16 Nov 2010
My rising sun icon no longer accepted clicks. I updated to 10.6.5 this morning. I turned off Living Desktop 4.8.1 via System Preferences: Desktop & Screensaver - by selecting another screensaver (I never had the living desktop background option turned on - just used it for animated screensaver). I have since turned off the rising sun icon in System preferences and when I turned it back on, the menu icon accepts clicks now.

Waiting for next update for Living Desktop.
[Version 4.8.1]


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Mats-Christensson had trouble on 12 Nov 2010
Very nice program, although i have some problems with it on my MBP 13` latest.
Sometimes the whole screen flashes red. Happens when i start programs like Tweetie or looking on Youtube. Hope there is a fix. Otherwise i love the program, but i must have a fix for the red flashes.
[Version 4.8.1]

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Sam Vaughan replied on 13 Nov 2010
Same thing with me and my computer freezes. It happened after i downloaded the newest software update. Hopefully they will have an update to fix it.
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Victorlgarcia commented on 15 Nov 2010
The same thing is happening here.... But it's all the time. Really annoying

roi10 rated on 29 Apr 2013

[Version 5.3.1]



Jeff Schlueter rated on 11 Apr 2013

[Version 5.3.1]



Maritina rated on 26 Jan 2013

[Version 5.3.1]



+3

solora20 rated on 18 Jan 2013

[Version 5.3.1]



coreydgaf rated on 22 Dec 2012

[Version 5.3]



-4

Lebeis rated on 29 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3]



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Aleksandr_39c7d7c9 rated on 29 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3]



theteach rated on 22 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3]



zamazoom rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3]



Pmu8158 rated on 04 Nov 2012

[Version 5.3]


Downloads:67,622
Version Downloads:9,233
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Demo
Date:07 Jan 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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My Living Desktop has been the only video desktop and screen saver product available for the Mac since 2005. It transforms your desktop into a moving, living environment by playing serene nature videos right on your desktop as you work. It comes complete with over two dozen Serene Scenes shot from all over the world. Plus users can import their own home movie video footage right into My Living Desktop for viewing on the desktop or as a screen saver.

Features:
  • 28 Serene Scenes from all over the world.
  • Create your own Collection of playlist scenes for any occasion.
  • Play the same or different scenes on all your screens.
  • Import your own scenes to play on the desktop or screen saver.
  • Auto Serenity Break built right in reminds you to take a break.
  • Auto-mute and auto-disable features.
  • Does not interfere with your Macs performance.
  • Rate your favorite scenes to show more often.
  • Built in Serene Scene store to add more scenes to your desktop experience with over 100 scenes shot from all over the globe.


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