iPhoto gridSaver
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iPhoto gridSaver takes the concept of the iTunes Artwork screensaver, applies it to iPhoto. Yep, that's right - there was no equivalent screensaver for iPhoto...until now!
What's New
Version 2.0:
  • Multi-monitor support!
  • Choose an iPhoto Album to use!
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • iPhoto (tested on iPhoto '08)

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ver. 2.x:
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Dokter_mac tipped on 06 Dec 2009
I've tried this screensaver on a PowerMac G5 (dual proc. 2.7Ghz, 8Gb RAM, ATI X800XT) running 10.5.8 and it's working great!

I love this screensaver. It's a nice idea and I wonder why Apple did not added this as a standard screensaver.
Anyway, the main reason I'm posting this is because of the feedback for the developer.

- Runs great on a 'PPC PowerMac G5'! So this great screensaver is NOT Intel only but 'PPC/Intel' compatible! Great job!!!
- Tested with the latest release of Leopard 10.5.8 (on a 'PPC based Mac').
- I've runned the screensaver for about 1 hour and it NEVER crashed!
- First time launch was a bit 'slower' then my other screensavers. About one second to load 8 rows/5sec. Second launch was much faster.

I think your code is not that bad ;-). Thanks for building this!

With kind regards.
[Version 1.2]

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Kbmurphy (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2009
Thank you so much for giving this a try! I had to do a little research and mess with some settings in order to get the screensaver to work with Snow Leopard...while I was in there, I did some things to enable it to work on OS 10.5 too, as well as the G5, but I didn't know for sure if it would work.

I will update the description of the software accordingly!

I'm glad you like the screensaver!

Allanmacam commented on 06 Dec 2009
Crashed as soon as I tried to use it. 10.6.2
[Version 1.2]

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Kbmurphy (developer) replied on 06 Dec 2009
I'm sorry that happened. This usually occurs because your iPhoto library is not located in the default location (~/Pictures)...

The code I use to browse iPhotos comes almost entirely from Apple. I'm a hobbyist developer so it will be a little bit before I can solve this one. If you use the default iPhoto location though, it should work.

If you are using the default iPhoto location, please email me some details about your crash.



thus.spake.z reviewed on 06 Jun 2009
Works really nicely on my MacBook pro core 2 duo w/Leopard 10.5.7, although it does cause System Preferences to crash once in a while, even though a copy of iPhoto library is in my ~/Pictures folder.
I've got many hundreds of incredible Sound Spectrum "G-Force" screenshots that I've saved and iPhotogridsaver presents them really effectively.
The images in the grid can be set to change at intervals of 1-5 seconds and the number of
rows of images set from 2-8.
Makes for some very satisfying eye candy.
[Version 1.1]

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thus.spake.z commented on 07 Jun 2009
Well, the crashes are occurring regularly now, usually within a minute after actuating gridSaver, every time.
Maybe I oughta deduct one of my stars....I was bit too generous. So it's four stars after all;
the full five stars comes after the crashing issue is resolved.
Too bad, 'cause gridSaver is really a sweet little confection otherwise.

allanmacam commented on 06 Jun 2009
Same trouble here.
[Version 1.1]

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kbmurphy (developer) replied on 06 Jun 2009
Your iPhoto Library must be in ~/Pictures

In the future this will likely be rectified. Also you must be on OS 10.5 and on an Intel mac.

Paladino had trouble on 16 Feb 2009
Activating the screensaver causes my System Preferences to crash. I'd send my iPhoto gridSaver crash log to the developer, but there's no contact info on his website.
[Version 1.0]

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Paladino replied on 16 Feb 2009
It's my System Preferences crash log that I'd send over to him. When it crashed, I got a message on my screen stating that iPhotp gridSaver was the culprit.

kbmurphy (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2009
First, thank you for downloading this and giving it a shot.

I am a hobbyist developer so I may not actually be able to help you, but I will try.

I don't list my email address on the site, but it can be found in the Read Me file. If you send me your crash log info I'll be happy to take a look.

kbmurphy (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2009
Just an FYI to anyone who downloads this and has trouble--this software assumes that the location of your iPhoto library is in iPhoto's standard place... ~/Pictures/

The people who have had problems with this application are those that have moved their iPhoto Libraries elsewhere.
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iPhoto gridSaver takes the concept of the iTunes Artwork screensaver, applies it to iPhoto. Yep, that's right - there was no equivalent screensaver for iPhoto...until now!

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