TextSpline
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Scrensaver that animates text.   Free
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TextSpline is a deceptively simple-looking screensaver that animates a line of text (in your choice of font and color) traveling over a randomly generated curvy line (with optional loops).

Uses Core Animation code that should be compatible with Mac OS 10.5 and later.

Note that the saver doesn't limit the length of the line of text, however since each letter uses up some resources, I would advise against using a text line greater than 128 characters in length (plus, it's hard to read long text while it's animating anyway).

Spacing between characters was tricky to do,
What's New
Version 1.0:
  • First released version
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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burypromote
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Ean reviewed on 02 Jan 2012
Nice. Great cat toy. Would be nice to have the text come from both sides of the screen, randomly.
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Knowhowe commented on 02 Jan 2012
I fondly remember the After Dark screensavers that used to run on my Macs up to (?) OS 8 or 9- it was a long time ago. One module did this animated text very well and another featured a photo-realistic finger, writing the text of your choice on the inside of your misted-up screen.

Wonderful stuff for its time. What ever became of it?
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Danhoo replied on 03 Jan 2012
I do miss After Dark screensavers (I used to write After Dark modules for fun back in the day). Sadly, Berkeley Systems was bought and is no more.

I stumbled upon some older interviews with some of the After Dark creators here that you might find worthwhile reading: http://lowendmac.com/thomas/afterdark.html
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Harry Macbeth reviewed on 02 Jan 2012
Many thanks to the developer for this this little screensaver! I'm amusing myself watching an old band name lark about on my monitor right now. (Ahhh, such are the egotistic entertainments these days for us ex-rock 'n rolling seniors.)
Perhaps somewhere down the road there might be purchased shareware options for slowing down the travelling speed a bit; or, dare I ask for it, ...psychedelic rainbow text?
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Downloads:653
Version Downloads:653
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Free
Date:02 Jan 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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TextSpline is a deceptively simple-looking screensaver that animates a line of text (in your choice of font and color) traveling over a randomly generated curvy line (with optional loops).

Uses Core Animation code that should be compatible with Mac OS 10.5 and later.

Note that the saver doesn't limit the length of the line of text, however since each letter uses up some resources, I would advise against using a text line greater than 128 characters in length (plus, it's hard to read long text while it's animating anyway).

Spacing between characters was tricky to do, and depending on the current CPU load on your system, you might find the characters get a little jammed together. Also, some fonts (e.g. Zapfino) might get cut off, due to glyph bounds complexity. I may try to expose a user setting to having better control of spacing between characters in a future version.


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