xBack
xBack 3.8
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View screensavers as your desktop picture.   Shareware ($10.00)
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xBack is a utility that allows you replace your desktop picture with a screen saver. While there are other ways to do it, none match xBacks ease of use or feature set. With xBack, you can bring your desktop to life.

Feature list:
  • Quickly start/stop the desktop screen saver
  • Easily change the desktop screen saver
  • Media Support:
    • iPhoto Albums and Slideshows
    • Quartz Composer files ( Mac OS X v10.4+ Only )
    • Create your own Slide Shows to share with others.
  • Configure screen saver preferences without having to
What's New
Version 3.8:
  • Added support for OS X 10.7 Lion
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later





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xBack User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Overall:
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easer reviewed on 28 Jun 2007
xBack has always had a smooth display and doesn't slow my system down. I also like the ability to preview and customize my screensavers in its window. I honestly don't know if their use of their own engine (rather than Apple's) is advantageous, but frankly, I haven't regretted buying this. Customer support has always been good. New competitors will likely always come along, but this program has a long-standing track record.
[Version 3.7.1]


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Gideon Softworks, Inc. (developer) commented on 27 Mar 2007
please contact us at feedback - at - gideonsoftworks.com for support.
[Version 3.7]


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tekk-x commented on 26 Mar 2007
Hey guys, look at this!

http://nilthacker.net/software/macApps/Wallsaver/Wallsaver.html

It's for free!!
[Version 3.7]


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Harristype reviewed on 16 Oct 2006
Excellent piece of software. Works fast, smooth, and flawlessly on my Intel iMac 20". Did someone really compare this to Backlight (last version was December 11, 2003)? Is Backlight continuosly being developed, and is there a universal binary yet? I'd gladly pay for low price software that's continuosly developed and improved rather than use free abandonware that's 3 years old (Jaguar-compatible?).
[Version 3.6.5]


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Kaiomai commented on 15 Sep 2006
Charging for the same functionality that other products offer for free. Should you be ashamed, or should we praise you for being a savvy businessperson? Reminds me of Microsoft, take that as you will.
[Version 3.6.4]


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8oo8 commented on 06 Jul 2006
xBack works fine, but so does Backlight http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8962,
which is free.
Try them both and then decide for yourself if xBack runs any better than Backlight.
[Version 3.6.3]


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ShotgunWeddings reviewed on 02 Jun 2006
? First off, I love this program, since v1.0 it's been the best of the lot that do anything similar!

? Secondly, I didn't start buying Mac's so I can be reminded why the hell I stopped using DOS boxes and WinClones.

I HATE COMMAND LINES

• For all of you nix-perts that love spouting off about how a TERMINAL equivalent can easily accomplish the same thing with a few lines of a commands, I have ONE thing to say.
• Get off your asses and write up a GUI front-end for the handicapped folks using Mac's and people like me that hate command lines!

And don't forget folks one of the many great features of the Mac's are it's graphics capablities & elegant GUI driven OS. Let's not waste it with lame excuses like Terminal not to exploit it!

Needed to be repeated obviously for yet another Terminal junkie.
[Version 3.6.3]


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SouthportLanes commented on 18 Mar 2006
Can someone please tell me how to change xBack's menu bar icon? The developer's is the worst eye sore ever. It's un ugly, color image (read: not an icon) the "uglifies" my menu bar.

Developer: please go back to the drawing board and come back with a menu bar ICON (preferably b&w like Apple's).

SC
[Version 3.5.4]

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jlennon314 replied on 14 May 2006
http://www.resexcellence.com/hack_html_02/07-30-02.shtml

If you go there, they can show you how to make your own menubar icons (or colorize, in this case).
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SouthportLanes replied on 20 May 2006
Thanks!
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Carbonide commented on 17 Mar 2006
Quits with an "Could Not Install Web Store ( Error : -2003 )" error!

This app wants to install something behind the back of the user. I despise software that does so!
[Version 3.5.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jul 2005
hmmm... pay for something that takes one line at the terminal to do for free. who cares if it doesn't use the screensaver engine. It's still something that can be done for free without the need for any software, shareware or freeware.
[Version 3.4.3]

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Anonymous commented on 10 Jul 2005
Did you happen to read the post from the developer directly below yours?
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Anonymous commented on 23 Aug 2005
good point tho - whats the difference between apples engine and xbacks engine? and why is xbacks better?
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thus.spake.z had trouble on 12 Sep 2009
xBack crashes every time when trying to run the wonderful screensaver "Electric Sheep".
I notified xBack's developer about this issue a while back but so far no fix. Maybe in xBack's next version, hmm? One can hope.
Wallsaver runs Electric Sheep without problems, though, so a fix should be quite feasible. Otherwise, xBack works quite well....been using it for several years.
[Version 3.7.6]


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ShotgunWeddings had trouble on 27 Mar 2007
Hey where is the icon in the menu bar gone to?

No way to control the program without it!

Mac OSX 10.4.9 , G4 PPC
[Version 3.7]


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Version Downloads:459
Type:Utilities : Wallpaper
License:Shareware
Date:14 Nov 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $10.00
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xBack is a utility that allows you replace your desktop picture with a screen saver. While there are other ways to do it, none match xBacks ease of use or feature set. With xBack, you can bring your desktop to life.

Feature list:
  • Quickly start/stop the desktop screen saver
  • Easily change the desktop screen saver
  • Media Support:
    • iPhoto Albums and Slideshows
    • Quartz Composer files ( Mac OS X v10.4+ Only )
    • Create your own Slide Shows to share with others.
  • Configure screen saver preferences without having to open System Preferences
  • Preview screen savers without having to open System Preferences
  • Menu based usage - no wasted space in the dock
  • Expose Compatible
  • Set a different background for each display


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