xBack free download for Mac

xBack3.8

14 November 2011

View screensavers as your desktop picture.

Overview

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

What's new in xBack

Version 3.8:
  • Added support for OS X 10.7 Lion

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How would you rate xBack app?

28 Reviews of xBack

5
JamesHarrisPhoto
16 October 2006
Version: 3.6.5

Most helpful

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?).
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Thus-spake-z
12 September 2009
Version: 3.7.6
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.
(0)
5
Easer
28 June 2007
Version: 3.7.1
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.
(0)
Gideon-Softworks,-Inc-
28 March 2007
Version: 3.7
please contact us at feedback - at - gideonsoftworks.com for support.
(0)
Shotgunweddings
27 March 2007
Version: 3.7
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
(0)
Tekk-X
26 March 2007
Version: 3.7
Hey guys, look at this! http://nilthacker.net/software/macApps/Wallsaver/Wallsaver.html It's for free!!
(0)
5
JamesHarrisPhoto
16 October 2006
Version: 3.6.5
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?).
(3)
Kaiomai
15 September 2006
Version: 3.6.4
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.
(0)
8oo8
06 July 2006
Version: 3.6.3
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.
(0)
5
Shotgunweddings
02 June 2006
Version: 3.6.3
? 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.
(0)
Southportlanes
18 March 2006
Version: 3.5.4
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
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Carbonide
17 March 2006
Version: 3.5.4
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!
(0)
Anonymous
11 July 2005
Version: 3.4.3
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.
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Anonymous
07 May 2005
Version: 3.4.1
Shell scripts like changedesktop et al... are not in the same class as xBack. xBack does not use the screen saver engine to draw the screen savers. We have our own code that handles loading the screen saver and generating the necessary window one level below the desktop. The last release of xBack to use the apples screen saver engine was v2.1. v2.5 and up used our custom code to perform the xBack trick. You can test his by renaming/moving the screen saver engineand running xback - the desktop animations will still work.
(0)
Anonymous
24 April 2005
Version: 3.4
ChangeDesktop is free and is much more interesting. It's also very stable. I have been using it for more than a year with no problems. $10?
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1.75
Anonymous
15 January 2005
Version: 3.3
This program would be great to purchase if the programer were an 8 year old kid and this was his lemonade stand.
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5
Anonymous
18 November 2004
Version: 3.3
This product has several advantages over the freeware utilities that do the same thing. The largest advantage, though, is the most important; it's supported. That's why it doesn't crash Expose and why it works with 10.3, unlike just about every other utility. It has an intuitive interface, and it's stable. As OSX changes, xBack keeps up with it. This utility is maligned and given unfair one-star ratings because it costs money. Well, if you don't want to pay for it, type the terminal command every time you want a desktop screensaver. It's certainly not hard. Me, I'll pay a little for convenience and the stability denied me by the freeware apps.
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Anonymous
14 September 2004
Version: 3.3
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background & That'll be $10, please.
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Anonymous
14 September 2004
Version: 3.3
I prefer BackLight... You can find it here: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8962
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Anonymous
22 June 2004
Version: 3.2
Backlight2 is another well-established free app that does this very well. http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/8962
(0)
2.5
Anonymous
21 June 2004
Version: 3.1
I cant believe that you charge for something that can be done easily and for free.
(0)
Gbbob
10 May 2004
Version: 3.1
All I would like to say is thank you to Gideon software for doing the right thing. Now I can try to pursue this project through someone else. I am just sorry to see it go the way it did. In the meantime if anyone would like to get a DVD of over 6700 NASA images you can reach me at spacemanimages@aol.com. Again thank you Gideon software for retracting the xPak porting of xBack.
(0)
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
08 May 2004
Version: 3.1
Because of a continuing disagreement and conflict with Robert Lewis, a person who claimed rights to the xPak files, xBack no longer supports xPak files. This information has been made public as of 3pm, May 8, 2004.
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Anonymous
13 April 2004
Version: 3.0
People should be aware that DeskSaver is free and provides similar functionality. Combine DeskSaver with SaveHollywood, and you can play movies on your desktop.
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4.25
Anonymous
13 April 2004
Version: 3.0
cool to see it get an update, i love it, but..... ...can you find a way that it doesnt dissapear when you use hot corners to minimize everything????? please???? Ill probably pay for it if this makes it into the next rev.
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5
Anonymous
04 November 2003
Version: 2.5.1
Great Application! It works perfectly on my Aluminium 1,33 GHz/1GB Ram...
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5
Anonymous
04 October 2003
Version: 2.5
well done! fun xpecially while webbing... try it with marine acquarium or red pill...saver thanks
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5
Stylin
24 December 2002
Version: 2.1.1
ok, so don't expect miracles! if you have a DP 1Ghz then maybe this will do the do with more complex savers but by the same time, it's REAL good as it is. use smaller savers with less going on, like the forest,abstract...etc... and my imac 800 does it with no lag.Also great access from the menu bar so you can stop it sucking cpu when you REALLY need it like in video editing and the like. great program.
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3.5
Tychay
08 July 2002
Version: 1.1
This program allows one to take a screensaver and have it appear on the your main desktop as the entire desktop or as part of one. Caveats: 1) It doesn't seem to be able to do many 3rd party screen savers (including Randomize) in some cases it crashes app; 2) it is a CPU hog (not much that can be done here); 3) there is no support for multiple monitors (I think); 4) It will cover all icons on your desktop. Having said that, the price (free) can't be beat. Try it out, it'll certainly be something fun to show off to others. Kudos to the author.
(0)
$10.00

4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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