Visage
Visage 2.4.2
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Customize your login/boot panel, and more.   Shareware ($9.95)
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Visage is a System Preferences pane that allows you to easily and safely customize the appearance of your Mac. You can run screen savers as your desktop background, customize your login panel, personalize system alerts, and more! Visage keeps track of Apple's default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time.
  • Desktop Effects: Visage allows you to run screen savers in the background on your desktop while you work. Visage remembers your favorite desktop effects and can automatically rotate among them at a designated time
What's New
Version 2.4.2:
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
  • Login background feature works in Leopard.
  • Updated eSellerate libraries to fix registration problems in Leopard.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later





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Kzx72 reviewed on 29 Mar 2011
One of those rare all in one programs that hasn't been updated in some time unfortunately. Love it if the dev released a 64 bit version for OS X Lion.
[Version 2.4.2]


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Picon reviewed on 11 Apr 2008
Had a little time on my hands, so I tested a few apps (xBack, Visage, DeskSaver, DesktopSaver, and Wallsaver). xBack and Visage are shareware, the others are freeware. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. xBack and Visage are feature rich compared to the others. I wanted to like xBack, but with activity monitor opened to watch the amount of real memory usage and CPU, I was quite surprised. With xBack running, switch around between various screen savers. Doing this, the real memory jumped from around 20mb to more than 300mb, and as somone else stated, CPU usage was around 40% or more. Also, after switching screen savers a few times, some of them failed to load the second time around. It was enough to give me cause for concern. I am running an intel iMac with 10.5.2. Visage had none of these problems, plus it offers more features to customize your mac. It is a preference pain, not a stand alone app. One of its preferences allows you to choose 5 different levels of CPU usage. I used the lowest setting, switched around my various screen savers numerous times, and the real memory stayed around 20-30mb, with CPU usage dependent on the specific screen saver. A more complex saver used more CPU, but when you chose a simple one, the CPU usage came back down.

As for the freeware, they all worked to get your screen saver on your desktop, but that was basically it. No ability to change savers from the program, can't look at the individual savers options, no randomizing, etc. But they worked, and their screensaver engines used roughly the same amount of memory/CPU as Visage. My favorite of the free group was Wallsaver.

But if I get such a product, Visage would be my #1 choice.
[Version 2.4.2]


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freedom4 reviewed on 13 May 2006
Excellent little application. If you like to personalize your computer, then you'll love this program. It looks great in your system preferences, so you don't have to open yet another application. The features range from putting screensavers on your desktop to changing the login screen to other fun things (and you can make the finder icon with the hat your actual finder icon - looks nice). While some of these features may be found elsewhere, I haven't seen any other programs that let you do so much with them so easily, especially not for the price! Definitely try it out for yourself.
[Version 2.4.1]


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Jeff-H. commented on 02 Sep 2005
I can't say truthfully if Visage conflicted with my MANY upgrades on my G4 (the only original part is the motherboard, all of the PCI slots are full-Super ATA controller card, Alchemy TV card, M-audio 7.1 card, and a Powerlogix processor upgrade), but I started to experience some strange stuff after I installed Visage.

I definately know better that to install any appearance altering software with all these upgrades...I've never had good luck with software like Shapeshifter, MightyMouse, etc... but I got a little temp insanity and tried it. Again, it caused kernel panicks, freezes, etc...

Not knocking the software just didn't work for me.
[Version 2.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jul 2005
Your 1.2.4 is only 1.2.3
Why do you name it as 1.2.4 when it's only 1.2.3?
[Version 2.1]


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Bob_weiner reviewed on 28 Jun 2005
Very easy to use, and works great under Tiger. Thank you Keaka Jackson, for making Visage available under Tiger!
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Jun 2005
Yayyyy, Visage is back, and a free upgrade to boot, Nice work!!!
[Version 2.0]


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Bob_weiner commented on 21 Jun 2005
Are there any Tiger compatible programs that have Visage's equivalent functionality?
[Version 1.2.4]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Jun 2005
Visage 2.0 is compatible with Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger). Try it out!
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Bob_weiner replied on 27 Jun 2005
Awesome!! Thanks so much for creating Visage version 2.0 :)
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 May 2005
It worked grate with 10.3 but after I installed 10.4-
"Visage 1.2.4 " doesn't work properly anymore and
so far the author didn't show his interest to quick update his program (last update was 10/04/2002).
Should I wait or just delete “Visage” from the computer and forged it?
[Version 1.2.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Feb 2005
Visage conflicts with Exposé in OS X-causing the F keys to not function, the hot corners don't work along with the Command-Tab feature.
[Version 1.2.4]


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Downloads:27,069
Version Downloads:4,465
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:31 Oct 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.95
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Visage is a System Preferences pane that allows you to easily and safely customize the appearance of your Mac. You can run screen savers as your desktop background, customize your login panel, personalize system alerts, and more! Visage keeps track of Apple's default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time.
  • Desktop Effects: Visage allows you to run screen savers in the background on your desktop while you work. Visage remembers your favorite desktop effects and can automatically rotate among them at a designated time interval. Visage lets you control the CPU usage of the effects and can even start desktop effects automatically at login.

  • Login Background: Visage lets you use any jpeg image as the background image of your login screen. Visage can even select a random image from your collection so that you will see a different background every time you log out!

  • Login Panel: Visage makes it easy to customize the login panel itself. You may use your own images in place of the Apple logo and 'Mac OS X' image. Visage maintains a collection of your favorite images so that you can quickly and easily change between them. You may also display a textual banner, which is useful for organizations that wish to display a message to all users prior to login.

  • Personal Alerts: Visage lets you personalize your system alerts. You can have alerts such as the shut down confirmation say your name or any other phrase!

If you like to personalize your Mac, Visage is an essential tool!!


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