CoolBackground
CoolBackground
2.5

4.3

CoolBackground free download for Mac

CoolBackground

2.5
04 February 2011

Use screensaver as moving desktop picture.

Overview

CoolBackground allows you to use the screen saver selected in your preferences as a desktop picture. CoolBackground runs only on OS X 10.2 with Quartz Extreme. It is processor intensive, it is advised to use this application only with high-powered machines. Want to see CoolBackground in action? Download this QT video (630KB).

What's new in CoolBackground

Version 2.5:
  • 10.4 Tiger support. No longer 10.3 compatible
  • Exposé and Dashboard compatible
  • KNOW BUG: with some configurations animated desktop will stop on real screen saver launch
  • source code is available so if you might help me to fix that...

12 CoolBackground Reviews

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toshi
20 October 2002

Most helpful

It's Cool!
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
02 December 2004
There's a jillion apps like this. The one that seems safest and most reliable is Visage... even my G4/466 with a PCI 7000 can run low-impact savers like Dividing Space or Subversion (which is just too cool over a desktop picture) without bogging down using Visage. Go ahead, pay the man his shareware fee, it's a good hack. [no, I'm not the developer, don't even know the guy, I'm just a fella who had to boot to single-user to fix his file system after another screen-saver-on-desktop hack locked him up] Another nifty screen-saver tweaker is Saverlab.
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Version 2.4
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Anonymous
Anonymous
16 December 2004
Um, Visage don't work with 10.3.
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Version 2.4
Kingster
02 December 2004
Very cool Idea! Perhaps not fully cooked enough yet? All commands in the menu bar refuse to operate ,while this program is running, and all other apps slow down dramatically. Me thinks it's a memory hog, but I'm only running a G$ 867 with 1.5 gigs of ram.
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Version 2.4
1 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
16 December 2004
Hmm, I run on a G4 with 1GB and notice no slowdown... does Activity Viewer show it memory hogging? and what module are you doing (Flurry seems to work real well)
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Version 2.4
Mariusth86
01 December 2004
great program, works very well on my G4 iBook (now just need some fancy screensavers =P)
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Version 2.4
Anonymous
21 February 2004
Excelent app. Doesn't run well with Exposé though...
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Version 2.3.2
Anonymous
24 October 2003
Cool if you've got a jillion GHz Mac, which i don't.
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
23 October 2003
This is nifty
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
23 October 2003
Cool, but I have problems with Safari while running various savers...
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Version 2.3
153957
01 May 2003
"The trouble is, finding cool screensavers to use as my background....where can I find some!!!" right here on MacUpdate, download FadeText screensaver, i use it to it Rox, or else, use The Matrix, it uses lots of cpu, but its cool
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Version 2.2.3
Anonymous
14 March 2003
Cool Background combined with Desktop Calendar and TimeDiscSaver Screen saver----ah, finally I have a desktop I can live with. All I have to do is click on Show Desktop and I can see the time and calendar. All it needs is a menu control for Coolbackground.
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Version 2.2.3
Anonymous
14 March 2003
i'm using my macaquarium as my desktop. how cool is that? this program toally rocks.
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Version 2.2.3
Free

4.3

App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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