30 Mac Screensavers to Inspire & Inform

There are countless screensavers available for showing beautiful photographs and funky swirling graphics – we’ve even rounded up a selection previously. But what if you’d like your monitor to show something more useful?

Today we’re looking at 30 different screensavers that will inspire and inform you. Whether that’s keeping you up-to-date with news, showing information about incoming messages, recent tweets, or even helping you learn a new language!

ToDo List

ToDo List

ToDo List

This screensaver has all the features of a task list, in addition to displaying your tasks on your monitor. You can access your to-do list like any other application in order to update it. The full version of this screensaver is available for $9.95.

SaveHollywood

SaveHollywood

SaveHollywood

Play a QuickTime Movie as your screensaver. If you’d rather run videos in succession, you can select an entire directory.

Status Screen Saver

Status Screen Saver

Status Screen Saver

One of the problems with screensavers is that if you’re expecting an email, you have to keep waking up your computer. With this screensaver, you can display the statuses of several different programs, such as email or instant messengers.

Dashsaver

Dashsaver

Dashsaver

View your dashboard in your screensaver, displaying the weather or any RSS feeds you may want to get a quick look at.

Transparent

Transparent

Transparent

Sometimes it’s important to use a screensaver that allows you to still see what’s actually happening on your desktop. This screensaver does just that. The full version is $15.

MoodSaver

MoodSaver

MoodSaver

You can tell just how hard your computer is working by the brightness and movement of the colors in this screensaver.

ShuffleSaver

ShuffleSaver

ShuffleSaver

Watch photos from Flickr cross your screen. You can even mark photos as favorite or skip pictures using hot keys.

BigSpy

BigSpy

BigSpy

Display the latest activity on Digg as your screensaver. You’ll see new headlines, and as they get more diggs, they’ll get bigger.

Stack

Stack

Stack

With this screensaver, you can see a visualization of the number of votes new headlines are receiving on Digg.

Swarm

Swarm

Swarm

Another visualization of Digg votes, this screensaver shows the progression of how specific Digg users are voting up different stories.

TweetSavr

TweetSavr

TweetSavr

Show the tweets of any particular user as your screensaver.

Twistori

A colorful display of Twitter posts, this screensaver displays posts that include specific verbs, such as ‘love’ or ‘hate.’

Twistori

Twistori

LibraryThing

LibraryThing

LibraryThing

For LibraryThing users, you can display the covers of the books in your collection as your screensaver.

Sprint, This is Now

Sprint, This is Now

Sprint, This is Now

This screensaver developed by Sprint allows you to pull in all of your social media presence and see updates to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more while your screensaver is active.

Word Clock

Word Clock

Word Clock

This screensaver shows a creative clock while running, by highlighting the words that make up the current time.

Dropclock

Dropclock

Dropclock

Watch the numbers that make up the current time slowly drop into water for a clock with an unusual effect.

Polar Clock

Polar Clock

Polar Clock

The time progresses on this screensaver, with each part of the exact time — from seconds to month — circling around the center of the screen, changing colors in the process.

Time Zones

Time Zones

Time Zones

See the time in randomly selected time zones all over the world.

Mars 3D Space Survey

Mars 3D Space Survey

Mars 3D Space Survey

Explore Mars as your screensaver runs — you can see a variety of views of the planet, as well as its moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Impressionists Art Slide Show

Impressionists Art Slide Show

Impressionists Art Slide Show

Familiarize yourself with famous Impressionist paintings with this screensaver. The full version is available for $9.95.

Great Art Through the Ages

Great Art Through the Ages

Great Art Through the Ages

View a gallery of great art on your computer monitor while this screensaver runs. The full version is available for $9.95.

Structure

Structure

Structure

Render files from the Protein Data Bank as your screensaver and see proteins and macromolecules develop on your screen.

Cavendish Screensaver

Cavendish Screensaver

Cavendish Screensaver

Create your own universe with this screensaver and watch the evolution of the system due to gravity.

Italian Vocabulary Screensaver

Italian Vocabulary

Italian Vocabulary

Need to improve your Italian language skills? This screensaver can help you with your vocabulary.

Spanish Flash Cards

Spanish Flash Cards

Spanish Flash Cards

Learn Spanish with these flash cards that double as a screensaver. 

Album Art for the Rest of Us

Album Art For the Rest of Us

Album Art For the Rest of Us

Randomly display album art from your iTunes with this screensaver, which allows you to see what music you have available in a new way.

MacHouse Quotes

MacHouse Quotes

MacHouse Quotes

This screensaver offers inspirational quotes from famous folks.

60gilvy

60gilvy

60gilvy

If you have an interest in marketing, this screensaver shares advice from marketing legend David Ogilvy.

AlphaBaby

AlphaBaby

AlphaBaby

If you have small children, this screensaver provides a way for them to type on your keyboard without causing any problems.

RSS Visualizer

RSS Visualizer

RSS Visualizer

Even though it comes with Mac OS X, this screensaver is one of the most informative out there. It displays headlines from any RSS feed you plug in.

Conclusion

Hopefully one or two of these will appeal to you, and help keep you informed about the latest happenings in the world (or just inspired with classic artwork!)

Feel free to share your own favourites in the comments – I’d be interested to find a few more examples of data-driven screensavers!


  • Hussein

    I like the Dropclock.
    Thanks for the collection

  • http://www.rezzz.com Jason

    Keep in mind that some of these down work with Snow Leopard, which I’m sure most mac enthusiasts have installed.

  • http://slightlyinsightful.com/ Ammon

    LotsaWater is one of my all-time favorite screensavers. The dev just released a Snow Leopard compatible version.

  • http://www.capsula.gr capsula

    LotsaWater is my favorite :)

  • http://joshboulton.co.uk Josh

    Polar Clock looks great but it doesn’t work with SL :(

  • Nacho

    Nice review, although you should have commented if they are compatible with Snow Leopard (64 bit) or not (32 bit)

  • GZ

    I have been using wordclock for a while. It is one of the best :)

  • http://www.markbaltrusaitis.com Mark

    Don’t some of these defeat the purpose of a screensaver? It is my understanding that you don’t want things such as the dashboard in Dashsaver or everything else in Transparent burning their images into your monitor. That’s why screensavers are typically animated.

  • http://human3rror.com John (Human3rror)

    a few of these break for snow leopard. sad.

  • http://blog.fazai38.com Fazai38

    This is the best ever screen saver i had..
    Would like to share it here.
    http://www.prettyloaded.com/

  • dgoujard

    Dropclock don’t work with SL.

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  • http://greysyel.wordpress.com Grey Stockton

    Wow, what a great bunch of Screensavers. Thanks for sharing…

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  • http://www.pixmac.com Vitezslav Valka

    What about just Twitter posts in a nice Helvetica simple style? Does anybody know about such screen saver? Thx.

  • http://kiel.tumblr.com Matthew Delprado

    Hey thanks for featuring my 6Ogilvy Screensaver. If anyone liked it here is my other screensaver made using the Kuler API: http://matthewdelprado.com/kulerblur/

  • http://greyalley.com desaturated

    polar clock is cool!!

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  • http://aooeepharrharr.blogspot.com/ aooeepharrharr

    AWESOME! Now I can show off my new screensaver to my other half!

  • http://www.kaplang.com/blog Michelle

    wow these are great, I love the top one :)

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    very nice photos good share

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    There’s an app for WIndows called ExpenseI

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    Хочу оставить коменты ))))))

  • http://www.freemusicvideo.webs.com c

    @matthew delprado…it does’nt work with 10.6.6

  • A

    Drop Clock is good in theory but poor in execution. It’ll be worth checking out again if the developer fixes certain key issues.

  • pencilcheck

    I recommend electricsheep!!
    http://electricsheep.org/

  • http://pixert.com Kate Mag

    Dropclock is my choice for screensaver. It’s beautiful :)

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  • Telly Quintana

    You need more options on your screen savers like holidays and nature for apple computers.

  • pdb

    Dropclock it’s my favourite, thank you!

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