Everyone loves a good screensaver – they can relax, mesmerize, entertain, and (supposedly) prevent damage to your monitor. The default collection which ship with Leopard are excellent, but you needn’t limit yourself to looking at those wonderful beach photos every day.
We’ve scoured the internet to find 34 stunning screensavers for OS X, each with something unique to offer. There’s something for everyone – from calm and serene, to abstract and wacky. Dive in and have fun picking out a new screensaver!
Free OS X Screensavers
This saver arranges your photos to form 3D constructions, such as a city block with buildings.
Analogy is a typographic clock which fuses the immediacy of digital with the visual-spatial quality of analogue into a hybrid format.
A time machine-like animation that loads as a screensaver. Choose between normal or RSS version.
John Gruber: Gorgeous homage to HAL by Joe Mackenzie. I haven’t used a screensaver on my computer in at least 10 years, but I’m running one now.
A port of the Windows OpenGL ScreenSaver made by Terence M. Welsh, full of abstract colors and shapes.
The screensaver that uses your icons, flying through them in high quality icon bliss. It automatically gathers them from your /Applications folder.
Taking your open applications and catapulting them around the screen in a really great effect.
A swirling vortex of screensaver delight.
Fly behind a classic bi-plane as it soars across idyllic scenery.
Hyperspace is a screen saver that sends its users on a virtual trip through a wormhole, just like the ones in some sci-fi TV shows and movies.
Digg Stack shows diggs occurring in real time on up to 100 stories at once. Diggers fall from above and stack up on popular stories. Brightly colored stories have more Diggs.
Loads your favorite photos from flickr.com or iPhoto and shuffles them. You get new photos everytime the screensaver starts.
Alien Sun Clock Screensaver lets you look at the usual things in a surprisingly new way with a warm, radiant clock.
This is a very mesmerizing particle effects saver. Tweak the settings a little and you’ll find that you can achieve an amazing number of different patterns.
This screensaver renders a fairly realistic water effect over your desktop, showing it distorted through the wavy surface of the water as raindrops fall on the surface.
Digg Arc displays stories, topics, and containers wrapped around a sphere. Arcs trail people as they Digg stories across topics. Stories with more Diggs make thicker arcs.
A great screensaver for kids, displaying letters, numbers, shapes and sounds as you interact with the mouse and keyboard.
National Geographic, the standard bearer for quality images delivers with this screensaver. A spectacular slideshow of pictures from around the world.
A funky timepiece with a variety of different number styles and graphics.
When the computer is inactive after the specified time as set in the Screen Saver preference pane, the dashboard is displayed and the users’ desktop is hidden
Dancing, pulsing, colorful and beautiful.
Free version with 15 aerial views – a great way to try out screen saver cinema.
Soundstream is a Mac OS X screensaver that responds to sound input. Colorful Flurry-like streams pulse to the beat of music or bloom with ambient noise.
ScriptSaver is a Mac OS X screensaver which runs AppleScripts when it activates and deactivates. Great for performing maintenance, or updating iChat status when the computer is idle.
This screensaver allows you to display QuickTime Movies as a screensaver. Useful for taking a little time out.
Possible a little more dramatic than a real-life firefly, but still cool.
No one can claim that they don’t feel a little bit cool with a Matrix screensaver. Go on – try it out…
A gorgeous firework screensaver, rending in 3D with realistic graphics and sound.
A delightful, high quality, look at life under the sea. Typical IMAX delight!
This is a screensaver which displays an animated version of M.C. Escher’s Print Gallery drawing. Great for art fans!
We’re still a long way off Christmas, but it’s worth downloading to have handy when December comes around…
SurveillanceSaver is a simple screen saver that displays more than 1000 surveillance cameras worldwide.
Helios is a particle attraction/repulsion screen saver where “blobs” emit and receive multi-colored particles. It’s difficult to describe, but as some have said about the screen saver, it’s pretty insane.
Fast paced and unusual, with a random array of sketches and drawings being quickly drafted on your screen.
If you’re the proud owner of a great screensaver not featured here, don’t keep it to yourself! Please let us know in the comments – I’m always on the look out for new ways to keep my monitor happy…