Spice Up Your Screensaver

By |2015-12-10T16:55:34+00:00Dec 8th, 2015|

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The first thing I did after seeing these videos was to research whether I could get them as screensavers on my computer. Fortunately, after just a minute of searching, I found that the answer was a resounding YES for both Mac and PC users. Thanks to two intrepid coders, the Apple TV Aerial screensaver has been compiled and shared on GitHub. As a bonus for Mac users, there is a beta version that allows local caching of the video files, which works flawlessly. So, go forth, download and install this screensaver. Then, kick back and enjoy the beautiful footage that will pop up on your display.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section style=”margin: 0px; padding: 2px 0px 5px; “][cs_row style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” inner_container=”true”][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Mac Download[/x_custom_headline][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section style=”margin: 0px; padding: 5px 0px; “][cs_row style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” inner_container=”true”][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″][cs_text]mac[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″][cs_text]

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3 Comments

  1. nemesis December 9, 2015 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for this, Brian, but you should warn people that these screensavers communicate constantly with Apple to “check for updates” with no way, that I have yet found, to turn this off. Those of us who are a tad “super-secure” may find this objectionable; it certainly made me choose to forgo this.

  2. Rick Kilboy December 13, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Brian, Thank you, I’ve been looking for something different then the ordinary boring screen savers for PC

  3. Chris Hardesty December 15, 2015 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Brian – the beta version worked fine for a couple of days. But this morning when I installed the new Mac El Capitan update my computer couldn’t start up again. I’m re-installing OS X so, hopefully, things will work again. Since the Aerial beta is the only software change I’ve made recently and my iMac has always been solid as a rock, I suspect the beta is conflicting with the new El Capitan upgrade.

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