TimeSaver 1.0

An abstract clock for your desktop.


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Hi there, and thank you for trying my third screen saver. After seeing some of my other work, someone approached me about creating an abstract time display that could run either as a desktop animation or as a screen saver. Combine TimeSaver with SaverDesktop and you get both. Given an image with an aspect ratio at least as wide as your screen, TimeSaver will scroll the image across your screen as time passes. Any photographic panoramic image will do nicely, as will specially created artistic images.


TimeSaver should run on any machine with Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is Universal.


To install, just double-click the TimeSaver.saver file.

If this is a new installation, System Preferences will launch and you'll be asked whether you want to install just for yourself or for all users. If you're not currently logged in as an administrative user and want to install for everyone you will be asked to authenticate.

If you're installing over an existing copy of TimeSaver, you'll be notified that it already exists and asked if you really want to replace it. If you opt to replace a copy that's installed for all users and aren't an admin, you'll be asked for credentials.


Screen savers in Mac OS X have two modes of operation. The common one is to use it as a screen obscurer/exerciser when you're not actively using your machine. For that behavior, just select the TimeSaver entry from the list in System Preferences, configure it with the "Options…" button to select the image and other settings, and let it go.

Alternatively, you can run a screen saver module on your desktop - over any desktop image you have, but beneath all windows and icons. I’d recommend SaverDesktop to achieve this; it has substantial benefits over the alternative techniques.


TimeSaver is, like my other screen savers, postcard-ware. If you decide to keep and use it, please send a postcard from where you are to where I am. That'd be:

Greg Weston
PO Box 54
Avon CT 06001-0054

If you really want to give me money, I'm certainly not averse to it. Donations in whatever amount you consider worthwhile can be sent to the same address or via PayPal to gweston@mac.com.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding TimeSaver, please send mail to support@splook.com with, preferably, a subject line that includes the name "TimeSaver." Updates will always be available at this site.