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10.5: Use certain iTunes visualizers as screen savers System 10.5
You can now use Quartz Composer-based iTunes Visualizers as screen savers really easily. Just make a copy of the visualizer and put it in ~/Library/Screen Savers.

Open up that copy in Quartz Composer (Developer Tools required) and, while in the Editor window, choose Editor » Edit Protocol Conformance. On the new screen that appears, check off the Screen Saver option and save the file.

To have the visualizer actually work as a screen saver, a QTZ visualizer must be running in iTunes.

[robg adds: When I tested this, I was able to get the screen saver to work even when iTunes wasn't running, so I'm not sure about the last bit of the hint. I found one sample Quartz Composer visualizer in the Developer Tools install, on this path: /Developer/Examples/Quartz Composer/Compositions/Music Visualizers. This MacUpdate search shows a few others that match the terms iTunes, visualizer, and Quartz, but I haven't tested them.]
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10.5: Use certain iTunes visualizers as screen savers
Authored by: peragrin on Jan 10, '08 12:14:31PM

You can also use any Compiz visualizer as a desktop background.

I have been playing on and off with modifing the RSS feed one to display things like the top 5 items from Top, Memory usage, Basically system stats in a rotating graphical manner found in hollywood movies.

Just for the coolness of it, that and sometimes that data is useful to have in random ways.




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10.5: Use certain iTunes visualizers as screen savers
Authored by: jimi00 on Jan 12, '08 09:00:59AM

Humm, actually, I wold love to know how you go on doing just that. tried Selecting qtz files in the "system prefs: desktop" t no avail.



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10.5: Use certain iTunes visualizers as screen savers
Authored by: RickoKid on Jan 10, '08 01:09:23PM

I took the poster's comments on having iTunes running to be so that the visualizer would have audio input to make it do something interesting ...



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