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App Specs
File size:
1.25 MB
February 25, 2011
January 25, 2013

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The Desktop Saver application lets you run just about any screensaver as your desktop wallpaper.

There are many beautiful screensavers available for Mac OS X. However, screensavers are usually only activated when you're away from your computer. With the Desktop Saver application, you can run almost any screensaver as live wallpaper on your desktop. This lets you enjoy your screensavers while using your computer.

With version 1.6, Desktop Saver now uses Apple's sandboxing technology to ensure screensavers don't get full access to your machine. This provides a level of assurance that screensavers downloaded from the internet aren't able to corrupt your system or steal your data.

We find the Desktop Saver works best with tranquil screensavers such as the Paper Pilots screensaver (

= Major Features =
  • Uses Apple's sandboxing technology to ensure screensavers are run without access to your full system.
  • The Desktop Saver does not interfere with your System Preferences.
  • The application lets you run any screensaver on your desktop, not just the screensaver selected in the System Preferences.
  • Hot-spots will still activate the screensaver while Desktop Saver is running.
  • Your computer can still go to sleep while Desktop Saver is running.
  • Multi-monitor support lets you run a different screensaver on each monitor's desktop.

    = Compatibility Issues =
    Though most screensavers work fine, not all screensavers are able to work with the sandboxing technology. The list of screensavers we know have issues can be found at, but a short list includes:
  • iTunes Artwork (no access to iTunes)
  • Drop Clock (no access to the HID framework)
  • RSS Visualizer (no access to the PubSub framework)

  • What's New
    Desktop Saver v1.7 adds sandbox support for the "Word Of The Day" and the "RSS Visualizer" screensavers.

    Major changes/fixes
  • Support for the Word Of The Day screensaver
  • The RSS screensaver now works inside the sandbox
  • Fixed a bug with the "Random" screensaver running on the desktop
  • Fixed a bug where the desktop display might get stuck after exit

    Screensavers that still have issues with sandbox technology include:
  • iTunes Artwork
  • Drop Clock (no access to the HID framework)
  • DreamAquarium

  • Desktop Saver (com.paperpilots.desktopsaver) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is Desktop Saver 1.7.

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/

    Bundle Identifier: DesktopSaver (com.paperpilots.desktopsaver)

    Minimum OS version: 10.6.6

    Copyright: Copyright 2010-2011, Paper Pilots Software.