The majority of us use screen savers on our Mac whether it’s a stock OS X screen saver or something a little more fancy you downloaded online. However, most of us don’t think of the screen saver as being anything other than a way of conserving energy and hiding the contents of the screen when away from the computer. On the other hand, there are a few apps that can make your screen saver much more useful. Below are a couple we found that will actually provide some function to rather just displaying interesting visuals.
ScriptSaver is an interesting app that allows you to automatically run an AppleScript when your screen saver comes on or off. This may not seem useful to those of you Mac users who have not gotten into the world of AppleScripts, however there are a ton of different things that you can do with this handy little app. For example, running an AppleScript that starts iTunes playback when your screen saver activates will allow you to have music playing. You can have the playback automatically pause by having ScriptSaver automatically run another Script when your screen saver is deactivated. The great news for those that aren’t familiar with creating your own scripts, the develop of ScriptSaver provides a ton of examples that will get you started out making your screen saver more useful.
Status Screen Saver
There are many of us that often have multiple monitors, which means more often than not at least one will have a screen saver running. There are also other people who are often in their office or computer room doing things other than using their Mac. For these people, Status Screen Saver can be quite useful. The app essentially allows you to display status icons for applications and certain sets of system data right on your status screen (see image below). Some of the apps and system data sets you can have status icons for include Adium, Google Notifier, iChat, Mail, Skype, Twitterific, NetNewsWire, iCal, system battery life for MacBook user, and more.