Status Screen Saver review

If you enjoy a good screen saver, but you also want to be able to keep an eye on incoming communication and other important info, Status Screen Saver can help.

This screensaver lets you choose any other screen saver as its visual background, but displays, along the bottom of your screen, icons for the applications and data you choose, along with the status of each.

Status Screen Saver currently supports ten applications and three types of system data. For each application you choose - your options are Adium, iCal, iChat, Google Notifier, Mail, NetNewsWire, Skype, Things, Twitterrific, or Vienna - you’ll see the application icon along with a numeric display indicating the number of new messages, articles, or tasks.

For the system modules - Battery, Time, or Uptime - you see a representative icon and the remaining battery life, the time, or your Mac’s current uptime, respectively.

Status Screen Saver is available in separate versions for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

OUR VERDICT

You can choose to have the status info scroll across the screen - useful if you’ve enabled more items than fit - and you can customise the size of the status bar, the color of status badges, and how frequently status information is refreshed.

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