Introducing Econ, the screensaver that uses your icons!

Note: This screenshot is UGLY. Screen capture just wouldn’t capture a smooth image…
Click on the screenshot to get a nice QuickTime preview of the screensaver.

Econ is Leopard-only and requires a decent graphics card & CPU.
Download Econ

Update: In Snow Leopard, you need to launch System Preferences in 32-bit mode in order to be able to select Econ from the list of screensavers. To open System Preferences in 32-bit mode, right-click on its icon, choose Get Info and check the Open In 32-bit Mode checkbox.


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sweec speaks of
November 19th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

good job. Just that some of my icons not shown in it.

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Zack hums
December 8th, 2007 at 5:12 pm

If it scanned ~/Applications as well as /Applications i’d love it.

Blogerko shouts
December 8th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

This is really interesting

421 thinks aloud
December 12th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

This screensaver is chibby !!!

I hope You’ll do it for Tiger ;-)

BBT whispers
December 12th, 2007 at 8:52 pm

This cute screensaver will surely never be available for Tiger, as I suppose it uses Core Animation which is only available for Leopard.

Econ 2.0 mouthes
December 14th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

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Louis Duncan yells
December 15th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Nice saver, I like it thanks. Sometimes I forget just how many little apps I have dotted around that I am never using.

One question though, how do you manage to grab a shot of the screensaver before it drops back to the desktop?

kenneth shouts
December 15th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

@Louis: there’s two ways:

- Timed screenshot (grab.app can do this)…
- Video recording of the screen (Snapz Pro X or iShowU can do this). This is the best way. You can then extract a still from the video with QuickTime Pro

Louis Duncan yells
December 16th, 2007 at 3:15 am

Thanks

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Sascha mutters
December 22nd, 2007 at 8:49 am

just to let you know, a screensaver that did exactly this - presenting smooth flying random icons of your installed Apps -
is included in Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma) - it stays there until 10.1.5, but it gets erased after the Upgrade to X 10.2 Jaguar.

That screensaver in Puma, it is 100 % copyrighted and made by Apple, it looks EXACTLY like your screenshot, but runs on any Ati Rage Card with only 16 MB Vram, which were common back in 2001.

I would call this Project a shameless ripoff and I will imediately notify Apple to compare this with the screensaver they have made, which was and still is their intellectual property.

OS X ( even the very first Beta ) is not anbandonware which one can rip,copy or modify or implement old features into newer editions by claiming that it is “something new”.

Good Night from Germany.

February 10th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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iLutz murmurs
November 23rd, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Hi Kenneth,
I installed Econ.saver. Nice! I would like to have influence of speed, number of icons a.s.o. Something in the pipeline?

Greetings from Berlin, Germany

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Greg Weston spews
January 2nd, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Sascha wrote:

“just to let you know, a screensaver that did exactly this - presenting smooth flying random icons of your installed Apps -
is included in Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma) - it stays there until 10.1.5, but it gets erased after the Upgrade to X 10.2 Jaguar.
That screensaver in Puma, it is 100 % copyrighted and made by Apple, it looks EXACTLY like your screenshot, but runs on any Ati Rage Card with only 16 MB Vram, which were common back in 2001.
I would call this Project a shameless ripoff and I will imediately notify Apple to compare this with the screensaver they have made, which was and still is their intellectual property.”

You neglect, of course, the fact that a flying icon screensaver like this is much older than OS X. So it’s not really “Apple’s IP” even though they did offer an implementation several years ago. It’s so old and so obvious that it’s not really ownable.

SonOfA screams
January 2nd, 2009 at 11:56 pm

@Sascha - Geez, calm down. It is not exactly the same. The one for 10.1 was actually quite lame.

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Soda mouthes
August 31st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

No source code sucks.

Mario shrieks
September 6th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Hi,
Will you be updating this amazing screen saver to Snow Leopard compatility?

sonia mouthes
September 7th, 2009 at 2:36 am

thank youuuuuuuu for this awesome screensaver. And for Mario’s comment: It works like a charm on my Snow Leopard.

Sarah mutters
September 7th, 2009 at 8:55 am

I can’t run this in Snow Leopard, so I hope you’ll soon be doing a new version - it looks great!

Mario sings
September 7th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Sonia, you’re lucky. I can’t get to install the screen saver.
I mean, it install but when I choose it on the pref panel I get a message “You cannot use the Econ screen saver on this computer”
Contact the developer of this screen saver for a newer version.
Cancel Move to Trash.

Have you done something to make this work?

rfore thinks aloud
September 7th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Mario open system preferences in 32-bit mode. But a 64-bit option would be nice.

kenneth says
September 7th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

In Snow Leopard, you need to launch System Preferences in 32-bit mode in order to be able to select Econ from the list of screensavers. To open System Preferences in 32-bit mode, right-click on its icon, choose Get Info and check the Open In 32-bit Mode checkbox.

CJ speaks of
September 9th, 2009 at 7:33 am

Any chance this will be updated for Snow Leopard so that it can run in full 64 bit?

Thanks, CJ

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Sarah pronounces
May 6th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hey, I love this! Thanks.

Olli states baldly
June 6th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Thanks, for that screensaver!!!

Vaibhav thinks
July 7th, 2010 at 4:18 am

Umm… when I click the download link, it goes to some sort of random website that has nothing to do with this thing. An no download. Please email downloaded file!

sonic murmurs
August 23rd, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I love this! Thanks

tang surmises
January 12th, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love this thank

Dani_S mutters
February 16th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Just beautiful. Thanks so much :)

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king utters
April 2nd, 2011 at 6:34 am

I love this thank

May 21st, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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Man affirms
June 16th, 2011 at 9:43 am

i very love this screensaver, but can’t use my mac on osx10.6, have a newer ver. ? Thanks!

mike yells
August 29th, 2011 at 2:42 am

this still wont work with Snow Leopard 10.6.8, any ideas?

even screams
September 13th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

love

jj thinks
November 11th, 2011 at 4:13 am

it’s nice, but i wish i could customize the speed and number of icons. also, it doesn’t seem to load all the icons.

Eireann (Erin) asks
December 22nd, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Could you make the Econ screensaver for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? I would love to have it on my MacBook Pro.

Russell Martin pronounces
February 10th, 2012 at 9:28 am

Hello, econ looks pretty sweet. Unfortunately, it seems that Snow Loepard and Lion require a 64 bit version. Any chance you could compile a 64 bit version and release it?

Rory Choudhuri asserts
February 22nd, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi Kenneth, any chance you could update this to run on Lion/Mountain Lion?

David mutters
May 3rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I run Leopard, and copied the saver into the library/screen savers, but when I go to sys. prefs, and screensavers then click on the econ one, sys. prefs quits unexpectedly.

Phil Chavez pronounces
July 1st, 2012 at 2:21 am

In looking at all the above comments, I’m really puzzled as to why you’ve *yet* to create a version of tis that’s fully compatible in 64-bit, with Lion and Snow Leopard. I mean, wow, if *I* had a bunch of people who really wanted something I’d created, I’d bend over backwards to deliver. How hard can it be, man? I mean, seriously? Also, ever seen or heard of “Flying Icons” for the Mac? Screensaver from years ago? Damn, if only that still worked…

Jason pronounces
October 12th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hi Kenneth, yes a version for 10.8 would also be good. A lot more mac users have come on board since the success of iPhone and the latest is Mountain Lion.

User mutters
November 26th, 2012 at 1:24 am

it says i need to download an updated version, says it’s last modified in 2007. Help please???

User thinks
November 26th, 2012 at 1:26 am

i also have mac v. 10.6.8. screensaver says its too old. :(:(:(:(


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