Create Animated Screensavers

A screensaver is a miniature application that activates and displays preset graphics on the monitor when there is no computer activity for a specified time period. When any pattern was shown on the monitor for a prolonged period of time, a process called ghosting could take place; this often resulted in permanent etching of the monitor, and screensavers were introduced to disable the process by showing a regularly moving object on the screen or by completely blackening the monitor. Modern monitors aren’t affected by ghosting processes, and in 2010, themed screensavers are generally used to customize a computer according to the user’s preferences.

Instructions

1. Use Desktop Paints to make your animated screensaver ($24.95 for the full version, as of 2010). Download the trial version of the software from the link in Resources. Choose a photo that you want to include in the screensaver, and select transformation effects for the photo. Select the animated items that are to be added to the screensaver. Another option is to edit the default screensavers by clicking the option “Build and save a Windows screensaver file.” This tool also lets you control the appearance and motion of the animated screensaver.

2. Create the animated screensaver using Screensaver Maker (see Resources for download link). This application supports a number of file formats for creating animated screensavers, including movie files (MPEG, AVI etc.), image slideshows and shockwave flash (animation) files. Music files, including MP3, WAV, WMA and more are also supported, enabling you to add music effects to the screensavers. Download your favorite flash animation files from the Internet, and select them from the application’s menu options to set them as screensavers. This application costs $59.95 as of 2010, though a trial version is available for free download.

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3. Make the animated screensaver using Animated Screen. This tool enables you to create moving objects on your desktop. The motion, size and appearance of the moving objects can also be controlled. The product costs $99, as of 2010.