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Art Show

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (6.48 MB)
MD5: 9b1c0d2f353b91ab1b8b8f3b00b7021f
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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A screensaver that features 31 digitized Chinese and Japanese art images.

This software is two parts. First, an artwork folder with 31 PICT images. Second, a slide show screen saver engine. The engine has two halves. One half is a Control Panel named "Art Show Controls" and the other half is an applet or an alias named "Art Show" pointing to it, the applet or its alias MUST be placed in your "System Folder/Apple Menu Items/" folder in order for saver mode to function. This engine allows a password of your choosing for ending saver mode.

Monitors bigger than 640x480x256 require increasing memory to the "Art Show Controls" Control Panel, and OS9 can't change memory of Control Panels. Using OSX (Tiger), increasing memory of the Control Panel from its 512k default to 2500k allows OS9 to run the saver software on my 1920x1200xmillions display. To display PICTs bigger than 640x480x256, increase memory assigned to the applet "Art Show" up to about 30000k for very large photos even larger than the monitor.

Disadvantages: this saver engine does not scale images nor can it play a random order. In other regards it is a pleasant slidesaver-only engine. Activation of the "hot corner" requires first moving the mouse to that corner, but then also clicking the mouse button. If monitor resolution is changed, then the "hot corner" coordinates other than top left 0,0 will be lost unless you launch the Control Panel so it gets fixed. *** If you make changes inside a folder of PICTs selected to play, changes will not take effect unless you use the Art Show Controls to RE-select your folder's name!

Art Show v1.0 was made in 1994, but the 1st download here is v1.2 made during September 1996.

Architecture: 68k

Any color-capable Macintosh, Mac OS 7.0 or later, 640x480 resolution in 256 colors.


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by SkyCapt - 2017, October 16 - 4:25am

Works for me in OS 9.2.1 - and I got the saver engine to run in OSX Classic environment, however flawed. In OSX the mouse-activated hot-corner doesn't work, and mouse movement doesn't register as preventing saver mode, so this saver engine has no useful purpose in OSX, but OS9 is nice. Because AfterDark's slidesaver isn't working for me in OS9 due to its compressed resources.

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by MCP - 2012, February 29 - 5:50am

I haven't tested this with later OS versions, though the images themselves are in a format that can be used with any System version.