Electric Sheep

Version: 2.7b29 || Release Date: 2011-01-17 || License: Freeware App Owner: mulata

Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep".

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10 Opinions

A screensaver that constantly changes! :D

Great program.....I am easy distracted by bright, shiny things....

awesome! finally a screen saver you'll never get bored with-- it's even interactive!

Gorgeous, shifting, animated fractal frame art.

However, it does eat up CPU. I found my poor Mac mini to be sluggish when coming out of the screensaver, so I eventually substituted it for a lighter-weight, if more predictable beauty from plasq.

The latest version for windows uses libtorrent to download files but the latest version for Mac still uses http port 8080 downloading.

See here (and read the release docs):
http://draves.org/blog/archives/000430.html

Thanx for the heads-up re: router ports :)
In the end, I didn't need to forward my router ports, I only needed to add a new rule to the firewall (prefs->sharing)....downloaded fine after this.

Apart from this, I would like a libtorrent enabled version for mac so that I could specifiy a different port forwarding.
And it would be nice to fix the bug that means this screensaver keeps trying to launch iTunes as well

...apart from that though, a smooth app with lush visuals :D

Works perfectly fine in 10.4.7. Make sure your firewall/router isn't blocking the ports that are used to download "sheep" (Electric Sheep uses libtorrent like reconbot mentioned). If you normally have problems with BitTorrent then Electric Sheep might suffer from the same problems.

My favourite screensaver btw. Unlike many other fancy abstract screensavers, Electric Sheep runs really smoothly and the effects are just sweet.

new version uses libtorrent for faster downloads of movies!

No matter what OS you are using, this is the most hypnotic screensaver of all time. I love it.

just plain neat.

The best of a dying breed.