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Status Screen Saver 1.4

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I just updated Status Screen Saver to version 1.4. I added four new modules: one for iChat and three for Things. The update can be downloaded from the product page. Full release notes below.

  • New Features
    • Added module for iChat .
    • Added three modules for Things .
    • Added ability for modules to know when the screen saver started.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed the iCal To Do module for use in Snow Leopard.
    • Fixed the speed of the scrolling.

Status Screen Saver 1.2

I’ve just released version 1.2 of Status Screen Saver. The biggest new feature is the addition of an Adium module, that shows how many new instant messages have been received. There is also the addition of an iCal module and an inbox-only Mail module.

The update can be downloaded from the Status Screen Saver page.

  • New Features
    • Added module for Adium .
    • Added module for iCal To Dos.
    • Added module for Mail that only shows the count of the inbox.
    • Modules can now specify an application in the Info.plist, so a different module name can be used.
  • Changes
    • Renamed Mail module to “Mail – All Mailboxes”, to separate it from the other Mail module.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue with the Battery module showing an incorrect value.
    • Fixed an issue with the Battery module when no battery is connected to the computer.

Status Screen Saver 1.1

Today, I’ve gone ahead and released the first update to Status Screen Saver. There was a ton of great feedback after the initial release and I hope to have taken care of a few features that people were looking for. Most noticably, there are five brand new modules available. There are a handful of other new changes, as well. Full release notes are below.

You can download it at the Status Screen Saver page.

  • New Features
    • Added module for Vienna <>.
    • Added module for Google Notifier <>.
    • Added module that displays the amount of battery left in your laptop.
    • Added module that displays the current time.
    • Added module that displays the computer’s uptime.
    • Modules can now scroll along the bottom of the screen, in order to avoid screen burn-in.
    • Modules can now be re-ordered in the configuration panel.
  • Changes
    • Modules now automatically resize to fit their content, so large strings do not get cut off.

Status Screen Saver

I just finished and released a new product that I am excited to present to everyone. For the longest time, I wanted to be able to show the status of some of my applications while my computer was running the screen saver, so that I could tell from across the room wether I had new emails or news items. As a result, I created Status Screen Saver. Basically, it shows the current status of a few applications in the status bar at the bottom of the screen and any other screen saver above it.

The best part about the implementation is that I made it very easy to add what I call modules. If you would like to see some other application in the status bar, it’s extremely easy to add it to Status Screen Saver, as long as that application works with AppleScript. All that is required is a .bundle file that contains an application icon and a AppleScript that returns a numeric value. I added three applications, (Mail, NetNewsWire and Twitterrific) that I use on a regular basis, but I’m hoping that other users will create modules for their favorite apps and Status Screen Saver can eventually come with a ton of bundles installed.

Anyway, you can download the new product at I hope that everyone else finds it as useful as I do.

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