ScreenSavers To Download

The One RingThis freeware screensaver has been specially created for all the fans of The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien. If you liked the book or the movie, this screensaver will make a great addition to your collection.


Cities of Earth

Cities of Earth is a free 3D screensaver which shows biggest cities of our planet. Many of cities with information about its population and country names. So it’s a good educational content. The positions of all cities corresponds to its real world coordinates.


Time Machine (Mac Only)

Hongkiat insisted I include this. Time Machine screensaver comes perfect with your Time Machine wallpaper. When your Mac goes idle, the screensaver activates as though it’s coming from the wallpaper. It’s a perfect match.


System 47 Star Trek LCARS Screensaver

System 47 is a nice screensaver that will display Star Trek LCARS interface on your screen with various interesting animations. System47 was just a generic name made up for an arbitrary planetary system. Though the program has started and will continue to include more non-planetary displays in the future.


Beijing 2008 Olympics Screensaver

If you’re still in Beijing 2008 Olympics fever, here’s the collection of Beijing 2008 Olympics screensavers. There’s total up to 7 different types of Beijing 2008 Olympics screensavers.


The Matrix Revolutions 3D Screensaver

Float through Matrix code as it forms images from the trilogy. It works fine with multi-monitors.


Live 3D Earth

Live 3D earth is a realistic 3D earth model which will rotate on your desktop with photo-realistic colourful graphics and music.



Loopy is the desktop screensaver application that is looping and showing the pictures at random for good. The most imperactive key ingredient of this application is the integration between the flash technology and RSS, that is provided by Flickr.



If you want to experience the true blogosphere, download the twingly screensaver, a very cool desktop screensaver that lets you visualize global blog activity in real time.



Twittearth is eye-candy at its finest – a mesmerizing and mostly useless diversion that sticks you in space and whips you around the globe to see a new geo-located tweet every ten seconds.



RSSMore is a free rss screensaver that lets you subscribe to any number of RSS/XML feeds and view them in your rss screensaver. The RSSMore RSS reader screensaver loops through the list of feeds and shows the items and their contents in transparent text boxes over your background images.


Digg Screensavers

You can now pimp out your desktop and catch more of the good stuff submitted to Digg every day with Digg screensavers. The screensavers are available for Mac and Windows users and include Adobe Flash 9 if you don’t have it installed. On the Mac you’ll need at least OSX 10.4 and on Windows you need either Windows XP or Vista.



MappedUp is an application that tracks a large number of RSS news sources and displays their latest items on a world map. By rolling your mouse over the dots, you can read the titles of all new articles. By clicking a title, you jump to the author’s website to read the entire article.



RSSsaver will preview RSS feeds from the net and visualize them during your computer’s “inactive” time.


AJ Screensaver

AJ Screensaver is a freeware clock screensaver. This screensaver is based on work of others.
Several very interesting clock Macromedia shockwave flash files are packed in this screensaver. AJ Screensaver lets you select 14 ways to display the actual time.


Polar Clock v3

Polar Clock is a simple clock design screensaver application based on depicting the length of circle arcs. It displays your date and time based on polar coordinates.


Star Alliance Screensaver

The Star Alliance Screensaver has many features which can be accessed through the StarSaver Options dialogue box. In all modes, the Star Alliance Screensaver displays your computer time and the number of Star Alliance member airline scheduled flights in the air.


Emerald Clock Screensaver

The Emerald Clock’s face is weaving from delicate emerald guiding threads, each symbolizing our connection to other people. The Emerald Clock will help us to keep visible and invisible contacts with all our friends.



Dropclock is an aesthetically intriguing motion clock screensaver. Every minute of real time is numerically expressed with heavy helvetica dropping into water in super slow-motion.


Crazyscreen Screensaver

A round clock screensaver which you will see the seconds, minutes and hours will rotate gradually as the time is passing.



The screensaver alternates between a minimalist display of the current time and five second videos of four young Asian women in polo shirts and jeans performing synchronized dance moves.



Spruce up the functionality and aesthetics of your screeensaver with Fliqlo. Fliqlo mimics an old school clock with flipping digits. The time can be customized to display in 12-hour or 24-hour formats. Fliqlo is a free screensaver that has been around for ages.


Aquarium Clock screensaver

Aquarium fishes want to know the current time. They need special clock with flexible hands crawling around the clock face second after the second to amuse the small fishes and cheer your moods.


Word Clock

Word Clock is a typographic screensaver for Mac OS X and Windows. It displays a fixed list of all numbers and words sufficient to express any possible date and time as a sentence. Word Clock displays time by highlighting appropriate words as each second passes.


World Clock Screensaver

World Clock ScreenSaver is a Flash based free screensaver created with Flash ScreenSaver Builder that shows your local and five major time zones.


Feel the heat as this flame throwing screensaver burns up your desktop with super-realistic animated fire. Imagine how good it would feel to burn up an unpleasant email or your to do list at the end of the week! Customize the settings and make it truly a unique desktop experience!


As long as you’re not in an office full of people, you might enjoy having a virtual pet! In this interactive screensaver, you can teach the bird words and phrases and other bird songs, which it will repeat back to you. It also sings on start-up creating a welcoming environment to work in.


This neon display keeps track of the date and time based on your polar coordinates. It tracks seconds, minutes, and hours then day, date and month in a rotating clock like display.

If you had the Polar Clock installed and upgraded to 64 bit, you probably lost the app. After installing the screensaver,

  • check the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ directory.
  • Find two files and one folder (PolarClock3.scr, PolarClock3.swf, and PolarClock3).
  • Now Copy them to C:\Windows\System32\ and it will start working again.


This is visually stunning and pretty educational at the same time. This 3D screensaver shows the biggest cities on our planet with information on population and country names. The sun rises and sets according to real time position.


If you love photography, you will love Loopy! This wacky screensaver floats random pictures from Fickr across your screen so you can see all of the latest pictures uploaded to Flickr by users around the world.


When you subscribe to someone’s blog, you likely use the RSS feed method and have the posts sent to your email or Google Reader. That’s fine as long as you are checking it on a regular basis. RSSMore will display the feed directly to your desktop. This might ensure that those feeds get read in a timely manner!


If you love a good thunderstorm and some cool lightning, you will love this relaxing screensaver. This realistic looking storm will be a welcome and relaxing addition to any desktop for those times when you need a break from everything. You can also turn off the sound and just watch the lightning.


Watch the time pass with this cool slow motion effect. Each minute is numerically expressed by floating and splashing in water at super slow motion speed.


Who doesn’t love watching an aquarium? This screensaver will be a welcome and uplifting addition to your day. The lively fish swim in and around the clock as the flexible hands crawl around as time passes.


Watch your screen disappear as two armies of men battle it out blasting away your desktop with rockets, flamethrowers and bullets. There are some settings you can customize, like what weapons are used and how many men are in each army.


I have now shared some of my personal favorites with you! Leave a comment and let us know what cool screensavers you use!

Music, Movies and Other Media

Narratives 2.0 visualizes music. Different music tracks are segmented into single channels that are then shown in a fan-like structure.

Liveplasma is a music and movie visualization app that aims to help you discover other musicians or movies you might enjoy. Type in the name of a band, artist, movie, director or actor and liveplasma will show you related people, bands or movies.

Tuneglue is another music visualization service. Just type any artist or band into the search box and hit enter. A circle comes up representing that band. You can then expand from there, clicking on any new additions after each expansion to expand further. By click on “releases” you can order their albums from Amazon.

MusicMap is similar to TuneGlue in its interface, but seems slightly more intuitive. Search for an artist or band and a list of albums will come up. Once you choose an album a circle pops up on the map. From there you can expand to get related albums, remove that album, or get more information.

Last.Forward is a downloadable, open-source tool to visualize any user’s social network, including relationships between other users.

Fidgt is a desktop app that uses Flickr and tags to let you visualize your network and their tagging activities. You can see what your network’s predispositions are toward different tags and types of content.

Digg, Twitter, Delicious, and Flickr

Looks is a collection of different Delicious bookmark visualizations. They’re created with a python-based graphics library and layout engine.

Arc is a product from Digg Labs that shows the latest Diggs, and the relationships between the users submitting and digging them. There are two different speed modes, the slower of which is great if you actually want to read the story headlines.

Stack is probably the most useful of the visualization offerings from Digg. Stories with the most recent activity load across the bottom of the screen and then ‘Diggs’ seemingly fall from the sky to land and create a real-time graph of what stories are popular. Whenever a ‘Digg’ hits a story stack, the title of the story is shown at the bottom of the screen, pushing previous stories down, and eventually off the screen.

Swarm has one of the cooler user interfaces of all the Digg Labs offerings, with stories and users flying around on the screen. When someone ‘diggs’ a story, they fly over to the circle representing the story itself and are briefly linked up to it. Hovering over a story or user shows its name and allows you to click. You can also download Swarm as a screensaver.

Research Chronology shows the relationships between one student’s research paths via Delicious bookmarks over the course of a semester. It’s an ongoing project and includes bookmarks for more than 270 websites.

TwittEarth shows live tweets from all over the world on a 3D globe. It’s a great visualization tool to see where tweets are coming from in real time and discover new people to follow. It’s also fascinating just to sit and watch.

Tag Galaxy lets you search for Flickr tags and have them shown visually in a mockup of a star system. Clicking on any planet (tag) within the first representation changes the image and recenters that tag as the star and pops up new related tags as planets. Clicking on the sun itself brings up a globe covered in images tagged as you’ve specified.

The Flickr Related Tag Browser allows you to search for a series of tags and see related tags. Clicking on a different tag brings up new related tags. You can zoom into the tag selected in the center of the screen by hovering and see images tagged with that word. It also gives a total image count and lets you browse by page.

Internet Visualizations

Mapping the Blogosphere is a collection of maps of the blogosphere, including hyperbolic maps, as shown here.

The Twingly Screensaver visualizes the blogosphere worldwide in real time. You get a continuous feed of blog activity straight to your screen.

Web Trend Map 4 shows a visualization of current trends online. This is the fourth iteration of this map and the most detailed one yet.

The Bloom Diagram is a project from the IBM Watson Research Center that visualizes the contributions of individuals to open source projects.

Akami Realtime Web Monitor shows a map of the world with real-time information about internet traffic, latency and current network attacks. The maps are color-coded and easy to read, but only give very generalized information.

The Mapa de Conocimiento (Map of Knowledge) is a schematic of knowledge involved in any given idea or project. Built in Flash, this tool visualizes a group of URLs organized under main ideas. The map is available in English and Spanish.

Akami Network Performance Comparison shows the packet loss and network speeds between different cities around the world (to showcase how their technology is better than the standard “public” internet). It also shows graphs of the information.

Internet Health Report shows the latency, packet loss, and network availability of the major ISPs and backbone providers worldwide in a color-coded grid format. Hovering over any of the cells in the grid gives more information about the health of that particular connection.

The Hierarchical Structure of the Internet was a study that looks at how the Internet is organized, both in terms of structure and connectivity. It shows how the central core of the Internet is made up of about 80 core nodes, but that even if those nodes failed, 70% of the other nodes would still function via peer-to-peer connections.

RootzmapMapping the Internet is a series of maps based on data sets provided by NASA and created by Philippe Bourcier. There are a number of different maps available.

Websites as Graphs shows the structure of different websites based on the tags used in their code in a color-coded map that grows on the screen as you watch. Tags are somewhat intuitive in their color-codes, with blue for links, red for tables, and gray for any tags not specifically given a color.

Schemaball visualizes SQL database schema. Relationships are shown based on foreign keys within tables. It’s capable of showing schemas with hundreds of different tables and relationships.

The Opte Project aims to map every class C network on the Internet from a single computer and a single Internet connection. The overall goal is to create a map of the entire Internet.

Miscellaneous Visualizations and Tools

Visualizing Information Flow in Science includes a set of four visualizations showing relationships between citations in scholarly journals that are used to evaluate the importance of each journal.

The Micro Fashion Network: Color visualizations show the continuous change of styles in fashion, with a particular look at the basic elements of color. It was created by using a fixed camera and special software to map the colors of clothing people in Cambridge were wearing.

The TED Sphere shows videos from the TED conference in a spherical format with 3D navigation. You can view the sphere from inside or outside and the layout of videos is based on semantic compatibility.

Visualizing The Bible gives a visual overview of more than 63,000 textual cross-references within the Bible. It’s intention is to be more beautiful than functional.

Walrus is a visualization tool that allows you to interact with massive graphs in a 3D interface. Interaction is based on selecting any node and then having the graph zoom in to expand on that point.

We Feel Fine is one of the most interesting visualization tools I came across. It provides visualizations on the general feelings populating the blogosphere on any given day. You can filter results based on age, location, gender, weather, and other criteria. There are six different visualizations available: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds, each of which give a different portrait of the general feelings abounding on the internet.

One Week of The Guardian is a visualization of the stories from The Guardian newspaper. It focuses on the relationships between headlines, authors, pages, and categories.

Nemulator is a project that aims to visualize “nemes,” or different fragments of states of mind. It also aims to serve as a starting point for discussions relating to the scalability of nemes.

Voyage is a web-based RSS reader that visually displays RSS feeds on a timeline. It’s a great way to explore the different feeds you subscribe in a completely different format.

Blooming Numbers is the 2006 CGD MFA Thesis Project of Yuri Lee. It’s goal is to show the relationships between preferences of numbers and cultural contexts in an interactive way.

CIA World Factbook Visualization shows a visualization of relationships between different countries and continents based on data from the CIA World Factbook. It shows semantic relationships for each country, including neighboring countries, languages, water and terrestrial boundaries, and more.

TextArc Visualization of The History of Science is a static visualization of the book The History of Science. It was originally displayed at the NYPL Science, Industry, and Business Library in New York.

This Newspaper Map is a visualization of the rules of the daily production of a newspaper is a striking graphic format. The closeness of words signifies their relationships with each other as do lines traced between words.

GraphNews is a news visualization browser from the Libero WebNews service. It shows news stories in a mind-map-like format. Clicking on one node recreates the graph with the clicked item as the focus.

Newsmap shows a visual representation of current headlines on Google News. It shows the relationships and patterns between different news stories across cultures and within different news segments. Be sure to click to the new JavaScript version for the best features.

FreeMind is a Java-based mind mapping software that allows you to build your own data visualizations quickly and easily. Finished maps can be exported into clickable XHTML files as well as other formats.

Resource System Reference Database was presented as a poster at InfoVis2004, IEEE’s annual conference. In this visualization, line weight shows the strength of relationships.

Is the New documents instances of the phrase “is the new” and shows the relationships between the subject and object of that phrase. Examples include “Purple is the new pink” and “Technology is the new religion.”

WikiMindMap is a tool to visually browse Wiki content in a mind-map format and includes the ability to download any of their mindmaps in FreeMind format.

How Scientific Paradigms Relate shows the relationships between more than 700 scientific paradigms based on how they were mentioned in more than 800,000 scientific papers. Relationships are also based on how often different papers were cited by each other and by authors of other papers.

Universe is a great app for visualizing the “universe” of particular search terms. There are sample terms available or you can input whatever you choose. The visualization given is reminiscent of astronomical charts. isn’t strictly a visualization software, but rather a collection of visualizations already created and categorized. Categories include business networks, art, internet, knowledge networks, biology, transportation networks, social networks, and more.

The Strengths of Nations is a visualization of the scientific advancement of ten different nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, and Australia. The map analyzes 23 different scientific areas, including math, biochemistry, and astrophysics.

Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman, a freelance writer and designer.

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