Best free screen saver utilities
Note that modern monitors are not in danger of burnings, so that a screen-saver may be nice to watch but not necessary to protect your monitor; in fact, the less is on the better so that if you want to protect just turn it off or get Sleeper to send your monitor to sleep with a keyboard shortcut.
NoSleep will let you temporarily deactivate the screen saver and any sleep / standby feature, which may be useful when you burn a CD or do other jobs that read or write a lot to the hard disk. For a free and similar but more powerful program, check Savy below.
Savy is a free and safe application that will let you easily and quickly choose, activate or deactivate your screensavers. Using Save you won’t have to search for Windows Settings, you will be able to change and / or activate a screen saver whenever you want instantly. Features: Control the screensaver from the tray * Singleclick on its tray icon to enable or disable the screensaver * Doubleclick to run the default screensaver * Run any screensaver from the tray menu * Change Windows Screensave Settings using the Settings in the tray menu of Savy
Photo 3D Screensaver lets you create custom 3D screensavers, that show your photos in 3D galleries. Select pictures, choose a gallery template, and start enjoying your photos in 3D environment! Photos can be added from your computer, as well as extracted by tags or username from Flickr. Photo! 3D Screensaver includes by default a wide choice of gallery templates – from a contemporary showroom or an exhibition hall to a medieval castle, gothic cathedral or even a chinese garden. In addition to watching the screensaver in auto move mode, you can use your mouse and keyboard to wander freely through the gallery. MP3 files support lets you listen to your favorite music while the screensaver ir running.
Matrix Revolutions and Reloaded Screen Savers are 3 great screensavers you can download and enjoy, even if you didn’t like the Matrix movie. They are very similar with each other, with subtle differences; variations on the same theme. All 3 of them give a strong 3D impression with letters moving up and down, appearing and disappearing, coming in the front and going back, while the whole screen can turn to various angles. They are really impressive.
PhotoJoy will transform your photos into desktop widgets (“phototoys”), 3D screensavers and dekstop wallpaper collages. You can also use photos from your Flickr account. Photojoy works without effects on system performance, and it is fun. You can give it a try, and if you don’t like it, just uninstall it.
InstantStorm is a freeware for creating Flash based screensavers. Choose a SWF file, set screensaver parameters and compile an executable installer. There are no nag screens or other annoying stuff. You can also fully customize your screensaver’s about box, installer and uninstaller including all texts. Features: WYSIWYG designers for the screensaver’s installer, uninstaller and settings dialog; Wizard mode for beginners; Interactive screensavers support; Customizable screensaver icon file; Ability to create screensaver desktop and Start menu shortcuts; External files support (when your SWF file requires external files like TXT or AS, InstantStorm allows you to include them).