Current Release : v3.8

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What is xBack ?

xBack is a utility that allows you replace your desktop picture with a screen saver. While there are other ways to do it, none match xBacks ease of use or feature set. With xBack, you can bring your desktop to life.

Feature list:
  • Quickly start/stop the desktop screen saver
  • Easily change the desktop screen saver
  • Media Support
    • iPhoto Albums and Slideshows
    • Quartz Composer files ( Mac OS X v10.4+ Only )
    • Create your own Slide Shows to share with others.
  • Configure screen saver preferences without having to open System Preferences
  • Preview screen savers without having to open System Preferences
  • Menu based usage - no wasted space in the dock
  • Expose Compatible
  • Set a different background for each display

  • xBack running "Flurry" screen saver.

    User Comments

    "xBack is, in fact, wicked cool, way cooler than even the Fonz!"
    -Joseph from
    "Xback beats the pants off using the terminal to do this..."
    -Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
    "This with the "Marine Aquarium" is Maceavan!"
    -Brian Freeman
    "Niiice =)"
    -Bob Guthrie on Version Tracker
    -djudstra on Version Tracker

    Featured Books

    Books/Bundles in which xBack is reviewed or mentioned.
    Some books/bundles may also include xBack on included media.

    Ten for X Volume III
    by Allume Software, inc.
    Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
    by David Pogue
    Mac OS X Power Tools
    by Dan Frakes
    Click on book icon for more information.

    Awards and Reviews

    Mac Mania IV

    During MacMania IV, xBack was picked as one of Woz's favorites. !

    Read why gave xBack 9/10 Apples by clicking here !

    Read what had to say about xBack by clicking here or here! declared xBack Very Ape!

    xBack was mentioned in Dr. Mac's OS X Tip-of-the-Day

    System Requirements

    Requires Mac OS X v10.6 or later.

    Release Notes


    Click here to learn how to create xBack Slide Shows



    Click here to download xBack for Snow Leopard ( 10.6 ) and Lion ( 10.7 ).
    Click here to download xBack for Leopard ( 10.5 ).

    Quartz Composer Animations

    Click here to download some Quartz Composer Animations.

    To install :
    • Download composer file ( files end in *.qtz ) and place in your ~/Library/Screen Savers folder
    • Select the file from the xBack menu

    Cool Screen Savers to use with xBack

    • 34 Stunning & Free Screensavers can be found here
    • Want fish on your desktop ? Try 3D Desktop Aquarium from by clicking here


    xBack is Shareware and costs US $10. Click here to go to our purchase page.

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