I feel like a kid in a candy store right now.
You remember screensavers, don’t you? Back in the day you absolutely had to use them or you’d burn weird images into your monitor’s screen. And there were screensavers galore to choose from and play with, settings to tweak just so, etc. Everyone had a favorite or two. But with the advent of flatscreen monitors, they sort of fell into disuse.
Well, this morning I was over at IzaakMak’s blog and WriterDood, bless his heart, made a comment that reminded me of my all-time favorite screensaver, Maya Paint Effects. I used to save screenshots of it to use for art in various projects. Anyway, I thought it was long gone. At some point when I switched computers, it was no longer available. But I googled it today anyway, for old times’ sake.
Voila! It is available once again. Actually, it seems it has been for quite a while. But by golly, I now haz it again! I can spend hours playing with this thing, setting all kinds of parameters — light or dark background with flowers, barbed wire, oils, grass, galaxy, etc. generated in tubes, spirals, pipes, wiggles, or randomly — and coming up with all sorts of painted images. Never the same thing twice. I used to have it set to kick off with a single key stroke; I wonder if I can still do that.
Anyway, if you’ve never seen it and you’re into playing with artsy screen toys, try it. I’m still using Windows Vista, but with luck, it will run on your computer. I think there’s a Mac version available, too.