Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Aerial Brings Apple TV Screen Savers to the Mac

Josh Centers:

One of the best features of the Apple TV is its Aerial screen saver. That’s not hyperbole—Apple always makes a big deal out of the new scenes it adds to tvOS, often promoting them as a marquee feature of major tvOS updates. If you have liked these screen savers on your TV, you can get them on your Mac, thanks to the free and open-source app Aerial.

I’m not really a screen saver person, but I really like this one.

It uses a ton of disk space—unless you turn off caching, in which case it uses a ton of bandwidth. Unfortunately, Catalina sandboxing issues mean that the cache folder has to be stored on the system drive, i.e. your SSD, rather than on a hard drive that may have more free space.


Update (2020-03-27): Tanner Bennett:

Yeah, Catalina really ruined a lot about what I loved about that screensaver. You used to be able to use the arrow keys to skip to a different one too.

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