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After Dark's Starry Night screensaver returns to Mac

updated 06:15 pm EST, Mon January 16, 2012

Port from Windows recreation of classic

Mind Console Productions has ported a version of a classic 1989 screensaver called Starry Night, part of the After Dark collection from Berkeley Systems. The new version is rather ironically ported from scratch based on a re-creation of it made for Windows systems. The original was first released for Mac before appearing on Windows, but no universal binary of the After Dark collection was ever made. The last official version for OS X was released in 2003.

The new version for Mac has a "retro colors" (eg grayscale) mode as well as color, and tries to recreate the city landscape as it was originally despite huge changes in resolution and screen size since the original's introduction. For long-time Mac users, the screensaver may invoke a bygone era of early Macintosh's, pre-OS X systems and even the now-obsolete need for screensavers.

The free program is only 148KB in size and requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.5 or later. It is available via MacUpdate (no developer website available). Despite the similar name, the screensaver has nothing to do with the well-known painting by Vincent Van Gogh. [via FairerPlatform]

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Jesse-Douglas

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    Bring Back the Flying Toasters!

    I'd pay (not much, but still) to have 15-30 of the original After Dark screensavers available on Mac OS X

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Amend that to "More After Dark"

    The actual original "After Dark" had only a handful of good modules. It wasn't until "More After Dark" came out that the interesting ones started to outnumber the boring ones. The good ones with the original After Dark were Fish!, Flying Toasters, Starry Skyline (that was the original name of the one in this article), and arguably Puzzle and Satori. Who would even want PICS Player or Shapes these days?

    The best one in More After Dark was the arcade game one, which you could play by holding down some particular key as After Dark started.

  1. adavidw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lunatic Fringe!

    Somebody bring back Lunatic Fringe!

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    See the reply to my comment above

    If you do a search in Google, you can play it on Mac OS X. (I tested, and it works on 10.7. And I'm just as bad at it as I was back in the System 7 days.)

  1. topherism

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Barney Blaster

    My favorite-ever screen saver.

  1. peaksutah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the simpsons

    I really want an OS X update to The Simpsons After Dark screen saver series. I loved the screen saver where homer pushes a lawn mower across the screen. :)

    Not my video but checkout -

  1. facebook_Tina

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    What's next?

    MacPlaymate? ;-)


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey, this used to have sound too!

    I remember the original AD version having crickets chirp in the background. It could even be mixed with Rain and Lightning (Zot!) modules to give a dark and stormy city night.

    I hope those come back with v.2 of this. :)

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