Use an RSS Feed as a Desktop Background [OS X Tips]

Use an RSS Feed as a Desktop Background [OS X Tips]

If you’re not using the RSS screensaver on your Mac, we’ll forgive you. This time. With a little terminal code and your favorite RSS feed, however, you can get this bad boy to display behind all your apps and desktop icons, as your desktop wallpaper. Cool, huh?

Go ahead and drop into System Preferences and then click on the Screensaver tab of the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane. Notice that there’s a Screensaver called RSS Visualizer. Select it. Click on the Options button in the lower right corner, under the blue cloud image. Select one of the RSS feeds already provided to you by Apple, or add your own favorite RSS URL in the field at the bottom. Cult of Mac RSS feed, anyone?

Once you’ve set that up, issue the following command in Terminal:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background

As long as you don’t change Spaces, or expect to actually press the number keys to read the stories, you’re good to go. You can watch as long as you like, until you’re bored–not that you would be with our RSS feed, mind you–and hit Control-C to end the process.

Seems like a cool way to keep up to date on the latest news from your favorite website, right?

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  • Cameron Wilder

    Awesome Love it! Thanks guys Your the best!!

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