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Using a .Mac Slide Show as a Screen Saver in Mac OS X 10.4

If you (or any other .Mac user you know) has published a .Mac slide show, you can use that slide show's images in a screen saver on your Mac. Here's how.

  1. Choose Apple > System Preferences to display the System Preferences window.
  2. Click the Desktop & Screen Saver icon to display the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane.
  3. Click the Screen Saver buttons to display Screen Saver options.
  4. In the Screen Savers list, select .Mac. The Preview area is likely to start displaying images of Apple products.
    Figure 4-1

    Figure 4-1 The default .Mac screen saver displays Apple products.

  5. Click the Options button to display .Mac screen saver options.
  6. In the .Mac Membership Name box, enter the .Mac member name for the person who has published the .Mac slides you want to view.
    Figure 4-2

    Figure 4-2 Enter the name of the .Mac member whose slides you want to view.

  7. If you don't want to view the Apple products slides, turn off the Selected check box to the right of Public Slide Show in the Subscriptions list.
  8. Set other screen saver options in the bottom half of the dialog as desired.
  9. Click OK. The .Mac member name is added to the Subscriptions list. You can see it for yourself if you click the Settings button again. As you probably guessed, you can repeat steps 5, 6, and 9 to add multiple .Mac member accounts to the list.
    Figure 4-3

    Figure 4-3 If you peek at the Subscriptions list again, you can see the member's name listed.

  10. Close the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane to save your settings.

    As long as you have an Internet connection, you'll be able to view those slides as your screen saver.

About the Author

Maria Langer is a freelance writer and helicopter pilot who writes about using computers to pay for her expensive flying habit. The author of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: Visual QuickStart Guide for Peachpit Press, she provides support for her books in the blog-based site, http://www.langerbooks.com/. Visit her on the Web at http://www.marialanger.com/.

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