Creating and setting up your screen savers

Once being needed to avert phosphor “Burn-ins’ on the CRT and plasma monitors. Today it’s mostly for visual appeal. You will attest to fact that there myriad of screensaver sites out there that are not too personal no one knows which one could be a malware pushing host .Here how to personalize your screensaver without all the mumbo jumbo.

The simplest way is right there in Win XP and Vista!

– set up your desired screensaver image in a folder of your choice (or use the default MY picture folder)

– Right click anywhere on the desktop. On the Display Properties applet select screensaver tab and then scroll down to the screensaver-My pictures slideshow –settings

– Arrange the settings according to the options given and your screen saver make is ready.

Vista makes it trouble free to put together your photos through the Windows photo gallery feature. Inside it are the necessary tools to direct your pictures into screensaver.

– Click on the File-Screensaver-settings

– Pick out screensaver on the list –select photos

– The settings for the screensaver allow you to further modify the screensaver.

The power point way

We all often get impact motivational Power point attachments in our message box .We can turn this into screensavers with Power point 2007.You can have one quote shuffle around your desktop when your computer is inactive.

– Choose the presentation

– Open save as window.

– Through the Save As window and choose an empty folder or create a new one

– Enter a file name of your liking in the Save as drop down then drill down to select any image format click save

– Pop up menu will want you to save every slide or the current only as an image.

– Click ok

– Your self made screen saver is ready to roll

A Simple Peek at the History of Screensavers

Way back before 1990s, screensavers are inconceivable concept to even the techiest person on the planet. Back then, people are more used to dealing with electronics with screens prone to burn-ins. This usually occur when stationary images appear on the monitor for extended periods of time. After a long time, this stationary images will look grayed out, eventually leading to damages. For that reason, programs were developed to change images after a set time period before they get “burned”.

It wasn’t until 1989 when a 16-bit product called Magic Screensaver was developed and released into the public. The credit to the development of this product goes to Ian MacDonald and Bill Stewart. They are the ones who paved the way for the evolution of screensavers.

Originally, the existence of screensavers only spread around through the word of mouth. But since primitive Internet existed already way back in 1990s, the existence of the said product made by MacDonald and Stewart rapidly spread which gave birth to numerous creators who licensed their own work. Even major corporations like HP and Microsoft dipped their hands in the creation of this screen element.

Right now, the computers available in the market come with already built-in screensavers. These are what prevents the possibility of burn-ins with computer monitors. Aside from that main purpose, the screensavers are now being used for a wide variety of purposes. There are people who use the said screen element for entertainment, information, security, and even giving a uniform look to multiple computers.

The screensaver has really evolved over time. From the time it first came into existence way back in the late 1980s, the screensaver has become even more useful, colorful, and feature-rich. Even if several decades have already passed by, it seems that the screensaver product will still continuously evolve. The end for its evolution is not yet in sight.

What you need to know about business shareware

Shareware is a software that is usually distributed informally for evaluation and is available for free. After the trial period is off, a fee might be requested for continuity. 

Some developers offer a revised version of the program having an inbuilt expiry date which can be renewed. How can a shareware be used? Unlike most freeware, this software has limited functionality. It may be utilized for only a certain period before registering a fresh or paying for it. The time limit is lifted once the payments are made. 

Varieties of business software Since the term shareware is used to differentiate the open-source software in which anybody can inspect or alter the source codes. Below are some of the main business shareware; 

• Nagware 

This type of shareware reminds the consumer to re-register it and pay cash. When the user starts a program, a pop-up message appears, reminding them to do so. Some kinds of this shareware provide the message for a particular period making the user pause before continuing with the program. 

• Adware

 It is a shareware that automatically offers, advertisements so as to make cash for the author. It’s also known as advertising supported software. They might appear during the installation process or the user interface process. 

Unwanted adverts are sometimes referred to as adware. Microsoft window is one of the places where adware can be found. 

• Crippleware 

Vital features of the programs are disabled in this kind of software until the consumer buys the registration key. However, the users are given the chance to view the different designs of a program without being able to process any information. 

• Trialware 

The user is usually given a chance to use this program for a limited time. When time elapses, the program stops functioning until when code is entered. An opportunity is given to the user to judge whether the software is worth buying. The positive thing about these businesses, shareware is: 

– One is given a chance to try them before purchasing it. After you have tried it on has a broad knowledge of the package, and so they can decide if it fits their needs. 

– The user can contact the manufacturer directly since most business shareware’s are developed by an individual. In the case of inquiries, one will get a direct answer from the software program.

 – It comes at a lower cost compared to other retail software shops. The shareware models are efficient since the developer concentrates on creating excellent programs and users pay a minimal amount for it. 

– The shareware products are free from viruses since most developers take the time to scan them before releasing them to the public. This is because the shareware business keeps records of the properly checked software. 

The downside of this software are 

– Some of the shareware usually tricks consumers into clicking them, thus accidentally buying it. Since most of them are out of the ideas of marketing. 

– Young entrepreneurs get involved time in promoting their products because most developed companies get competitive as times goes. 

– Some of the software only works well on the PC while giving mobile consumers a hard time to operate them.They cannot be corrected and have higher chances of not working. All in all, one should take advantage of the above shareware not only to get knowledge but also to make cash.

About the Island

Screensaver island was originally launched in 2002 via a subdomain on but quickly grew in popularity, since then we have always updated with the latest freeware and shareware screensavers, but in 2014 we had a huge error at major cost which had the site go down and lose all information.

Since then we decided to rebuild slowly and today represents our revival as we look to post articles and screensavers using wordpress to get a better handle on how we want to grow.

We ask you to bare with us while we rebuild and get our market position back by bringing on some of the best screensavers on the net for free.