Copyright 2004-2006, NC State University

Ilan Gerald Volow – Code, design, and implementation.
Everette Gray Allen – Concept, direction, testing and documentation.


The Help Desk

Binary 10.3/4 – https://projects.ncsu.edu/mac/downloads/webXsaver.zip

Binary 10.6+ https://projects.ncsu.edu/mac/downloads/webXsaverII.zip
Source – https://projects.ncsu.edu/mac/downloads/webXsaver.src.zip

webXsaver is a screen saver module which displays a web page.  Any web content supported by Apple’s WebKit should display.  Client side pull is supported by WebKit.  We have used webXsaver with a MacMini attached via an DVI to HTMI cable to a 32″ LCD TV to create web based digital signs and in our standard lab images to combat screen burn in and advertise our services on idle lab machines.

MacOS X 10.3+.  webXsaver may work on earlier versions of MacOS X as long as Apple’s WebKit frameworks (install Safari to get these) are installed but it has not been tested.
There is no version for MacOS 9 and there never will be.
There never will be a port to any other operating system.

Download and unzip the webXsaver.zip file, double click webXsaver.saver, and allow MacOS to install for all users.  This should put the file in /Library/Screen Savers.  Configure using the System Preferences panel for screen savers

It is also possible to directly change /Library/Screen Savers/webXsaver.saver/Contents/Resources/webloc.plist.  There is one key pair name webLocation.   Should look like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">


Known Issues

1) Some very large movies (100 mb+) many not load iand play.

2) Content that requires internet plug-in to present must have the correct plug-in installed in the OS (Flash, etc) as with most web browsers.
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