Printed Circuit Board Photo Collage Screensaver for OS X

December 4th, 2009 by Jeff
OS X Flickr PCB Pool Screensaver

PCB Photo Pool Screensaver

One of my favorite ways to keep tabs on the Printed Circuit Boards Group on Flickr is with OS X’s built-in ability to turn an RSS feed into a screen saver, as shown above.

To create this cool and constantly changing screen saver, open the “Desktop & Screen Saver” pane of the OS X System Preferences, as shown below.

Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences

Click the + button and select “Add RSS Feed…”  OS X will prompt you for an RSS feed URL to use for the screen saver.  Enter

http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/groups_pool.gne?id=812901@N20&lang=en-us

and click OK.

Make sure that the Display Style is set to “Collage” mode (the center option) as shown above.  Click Test and you should see photos from the pool appear on your screen.  Now the next time your screen saver activates, you should see a collage of cool photos from the PCB photo pool.

That’s it!

PS. If anyone knows of an equivalent screen saver for Windows or Linux, please let me know in the comments.  I don’t want OS X users to have all the fun!

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6 Responses to “Printed Circuit Board Photo Collage Screensaver for OS X”

  1. Jay W Graves says:

    If you download Picasa from Google it comes with a screen saver that will uses RSS feeds.

  2. Michael M. Butler says:

    Jay, Jeff: I tried putting the RSS feed exactly as shown into my Picasa 3 screensaver list and it reported “(Photos not available)”.

  3. Jeff says:

    Michael – The URL to use for Picasa is:

    http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/groups_pool.gne?id=812901@N20&lang=en-us&format=rss_200

    I just tested it here and it works.

  4. Michael M. Butler says:

    Thanks, that little extra “format” part of the URL did the trick.

    • Jeff says:

      For some reason, that extra string causes the OS X screensaver to load lower resolution images, which is why I got rid of it originally. Different screensavers probably parse RSS feeds differently, so YMMV.


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