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albert1712 Level 1 (0 points)


As I am a phtographer and always like to use my photos divided by events in iphoto as a random photo screensaver I checked the new screensaver in Mountain Lion.

And I have no bloody idea how to choose more albums from iphoto for screensaver purposes? I was trying to click more of them, but it is not possible.

I can either choose complete iphoto catalog (which I don't want to use complete) or I can choose one event only. Why is that? How to choose more events?

I was trying to click on them with Shift, Option or Command key and nothing. I wasn't enable to mark more than one event!


I also miss very nice screensaver that was in both previous versions: Snow Leopard and in Mac OS Lion with photos being thrown on the desktop randomly.

It is not present in Mountain Lion though....


If anybody knows or managed to choose more events (albums) from iphoto to use with any of the new type screesavers, please let me know.

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Smallwerld Level 1 (0 points)

    Similarly, I don't use iphoto to categorize my photos. Rather I have them in folders on finder. Before you could just choose pictures and all subfolders would appear as images within the screensaver. Now it won't show photos under the parent folder. Very annoying.  And I miss that random photo screensaver as well.

  • jkj56 Level 1 (0 points)

    Somebody in Apple decided that we do not need that anymore. Apples God complex is beginning to become smelly. I too want my old screen saver back

  • JonJamesP Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have this problem. I don't use iPhoto to manage my pictures as I don't like the way it doesn't search and update [such as iTunes does with music], so I would like to be able to select several folders and have the screensaver look into subfolders for more pictures rather than just showing the images in the parent folder. Annoying as I am sure it is not that hard to do.

  • Tom in London Level 4 (1,610 points)

    Your question:


    "Screensaver in Mountain Lion seems to be worse than in Lion, why?"


    Yes, it is worse. Like the others who've posted here, I can no longer get the screensaver to go randomly through a folder of my photographs.


    As to "why", my own conclusion is that there are stupid people making many of the decisions at Apple now. Stupid in the sense that they don't understand that users will organise their photographs in folders and will put those folders wherever's most convenient.

  • jfaughnan Level 3 (785 points)

    The loss of support for nested folders (subfolders, folder recursion) amazed me. Screen saver has supported that in OS X for as long as I can remember.


    Here's a feedback link for OS X comments. Worth a try:


  • topcop1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I too miss that randaom photo toss screensaver.  It fascinated everyone who watched it because the photos were of everyone and everything in my file.  None of the new options even come close.

  • albert1712 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wonder if Apple will take that lesson from us and will return us our favourite screensaver. Apple always claims that they make products for artists. Well, we aall are artists and we would like to use this screensaver again. It look astonishing on big 32" LED mońitor.


    Unfortunately it looks like Apple is steering in the wrong direction. Just today I have updated my ipad to iOS7 and Apple took from the system another nice gadget: Picture Frame functionality. It is a real shame Apple that only because of this some uf the users will be downgrading their systems back into ios6....

  • topcop1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Amen to that. But it seems Apple no longer listens and that will be its downfall.

  • jkj56 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple needs to change name to: Big Brother.... No longer use an iphone, and growing more frustrated by many things here

  • albert1712 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi All,


    Does any of You already tried to download and install Mavericks?

    Did they get back this screensaver or not?

  • Eric Root Level 9 (50,244 points)

    If what you want to do is use iPhoto pictures, go to System Preferences/Desktop & Screen Saver. In the left hand side select a slide show. That should bring up 'Source' in the right side. From the source drop down menu, there are options to add iPhoto.


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  • albert1712 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Eric,


    Thank You for your reply, although I was asking for something else: What I was missing in Mountain Lion was the old screensaver where the photos were randomly choosen from my iphoto library and throw onto black background and they were covered with next photo falling on them, like leafs falling of the trees I don't know how to exactly explain this.


    Well, I have Time Machine copy, so maybe I will take the risk and install Mavericks to have a look, if not then I can always go back.

  • topcop1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Albert...Please let us know how you make out.

  • albert1712 Level 1 (0 points)

    Currently I am on Mountain Lion because somebody gave me the below solution for how to recover  old screensavers from Lion and it worked for me. Below is the copy I found somewhere on the net:



    The screensaver is located under /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework

    You can replace this folder with the folder of a Mac OS Lion installation.

    You will have to replace the preference pane (/System/Library/PreferencePanes/DesktopScreenEffectsPref.prefPane) as well.


    Don't forget to make backups before you replace anything!



    It worked for me in Mountain Lion. I can try if this will be also usable in Mavericks! If not then I will get back to ML probably from my Time Machine backup.

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