AfterDark / DarkSide QT Float(tm) Screen Saver Module for MacOS
Copyright ©1998 By Mark Fleming and its licensors.

Minimum System Requirements:
Note: By default the selected file is an image on the Images of the World CD-ROM. If the CD-ROM is not in, select cancel and change the setting to your favourate set of movie(s) or picture(s).

AfterDark / DarkSide QT Float Screen Saver Modules:

QT Float
This module shows a series of images and QuickTime movies from a folder, on the screen.

QT Float.ad
This module is the same as the above module, except it place a company logo in the top left of the screen. Contact us to licence this module with your company logo in it (also available for Windows 95, 98 and NT (QT Float.SCR)). Licenced version can also include your custom word list and phrase list, and custom imbedded images.

Installation instructions for MacOS:

After Dark users:

  1. Copy the screen saver module (QT Float) from the CD-ROM to the "After Dark Files" folder in your "Control Panels" folder (in your "System Folder").
  2. Open the "After Dark" Control Panel; choose "After Dark Files" from the pulldown menu on the left.
  3. (Optional) Adjust "Drift Speed" and "Change Rate" as desired, then click "Demo" (then click "Done").
    QT Float Screen Saver other options:
    Screen Saver Option Image

    Change Rate control number of seconds (1 - 120sec) between Text Message changes and Image changes, if the Scan Folder option is checked. Movies change once they finish.

    Drift Speed is the speed the image or movie drifts across the screen. On slow CPU this speed is limited by the speed of the CPU.

    The Center button, if checked center all images and movies. Images are scaled down to fit the screen, if needed.

    The Set Text Color button control the font color. View the lists of Words and Phrases.

    Play Audio CD only works with Apple CD-ROM Driver.

  4. Close "After Dark" Control Panel.

DarkSide (of Macintosh) users:

If you do not own After Dark, you can install & use the provided freeware screen saver application, DarkSide (by Tom Dowdy). "DarkSide of the Mac 4.2 alias" file points to the full original distribution of Darkside.

To install QT Float modules with the original distribution, just put these modules in you DarkSide folder and select one of them as you default module.

  1. Copy the folder containing the DarkSide program. Then copy the screen saver modules, QT Float, from the CD-ROM to that folder on your hard drive.
  2. Open the above folder (now on your hard drive) and drag & drop one of the module onto the icon for the DarkSide application to install (follow directions).
  3. After installation-- if the settings box isn't already opened, drag down to "DarkSide Settings" under the "File" menu; ensure that the screen saver module, QT Float Screen Saver, is selected in the left column.
  4. (Optional) Adjust "Drift Speed" and "Change Rate" as desired, as well as any other program attributes; click "Test Fader" (then click "Done Testing").
    QT Float Screen Saver other options:
    Screen Saver Option Image

    Change Rate control number of seconds (1 - 120sec) between Text Message changes and Image changes, if the Scan Folder option is checked. Movies change once they finish.

    Drift Speed is the speed the image or movie drifts across the screen. On slow CPU this speed is limited by the speed of the CPU.

    The Center button, if checked center all images and movies. Images are scaled down to fit the screen, if needed.

    The Set Text Color button control the font color. Fonts size is scaled to fit the screen. View the lists of Words and Phrases for these text message options. To hide all text uncheck Show option.

    Play Audio CD only works with Apple CD-ROM Driver.

  5. Under the "File" menu, drag down to "Close". *

Please Note: if you already have another screen saver installed, you may need to disable it in order for DarkSide to work properly.

*Important: do not "Quit" DarkSide; DarkSide must remain running in the background in order to work (only requires 80K of memory).

Note: if you run DarkSide from the CD-ROM you can't change any of the settings for the modules. Copy the modules to your hard drive before you change the settings.


Supported Image and Movie Formats:

The following still image formats are supported by the QT Float screen saver:
QuickTime v2.5 supports: JPEG, GIF, PhotoShop 2.5/3.0/4.0, SGI .rgb, MacPaint, QuickTime, PICT and QuickTime v3.0 also adds support for: Progressive JPEG, PNG, TIFF, TARGA, QuickDraw GX (if installed), Windows BMP and QuickTime 4 and 5 add streaming support and other new formats.
Only QuickTime Movie formats is supported.


Feedback and new feature requests are welcome. Look for enhanced versions to include message editing and more image display features. Send e-mail to: markf@kagi.com
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