StarfishX 1.5, by Scott's Software
Posted: 6-Apr-2003

5 out of 5 Mice

Vendor: Scott's Software Type: FREEWARE

Reviewer: Judd Spitzer Class: UTILITY

Mac OS X 10.1 or above.

If you haven't been looking at downloads for the Mac lately, then you really may be missing out on some incredible software finds these days. One gem is a program called StarfishX (SFX). This program does for your desktop pattern what iTunes visual display does for your music. It will bring your backgrounds to life. You can always put the picture of the family or that far-away vacation hideaway on your desktop, but then comes SFX.

SFX creates detailed JPEG or TIFF image files reminiscent of the background patterns that comes standard with Mac OS X, except you can create unique patterns every day, or every hour, or every minute. The best part is that you will get a fantastic visual surprise every time this program generates a new background. This program will turn your Mac into a real life Picasso!

SFX boasts some strong customization for your Mac, so you can specify screen size and arrangement. Additionally, you can choose a specific palette or create your own. You can select options to have SFX create a new pattern upon launch, and as often as you like.

Some other unique features are using the Velocity Engine of the G4 processor, and support for Multiple processors. Finally, so that you don't lose that wonderful art work, you can save up to 500 images that you can scroll through and select. This program is simply one program that will be the envy of your PC friends.

The only thing that could really make this program even better would be a way to export images as smaller files to the web for sharing, since I believe that people would really enjoy seeing these images as ART.

At the bottom of this review are a few examples of the program's output.

StarfishX is a Mac OS X-native application which generates cool desktop patterns. This is an amazing utility to jazz up your OS, and the best part is that it will cost you nothing. Highly recommended!


  • Amazing pattern generation
  • Saves patterns for later viewing
  • Free!


  • Limited output options (i.e., no output suitable for the web)

Overall Rating

5 out of 5 Mice




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