2012.03 Recommended: Freeware

Thanks to Rick Calicura and the NotePad, newsletter of Club Mac of Springfield (Illinois) and environs for these items.

Starry Night (Screensaver)

Do you remember Berkeley Systems screensavers? They were extremely popular in years past, but then the company went away. I’ll bet you thought that was the end of the line, eh?

Not so. It seems that someone out there has recreated the Starry Night screensaver. This software doesn’t actually do anything except allow you to see a city skyline with a sky ever filling with twinkling stars. If you wait long enough you might see an occasional meteorite or falling star. To install, simply drag to your desktop, double click and then allow it to install in your screensavers.

iPhoto Buddy

IPhoto Buddy is a Mac OS X utility that allows you to use more than one photo library with Apple’s iPhoto as well as with its companion programs, iMovie, iDVD, and iWeb. The advantages of splitting your One Huge Photo Library into multiple smaller ones include improved iPhoto performance, increased flexibility in organizing your digital photo collection, and a consistency with most other Mac applications that allow their data to be stored in as many files (documents) as you like. IPhotoBuddy uses a simple, streamlined interface that was inspired by iPhoto itself. It truly is a companion application — a real buddy! A Universal app, it is Lion-compatible and will run on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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