Monday, 6 June 2016

Mavericks Screensaver fix

Recently updated a 2008 MacBook Pro from Snow Leopard to Mavericks.

So far everything's seems to work well without any performance lag. However I noticed the screen saver didn't work as expected. 

Under Snow Leopard I set the Screensaver to play photos from a selected folder in iPhoto and this led to a nice slide show when the Mac was idle.

This setting didn't carry over to Mavericks, in fact no iPhoto folders were seen in the Source drop-down menu! Checking the forums, there were recommendations from upgrading to iLife'11 to running a Terminal command.

However not wishing to spend more money on this upgrade, I experimented with linking Screensaver with an alias of an iPhoto folder. It wasn't elegant but it worked!

Here's how: 
  • Goto Home > Pictures
  • iPhoto Library
  • Ctrl-click > Show package contents 
  • Choose a folder within Modified > File > Make alias 
  • Drag alias to Pictures Folder
  • System Folder > Screensaver > Select type of slide show > Source
  • Choose Folder... > navigate to Pictures Folder and select the alias.
  • Thumbnail of the slideshow will be displayed and closing the System Folder will activate the slideshow when the Mac is idle.

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