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Download Latest 1.5.1 - Note that the downloads in the list below are for getting a specific version of. If you're interested in modifying StonerView, you can also download the source code. (CodeWarrior Pro project and source, 69K.) StonerView uses QuickDraw 3D for its display system. If you don't have it, you'll have to download QuickDraw 3D from Apple's web site. StonerView should run on any PowerMac with System 7 or later.


This is my favorite screen saver in all the world.

Normally I hate screen savers, I really do. If the point is to savethe screen from burn-in (which doesn't happen these days), they'resilly. If the point is to occupy my attention, I have a host of betterideas. If the point is to be pretty, they usually fail.

Except ElectroPaint[*]. Which is something that came with SGI machines,and I presume it still does. It was strange and hypnotic and I couldstare at it for hours. Once I set it running on twelve machines in thesame room and turned the lights off. That was pretty good.

[* A trademarked term, I am told. See below.]

Unfortunately and dammit, the source code to ElectroPaint has neverbeen released, and it only runs on SGI machines. This bugged me foryears. So I finally got off my butt and reimplemented it.

(Actually, the first thing I did was to reimplement it in sound. That's StonerSound, which may alsointerest you.But I made it back into a visual toy after that.)

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Please note that this contains no code from ElectroPaint. I've neverseen any. StonerView is entirely my own code, inspired only by mymemory of what ElectroPaint looked like. (In fact, when I wrote this,I hadn't seen ElectroPaint run for over a year.)

Mac OSX version

  • StonerView for MacOSX (MacOS 10.6 and later)
  • StonerView for MacOSX (MacOS 10.5 and earlier)
  • StonerView for MacOSX (source code)
Thanks to Tommaso Pecorella's original MacOSX port, and Alexander v. Below'supdates for the Intel architecture.Also to Ben Galanti and jwz for hints on updating to 10.6.

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Note for 10.15 (Catalina):Shockingly, this still works! The 10.6 binary contains both 32-bit and64-bit versions, so it runs fine, despite being almost a decade old.However: (a) The screensaver onlyfills a quarter of the screen on retina displays. And (b) you have toremove the Gatekeeper flags before it will run. After installing, type:

iOS version

Shigeru Hagiwara ported StonerView to iOS (for the iPad). Sadly, Applesaw fit to reject the app, saying:

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Apps that are not very usefulor do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected.

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(They also didn't like the word 'Stoner'.) Their loss, and ours.However, the source code is available atShigeru Hagiwara's GitHub page.

Jamie Zawinski has included StonerView in hisiOSport of the XScreenSaver collection.I guess that's lasting entertainment value!

Javascript version

I have now ported the effect to Javascript, using a cunningmixture of Javascript and CSS3 animation techniques. (It's not quite thesame, but I think I got the feel right.This has only been tested on Safari and MobileSafari. (Sorry, Firefox people.) You can install it as a web-app on iOS; just use thebrowser's 'Add to Home Screen' option. The transitions are jerky onolder iPhones and iPod Touches, but it looks great on an iPad orfourth-gen iPhone or iPod.

If you're interested in the (GPL) source code, well, it's a web app.Go to the page and view the HTML source.

Mac Classic version

You can downloadthe Mac executable.It's a BinHexed file, about 27K. (Yeah, tiny.) Go nuts.If it runs too slowly, reduce the window size some.

If you're interested in modifying StonerView, you can alsodownload the source code.(CodeWarrior Pro project and source, 69K.)

StonerView uses QuickDraw 3D for its display system. If you don't haveit, you'll have to download QuickDraw 3DfromApple's web site. StonerView should run on any PowerMac with System 7or later. If it's too slow, reduce the window size.(QD3D only works on PowerMacs, so I'm afraid a 68K versionof StonerView isn't going to happen.)

Note that the Mac version is still at 1.2. (The changes in 1.3 are mostlyin the Unix-specific code. Mac people are missing out on the1.3 option to draw edges on the colored squares... but then I never liked that option in the original.)

Unix / GL version

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Non-Mac folks candownloadthe Unix sourcehere. (30K tar.Z file.)This requires a GL library. If your machine doesn'thave GL installed, tryMesa, a free GL implementation.

Here isStonerView.desktop, a configfile for using StonerView as a screen saver with the Gnome desktop.I'm told you should put this file in /usr/share/control-center/.data/ --haven't tried it myself.

Win32 version

Peter Kliem has done aWin32 portand anAndroid wallpaper port.

Version history

1.5 (Mac OSX universal binary port): contributed by Alexander v. Below

1.4 (Mac OSX port): contributed by Tommaso Pecorella

1.3 (Unix version only):Jamie Zawinski contributed a pile of code to change the framework from GLUT to straight GL. This allows the --root option to work, and therefore it works with the xscreensaverpackage.Also, added an option to outline each square in grey.

1.2: I forgot the sliding rainbow effect on the chain of polygons!Can you believe that? I'm such a doof.Also, Unix/GL version.

1.1: Original public release (I think)

Dair Grant has included a StonerView module in hisSetting Sunscreen saver for Macintosh. Setting Sun is shareware, but theStonerView plugin is free (being GPL). The source code isin the Setting Sun plugin development kit on hisdownload page.

Tommaso Pecorella has ported StonerView to aMacOSXscreensaver module.

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StonerView is copyright 1998-2001 by Andrew Plotkin.

StonerView is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modifyit under the terms of the GNU General Public Licenseas published by the Free Software Foundation;either version 2 of the License, or (atyour option) any later version.

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This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, butWITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty ofMERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNUGeneral Public License for more details.

The original Electropaint is by David Tristram. Tristram Visualholds a US trademark on the name Electropaint. Play nice.

Last updated February 8, 2020.

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