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OS-X Lion Screen Saver – WOW!

July 29th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

OS-X Lion Screen Saver Preference Panel

OS-X Lion Screen Saver Preference Panel

Here’a a new Lion feature I just discovered.  It’s a real WOW for a desktop machine.

As you probably know you can select as your Screen Saver an animated tiling of the album covers of your iTunes library.  You can see the screen saver System Preference panel here – you select “iTunes Artwork”.

Well in Lion the album covers are LIVE in the screen saver.  So you can use the screen saver as your iTunes control without having to password out of the screen saver.

Try it – you’ll probably be as amazed as I just was!  This is yet another feature where an IOS neat trick has migrated to the desktop – as you probably know you can also control your “iPOD” app on your iPhone without unlocking it. (And in IOS 5 you’ll be able to do the same with your iPhone camera – i.e. take a photo without unlocking.)