MBS Releases Transparent Screensaver 2.3 for Mac OS X - Lock Screen

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[prMac.com] Nickenich, Germany - Monkeybread Software today is pleased to announce the release of Transparent Screensaver 2.3, an update to their popular screensaver utility for Mac OS X. The utility adds a variable transparency overlay screensaver to the list of screensavers in Preferences. With the screensaver running at 50% the effect is one of dimming the desktop and all open windows; 0% is black; 100% is completely transparent. With the screen lock option engaged, the user can continue to view their iChat Buddy List, iTunes Library, or any open process or window, while waking their computer from screen saver mode is password protected.

If the user wishes to remain logged in to their computer, but prevent others from using it, he can lock the screen. This is done in System Preferences - Security - General. By selecting "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver," password authentication will be necessary to leave screen saver mode. With Transparent Screensaver the user can continue to view the desktop and all open windows while the computer remains inaccessible to others, screen locked.

Feature Highlights:
* Transparent screensaver dims screen
* Screen may be locked in transparent screensaver mode
* Screen may be monitored while computer is inaccessible in screen saver mode
* Prevents burn-in, maintains privacy, and protects security
* Simple to use and install utility

Version 2.3 makes Transparent Screensaver Snow Leopard compatible. The utility is self-installing after download, allows variable transparency from 0% to 100%, supports a variable screen update rate of 0 to 30 frames per second, and includes two additional screensavers: pure white and pure black. Although screen burn-in (permanent damage to a monitor from continuous display of a single image over many hours) is less of a problem with modern LCD screens than CRTs, Apple still provides an optional screensaver function when there has been no input for three hours or less. At 50% or less transparency, Transparent Screensaver provides both protection from burn-in and the ability to monitor a locked screen. Also fixed in version 2.3 is a memory leak issue present only in Mac OS X 10.6.3.

"MBS Transparent Screen Saver is an ideal solution to privacy, security, and burn-in issues in Mac OS X," stated MBS CEO Christian Schmitz. "It incorporates all the benefits of a screensaver, while preserving screen visibility."

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.5 or later
* 228 KB

Pricing and Availability:
MBS Transparent Screensaver 2.3 for Mac OS X is currently available as shareware, which is free to test for 30 days. A license is available from MBS for 15 US Dollars, or 10 Euros. Review copies are available on request.

Located in beautiful Nickenich, Germany, Monkeybread Software is a privately held company founded in 2000 by Christian Schmitz. Monkeybread Software focuses on the Macintosh and Windows platforms. With over eleven years as a software developer, Christian's aim is developing unique and useful utilities, complemented by first-class customer support. Copyright 2000-2010 Christian Schmitz Software GmbH. Monkeybread Software is a registered trademark of Christian Schmitz, Nickenich. All Rights Reserved. Apple, and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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