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Mach Desktop 2.0 is the most mature, advanced, and beautiful wallpaper application! Mach Desktop features 40+ stunning themes, with each theme featuring advanced 3D effects or gorgeous True HD Video, and the most cutting-edge and beautiful "Desklets" ever to grace a Desktop! 3D effects include but are not limited to: Light, Water, Fog, Smoke, Clouds, Fire, Snow, Stars, Galaxies, Quasars, even Black Holes, and more! Mach Desktop 2.0 also features a new super efficient video player foundation that can play full 1080P HD videos while consuming on average 5% CPU per display* Our High Definition Videos include Waterfalls, Fireplaces, Aquariums; and even historic landmarks like the Great Pyramids, the Roman Colosseum, the Athens Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower, and others!

Unlike other apps, which only iterate through photos, play only mediocre videos, or include only one 3D rendered image; Mach Desktop include all of these features and much much more! Desklets can automatically be added on a per-theme basis, and automatically customized and positioned for each theme. Or with the Desklet Manager, quickly customize Desklets' position, size, font, and colors (and Add Desklets) with a single click! You can even put Web Page Desklets on your Desktop, and our advanced Desklets not only feature weather, date, forecasts, and other detailed information; but also forecasted temperature, humidity, wind speed, and more! You can even load your own videos and quartz compositions; the options are limitless -- Mach Desktop truly has no equal and is the only application of its kind!

Ridiculously Advanced Features!
- 40+ Themes, with the option to automatically add customized Desklets or add no Desklets at all; the choice is yours!
- Unlimited Display support, with each display being independently customizable
- 25+ 3D (Quartz) Compositions with stunning rendered effects such as Light, Water, Fog, Smoke, Clouds, Fire, Snow, Stars, Galaxies, Quasars, Black Holes, and more
- Nearly 20 True HD Videos include Waterfalls, Fireplaces, Aquariums; and also historic landmarks like the Great Pyramids, the Roman Colosseum, the Athens Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower, and more
- Load your own Videos, GIFs, or Quartz Compositions
- Choose Themes graphically with a single click
- Add over 30 different Desklets with a single click; with each Desklet supporting customized position, size, font, foreground color, and background color
- Web page Desklets allow to you put multiple web pages on your Desktop, allowing full customizability for position and size
- Forecast Desklets show conditions, temperature, wind speed, humidity, and pressure for the next 12 hours
- Retina Display support
- Incredibly advanced, yet super easy to use

* Videos average 5% CPU per display, Quartz composition CPU usage varies depending on Quartz composition
**1.0 Users you can still put web pages as your Desktop, simply add the Web Page Desklet and resize it to fill your screen!**

What's New

Version 2.9.1

- Our Local Weather data provider recently changed how weather data was retrieved; all Weather functions are fully functional with this update

Ratings and Reviews

Not a huge fan of the update


On the positive side, they increased the efficiency of playback of quicktime content drastically - previously it would consume a LOT of CPU.

On the downside, they have killed the ability to have the output of a shell command (or contents of a file) displayed on your desktop. This was a HUGE feature, allowing for a LOT of customization (eg. I had a shell script that would fetch stock prices, and then I could dipslay that). Plus the existing desklets are split weirdly (eg. hours/minutes are a different desklet from seconds), and because there is no desklet customization, certain options are where they don't belong (eg. using 24 hour time, or C vs F on temperature are on the desklet selection screen, which makes no sense). Additionlly, although the font dialog has a size option, desklets ignore it and will ensure that they print using the maximum size the box will handle, so you have to resize your box carefully to get correctly sized fonts. This is not a great thing when, say, you are outputitng the month, and it could be May or September, so font sizing using box size is not great. And text doesn't wrap any more, it shrinks.

All in all, the lack of customizability for desklets is a huge step backwards for this app.

Good, not great


I installed this software to run a custom piece of video loop in the background. It works well enough for that. Were that all I wanted, I probably would have given it 5 stars. The built-in effects are far too busy/energetic for me, but I wanted it for custom video anyway, so I didn't care about those.

However this app promises "Full multi monitor support", which is only partially true. It does support both of my attached monitors, but it does not allow running a different effect on each screen, nor does it allow even turning it off of the second screen. Since the two screens can't be controlled separately, it doesn't count as "Full" support to my mind. For my needs I would be satisfied if I could just turn off the second monitor, but the ability to run separate effects on each would be ideal.

Finally, one note about funny aspect ratios: my second monitor is rotated 90 degrees, making the effective resolution 1080x1920. The effects still run fine, but they are either cropped to preserve the aspect ratio (meaning only about 30% of the screen is filled) or they are stretched waaay out or proportion to fill the screen. Even worse, you don't always have control over which happens (crop vs. stretch).

For these two limitations, I'm giving it 3 stars. If these things don't bother you then the app works great.

Just doesn’t look that good


The animated desktops are a nice idea, as are the widgets, but in practice the most attractive ones included here are the ones featured in the free version, and a lot of these are plain ugly. I guess I could roll my own using quartz composer, or possibly there is a community of people making good ones out there, but even the good ones here look pretty cheesy. I think if the authors want to save themselves more bad reviews they should post videos on their websites of all of the included desktops so people know what they are getting. I (erroneously) figured the paid version would have even *nicer* desktops than the free version, but only a couple are even on the same level, most are noticeably worse.

Another issue is that the interface is poorly thought out. There are entirely separate settings windows for picking the desktop backgrounds and for customizing and placing widgets, which makes the app cumbersome to experiment with when dialing in a setup.


Mach Software Design
723.1 MB
Age Rating
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