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Magic Window - Timelapse Desktop

By Jetson Creative LLC

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Magic Window is the absolute best and most beautiful motion wallpaper and screen saver available for your Mac. It includes complete timelapse views of coasts, beaches, cities, mountains, lakes, and more. Watch as time and light slowly paint the skies beautiful colors and the cities transform from day to night and back again.

Chosen by Apple as a Staff Favorite, What's Hot, and New & Noteworthy
#1 entertainment app in more than 40 countries worldwide

Created by the same team that brought you Magic Window for iPad and iPhone, Timelapse Desktop is a new style of desktop wallpaper made using timelapse photography. The wallpapers slowly blend over time revealing magical changes in scenery and color.

Magic Window includes 115 scenes: 7 are built into the app, and 108 are downloaded after you install the app. We use scene downloads so we can bring you more and more scenes without making the app larger and larger. There are no additional charges for scenes. You can install the app on as many Macs as you want and download scenes as many times as you want.

Magic Window scenes are full 16:10 HD resolution (1920x1200) and look fantastic on every single Mac as well as HD displays. These are truly high definition wallpapers, not stretched low resolution videos.

Magic Window fully supports multiple monitors, allowing you to have different scenes on each display and to selectively enable or disable displays. AirPlay can also be used to display the scenes on an Apple TV.

Magic Window offers a variety of speeds that let you control how much CPU it consumes. On the slowest speed Magic Window can consume less than 5% CPU, leaving your Mac free to focus on other tasks.

If you already own Tahoe Blue or Magic Window Yosemite National Park and are looking to buy this as an upgrade please be aware this is a separate app that runs independently. After you purchase this you will need to quit the other app and then open Magic Window from the Applications folder. You can still run the other apps however they should be run one at a time.


Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Florence, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Lucerne, New Orleans, New York City, Paris, Prague, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, Venice

Yosemite National Park (5), Bohicket Marina, Glen Lake, Half Moon Bay, Iceland, Jenner, Lake Tahoe, Lake Murray, Mono Lake, Pyramid Lake, Santa Monica, Suisse Fog, Pacifica, Oregon Coast

Hill Street Bridge (New York), Haworth (England), Ivinghoe Beacon (England), River Falls (Wisconsin), Saugerties Lighthouse, Tuscany (Val d'Elsa)

Carson Valley (Nevada), Gore Range (Colorado), Heavenly Mountain (California), Mt. Shasta (Summer & Winter), Vail Village (Colorado), Whiskeytown Lake (California)

Battersea Power Station, Charleston Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Los Angeles Airport, Boston, Logan Airport, Martinez Refinery, Oakland Railyards, Rainbow Bridge, Tower Bridge

This is not a system screen saver - it works independently of the system screen saver.

What's New in Version 1.7

- Compatible with OS/X Yosemite
- 15 New Scenes! 115 Scenes Total - All included.
- Higher resolution version now sold separately (See Magic Window 4K)
- Improved randomness of shuffle
- New download service offers improved performance in some regions. Can be changed in Preferences/Advanced.
- Sets system wallpaper to black by default for Yosemite compatibility. Option can be changed in Preferences.
- If you experience any issues please contact us at
- If you enjoy the update we greatly appreciate reviews in the App Store!


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Customer Reviews

Where are they?

Where are the cityscapes? I’ve looked in preferences, closed the program, clicked on ‘get more views’ which takes me to the App store, bit no other scenes. The pictures are very good, but I want to look at photos of someplace warm and sunny. Where are the beach scenes? — Update — the guys that wrote this software ROCK. The pictures are beautiful, the software is stable, you won’t find better support anywhere. If you have a question, (or a stupid question like I did) these guys will answer it. Quickly. Bottom line: Great software and outstanding support.

Only works if the app is open

Failed to realize this only works if I have the app open. Should’ve looked further into it before blindly buying it for $7. Brilliant time lapses with beautiful sceneries for sure, no doubt about that. Don’t regret getting it for that reason. But I don’t want this thing having to be open all the time; I was hoping for something where I could install one single time lapse as a screensaver but instead can’t just simply do that; I have to have the app open and running. Would rather not waste more CPU than necessary. Nice try though. Not sure if I regret this purchase since it was only a few bucks and the scenery is beautiful.

Cool, but too short

There was an old app for Mac OS 9 that actually time-synced the image with the time of day. I cannot remember the app's name, but it was perfect. It gave a feeling of being outside, even when stuck in an editing bay for long days. I had always hoped this would eventually take that approach, but none of them are ever long enough. I would pay to have better and longer movies, if offered. I wonder if people are too focused on seing the four hours in five minutes time that they miss out on the ability have their desktops bring them the outdoors indoors.

Magic Window - Timelapse Desktop
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 698 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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