Dropclock Screensaver

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 31, 2008
Updated • May 21, 2018

I'm not a huge fan of screensavers because I prefer that my system turns the monitor automatically off when I'm not using it to save electricity and power.

The only purpose of screensavers in my opinion is to have some nice visuals running on the monitor, a fashion statement so to speak but nothing that is practical.

This was different for older computer monitors which required screensavers to avoid burn ins.

Dropclock screensaver

Still I do come frequently upon screensavers that stick out, that are to cool to ignore. The Dropclock screensaver is one of those which does become apparent when you take a look at the size of it. Dropclock has a size of 136 Megabytes ! Now that's a huge screensaver.

It's available for Windows XP, Windows Vista with .net framework 1.1 and MAC OSX 10.33 - 10.5. The screensaver is free to try but actually costs $15 which can be paid using Paypal. I'm not sure if the free version is limited because there is no information on the website about it.

I was not able to discover any limitations so far. There are no options available though. The most likely explanation here is that it will stop working after a certain amount of time so that you are left with the option to uninstall the screensaver on your system or pay the license fee to continue using it.

What Dropclock does is display the time in a visually stunning way on the screen whenever the screensaver is turned on. This can happen automatically after a set amount of inactivity, or manually when you want to start the screensaver immediately without having to wait for it to start automatically.

The site that hosting the screensaver is making available other screensavers that you may like. Some of them are free to use while others ask for a license fee that is usually around $10.  I suggest you check out the site on your own to see if there is anything that you like a lot.

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  1. Bill Gates said on May 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    May 29, 2019
    VirusTotal: 26 / 71

    A shame suggest something who not pass the VirusTotal Test.
    Its sufficient to have just one crap virus or similar to hack your machine,
    Next time before to suggest something, check it with VirusTotal.

    Or you are just another kid who like cause problem on machine of people…

  2. phototr0pe said on October 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

    It’s not bad code–the screensaver uses prerendered videos of the numbers dropping into liquid, and being fairly high quality (1024×768 resolution, I think) the videos take up a lot of space. It saves CPU cycles by not having to rerender each animation by just playing videos. I use this screensaver and everyone (including me) thinks it’s fascinating. Plus having the huge numbers on my screen is a useful clock from across the room. And I haven’t had any reaction from my antivirus to it, so I’m pretty sure that any concerns about malware are unfounded.

  3. Hovnohori said on October 6, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Not working.

  4. Michael said on April 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    cute, but 136megs?? talk about squandering resources and nasty bad code! that is so totally ridiculous.

  5. David Dorward said on April 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Most license agreements disclaim responsibility for malware which might sneak inside software. I wouldn’t worry about it, at least, not any more than any other software.

  6. Michael said on April 1, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Have you read the license agreement and checked the site out? It says the software may contain viruses and it is up to the user to be sure it is clean. I am not so trustworthy of this site. Have you found any viruses or spyware in the file, or system abnormalities after installation.Thanks

  7. Malinthe said on March 31, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    wow! That’s super cool!

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