After Dark is a plug-in based screen saver program developed and published by Berkeley Systems for Macintosh in 1989. A Windows 3 version was released in 1992, and several upgrades were released until the last version (4.0) was released in 1996.
I never had After Dark, but a friend of mine did, and I loved watching the various screen savers that it came with. I only had the first release of IdleWild, which wasn't nearly as interesting. Many years later, when DOSBox was effective at running Windows 3, and After Dark was readily available, I finally got to see all of the interesting screensavers with the most multimedia version of Windows 3.
- All of the screen savers take advantage of variable screen resolutions, and most of them use a 256 color palette and sound.
- It has several useful screen saver features like password locking and hot spot activation.
- There is a large variety of screen savers including abstract, whimsical, funny, and serene.
- Most of the screen savers have a fair amount of configuration to them which auto saves, and most of them allow a random element to their settings.
- The program is fairly resource intensive, slowing down Windows.
|Bogglins||More||P Sasse, D. Auld, A. Karn||Disgusting slimes squirm around the screen making fart noises and exploring.||1 - Really annoying.|
|Boris||More||M. Oerlin, R. Vaterlaus, I. Gasowski||A kitten chases a butterfly and occasionally purrs.||3 - Very cute and fun to watch.|
|ConfettiFactory||More||P. Lamoreux, P. Young||A screen with various boxes and conveyors is slowly covered with "confetti" that piles up. Funny "duck crossing" refreshes the screen.||3 - I love watching this one slowly accumulate, I only wish it could be set to run longer.|
|GeoBounce||2||Ed Hall, R. Herrell||Bounces one of several basic 3D shapes around the screen.||1 - Nice shading (though it doesn't use a 256 color palette), but the bouncing isn't coded very well.|
|Globe||2||Jack Eastman, Wes Boyd||Bounces a rotating globe of the Earth around the screen.||2 - I like that the texture can be customized, though it would be nice if they included more textures.|
|Marbles||2||M. Overlin, K. McLeod||Marbles are shot from the top of the screen and bounce off bumpers until the reach the bottom.||4 - I love the slow accumulation, and still giggle at the smiley face marble. I wish they used 256 colors.|
|Mountains||2||B. Haller, T. Elmore||Renders a 3D mountain scape.||3 - Includes alternate palettes and terrain styles.|
|Mowin' Man||More||Mike, Glenn, Bruce||Grass and flowers grow randomly across the screen and are mowed over by a man on a riding tractor. Night falls as well.||2 - Nicely designed, but dull after awhile.|
|Nocturnes||2||J. Steinmetz, R. Herrell||Draws eyes in the dark.||1 - The sound effects are a good touch, but it's pretty dull.|
|Om Appliances||More||P. Sasse, G. Becker||Refrigerators and washing machines float across the screen making noise.||1 - Kind of a ripoff of the Flying Toasters, but with more noise.|
|Punch Out||2||Bill Stewart||"Holes" are punched out of the screen.||1 - Pretty dull.|
|Rain||More||A. Zeltser, M. Overlin, A. Carlisle||Colored rain drops splash and cause ripples that dissipate.||2 - Kind of zen, but not much to it.|
|Stained Glass||2||J. Tantra, Wes Boyd||A colorful geometric pattern is drawn on the screen and tiled around it.||2 - Interesting, but so random it usually just looks like a mess. Should have been given better aesthetics.|
|Starry Night||1||Craig Dickson||Draws a nighttime cityscape using individual dots that flicker with the occasional shooting star.||4 - This one is very serene. I enjoy staring at it.|
|Swan Lake||2||B. Resner, M. Overlin||Swans swim around a black pool.||3 - Another serene one. The swans are well drawn, but their animation is a bit choppy.|
|Tunnel||More||Darin Gurney, Mouse Herrell||A shifting color palette gives the illusion of traveling down a tunnel.||2 - Colorful, but otherwise primitive.|
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Dark_(software) - Wikipedia.