Screenshots of the Mac OS X login screen

October 28th, 2009

After customizing the Mac OS X login screen using Visage Login or the Visage preference pane, many users want to take a picture to share with friends or post online.  Here’s how to take a picture of the login screen in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  1. Set up your custom login screen using Visage Login.
  2. Download the screenshot.sh script and save it to your Desktop.
  3. Make sure the screenshot.sh script is executable.  To make the script executable, open the Terminal application (located on your hard disk at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app), copy and paste the following command, then hit the return key:
    chmod 755 ~/Desktop/screenshot.sh
  4. Next, copy and paste this command into the Terminal window and hit return:
    sudo nohup bash -c ~/Desktop/screenshot.sh > ~/Desktop/nohup.out
  5. At the password prompt in the Terminal window, enter the admin password for your account and hit return. The Terminal will not display your password as you type. That’s ok… just type your password correctly and hit return.
  6. Select “Log Out” from the Apple menu and log out of your computer within 60 seconds.  The Terminal app will ask you if you are sure you want to close the window.  Click the “Close” button to quit the Terminal app and continue to log out.
  7. If you have your volume turned up, you should hear the shutter sound when the screenshot is taken 60 seconds after you ran the script.  Log back in, and the login.png screenshot will be on your Desktop.

Here’s an example login screen screenshot (click the thumbnail to view the full-sized image):

mac os x login screen screenshot

Visage Login 1.3 Released

September 5th, 2009

Download it!

New in Visage Login 1.3:

+ Tested with Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.

+ No longer shows Mac OS 10.6 users a warning that Mac OS 10.4 or 10.5 is needed.

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. Check out the amazing screenshots!

Visage Login requires Mac OS 10.4 or newer. If you are using an older version of Mac OS X, you can download the appropriate version of the Visage System Preferences pane instead.

Path Tracker: iPhone 3G GPS App

August 17th, 2008

My newest application, Path Tracker, is now available on the iTunes App Store!  Path Tracker is an iPhone 3G application that displays your path on a map as you move.  Save your paths to the web, view your paths in Google Maps, and export your paths as KML or GPX.  Check it out:

http://pathtracks.com/

The price for all this path tracking awesomeness?  Less than a buck.

Visage Login 1.2.1 Released

February 10th, 2008

Download it!

Version 1.2.1 fixes an issue that prevented a small number of users from setting their login screen background image.

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. Check out the amazing screenshots!

Visage Login requires Mac OS 10.4+. If you are using an older version of Mac OS X, you can download the appropriate version of the Visage System Preferences pane instead.

Visage Login 1.2 Released

December 7th, 2007

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Visage Login now lets you change the host information displayed on the login window. The host information can display the current date and time, Directory Services status (network accounts), IP address, system version, host name, and more.

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. Check out the amazing screenshots!

Visage Login requires Mac OS 10.4+. If you are using an older version of Mac OS X, you can download the appropriate version of the Visage System Preferences pane instead.

WindowFinder is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

November 9th, 2007

WindowFinder is now compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

WindowFinder lets you instantly access any open window from your menubar. Select a window from the menu and it will become the frontmost window. WindowFinder is easier and faster than Exposé, which leaves you mousing over dozens of miniaturized windows that all look alike.

PowerController, the iTunes alarm clock, is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

November 8th, 2007

PowerController, the iTunes alarm clock, is now compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

PowerController is an iTunes alarm clock that is simple to use and packed with amazing features. PowerController wakes your computer from sleep and plays any iTunes playlist while fading in the volume.

Visage is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

November 4th, 2007

Visage Login and the Visage System Preferences pane are now compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

The login background feature now works in Leopard, so you can add a custom background image to your login window. Registration now works on Intel Macs with Leopard, and your serial number from previous versions is still valid.

Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage Login keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. You can add custom images to the login window, add a text message, or add an Acceptable Use Policy.

The Visage System Preferences pane has all the features of Visage Login, and it offers even more customization options such as the ability to run screen savers as your desktop background and personalize system alerts.

PowerController 2.1.2, iTunes alarm clock released

October 10th, 2007

Download it!

Here’s what’s new in version 2.1.2:
PowerController automatically recognizes when you change your time zone in System Preferences and reschedules your alarms. You no longer need to log out and log back in after changing your time zone.

This update is ONLY for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using another version of OS X, please download the appropriate version of PowerController from http://keakaj.com/powercontroller.htm.

PowerController is an iTunes alarm clock that is simple to use and packed with amazing features:

  • Wakes your computer from sleep
  • Integrated with iTunes
  • Plays any iTunes playlist
  • The initial system volume and iTunes volume are customizable
  • iTunes alarms can have a gradually increasing volume for a soothing wake experience
  • PowerController can shut off your alarm if you don’t dismiss it after a designated time period (so that your neighbors don’t call the police when you go away for a long weekend!)
  • iTunes alarms and wake events can launch an application, open a file, or run a script
  • Set a different wake time and playlist for every day of the week!
  • You may schedule an unlimited number of events
  • PowerController runs in the background — there is no app hogging Dock space
  • Configurable via System Preferences
  • Admin password is NOT needed to set an alarm that wakes computer from sleep
  • Snooze feature
  • A status item may be kept in your menu bar for easy access to info about scheduled events
  • Free, unrestricted 30 day trial

PowerController can also be used to schedule times for your computer to go to sleep or wake up (with or without an iTunes alarm).

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July 27th, 2007

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