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Screenshots of the Mac OS X login screen

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

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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.

Visage Login 1.2.1 Released

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

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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

Friday, 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.

Visage is compatible with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard

Sunday, 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.

Visage Login 1.1.1 Released

Monday, April 24th, 2006

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Look at all those ones! Version one point one point one. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? This new version fixes an issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.

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 vs Visage Preference Pane:
Visage Login is a standalone application that is designed to be extremely simple and easy to use. It is ideal for organizations that wish to quickly and easily customize a master machine which can then be mirrored to a large number of clone machines. The Visage preference 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, personalize system alerts, randomize the login screen background, and more.

Visage 2.4.1 Released

Monday, April 24th, 2006

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Here’s what’s new in version 2.4:

  • Non-admin users can now replace the login screen background image after authentication.
  • Fixed issue where characters such as parentheses in the login panel text message could prevent the message from being displayed on the login panel.
  • Fixed rare issue where Visage could crash on launch.
  • This update is only for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using an earlier version of Mac OS X, please download the appropriate version of Visage from the main Visage page.

Visage allows you to easily and safely customize the appearance of your Mac. The preference pane’s simple interface contains five tabs, each of which will help you customize a different part of your Mac. You can run screen savers as your desktop background, customize your login panel, personalize system alerts, and more! Visage keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time.

Visage Login 1.1 Universal Binary Released

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

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Visage Login is now a Universal Binary, so both PowerPC and Intel Mac owners can join in on the customization fun!

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 vs Visage Preference Pane:
Visage Login is a standalone application that is designed to be extremely simple and easy to use. It is ideal for organizations that wish to quickly and easily customize a master machine which can then be mirrored to a large number of clone machines. The Visage preference 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, personalize system alerts, randomize the login screen background, and more.

Visage 2.4 for Intel Macs Released

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

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Here’s what’s new in version 2.4:

  • Compatible with Intel Macs (Universal Binary).
  • Improved version checker to work around a bug in Apple’s initWithContentsOfURL method of NSData.
  • Free upgrade. Visage has been helping us customize our Macs since 2001, and all of the upgrades have been free!
  • This update is only for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using an earlier version of Mac OS X, please download the appropriate version of Visage from the main Visage page.

Visage allows you to easily and safely customize the appearance of your Mac. The preference pane’s simple interface contains five tabs, each of which will help you customize a different part of your Mac. You can run screen savers as your desktop background, customize your login panel, personalize system alerts, and more! Visage keeps track of Apple’s default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time.

Visage 2.3 released

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

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  • Newlines can be entered in the login panel text message. This makes it easier to create multi-line messages.
  • Login screen images can now be in any format natively supported by Mac OS X.
  • Login screen background images no longer need to be in jpeg format.
  • Fixed rare situation where personal alerts or boot panel message might not revert to default settings.
  • This update is only for OS 10.4 (Tiger). If you are using an earlier version of Mac OS X, please download the appropriate version of Visage from the main Visage page.