iPhoto gridSaver

iPhoto screensaver for Mac OSX iPhoto Users 


Not Compatible With Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8)

I upgraded to Mountain Lion and discovered that the screensaver doesn't work anymore. Some research and I found the answer: there is no more automatic garbage collection in screensavers starting with OS 10.8.

That sounds minor, but that's a MAJOR change, and a lot of the code assumes garbage collection is present. I am not sure why Apple made this change for screensavers, but anyhow I am not sure how long it's going to take me to go and make this thing work. Sorry everyone.

Version 2.0 released!

To celebrate the release of The gridFrame for iPad, we've released the 2.0 update to iPhoto gridSaver. Details on iPhoto gridSaver 2.0 are below, but really we're giving it away for free just to get you to buy The gridFrame for iPad. So now, a word from our sponsor.

PLEASE CHECK OUT The gridFrame for iPad! Your support of it will enable future development of this screensaver!



You're probably familiar with the iTunes Artwork screensaver. There was no equivalent screensaver for iPhoto, until now! 

To download, click here. To install, just double click the iPhoto gridSaver.saver in the .zip file.

New in Version 2.0:

After lots of work, iPhoto gridSaver now supports MULTIPLE MONITORS!

The iPhoto album used for the screensaver can now be selected! Or you can still choose to use your entire library by selecting "Photos" (the first album listed).

The iPhoto Library can now be located outside of your home folder. So multiple iPhoto libaries can be used. iPhoto gridSaver uses the same library currently in use by iPhoto.

iPhoto GridSaver 2.0


  • OSX 10.5+
  • iPhoto


  • Uses entire iPhoto Library of the current user
  • Users can set the number of rows between 2 and 8
  • Users can set the delay between flips
  • Multiple monitors
  • Select which iPhoto album to use
  • iPhoto Library can be located anywhere

Known Issues:


In theory, this code should work with any version of iPhoto, however, it has only been tested on iPhoto 8 (iLife '09). Use at your own risk!


This software is free but not open source.

About the author:

He's handsome and charming.

I also wrote a plug-infor QuickSilver users who also use SJPhone. You can view it here.

If you'd like to download the older version of iPhoto GridSaver, you can download them below: