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Flying Toasters – A look back at After Dark for Windows 1.0

Remember when screen savers were all the rage?
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In March of 1991, Berkeley Systems released the After Dark for Windows 1.0 screen saver program and the $49.95 package soon became as common on the PC as it was on the Mac. After Dark for Windows came with 35 screen savers, including the wildly popular Flying Toasters.

I recently came across a copy and installed it in a virtual Windows 3.1 system and began reliving those fun times. 

I’ve compiled this gallery to show each of the screen savers along with their associated configuration options so that we can all look back at them and reminisce. Enjoy!

If you want to learn more about more about After Dark, be sure to check out The After Dark Interviews on LowEndMac.com, where you’ll find interviews with three of the men behind the After Dark screen saver project.

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In Aquatic Realm, your screen becomes an underwater porthole as fish and other sea creatures swim back and forth across the seabed.

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In Can of Worms, worms squirm and twist all over the screen while munching away at the desktop.

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In Clocks, different types of clocks float across the screen displaying the time. This composite image shows all three of the main clocks.

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In Down the Drain, your desktop appears to liquefy and then spirals down a drain.

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In Fade Away, your desktop just fades away.

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In Flying Toasters, the screen goes black and then the now infamous flying toasters glide across the screen interspersed with pieces of toast. You even get to choose how you like your toast.

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In GeoBounce, a geometric shape of your choice spins and bounces across the screen.

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In Globe, a planet spins and floats across the screen.

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In GraphStat, random scientific looking graphs appear on the screen. 

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In Gravity, different colored balls bounce all over the screen.

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In Hard Rain, rain drops hit the screen and create colorful circular splats all over the screen.

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In Lasers, you get a front row seat as a laser light show creates bright patterns on the screen.

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In Logo, images float across the screen. By default, the After Dark logo is used, but you can use any image you want.

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In Magic, constantly shifting patterns appear on the screen and dazzle you with their intricacy.

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In Messages, a text message floats across the screen. You can choose from several whacky messages provided or type your own.

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In Mondrian, the screen turns into a piece of Mondrian style art.

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In Mountains, 3-D mountains from a planet of your choosing appear on the screen.

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In Nocturnes, the screen goes black and then the eyes of various nocturnal creatures appear on the screen and watch you.

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In Punch Out, the desktop is attacked by a hole puncher—the annoying clicking sound is optional.

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In Puzzle, the desktop becomes a sliding puzzle and the pieces begin shuffling all over the screen.

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In Rain Storm, a storm appears on the screen complete with wind and lightning.

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In Rose, interesting patterns appear on the screen and slowly grow larger while rotating ever so slightly.

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In Satori, colorful tie-dye-like patterns slowly emerge and swirl on the desktop.

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In Shapes, solid color geometric shapes simply fill the screen. Kind of boring now, but hey this was from 1991.

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In Slide Show, you see a simple slide show of images of your choice. Here, you see some dinosaurs… get it?

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In Spheres, a host of colorful spheres are rendered on the screen creating the illusion of dimensionality. Back then, this one was one of my favorites.

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In Spiral Gyro, interesting patterns are drawn on the screen just like those created with the old Spyrograph toy.

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In Spotlight, the screen goes black and a spotlight appears and illuminates parts of the desktop.

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In Stained Glass, random patterns appear on the screen. They actually look more like quilts or a kaleidoscope than stained glass, but very neat, nonetheless.

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In Starry Night, a city skyline appears under a star filled sky with occasional flashes of lightning. The lights in the buildings go on and off and red beacon lights flash at the tops of some of the tallest buildings.

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In String Theory, complex Moire­-like patterns swirl across the screen.

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In Vertigo, colorful spirals and squares gradually grow on the screen and provide the dizzying optical illusion of depth as they move.

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In Warp, you see a Star Trek effect, where colorful stars suddenly swirl past as the warp drive engages.

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In Wrap Around, you see another set of Moire patterns swirl across the screen.

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In Zot, bolts of lightning appear on the screen.

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