has released SWF Desktop for Macintosh. It’s a Mac OS X-native version of their software that enables companies to create and distribute Macromedia Flash-enabled desktop wallpaper. It’s similar to a product ScreenTime Media already offers for Windows. The software made its debut at last month’s FlashForward 2003 conference.
The software enables content producers to develop wallpaper that can deliver updateable content, including images, animation, news, calendars, Web links, Web-based applications and games — directly to the desktops of users who have installed the software. Anything that can be done in Flash in a Web browser can be incorporated into wallpaper, according to the developer.
The software has been used to develop promotional vehicles for a rock band called Something Corporate, Hallmark Cards and Nintendo. It’s also being used to generate interactive content for organizations ranging from Comedy Central to government agencies.
SWF Desktop for Macintosh runs on Mac OS X and works with Flash 4 through MX. It’s available for purchase directly from ScreenTime Media’s Web site — a Personal Edition costs US$24.95, while a Professional Edition costs $99.95.
A Windows demo is now
available for download, and a company spokesperson told MacCentral that a Mac version will be available within a week.