Hello, enterprising software writers. In short: I want a .Mac-free version of the .Mac screensaver module. And I have $100 to throw at you.
I own a Mac OS X machine. I subscribe to Apple’s .Mac service. I do so for exactly one feature: the .Mac screensaver. This feature works thusly: I designate an album in iPhoto, hit “.Mac slides”, upload the photos, go to my screensaver in Mac OS X, designate my .Mac member ID, and voila, screensaver of the photos with complete Ken Burns Effect. Anybody with Mac OS X can subscribe to this screensaver if they know my member ID. Like the Grandmas.
This costs me $100 per year.
If you write a program to do this, I will pay you $100 (what .Mac cost me this past year) to be able to use it. Make it freeware, make it shareware, make it open source, I don’t care. Just give me a working copy and I will send you $100.
Here are the specs.
$100 for a screensaver module for Mac OS X (Tiger at the very least, older versions at your discretion), that will pull jpgs (add other file formats if you like!) from a designated directory on the web and store them locally on the user’s machine, then display them full screen using the Ken Burns Effect (or some other similar–but not copyrighted–effect, like the Bobby Joe Zoom Pan Dealio with Fade Transitions).
$25 bonus money for a Windows screensaver module that does the same thing, but on Windows XP.
$25 more bonus money for a plugin for iPhoto 5, so I can select an album and export it to the directory on the web that I designate. The plugin should automatically reduce the size/quality of the photos as they are uploaded, so transfer is quick.