iScreensaver has been updated to version

iScreensaver version 6.8.5 has a number of bugfixes and improvements, including fixes for several issues that could cause issues when running under macOS Ventura 13 (currently in beta, soon to be released) Authors distributing screensavers for macOS clients should update, re-build, and re-distribute their screensavers. Authors only supporting Windows clients can upgrade at their convenience.

Release Notes
We are pleased to announce the release of iScreensaver version 6 which supports macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) through 13 (Ventura) and Windows 7 through 10. Read about Version 6

Keyboard navigation with HUD enabled?

Does keyboard navigation work when the HUD is enabled? I know the HUD is enabled, because when I move the mouse it appears and I can control my slideshow with it. My understanding was if the HUD is enabled and I check the appropriate choices in the iScreensaver options for Enter/Return, space bar, and arrow keys that those keys will trigger the HUD and allow navigation as well, but they don't seem to be working on my Mac running Catalina.


  • Hi Tom - sorry about the slow reply, we didn't notice this post.

    Keyboard control works with the HUD enabled in all OSs except for Catalina. This is due to an Apple change in how screensavers work in Catalina. It affects other mac screensavers as well. We've asked Apple about it, but we aren't confident that it will change any time soon.

    If you really want keyboard control on Catalina, then you can do this trick: instead of installing the screensaver, just run the screensaver installer app and hit the Preview button. In this mode, running as an app, keyboard control is fully functional even in Catalina.

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