'Frequently asked Questions' by screensaver authors


What kind of program do I need to be able to distribute my screensavers?
What screen resolution should I use?
How much do I need to compress my JPG images?
How many images should I use in a slideshow?
I have submitted some screensavers, but they were never listed, why?
My screensavers have been listed, but I can't get a 'star'?


What kind of program do I need to be able to distribute my screensavers?

    Have a look at our 'Make Your Own' page. There are several suitable programs listed in the Shareware section. Freeware versions usually only work in your own PC and you cannot distribute them. Download free trial versions of several programs and see which you are most comfortable with.
What screen resolution should I use?

    Most popular resolution among our visitors is still 1024 x 768 (22%). Next largest groups are 1366 x 768 (12%) and then 1280 x 800 (9%). Preferably use software settings that will stretch the images to suit all screen sizes.
How much can I compress my JPG images?
    Preferably as little as possible (5-10%). Most screensaver programs will do some compressing to the images anyhow, usually by reducing colors which does not damage the sharpness of the image.
    A few years ago small size of the screensaver file was very important because of the limited storage space in PCs and slow connections. Most people now prefer high quality images even if the size of the file becomes somewhat larger.
How many images should I use in a slideshow?
    Preferably at least ten, but more is better!
I have submitted some screensavers, but they were never listed, why?
    First of all, please read carefully all conditions listed on the Submission page. Besides poor quality and technical problems other reasons for dismissing a screensaver can be:
    • practically pure advertisement
    • provocative nudity (artistic nudity can be accepted depending of the context)
    • controversial subjects (political, racial, drug related issues etc.)
    • your screensaver contains adware/spyware

    In general, Freesaver.Com aims to be a 'safe' family site, thus anything that might compromise this, will be dismissed.
My screensavers have been listed, but I can't get a 'star'?
    15-20% of submissions never make it to the list, so already being listed means that your screensaver is quite good. Things which are taken in consideration for 'star' quality are: - quality and quantity of images, artistic effort and originality, technical quality, and 'entertainment value' (=how long the screensaver is likely to entertain the viewer).

    Slideshows are the easiest to make. To earn stars the images need to be of good quality, original art, or artistically enhanced to be considered for more than one star. Animated effects can add interest to a plain slideshow if your program allows them, also music is considered a 'plus' as long it compliments the images. It should be mutable though.

    Animated, 3D, Flash and Java screensavers have a bigger chance for gaining stars as they are usually more entertaining and can have surprise and interactive effects not possible in a simple slideshow. These are obviously much more complicated and time consuming to make.

    Three stars is given to screensavers of exceptional artistic quality and/or technical complexity, and occasionally for slideshows with large quantity of quality and/or rare images.


If you have other questions of general interest which you would like to have answered on this page, please send your questions to faq@freesaver.com.

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