Magic Window 4K brings your 3K/4K/5K display to life with relaxing slow moving timelapse views for your wallpaper and screen saver. Includes 140 amazing city and nature views. This edition is only for certain hardware configurations - please read the description before purchasing.
Magic Window includes complete timelapse views of coasts, beaches, cities, mountains, lakes, and more. Watch as time and light slowly paint the skies beautiful colors and the cities transform from day to night.
Created by the same team that brought you Magic Window for iPad and iPhone, this is a new style of desktop wallpaper made using timelapse photography. The wallpapers slowly blend over time revealing magical changes in scenery and color. The goal is to create slow and subtle movement that does not distract from work.
The speed of the app can be changed from slowest where movement is not visible to fastest where movement is subtle and noticeable. Depending on if you prefer more static wallpaper or "live" wallpaper you can adjust this setting to conform to your tastes. Most views were filmed over hours and capture complete sky transitions.
This edition of Magic Window contains 140 views mastered at Cinema 4K resolution (4096x2160). It looks beautiful on 3K, 4K, and 5K displays of all sizes. The higher resolution means much greater detail on displays that support it. People with lower resolution displays should get standard "Magic Window."
- Get Magic Window 4K if you have an iMac with Retina 5K or 4K display or a Mac Pro or MacBook Pro with 4K or higher resolution display attached. For the MacBook Pro 15" this version is only recommended if you use external displays.
- ALL OTHER CASES: Get the standard Magic Window - Timelapse Desktop available here in the Mac App Store. It has more scenes and is the ideal choice for most Macs.
4K video files are large. Magic Window 4K includes 4 scenes built into the app download. The remaining scenes are downloaded separately through the app. There is no charge for downloading scenes and you can delete ones that you try and do not like. The app includes nearly 20GB of timelapse views, 19GB of which is downloaded separately.
Please note: due to changes in OS X the app now takes longer to open. You will experience a delay between opening the app and it executing as OS X validates that the app. It will appear as if nothing is happening - please be patient with it. Thank you for understanding.
Enjoy Magic Window 4K. If you have questions especially about compatibility with your display setup feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not a system screen saver - it works independently of the system screen saver.
- 36 new scenes including Hawai'i and Mojave
- Various bug fixes & improvements
- Fixes full screen activation bug on MacBook Pro
Ratings and Reviews
The best part of my new iMac!I Simply breathtaking!
I just adore this app. The photos are spectacular, and the time lapse is mesmerizing. I had the previous version and loved it, and immediately got the 4K version with my brand new iMac. Really, these developers are so gifted and so customer friendly. I wish I had the time to read all of the stories behind each of their photos, but it’s so wonderful that they are included. And you can personalize in so many ways, by choosing your favorite images to loop (alas, they are all my favorite images), and by adjusting the speed of the time lapse. I sign up for the BETA versions because I just can’t wait to get the latest and greatest images. And the developers get back to you within less than a day, if for no other reason than to thank you for letting them know how much you adore their app. If you love beautiful, breathtaking images that take you on mini excursions around the world to watch the sunrise, the sunset, and the coulds rolling over, this is your app!
I enjoy most aspects of MW4K. It works great on my 2013 iMac, and there are only a couple of elements which need improvement, but which do not detract from a five star rating. The scene browser could be larger; it uses the same scene browser from the orginal Magic Window, but which now looks expecially small on the larger displays 4K is meant for. Also, There are a bunch of favorite scenes from the original Magic Window that are missing from the 4K lineup, because (understandably) they were not filmed in higher resolution. But I still miss then all the same. I wish there was an option to download the lower resolution older scenes, even if I’m only seeing them in standard definition. They are still pretty to look at after all.
Beautiful … but laptops run hot
The photography here is 5 stars.
I would have rated the overall application a solid 5 stars except that even on the slowest play setting it makes both of my MacbookPro’s (13” and 15”) run hot. True to the documentation, the Activity Monitor only shows around 5% CPU on the slowest setting, but I think there must be additional GPU processing… at any rate something is causing my machines to run so hot that I chose to disable this application.
How they can fix it: I tested vs. native wallpaper (OS X System Preferences -> Desktop) with "Change picture" set to 5 seconds with very similar CPU and temperature results. So I don’t think this software is doing anything wrong other than updating the image rather frequently. I simply advise the developers to add an additional "really slow” playback speed. Have it update at 1 minute intervals. It’s still a really cool effect, and I wouldn’t hesitate to leave it running even when I’m on battery power.
In the meantime here’s my workaround to still enjoy Magic Windows: I wrote a terminal loop to screencapture my favorite scene in a sequence of 50 or so images, put them into their own folder, then use the native Desktop pointed to that folder and set Change picture to 1 minute interval. Works and looks great!
Developer Response ,
Hi - Thank you for the thorough feedback. I appreciate the depth in which you researched this. As you've found for motion wallpaper we've got CPU about as low as it will go. That said we just released a new app 24 Hour Wallpaper that uses still wallpaper exactly like you describe. And as you describe it basically uses no CPU, GPU, or battery. So for people who want motion wallpaper, Magic Window 4K is still the best choice. If still wallpaper is good for you, 24 Hour Wallpaper gives you that and time synchronization. The additional GPU processing you refer too is likely the result of dynamic graphics switching which by its design results in the app effectively rendering twice on both graphics cards on the MBP. Disabling dynamic graphics switching typically solves it, but obviously that's not something we can recommend. Feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com with more questions and feedback.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.