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Flying Toasters - A look back at After Dark for Windows 1.0

After Dark for Windows

 

In March of 1991, Berkeley Systems released the After Dark for Windows 1.0 screen saver program and the $49.95 package soon became as common on the PC as it was on the Mac. After Dark for Windows came with 35 screen savers, including the wildly popular Flying Toasters.

I recently came across a copy and installed it in a virtual Windows 3.1 system and began reliving those fun times. 

I’ve compiled this gallery to show each of the screen savers along with their associated configuration options so that we can all look back at them and reminisce. Enjoy!

If you want to learn more about more about After Dark, be sure to check out The After Dark Interviews on LowEndMac.com, where you’ll find interviews with three of the men behind the After Dark screen saver project.

Image created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.

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35 comments
Michael Jay
Michael Jay

never had that screen saver, looks cool and if it was free I might just get it.

TimeChaser3222
TimeChaser3222

I still have all the floppy disks that was After Dark. I used it on Windows 3.1, & Windows for Workgroups. Oh the good old days of a Flying Toaster moving across your screen.....

remjr
remjr

Loved After Dark! Although I enjoy G-Force now, I still miss some of the screen savers in AD...

Dave O
Dave O

Does anyone know if my W95 version works on XP? It is on CD, so I could load it. I was afraid it was on floppy. I don't have any floppy drives anymore!

whitehound
whitehound

I have After Dark 3.0 - unfortunately it won't work as a screensaver with XP because whatever is meant to trigger it to start, doesn't, but I can make it run manually if I want to look at the graphics.

MadCityJ
MadCityJ

On the Mac version was an excellent way to pass the time. Never did see a port to the Windows side, and haven't found one that would run on Win7 anyway.

techrepublic
techrepublic

I loved the After Dark screensavers. I still have the boxed software on my shelf from the original Flying Toasters and all of the Star Trek ones and Babylon 5.

rforsey
rforsey

Answer: Flying Toasters.

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

I was just having a conversation about this with my friend who used to use the Mac version. We both agreed that we would buy a new After Dark if it were released. I would buy the Windows version and my friend would buy the Mac version. Start with a "classic pak" and then release some new ones!

dhwinther
dhwinther

I have a Flying Toasters TIE!!! Gonna put it in my will or sell it on eBay.

dirtyfilter
dirtyfilter

I use the Marquee saver that comes with Windows. I use it to leave a message when I am away from my desk.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

remember the "good ol' days" when server performance slowed to a crawl because somebody decided to use a 3d/OpenGL screen saver on it? The problem always "went away" when you tried to look at it because the first thing you did was to bring up the desktop, which shut down the screen saver... ;-)

wyattharris
wyattharris

I used to run the Disney version of After Dark simply for the Jungle Book screensaver. That was a thing of beauty, very relaxing. Occasionally you'd see Bagheera silhouetted in the trees.

dhays
dhays

We used to have After Dark, now I use the Windows SS that comes with the OS and use copied NASA Hubble pictures. Could use any picture, but choose the space ones, in lieu of personal photographs.

kimbaslair
kimbaslair

OMG, blast from the past, use to have the AD & Star Trek, I too would sit & watch them...every chance I got (even @work) - now it seems rather superficial to me but can still be mesmerizing...thx for sharing ???

Chug
Chug

I had (still have the software although no longer use) ALL of the After Darks; Star Trek, Star Wars, Looney Tunes, Simpsons, you name it. They all ran together too so I had this big libarary and just set it on random.

mckinneyb
mckinneyb

Any reason it should not work if loading into XP or VISTA, etc.

best_tech
best_tech

I never had a Windows version. The After Dark games were for DOS -- and still run on XP! Yes, I still have After Dark installed ... plan to install it when I complete move to W7 also.

basil
basil

Anybody remember Time Flies? Beautiful and enormously practical, it had dozens of variously-sized beautifully-coloured bugs that formed up into an analogue clock showing the system time full-screen, then after a minute or so they gradually flew off in random directions, slowly reforming after that into the clock again. I'd pay for that!!

scav8tor
scav8tor

My favorites where the spheres and puzzle. Johnny Castaway was pretty cool too.

ssanders
ssanders

So when are they going to have the AD 2012 version in stores???

TimH.
TimH.

I used to have Johnny Castaway as my screensaver. Excellent, but used to have to watch it for ages to see what he got up to. Any excuse not to work !!!

3dziggy
3dziggy

..but, your pages are loading very slow, maybe its the server, maybe the page design, but at this rate I will not see the whole series. For starters pictures could be less then 150 mB .png's but OK, quality is a point. The main thing I think is wrong is the reloading of full pages. It may be a suggestion to view the pictures in a separate gallery-type application, instead of regenerating the full page with all the bloating adds.

CyberCritic
CyberCritic

The totally twisted series were great. The office I worked in at the time baned them because they were deemed "offensive"

abrouss
abrouss

download link not working

Realvdude
Realvdude

We ran the marquee with time, so you could visually see the server load.

abrouss
abrouss

how did you get them to run on XP, last time I could get them to work was on Win 95

abrouss
abrouss

I would buy a copy , even though I don't use screen savers much anymore, the old Totally Twisted was my favorite

DeanosT
DeanosT

LOL!!! This is a blast from the past!!! I think I ever have the original floppy disks somewhere... Of both packages... :) I used to have the toasters, sat and watched them for hours on end! Would be nice to see this software updated for nowadays systems...! Currently have a virtual fish tank as my screen saver...

best_tech
best_tech

To run many DOS games in "more advanced" Windows environments. you do NOT install them. Instead, prepare a directory on the drive of your choice, copy the executable file into the directory, make a shortcut to the exe and put it where you want it. If you're any good at batch files (aka scripts in some people's minds) you can even set up menus, linked batch files to start older games and save progress when you exit the game. I happen to like Bridge, but I don't like the wimpy "don't bid if you can't make game" attitude of current players, and found most of the GUI bridge games more trouble than they were worth. I have a DOS bridge game I routinely play, text setup only on the screens ... but a GOOD game. Since I got lazy and didn't set it into its own dedicated batch window, I play full screen. Pretty and "neat" are OK, but is the effort worth it or can you simply enjoy the game? Of course I "grew up" with computers where I had to punch cards!!!!! to write a program for a class I took. I cheated, found the stand alone computer stations in the Engineering department (with floppy drives!!!), and stopped with the punch cards and stared with the computers I could copy my program to, debug actively, modify and run fixes, troubleshoot in real time. So I think nothing of "by-passing" the OS to get down to the command level and do what needs doing. Maybe us oldsters have a different idea of "fun"?? GRINNNNNNNNN

abrouss
abrouss

I still have my set on floppy and maybe cd, this was a very funny screen saver. Remember the line dancing chameleons, and the lawnmower driving cat.