Architectural and history buffs may enjoy a new screen saver that recently launched by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
The new screen saver offers historic landmarks and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and other buildings deemed eligible for the register. They include the Campana factory in Batavia, Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, and other buildings in Woodstock, Waukegan, Wilmette and elsewhere around the state.
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The screen saver is free and can be downloaded for PCs at www.illinoishistory.gov/ps. There is no Mac or mobile version yet. The PC version has 58 images and likely will change occasionally with photos from buildings, said Mike Jackson, division manager of the agency's Preservation Services Division.
"We stopped producing a calendar and many people still wanted to see historic buildings," he said. "The screen saver came to mind and it's something everyone can use and enjoy."
The state purchased new software to design the screen saver in-house. Instead of just a routine slideshow, the screen saver offers various images transitioning from one to another, some from left to right, and other presentations. The screen saver doesn't currently offer music, due to concerns over permission. But that may change in the future, Jackson said.
The staff then reviewed newly taken staff or donated photos of various properties and chose the most attractive. Eventually, the staff aims to represent communities statewide, he said.
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