CMN had cosmic screen saver idea

Creative Marketing Network of Toronto has developed a screen saver program, employing three-dimensional graphics, that can be customized to carry advertising for a company or product.Norman Evans, president of Creative Marketing, says interest in the screen saver, called 'Cosmic,' has been...

Creative Marketing Network of Toronto has developed a screen saver program, employing three-dimensional graphics, that can be customized to carry advertising for a company or product.

Norman Evans, president of Creative Marketing, says interest in the screen saver, called ‘Cosmic,’ has been growing since he introduced a version in May for one of his clients, Gandalf Technologies in Ottawa.

The Gandalf screen saver shows a graphic of the Earth turning on its axis with two encircled Gandalf names orbiting the planet much like small moons.

It operates on ms-dos computers.

Evans says an Apple version is in the works.

A screen saver is a program that lessens the wear on a computer monitor when an application currently running is not being used by the operator.

Screen saver graphics typically employ two-dimensional graphics.

Evans says Creative Marketing created Cosmic as a fulfilment piece and a trade show giveaway for Gandalf.

He says since the program made its public debut at a technology trade show in May, two firms, Xerox USA and a Montreal tv station, have already called to inquire about it.

He says Creative Marketing made 1,100 of the screen savers for Gandalf, and adds, so far, the high tech firm has distributed between 800 and 900 of them.

Evans says as far as he knows there is one other 3-D screen saver available, adding, it is sold in the u.s. and costs US$39.

Evans says that model requires more than one diskette to hold it, however, he says his screen saver, because of data compression, needs only one diskette.