iTunes 8’s new default music visualizer, based on the beautiful Magnetosphere plug-in, has several keyboard shortcuts that customise its look and behavior—not listed in the iTunes help file. Macworld lists them:
- + and -: Increase or decrease the intensity (brightness) of the particles; multiple presses further increase or decrease the intensity.
- A and S: Add or Subtract particles to the visualizer. You can make the visualizer as complex (or sparse) as you wish.
- R: Reset the intensity and particle count to their default values.
- E: When in nebula mode (press N), this greatly accentuates the nebula clouds, making them very easy to see. (If you’ve used the M key to change modes, you may find that the nebula clouds aren’t visible; it seems they’re only used in certain modes.)
See what the original Magnetosphere plug-in looked like in this mesmerizing clip.
What’s your favourite iTunes visualizer option or customisation? Lower the lights, put on your favourite tunes, hit Cmd+T, and let us know.