I've been trying to find a collection of desktop patterns for Macintosh that I had for System 7 back in the day. I remember it as a specific application that you ran to set the patterns (as opposed to how desktop backgrounds tend to work today.)

Patterns I remember from it:

  • Escher's Reptiles pattern, in Black and White I think
  • Blue, pseudo-3D spheres organised in a grid
  • Other, tiled pseudo-3D patterns in general

I realise this is a pretty vague description, but I've been lucky with those here before so I thought I'd try. I've been looking through the Macintosh Repository without luck so far.

  • It might be a resource (pat#, ppat, etc.) built into the System file. As such, it would not be found as a stand-alone file.
    – DrSheldon
    Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 13:15
  • heh - I very vaguely remember the same; but couldn't even put it in a decade!
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 20, 2021 at 19:08
  • I wonder if this one should have the [mac-os-classic] tag added? Does that tag apply to any questions about software running on the old Mac OS, or is it specifically for questions about the OS itself?
    – AJM
    Commented Jun 21 at 9:59

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I don't remember if it contains those specific backgrounds, but one pack that otherwise matches your description is included among the freeware bundled with the Demo releases of Executor from before it got open-sourced.

I believe it's called "Desktop Textures Vol. 1", which would suggest that what you're looking for is Desktop Textures (III, 2.1) and one of the many community-contributed texture packs.

(Maybe start by trawling the Wayback machine for the ones mentioned here such as Iain's Desktop Textures Volumes I through V)

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