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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just what I was looking for"

    November 18, 2008  |   By Spartanicus

    Pros

    This package does exactly what it says it does: it iterates over a collection of images in a directory and swaps out the desktop wallpaper. It's easy to configure and there are many options.

    Cons

    A configurable transition effect (such as a fade) between images would be a nice enhancement.

    Summary

    I prefer to assemble my own desktop backgrounds culled from my favorite artists, astronomy, family photos, etc. I have little interest in commercial backgrounds. This software allows me to throw all my collected and created backgrounds into a directory (with subdirectories if I like) and walk through them at a regular interval. There are many ways to stretch, tile, and/or enhance the images, filter by date or name, and the periodicity can be set in seconds, minutes, or hours.

    The main user interface is bare-bones simple, and the preferences dialog box provides plenty of tweaks while remaining very easy to use.

    This application is perfect if you want a straightforward utility that does exactly what you expect it to do without any fluff and bother.

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  • Reply by CrunchyFrog1000 on January 29, 2009

    Thanks for the generous review. Sadly a transition effect is not really possible for the wallpaper as it is a static item in the operating system (unless you're using active desktop which is whole new can of worms). Attempting to fade in a new picture would require repeatedly changing the displayed image which would impact every open window by forcing them to refresh. The performance hit would be immense.

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