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Wallpaper Cycler Lite

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This nifty app cycles through a series of specified images as wallpaper for your system--you set the speed and time and date for each change, then the app handles the work automatically.

Wallpaper Cycler Lite launches a three-paned interface similar in look and feel to the familiar e-mail client design. The left, vertical pane lists a directory of wallpaper categories, the upper horizontal pane on the right lists wallpaper images in the selected category, and the lower horizontal pane displays a thumbnail of a selected image. A series of icons arranged across the top of the panes may intimidate novices initially, but the contextual help soon will have any new user navigating easily and confidently. This free app performed quite well during our tests. A wizard for setting up a category for wallpapers was available at each launch, and setting up additional categories--and adding wallpapers to a cycle--was a simple process, thanks to the intuitively designed interface. Setting the image-change frequency was a snap, and we appreciated that we could choose cycle times based on time of year as well as daily hours.

There's a nag screen at launch that urges you to register your copy, but that's a minimal irritation. The Layouts feature is disabled in this Lite version, but most home users won't notice--the feature lets you configure different wallpapers for each monitor on your system. But overall, this is a neat little tool.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "difficult to use"

    August 21, 2013  |   By newfedra

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    many complicated features

    Cons

    the program is way to cumbersome and has way too many features

    Summary

    not so great
    not freeware

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  • 4.0 stars

    "More than I was looking for"

    September 29, 2011  |   By PabloPerez

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    Apply different rules to images grouped in collections.

    Cons

    Does not instantly update wallpaper from collections at start-up or on resume.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nothing lite about it"

    March 24, 2011  |   By avoorheis

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    it does cycler wallpaper

    Cons

    memory hog, 397MB after a while

    Summary

    need to find something else

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy Install, Easy Interface"

    January 8, 2011  |   By carolee1124

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    The above says it all. Also lots of options for a free program and no interfering ads, popups etc.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    This does exactly what I needed/wanted plus gave me some options I never thought of--setting display for each individual picture, for one. It's very user friendly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "a program for exeperianced comper user"

    November 18, 2010  |   By fast_layne

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    lots of complicated feature

    Cons

    really really hard for me to work with

    Summary

    buch is right it is not for casual users, like myself, if you want to user a sophisticated program like this one, more power to you

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not for the casual user."

    September 6, 2010  |   By buchster

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    Has many nice features, if you can find thru the blizzard of options.

    Cons

    The blizzard of options. It (or I) could only partially load 229 of 700+ images in the single folder I wanted to use. Not what I'd call a simple interface.

    Summary

    I was looking for a simple interface to randomly rotate wallpapers from a folder of 700 or so images I have collected for this purpose. This sounded very simple to do, but after partially loading the folder it stopped and gave me a message that I needed to navigate thru several menus to find a list of "exceptions" that needed to be deleted so that all the different image formats could be used. After several attempts I gave up and deleted wallpaper-cycler.. I have no doubt that this was my fault, but being a casual computer user I am simply not prepared to navigate, what seems to me, an overly complex menu of options. Several of the reviews including the CNET editor used words like "simple" & "easy". I think you folks are overestimating the computer literacy of a large swath of users.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does what it says it does"

    April 18, 2010  |   By deago1948

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    works from any folder on external drive

    Cons

    rarely but sometimes have to wait on cycle due to file size

    Summary

    really enjoy having it and using it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does exactly what it says"

    March 9, 2010  |   By shadowlover 65_68

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    Once settings are made and pictures are selected just leave it alone

    Cons

    This is "lite" version. Issues that are cons are all addressed in full version

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent, everything you could want is here."

    February 19, 2010  |   By reviewer28

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    easy to use, most used commands are in notification tray, options for everything you could possibly want.

    Cons

    nothing! Took a minute of searching to figure out how to make the program automatically synchronize with the folder/s of my choice, but not a problem.

    Summary

    I noticed the last reviewer said there were too many options, but the program installs with the options configured for normal use. If you take about 5 minutes to look through the options (yes there are a lot) they are very easy to understand. this program is configurable to any possible setup you could imagine, I absolutely love it. Every time i save a wallpaper it automatically synchronizes. I can choose whichever folder/s i want to monitor, or if needed you can of course turn these options off and synchronize manually. I especially like the icon in the notification tray, because it too is filled with options! you can change the wallpaper from right there. It doesn't seem to take up any of my cpu power at all. this is a wonderful program that i would pay money for. Thank you very much, i never thought it would be so nice and refreshing to have my wallpapers change.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice Wallpaper Changer"

    November 2, 2009  |   By youko_matsumoto

    Version: Wallpaper Cycler Lite 3.6.0.180

    Pros

    Fast and Light to the processor (0.05%).

    Cons

    -There's too many options or should I say the GUI is not user-friendly. Not good for non-average computer users.
    -Eats up to much memory for its process (26,660K).

    Summary

    Bottom line is, its still a Nice Wallpaper Changer.

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