Wally

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.5
  • Total Downloads:
    5,148
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Automatic wallpaper changers are a good idea in theory, but many of them don't work out too well in practice; they often hog resources, cause desktop display problems, and generally wreak havoc. But then there's Wally. This is a wallpaper changer with plenty of features and no functional problems whatsoever. It may have single-handedly brought us around to the idea of changing desktop wallpapers.

Wally appears as an icon in the System Tray, and right-clicking on it brings up a settings menu. Wally can display images that you have stored on your computer, but the really cool thing about it is that it can access images from deviantART, Vladstudio, Google, SmugMug, Picasa, Buzznet, Photobucket, Ipernity, Panoramio, Yahoo, and Flickr. For any of these providers, simply enter your desired keywords, and Wally will select matching images to display on your desktop. Of course, given the nature of these sites, the quality of the images will vary widely. We entered the keyword "kitten" in Picasa, and while the first image returned was a professional-looking shot of a kitten and a puppy cuddling, the next was a snapshot of some random man reclining on a sofa with a kitten in one hand and a cigarette in the other. But part of the fun of Wally is sampling the wide variety of images that people choose to share on the Internet, for better or worse. The program itself has plenty of useful settings; you can select the interval at which the images change, the border color, and the image position on the desktop, and there are plenty of other options for controlling how the program selects and displays images. We didn't see a Help file anywhere, but we didn't really need one, either. Overall, we think that Wally is easy to use and a lot of fun, and we recommend it.

Wally installs politely but leaves a Start menu icon behind upon removal.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Wally does very close to everything I wanted"

October 13, 2012  |  By rap9

 |  Version: Wally 2.4.4

Pros

Handles pictures in sub-directories of the one specified.
Cycles through the pictures in sequential order.
Remembers where it was when the system is shut down or rebooted.
The source of the picture (file name) can be obtained through the menu.

Cons

The one feature I would have liked to have was the ability to put the file name that the picture came from alone the top of the screen.

Summary

I was using WEBSHOTS to change the background of the display on my computer. Webshots have "upgraded" to SMILE, which, as far as I can see, is totally useless for what I wanted it to do. As a result, I have converted to WALLY, which is doing nearly everything I wanted and is actually easier to use.

For my sue, WALLY is a great program and it's freeware. GREAT - Thank You

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5 stars

"put as many pix as you want...press random.....awesome!"

August 27, 2012  |  By DARREN3171WELCH

 |  Version: Wally 2.4.4

Pros

You can (like every 10 seconds) set frequent pix changes... or have the same one up all day.....and no one will care a whit.

Cons

I can't think of a con to be honest . I use it everyday as my screensaver and it boots when i start-up my OS.

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5 stars

"Software hangs after 5 or 6 wallpaper rotation"

May 13, 2012  |  By MATHUSOOTHANAN

 |  Version: Wally 2.4.4

Pros

Excellent wallpapers
accurate selection based on keywords

Cons

Hangs after few rotations.
Have to exit from task manager and again open the application.

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2 stars

"Very basic"

August 02, 2011  |  By carmichaeljean

 |  Version: Wally 2.4.1

Pros

You can link to online photos but that's no use to me so not mucc of a pro

Cons

Only basic display of pictures with no clever processing.

Summary

Really only tried Wally because someone recommended it in comments on another wallpaper changer - AWC. I see the same person has given Wally 5* here TWICE and only gave AWC 1*. That's the wrong way round - just get AWC though it's not free :-)

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5 stars

"Absolutely excellent paper changer"

November 15, 2010  |  By jimreeve

 |  Version: Wally 2.4.1

Pros

Easy installation. Easy setup. Flawless operation.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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5 stars

"Brilliant! Absolutly love this software. Download it!"

January 16, 2010  |  By jpboyrox

 |  Version: Wally 2.3.1

Pros

Beautiful
Easy-to-use
FREE
Not bugging me to buy
Works great
Does not flick up every time it changes (unlike AWC)

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

Download it!

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5 stars

"Brilliant!"

December 30, 2009  |  By jpboyrox

 |  Version: Wally 2.3

Pros

Does exactly what it says on the tin
Very easy to use
Simple
Lots of options
More than I expected like photobucket and online sites

FREE!

Cons

None really
Maybe there could have been some additional features but not really ones which I need
Would have liked transition effects

Summary

Quality, little program. Does everything you need and for free
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4 stars

"Only needs a couple of features to be perfect"

December 15, 2009  |  By Freezer

 |  Version: Wally 2.3

Pros

Works great with Windows 7, handles different graphics formats with ease, even adjusts background color to match.

Cons

Needs systray controls in the worst way. Even a simple "Next file/Previous File" would help a lot.

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5 stars

"Well, great!"

August 24, 2009  |  By becrux76

 |  Version: Wally 2.0.3

Pros

You can always have a different wallpaper on your PC!

Cons

I don't know any.

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1 stars

"Could not get past download error"

August 12, 2009  |  By joyfulsong

 |  Version: Wally 2.0.3

Pros

None, I could not access the program.

Cons

I could not access the program.

Summary

Did not work.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.5
Version 2.4.5 Flickr now uses HTTPS - Added Chinese Traditional language.
General
Publisher BeCrux
Publisher web site http://www.becrux.com
Release Date June 28, 2014
Date Added July 09, 2014
Version 2.4.5
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.57MB
File Name WallySetup-2.4.5.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,148
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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