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Wally

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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