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John's Background Switcher

By John Conners Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 24, 2013

John's Background Switcher keeps your desktop fresh and interesting by letting you choose specific images to display as random wallpapers. It even draws from the largest pool of wallpaper sources you can find online. It's one of the easiest, coolest ways to keep your wallpapers random at all times.

This program starts you off with a few random Flickr accounts mixed in with your own photos. Most of the pictures it gives you automatically are G-rated animal and nature shots. If you want, you can pull more photos from just about any photo-sharing app you can think of. It supports the obvious ones like Picasa and Flickr all the way down to random sites like Last.fm. You can set them to change every ten seconds, all the way to every week. The program lets you work with different pictures on multiple monitors and even crop pictures in one of about a dozen different ways. It has to always run on your computer to work, but John's Background Switcher uses a fraction of the power the similar apps suck up.

No matter how often you want your background to change, John's Background Switcher offers one of the best ways to keep it random. It's easy to tinker with, which is exactly what you want in a background-switching program.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.7

Version 4.7 include 500px, Pixabay, last.fm and Tumblr feed integration along with the option to make snapshots scrapbooks overlap a whole lot more.


Release May 23, 2013
Date Added May 23, 2013
Version 4.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

John's Background Switcher (or JBS for short) periodically changes the background image on your computer (like every hour or every day) to something interesting. You can specify which pictures to choose from individual pictures on your computer,folders containing pictures on your computer such as 'My Pictures',flickr photo sharing - selecting pictures by person, tags, sets or just plain random. You never know what you're going to get next,facebook - your friends photos on your desktop,vladstudio wallpapers - choose from the coolest wallpapers on the net,any Media RSS feed - choose pictures from sites like DeviantArt, Photobucket, LOLCats and Zooomr amongst many others,phanfare web albums - keep up to date with your friends and family,smugmug photo galleries - yours, your friends, anybody's,picasa Web Albums - choose from specific albums or any search text,webshots - if you're a Webshots user, you can choose from your online or downloaded photos and collections,google Image Search - get pictures from anywhere across the internet and bing Image Search.
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