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Author Topic: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator  (Read 8467 times)

Josh

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DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« on: December 06, 2008, 12:59:18 PM »
OK Folks, here is my question. I frequent various sites like deviantart.com or wincustomize.org, however, I am in need of an application which will rotate through various pictures as my desktop wallpaper based on a selected category. Does such an application exist? I am a huge fan of abstract 3d art, such as the attached image, but dont like having to visit every day to find out what's been newly released. I want something where I can say, change wallpaper, and it picks one based on a random number out of a category I select.

I know it's highly unlikely that such a thing exists, but I would sure love to see it.

Any ideas?

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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008, 08:59:52 PM »
IIRC there used to be something called: WebShots

A piece of freeware that downloaded new wallpapers of your preference at the interval that you chose.

Don't know if their service is still free, though. Years ago it was (or at least some sections were).
Sorry, cannot find a link, my ISP is acting up so be already happy if this message arrives  :(

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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008, 10:10:25 PM »
Here it is: http://www.webshots.com/

It seems web based...I've never used it, but it seems like it might fit the bill. Never hurts to try, right?

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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2008, 02:29:41 AM »
John's Background Switcher will do exactly what you are asking and more.  It also can use RSS feeds from Deviantart to rotate or change the image on your desktop, and display that image in many different ways.

http://www.johnsadve.../backgroundswitcher/

http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=13743.0

And Deviantart feeds to use for images:
http://backend.devia...=&type=deviation
http://backend.devia...h&type=deviation
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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008, 06:22:30 AM »
John's Background Switcher will do ...

http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=13743.0

Wow!
How on earth did I miss this the first time you wrote about it? This program totally rocks!!
Thanks for telling, y0himba  :up:

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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008, 09:47:17 AM »
You are very welcome.  If you post to his support forums, he will answer, and loves to hear about new feature suggestions.  If you can, donate enough to get the author a beer.   :Thmbsup:
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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008, 06:16:05 PM »
Ah, didn't think about JBS. Haven't used it in a while.

I attached a picture of it in action - read the filename, I said it out loud when it loaded my desktop.

EDIT: In case anyone is curious, the images are from an album on my Picasaweb; screenshots from a game called Project Torque

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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008, 11:20:09 PM »
I recall there was some software that grabbed random images from Google Image searches uses keywords you entered in. It had the option to enable SafeSearch (so you don't accidentally end up with porn on your desktop at work) but SafeSearch wasn't (and perhaps still isn't) entirely reliable. In fact, one of the first few wallpapers it selected for me had nudity, so I uninstalled it.


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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008, 06:37:47 AM »
Thanks for posting this great utility, I really like it! In fact, it inspired me to rewrite the feed backend on my wallpaper site to MediaRSS so that it would be supported by it. If you want to use any of the image categories for your own desktop, you can find a link in my profile (added bonus effect of the rewrite: It made the Cooliris/Piclens FF extension work with the site as well) :)
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Re: DeviantArt or WinCustomize Wallpaper Rotator
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2008, 09:09:54 PM »
You might look into Caledos - it supports folders. If you categorize your images by type in folders it would work.

Caledos Wallpaper Changer