I recently featured “John’s Background Switcher” on the blog on September 6, 2008 [ Click Here ]. Since that post, the author John Conners, has made additional changes and improvements to the software that makes it sound choice to post it a second time. This is one piece of software that I encourage you to follow. The author, John Conners, is dedicated in making this right.
“John’s Background Switcher” is “FREEware” software that will automatically and periodically change the background (wallpaper) image on your computer (like every hour or every day) to images that you preselect. There are numerous wallpaper changers out there, but this one is different in that there are numerous configuration options packaged in the software for you to choose to get the results that you want. If you are like me, and have numerous digital pictures on your computer, this is a great piece of software to show off and make use of those pictures…
Pictures can be acquired from any of the below sources:
- 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!
- 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.
- Facebook – your friends photos on your desktop!
- Yahoo! image search – the internet is your oyster!
- Any Media RSS feed – choose pictures from sites like DeviantArt, Photobucket, LOLCats and Zooomr amongst many others!
The screen shot below is an idea of what types of layouts you can select to display your pics (from a single background, to thumbnail mosaics, to scrapbook montages). I currently have my background switcher configured to show a montage of approximately 20 pictures (on a 19″ widescreen), every 10 minutes.
After you install the program, an icon for the “John’s Background Switcher” will appear in the tray at the bottom of your screen. To get to the programs setting, “right” mouse click on the icon and select “Settings”. You can also, double click the icon in the tray to manually change the background once you have everything setup. My wife enjoys that feature and spends alot of time looking at batches of pictures we have taken.
For your convenience I have reflected below a screenshot of what the program looks like once you bring up the initial settings; plus you will see an arrow pointing to the “More Settings” button.
After you click on the “More Settings” button, you will be taken to the “More Settings” dialogue box that provides various selections to customize the program to meet your needs.