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Picture Switcher is an application that will place a menu on the right side of your menu bar to switch desktop pictures. It gives you additional options beyond the built in system that greatly enhance your desktop experience.

  • Core Image - Core Image is used to create stunning effects on your pictures, as well as adding several new options when transitioning from one picture to another.
  • New placement - A new placement type has been added with Picture Switcher: 'Scale to Fill Screen'. This will scale your picture proportionally to fit the screen.
  • more...

What's New

Version 2.0.3:

New Features

  • Added a new preference setting, "Display Images in Sub Folders" which will display all images, including those in sub folders, from the top-level folder in the picture menu from which the current image is selected.
  • Added a new preference setting, "Always Tile Small Images" which will tile images that are smaller than half the screen's width more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Djim38 Member IconComment+3

Doesn't work well with Mission Control ... The wallpaper still fit the screen and the "spaces" are not visible.
Back to "Change Desktop" (freeware) compatible Mission Control !

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Version 2.0.3
gatovadio Member IconReview+0

since i'm a folder hierarchy organization kind of cat, picture switcher is still the best wallpaper switcher for me.

while others require you to spend some time organizing your wallpapers inside the app itself (smart folders collections) or depend on an internet connection to fecth online wallpapers, picture switcher let you choose one more base folders from your hard drive and present them in the menubar and i mean, the full hierarchy, so you're not limited to a flat folder scheme.
since i organize my wallpapers by mood or theme, this is very welcome.

it also allows to choose a time interval from seconds to days (maybe even months, can't remember well right now) for your picture rotation, transition effects, image filtering effects (sepia, perspective, etc.), has a built-in image viewer with cute thumbnails, multi-monitor support and all configured through the menubar (no need to go into deep hidden preferences).

more, it supports global hotkeys to change wallpaper on demand, change the time interval an other options.

my only 4 wish list/bug fix requests which were never answered by the dev, since the latest update is from 2007 were:

1. new hotkey to change monitor selection (currently you can only change the focused monitor on the menubar) so you could change to the next wallpaper, on demand, on both monitors, without using the mouse.

2. refresh the menubar folder hierarchy automatically when adding/trashing images in finder/path finder. i think the only way is to disable and enable the added folder again or quit and relaunch picture switcher.

3. when wallpapers reside on an external drive and it's disconnected/ejected, when you connect it back, it should enable automatically the base folders you added. right now they stay disabled until you enable them again in 'folders' in the menubar.

4. correct a bug that when running an app which changes screen resolution (a game, for instance) and exiting, the wallpaper gets cut off when swithicng back to the default resolution (the bottom half remains with the last wallpaper and newly changed wallpapers only update on the top half of the screen. quitting and relaunching picture switcher fixes it).

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Version 2.0.3
nostrodumbass Member IconComment+72

It's nicely done and I'd go for it immediately were it not for its rather exorbitant price. I'd pay $15 for it but no more than that.
Yeh, as others have opined, $30 is way too much for this. Just can't believe that the developer is getting many takers at that price. Maybe it"ll be offered as a MU Promo some time.

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Version 2.0.3
syharris Member IconComment+49

I'd have to agree with many other reviewers here that Picture Switcher is GROSSLY OVERPRICED at $30.
It's just an app to change desktop pictures, after all.
True, it's really nicely featured and works well but it's still JUST a desktop picture changer.
I'd pay $10 for it but NOT any more than that.
So, I can live happily without it....and I will.

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Version 2.0.3
Djefis Member IconComment+156

30 $ are really a lot for a program (19.00 euros for me, not so much).
For this program one exception can be done.
In fact it is much stable and, if you like it, irreplaceable too.
Finally a desktop not more static.
There are for sure applications that are similar to this,
but this is rock and the the CPU usege is insignificant 8/12%.
I suggest it for who really loves the desktop, in terms of personal opinions.
I use it with YouControlDesktop and Space with all its options (6 dedicated desktops).
MacBook Pro 2.2, 4gb ram, Leopard.

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Version 2.0.3
Xenophile Member IconComment+694

Nice, but $30 for a utility that changes my desktop picture? $30? Really?

In the same price range, we've got workhorses like:
GraphicConverter $35
Amadeus II $30
Audio Hijack Pro $30
Compositor $30
ViewIt $20

Is changing the desktop picture comparable in scope to any of the these shareware titles? Has the developer of Picture Switcher invested time and effort similar to that required to develop these workhorses?

IMO $5-$8 is a fair price for a full-featured desktop picture utility, and I bet the higher volume of sales would end up being more profitable.

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Version 2.0.3
tron15 Member IconComment+3

by far too expensive as compared to the features available in 10.5

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Version 2.0.3
delight1 Member IconComment+8

you are charging $30 now? i think i'll stick with the free version 1.1.2 ...

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Version 2.0.2
JWFerne Member IconComment+1

It looks like a very interesting program to help speed up the desktop picture replacement. OMG $30 though for something that can be done fairly easily without this program?

Gut check developer... is it really worth this price? 1/3 the cost of Apple's iLife / iWork?

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Version 2.0

Yeah, while this version of Picture Switcher adds some interesting features to the previous free version, there's no way in hell that I'm gonna pay $30 for it; it's just way too high.
Even the the $20 special price that the developer has going 'till Oct. 1st, 07 doesn't cut it, as far as I'm concerned.
The previous free version (v1.1.2) is just fine with me; I'm sticking with that one (I burned it onto a CD for keeps, hee, hee, hee).


@ el-cravito

Sure! Where should I send it?



My pleasure! (Guard it with your life! heh, heh...)

Rob Member IconComment+2

It think it is a great program. I am eager to use it but it fails to launch on my G5 2.3. Is there a program blocking it ?

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Version 1.1
Night Productions (Developer)

Hi, could you please send me the crash report? There shouldn't be anything stopping it from running.


It did not generate a crash report. Where can I search it?

Night Productions (Developer)

YOUR_HOME_FOLDER -> Library -> Logs -> CrashReporter -> Picture Switcher.crash.log


I'll send it to you.

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Downloads 8,293
Version Downloads 4,322
License Shareware
Date 26 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $30.00
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