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Change Desktop opens your Desktop to all new possibilities:
  • Choose from more than ten effects to use when transitioning to a new image.
  • Native Spaces support: Display a separate image for each Space.
  • Integrated support for iPhoto, Aperture and an unlimited number of standalone images or folders.
  • Smart Fit image placement that chooses the best position for each image and each display.
  • Smart background color that analyzes each image to find a complementary color.
  • Independent settings for all displays.

What's New

Version 3.1.4:
  • Sandbox restrictions relaxed so pictures can be loaded from anywhere in the home folder.
  • When Mission Control is active, the desktop picture is completely hidden.
  • Bug Fix: possible "lost" preferences window.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Dualie Member IconComment+139
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All I really wanted to do was change the desktop picture delay from 5 seconds or 1 minute to something in between (I like 20 sec.). I was hoping this app would do it, but unfortunately as others have stated, it doesn't work properly in Mountain Lion. So, I did it myself by simply editing (using Text Wrangler) the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist, and by searching for "ChangeTime" in the applicable space, then changing the number in "# immediately below it to the number of seconds I want. I then restarted and I now have a 20 second delay on my desktop picture. If you mess up just trash the file and the Finder will create a new one. You can also lock the file to prevent any accidental changes.

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Version 3.1.4
Dualie
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"then changing the number in "#"

Should read "then changing the number in "#".

Khadrelt Member IconComment+49
Khadrelt
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I've run into a problem. I recently started using two monitors, and while Change Desktop does put pictures on both, the second monitor won't go into Mission Control. Only the primary monitor. That makes it so I can't move things around in Mission Control on the second monitor. Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong?

Also, in Lion Change Desktop would put a different picture on every space in Mission Control, but now in Mountain Lion they're all showing up the same (and yes, 'display a different image for each space' is checked).

Thanks!

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Version 3.1.4
Ero0 Member IconReview+2
Ero0
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My favorite feature is the hotkey for hiding the desktop so that you can enjoy your DTPs unobscured by icons.

My only complaint is that the collections manager is a little unintuitive. Click the + icon at the bottom of the left sidebar to add a new collection. Now click the drop down menu at the top middle, select "files and folders" then click the choose item... button, select the folder you want, repeat this process as desired with the + icon on the far right, then when you are done click the add sources button at the far bottom right.

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Version 3.1.4
LostRanger Member IconComment+4
LostRanger
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Does this not work with a MacBook Pro? I have a 2011 15" MacBook Pro. When I try to start the program I get a message that reads:

No Valid Displays
Change Desktop requires a Core Image accelerated video card with at least 64MB of VRAM; none were detected.

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Version 3.1.4
LostRanger
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Solved my own problem. Switched off Automatic graphics switching from the Energy Saver System Preference.

Elnacho Member IconReview+5
Elnacho
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Great program & does exactly what it says without any fuss, hassles or problems & to top it all off... it's FREE !! It also reminds very much of a program I used to use when I had a PC called "Wallpaper Master", which did almost the same thing.
One thing I do wish the developer would add to this program is something that "Wallpaper Master" had... the ability to remember the user's choice of setting for each wallpaper, e.g. Wallpaper1=Fit To Display, Wallpaper2=Fill Display, etc... as sometimes the "Smart Fit" doesn't quite work with all wallpapers sizes, and the program only currently allows only one choice for all wallpapers.
I hope the developer can help us out...

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Version 3.1.4
Wade-Smith Member IconComment+50
Wade-Smith
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The 'Lion' update fails to remember the source folder for images everytime I log in. And it doesn't always successfully add the images once I try. Back to 3.0.6, which works just fine, although I still miss the ability (which it once had) to change the image shown while in the Paused mode. That disappeared a while back. At any rate, at least for me, the 'Lion' update ain't viable.

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Version 3.1.3
Elnacho Member IconComment+5
Elnacho
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Hi,
I'm using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and Change Desktop v3.1.3 (620). Unfortunately everytime I run the program, I have to click twice the "Preferences" before the actual Preferences screen appears, but then when it does appear all I get a screen saying in Latin...

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What the heck ?? AND if I try and add a directory full of pictures by clicking on the "+" button, nothing happens. I've downloaded it from here at MacUpdate, but can't figure out what's going on.

Any ideas anyone ?

Thanks

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Version 3.1.3
Aspartamemsgsuck Member IconComment+16
Aspartamemsgsuck
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I was using version 3.1.3 and discovered that the Desktop thumbnails were not appearing when using Mission Control. When I quit Change Desktop the thumbs appeared, so for now, I have stopped using it.

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Version 3.1.3
Foolishservant Member IconComment+38
Foolishservant
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I do have an issue though, when I start up the machine and Path Finder quits the Apple Finder automatically, I have manually to do the SHIFT-F2 for Change desktop to kick in. I figure I just need and Apples script to launch automatically, after Change Desktop. Having said that, does anybody out there know how to do that?

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Version 3.1.2
Foolishservant Member IconReview+38
Foolishservant
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Very good! Restores the automatic desktop picture change when using Path Finder. Plus the benefit of a different desktop picture for each space (when using spaces). Plus the price is just right!! I always say if its free, its worth every penny.

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Version 3.1.2
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Version 3.1.4
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Version 3.1.3
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Version 3.1.0
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Date 09 Nov 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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