DVDesktop
DVDesktop 1.1.2
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Play DVD movies as your desktop background.   Shareware ($19.95)
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DVDesktop can replace a static, non-moving background pictures with beautiful digital full motion videos.
  • Have your DVDs play in crisp full screen mode or in a window set to any size you want!
  • Play DVDs as a full screen see through window while you work!
  • Change the transparency of the movie window
  • DVDs can automatically play when inserted
  • Movies can loop continuously
  • VIDEO_TS folder support so you can play DVDs off of your hard drive.
What's New
Version 1.1.2:
  • Play movies as a desktop background under all your icons and windows.
  • Play movies as a full screen transparent window while you work.
  • Change the transparency of the movie window and controller.
  • DVDs can automatically play when inserted.
  • Loop main movie or any other title on the DVD continuously.
  • VIDEO_TS folder support so you can play DVDs off of your hard drive.
  • FREE upgrades for the life of the product!
Version 1.1.2:
  • Play movies as a desktop background under all your icons and windows.
  • Play movies as a full screen transparent window while you work.
  • Change the transparency of the movie window and controller.
  • DVDs can automatically play when inserted.
  • Loop main movie or any other title on the DVD continuously.
  • VIDEO_TS folder support more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.2 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Hines reviewed on 10 Feb 2007
DVDesktop is a GREAT idea, no doubt. But please let it be able to play VIDEO_TS files without a hitch. It only makes sense.

Also, the control panel disappeared at one point and had to delete the app support and plist file to get it back.

But overall, great job on this!

Thanks!
[Version 1.1.2]


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ShotgunWeddings commented on 13 Dec 2006
I like the idea of DVDesktop, but version 1.1.2 seems to have 2 bugs!

1) If you uncheck "Play movie when DVDekstop Starts" and uncheck "Play DVD when inserted" then quit DVDesktop, relaunch it and try to play a Video_TS folder, it gets stuck in a short loop or fails whether you attempt to play via the button on the controller or via the menu.

2) When you hit the "Eject" button on the controller or "Close Video_TS Folder" via the menu, it resets all my open Finder windows as if I hit Command-Shift-C from the Finder's "GO" menu. Only happens with Video_TS folders and not with mounted or inserted DVD's.

Otherwise I'd give this one a 5 star across the board. Great idea for multi-taskers like fo me!

Keep up the great work!
[Version 1.1.2]

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ShotgunWeddings replied on 13 Dec 2006
Duh, I forgot to mention I'm using 10.4.8 with the latest updates on a PowerPC based Mac
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Hugh-Beaumont commented on 28 Oct 2006
MPlayer unfortunately doesn't work with all DVDs and the version that actually did make the movie play as a background image hasn't been updated in over a year, so that's not really an option over here.

DVDesktop actually worked very well for me and seems like a great program, but I have two "out of the box" issues with it:

1) It's too expensive. For a program that does one thing that I won't use all that often, I can't justify spending $20. This isn't to say that the program doesn't perform well or seem to have had a lot of hard work put into it. To request 1/6 the cost of an entire operating system for one missing feature (DVD Player really should have this feature built in) is asking more than I care to pay.

2) Having some basic features (e.g. the Main Menu button) ferreted away in a separate menu rather than on the main remote window makes it seem as if a little more UI work needs to be done before this is really ready for retail.

Maybe I'm just being extremely picky and stingy? Well, I don't expect it to be free (maybe $5-9?) and I don't expect the feature set to be perfect (especially if the price were lower), but for me these two items prevent me from plunking down any money for now. Since the demo abruptly coughed up a "pay or get out" message, I think I'll walk away unsatisfied and hope for a better experience in the future.
[Version 1.1.1]


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S p l a t ! commented on 19 Jun 2006
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dudes...
Mplayer have this features for free!
see preferences!
[Version 1.0.5]


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+21

maconnect reviewed on 08 Mar 2006
Well, the idea is cool but I'm afraid it just doesn't work properly.
When in windowed mode, I cannot grab the corner to resize it, when in windowed + front mode I cannot access the menu anymore (it pops under the window) and when in desktop mode I cannot click on icons on desktop anymore (even with that "enable clicks" option on)
[Version 1.0]

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Andrade Arts (developer) replied on 08 Mar 2006
Thanks for the objective review. I haven't encountered anything like this but I'll definitely look at these issues and have a fix.
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Ron Hamelin commented on 08 Mar 2006
Will this come out in Intel version soon? Will this PPC version work on Intel w/Rosetta?
[Version 1.0]

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Andrade Arts (developer) replied on 08 Mar 2006
Yes. It will work on the Intel Macs under Rosetta. There we no issues reported from my beta testers. It was tested on the Intel iMacs and the MacBooks.
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Downloads:9,701
Version Downloads:6,785
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:02 Nov 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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DVDesktop can replace a static, non-moving background pictures with beautiful digital full motion videos.
  • Have your DVDs play in crisp full screen mode or in a window set to any size you want!
  • Play DVDs as a full screen see through window while you work!
  • Change the transparency of the movie window
  • DVDs can automatically play when inserted
  • Movies can loop continuously
  • VIDEO_TS folder support so you can play DVDs off of your hard drive.


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