John's Background Switcher
John's Background Switcher
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John's Background Switcher for Mac3.1.1

11 March 2021

Put full-screen photos and montages on your desktop.

What is John's Background Switcher for Mac

John's Background Switcher puts beautiful full-screen photos and stunning montages on your desktop. Choose the photos from your own collection on your Mac or websites like Flickr, Facebook, Pixabay, Instagram, Vladstudio and many more besides. You'll never know what's coming next -- maybe photos from a recent holiday, landscapes from far and distant lands, pictures of small kittens or equally small dogs. If you're having a tough day, just take a look at your desktop and John's Background Switcher will get you through it!

Features
  • Show single photos or a variety of randomly generated beautiful montages on your desktop
  • Choose photos from folders on your Mac or iPhoto albums and events
  • Rich Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, SmugMug, Pixabay, Vladstudio and Dropbox integration
  • Media RSS photo feeds (so you can use a great many more photo sites)
  • Multiple monitor support (show the same background all monitors, different pictures on each monitor or only on one monitor)
  • Switching intervals from every 10 seconds to 7 days
  • A variety of post processing effects like grayscale, sepia and desaturation
  • Lots of new features in the works for future versions (I have a list as long as your arm!)

Once set up JBS quietly runs in the background changing your desktop and stays out of your way. And if you don't love it, tell me what you'd like it to do from the support link and I'll add it as soon as I can!

What's new in John's Background Switcher

Version 3.1.1:

This version contains a fix for Unsplash integration as well as a couple of additions to photo sources along with the removal of Pinterest for now. I've got a longer list of things coming up but figured since Unsplash was completely broken I'd put this update out now.

  • You can now choose from an Unsplash user's collections
  • You can now choose from your macOS Photos Favourites
  • Removed Pinterest integration as their API is currently broken
  • Google Photos authentication now happens in a separate browser as part of their security review
  • Unsplash made a change behind the scenes that stopped JBS working - now fixed
  • Fixed a crash I introduced in 3.1 when editing an Unsplash set - my bad!
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qb
qb
Jul 1 2019
2.7
5.0
Jul 1 2019
5.0
Version: 2.7
J'sBS is an excellent background switcher and the support is superior! For a long time I've used ChangeDesktop but it got quirky and seems to be gone from MU all together.. I wish I had found d this app several years ago as it works great. I submitted several questions late on a Friday via this developers www site. He responded within hours and then we exchanged 4 or 5 emails over the weekend. That's great support, IMO.. J'sBS has a very clean GUI and offers features beyond my needs that others will find useful. As I could not find this here or on his www site one answer I'll share: this is a 64-bit application and ready for the future. Thank you John!
pdart1
pdart1
Nov 2 2015
1.3
4.0
Nov 2 2015
4.0
Version: 1.3
Is there a version of this software that will run on OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard? My primary goal is to set the timing of desktop image changes to 15 seconds, or 20 seconds, or 30 seconds . . . and the interface doesn't provide me with that level of control.
Johnleh
Johnleh
Jun 22 2015
1.3
5.0
Jun 22 2015
5.0
Version: 1.3
This is fantastic. I've been waiting for this as I watched Change Desktop wither on the vine. I'm a photographer, and I like to view my "Images I might publish" folder, exported out of lightroom as jpgs. The important thing is that I need to be able to know the filename of the image, so I can find it. This app does that in an unobtrusive way. It looks good, it works, and it doesn't trigger the GPU when I'm not on the monitor (as Change Desktop did). Very happy.
Abysmillard
Abysmillard
Oct 21 2014
1.0
5.0
Oct 21 2014
5.0
Version: 1.0
I love this app! I used Change Desktop for years but the developer stopped updating it in 2011 and it's getting more and more problematic with each new system release. I have tried time and again to use Desktop and Screensaver in Preferences but have always quit in frustration because it wouldn't let me manage my desktop the way I want to. JBS gives me exactly the options I want and it works flawlessly. I paid the $10 and I can't be happier. I've written the developer with questions and he is very responsive. NB: I'm not using a lot of the fancy options that JBS offers. My needs are pretty simple, but Desktop and Screensaver doesn't accommodate them the way that JBS does.
Wts
Wts
Oct 20 2014
1.0
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Oct 20 2014
0.0
Version: 1.0
Why can't you just go to System Preference then go to Desktop & Screen Saver then select change picture every... ??? Spend ten bucks: How do i know this works with a no try before you buy ???
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  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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