Change Desktop
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Changes desktop picture at specific intervals.   Free
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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
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later





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Change Desktop User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 15 Feb 2014
Still no response from a bug report sent to author.
Is this a dead program, or is it still being updated?
[Version 3.1.4]

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Qb replied on 08 Mar 2014
Brian has usually been quick to reply to my questions. Are you actually on 3.1.4? Somewhere I've gotten 3.2 - perhaps directly from Brian. After problems with CD on 10.8 I find it works much better with 10.9...
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Mac Os X 4ever replied on 07 Apr 2014
I am still on 3.1.4, and looking for other apps to replace it since there have been no updates, and it seems to be dead or unsupported. Too bad, I really used to love this app and miss it.
It has many issues, especially with Spaces and multiple desktops.
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Gyges replied on 13 Apr 2014
I am also looking for an replacement since it has too many issues lately. I'll try sending an e-mail to Brian though first. In the past he has been quick with support.
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Qb replied on 13 Apr 2014
It is odd - some days CD works great. Then another day on the same computer it will either never change the image or at boot up fails to work leaving me with the default Mavericks big wave desktop. No rhyme, no reason. Frustrating.

And I have it set to change when I wake my Mac Pro and seldom does it do that.
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Dualie commented on 11 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 3.1.4]

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Dualie replied on 11 Jul 2013
"then changing the number in "#"

Should read "then changing the number in "#".
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Mac Os X 4ever reviewed on 12 Sep 2012
I love this program, but unfortunately, it doesn't work at all with Mountain Lion.
Hopefully it will be fixed.
I miss it.
[Version 3.1.4]

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Qb replied on 14 Sep 2012
So I'm not the only one... I'm preparing some screenshots to send to Brian. Each show part of the desktop displaying a built-in screen yet the CD Menu expanded to show the name of the jpg that is suppose to be there (an International Space Station image). Then when I pick New Image the desktop remains the same but the image info displayed in both the CD Menu and that shows for 5 seconds on screen says "Into the Mountains".)

And this is after a Permissions Repair and clear restart.

For years Brian has always been a fast responder - so I hope he is still developing CD.
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Qb replied on 14 Sep 2012
Oh - Mac OS X 4ever - can you give a brief description of your CD/ML situation. I'm hoping Brian will check in here after he receives my detailed email directed to him.
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Ero0 reviewed on 28 May 2012
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.
[Version 3.1.4]


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Elnacho reviewed on 02 Dec 2011
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...
[Version 3.1.4]


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Foolishservant commented on 19 May 2011
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?
[Version 3.1.2]


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Foolishservant reviewed on 19 May 2011
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.
[Version 3.1.2]


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Wts commented on 06 Jan 2011
I know it's free but why not use the "free" OS X desktop changer? Also why waste CPU resources with this add on.
[Version 3.1.1]

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dachkater replied on 07 Feb 2011
For one thing, because this supports Spaces and multiple monitors, unlike the built-in version, and supports GPU accelerated drawing.
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shherr replied on 30 Sep 2011
I usually set my desktop to change every day. The buit-in wallpaper changer changes my wallpaper if I log out, shut down or restart even if it hasn't been a day. It annoys me.
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Qb reviewed on 05 Jan 2011
One of my favorite applications for amusement and non-productivity. I have almost 7000 images that it rotates through. Many of them are my own vacation photos, some are images from the web, some are scanned in. I love the nice reminders of my travels to places like Cinque Terre, Paris, Madeira, Morocco, or holidays with family. ChangeDesktop allows me to collect aliases of my chosen folders in a folder instead of moving actual photos our of their "album" folder. It can elect a background fill color to match when the photo does not fill my 2560x1600 Apple Display. Never a dull moment with new images every 30 minute! It is free and the developer is very responsive to suggestions and the rarely needed bug report.
[Version 3.1.1]


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Offline reviewed on 02 Dec 2010
I like this sufficiently well to have made a donation to the author.

It crashes a lot, though, and sometimes removes itself from my login list (which I find interesting).

As a photographer, I enjoy my own work and this allows me to view my pictures on my desktop as wallpaper, promised but never completely satisfied by Apple.

As a free product, there's little reason to develop it further (except for one's pride in their work).

I can only hope others are donating as well as an incentive to the author.
[Version 3.1.0]


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Khadrelt had trouble on 20 Aug 2012
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!
[Version 3.1.4]


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LostRanger had trouble on 03 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 3.1.4]

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LostRanger replied on 03 Dec 2011
Solved my own problem. Switched off Automatic graphics switching from the Energy Saver System Preference.
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Wade-Smith had trouble on 01 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 3.1.3]


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Elnacho had trouble on 02 Sep 2011
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
[Version 3.1.3]


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Aspartamemsgsuck had trouble on 23 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 3.1.3]


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Mac007 had trouble on 25 Jan 2011
I've discovered that Change Desktop and My Living Desktop conflict with each other causing the animated desktop image not to appear. The only fix is to quit Change Desktop.
[Version 3.1.1]


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ProgramHappy had trouble on 01 Sep 2009
The "hide desktop"feature does not work properly on Snow Leopard. I can hide the desktop, but I can't bring it back. Please fix ASAP. Thank you.
[Version 3.0.5]

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Jpwgibson replied on 23 Oct 2009
Wow; a little pushy, aren't we? What ever happened to "Please & thanks"?
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Xenophile replied on 24 Oct 2009
The last sentence in the original post is:

"Please fix ASAP. Thank you."
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Jpwgibson replied on 24 Oct 2009
Indeed; it was the wholel "ASAP" that seemed a little over the top - especially considering what the developer charges for this app.
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Brian Bergstrand (developer) replied on 24 Oct 2009
This is a bug in the 10.6/10.6.1 Finder. It displays the desktop icon window at the desktop level instead of at the desktop icon level (as all previous OS X versions did). This results in a conflict between CD and the desktop icon window.

The simple workaround is just to click on the "blank" desktop, this will bring the Finder's icon window to the front.

A more permanent workaround involves Terminal. Quit CD and then run the following:

defaults write org.bergstrand.changedekstop SDLevel -bool true

This forces CD's window to run below the Desktop level. However it does not work correctly with multiple monitors.

I filed a bug with Apple over a month ago, but I don't know if/when it will be fixed.
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Sojourner4869 had trouble on 12 Oct 2008
I have a GeForce FX 5200 graphic card installed but when I start the programme it says "Change Desktop requires a Core Image accelerated video card. None were detected". Please advise.
[Version 3.0.3]

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Brian Bergstrand (developer) replied on 12 Oct 2008
As stated in the Requirements, Change Desktop requires a "Core Image accelerated video card". The FX 5200 does not support Core Image acceleration.

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Screentom rated on 30 Jul 2012

[Version 3.1.4]



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Screentom rated on 26 Aug 2011

[Version 3.1.3]



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LV-426 rated on 07 Dec 2010

[Version 3.1.0]


Downloads:19,044
Version Downloads:1,832
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:09 Nov 2011
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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