[Windows Only] Those of you who are using Windows 7 may already be familiar with the awesome built in wallpaper (background) switcher. It allows you to choose a set of wallpapers and set them up so that they change at certain time intervals. You might want the wallpaper to change once a day or once every hour.
Actually, the only reason I call it an awesome feature is that it’s built right into the Windows settings. There have been third-party applications around, long before Win7, that allowed you to switch wallpapers as needed. Keith has written about one of them here.
Sometime after Keith wrote that piece, I saw a comment from one of our readers. Mitchell McKenna wrote: I recommend John’s Background Switcher. Let’s you bring in photos from facebook, picasa, etc. to use in backgrounds as well.
I’ve taken a look at John’s Background Switcher (JBS for short), and I have to agree with Mitch. It’s far better than any wallpaper switcher I’ve tried before. Here’s a brief list of the functions in it.
You can choose to display:
- Individual pictures on your computer.
- Folders containing pictures on your computer such as My Pictures’.
- Flickr photo sharing selecting pictures by person, tags, sets or just plain random. You never know what you’re going to get next!
- Facebook your friends photos on your desktop!
- Vladstudio wallpapers choose from the coolest wallpapers on the net!
- Any Media RSS feed choose pictures from sites like DeviantArt, Photobucket,LOLCats and Zooomr amongst many others!
- Phanfare web albums keep up to date with your friends and family.
- smugmug photo galleries yours, your friends, anybody’s!
- Picasa Web Albums choose from specific albums or any search text.
- Webshots if you’re a Webshots user, you can choose from your online or downloaded photos and collections.
- Google Image Search get pictures from anywhere across the internet.
- Bing Image Search not a Google fanboy? Then Bing is for you!
- Yahoo! image search the internet is your oyster!
- Runs on 98, ME, XP, 2000, Vista, 7
When JBS is running, it will show as an icon in your system tray. To get to the settings, just right click on the icon. Here’s what the settings applet looks like:
Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d have to say that JBS is much better than the built in wallpaper switcher in Windows 7.
Check it out for yourself: Download John’s Background Switcher
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you get tired of seeing the same old wallpapers on your Windows desktop, John’s Background Switcher may be the best solution for you. I have to rate it highly recommended, because I haven’t seen anything that does as much or does it any better.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)