Friday, March 30, 2012
Wallpaper Juggler is free, and runs in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The app also requires .NET 3.5 to run, so you'll need to make sure that's installed before you download. You can configure Wallpaper Juggler to rotate your desktops from a folder or set of folders, or to download wallpapers from InterfaceLift.com and WallpaperStock.com, or to do both. The app has several options and can be customized to meet your needs.
This app reminds me a lot of John's Background Switcher, which has a number of the same features. Wallpaper Juggler wins points because of its ability to download high-quality images from InterfaceLift and WallpaperStock using your resolution preferences--and it loses a few points because it requires .NET 3.5, a notorious memory sink. Similarly, JBS earns points because it integrates with Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, and other photo services to grab images for you. Both apps are fantastic, though, and definitely worth a try if you're looking for a way to customize your desktop.
The app runs quietly in the background and can be controlled from the system tray. You can quickly enable or disable the app from the tray icon or juggle the wallpapers at any time. In the application preferences, you can configure which site the app downloads wallpaper from, where those files are saved, and how many concurrent downloads the app is allowed to run at the same time. You can also tell Wallpaper Juggler what resolution you're running or what resolution you're looking for, so the app will only download images that match your display.
Wallpaper Juggler allows you to choose how frequently it rotates your background, and can even confirm with you prior to switching between images. The app can also adjust image position, stretch, or fit your wallpaper to your display if, for example, you have a 16:9 widescreen display and 4:3 images in your images folder. If you're looking for a way to add a personal touch to your desktop, changing your wallpaper is definitely the way to do it, but there's no reason to settle for a single static image if there are apps like Wallpaper Juggler available.
"Wallpaper Juggler Downloads and Randomizes Your Desktop Backgrounds." PC Magazine Online 20 Feb. 2009. Computer Database. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.
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