We have actually featured a few applications that do the wallpaper-hunting and rotating for you according to your preferred time intervals. Wally is one such program that’s also open-source and cross-platform; John’s Background Switcher is a similar application for Windows. Both can download images from online sources, such as Flickr, Picasa, etc. These two are full of functionalities but If you want less complicated tools, you can check out ScrollWall and Wallpaper Juggler.
Pulse is another background rotator that happens to be open-source, and is very simple to use. Available for Windows, this program simply sits in the system tray once you run the executable.
When you right-click on the tray icon, you get three options: To get the next wallpaper, to change Settings or Options, and to exit.
The Options window presents you with some simple fields.
There’s a keyword field for you to type your preferred genre of wallpaper. The current source of wallpapers is Rewalls, a Russian website with lots of wallpapers, and since Pulse actually uses Google Translate to translate the keyword you typed, you might have to be careful about being too specific. The default keyword of “Spring” provided absolutely stunning wallpapers, but when I typed ‘sushi’, Pulse took several tries to find the right wallpapers.
While Windows 7 can also rotate wallpapers, it only considers wallpapers you already have on your hard drive, unless you do some tweaking. With Pulse, at least, every wallpaper is a surprise, and you can choose how often you’ll see these new surprises. The times offered on the Options ranges from 1 minute to 1 hour and 30 minutes, with 5-minute intervals. The software is actually in beta, so there might be more time options in the future.
Below the frequency options, you can set Pulse to skip or not pictures with lower resolutions so you only get high quality wallpapers. Beneath that, you can select whether to delete cached images and how many days’ worth of wallpapers your cache folder should save.
Finally for the Options dialog, you can choose your language settings. Changes are applied immediately, but since this is beta software, if you encounter hiccups, you just need to restart the application. The amount of memory used by Pulse when I had set it on changing wallpapers every 5 minute change is about average.
Pulse may be a beta application but its simplicity and ease of use make it a good choice for users that don’t want to bother too much with settings things up, but just want new HD-quality wallpapers inundating their desktops.
If you’re interested in checking out more interesting wallpaper applications, I would recommend my favorite, innovative product Wallcast. Don’t forget to check out hand-picked collections of sexy wallpapers that your significant other will approve of, cool social networking backgrounds, and dual-monitor wallpapers. If you’re an iPad owner, you should probably check out these wallpaper apps to turn your device into a magnificent picture frame. If you’re on Linux, there’s quite a few wallpaper changer apps you can read about here.
Do you prefer to seek wallpapers the manual way or find Pulse or similar applications useful? Let us know in the comments!
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