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damian666

Wallchanger 3.0 Final released.

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Wallchanger Final version released

Description

This little program switches your wallpaper on windows startup.

I made this for myself, there are progs like this around, but they are shareware... :twisted:

Thats why i made one myself.

Development done for this one, it works great :D

Wallchanger.PNG

Any feedback is appriciated.

Released on 20-10-2008

What's New in Wallchanger 3.0 final.

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New GUI!!!

Faster execution.

Minor optimisations to the sourcecode.

Updated to the latest beta version of autoit.

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:downloadlink: Wallchanger 3.0

Edited by damian666
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cool! :thumbup

Is this just for Vista, or can it also be used w/ XP?

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well, i even use it on 2000, and i think it will work on 9x too :thumbup:thumbup

got any feedback? bugs or ideas?

damian666

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Updated the first post with the new 1.4 wallchanger.

get it when its hot

damian666

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This version will not support os's under xp, I broke something.

But i have asked help on the autoit forum, and i think i have the solution.

So its fixed in the next version.

damian666

P.S. those that have downloaded this this week, please do it again, the link was old and f***ed up.

this is the good one

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hi giys, just a quick update...

the support for 2000 and under(i think) is back.

Problem fixed.

damian666

next version will include this fix.

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wallchanger updated to 1.5.

it would not hurt if i could get some feedback people...

just let me know what you think or what is missing and stuff.

you may even ??critisice?? me, but only with good intensions!!:)

damian666

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Hello damian!

Want you a mirror for this project (on site of the other thread)?

You may know how you can do upload :P Mail me when done - then i place the link!

Chris

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i'd like to use wallpaper from folder i specify without copying them to install folder..can you add this option?

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Hello, damian666.

I installed your program and I think it's a great work.

I have some notes that I would like to share:

1- The installer says it's installing version 1.4, but the download link says version 1.5.

Does the installer need an update or is it really version 1.4?

You could add an "about" in the program, so we know the exact version;

2- The installer does not allow to choose the destination folder of the program.

Could this be changed?

3- Like BLeU suggested, I would like to use the program without having it copying the images to the \wallchanger\wallpaper folder.

I have a folder with 2.000 images, categorized in subfolders, and it is not necessary to make a copy of them all to that \wallpaper folder, duplicating them.

So, if the program accepted a pointed folder and read all the subfolders with images it would be great.

4- Is it possible to make an installer without any packs?

That way, the installer would be much smaller.

I have been using freeware Wallpaper Cycler Lite for ages, and it does what I want very well: change the wallpaper at startup and exit.

But if a fellow member creates a good and smaller program I will switch without problems.

Sorry if this is too much and keep the good work,

JS.

Edited by JohnS
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hi guys, first of all, thanx for the reply.

Now to answer the questions, i make this in autoit, and trust me i am no genius with that.

thats why the wallchanger has to copy the wallpapers to a workmap AND rename them to digits.

because thats the way it can switch them, 1, 2, 3...

until i find a way to apply the wallpapers by name, i have to copy them, sorry for that.

lets say i am working on it, and i am certainly looking for this things after your feedback.

i will fix the installer, and well, do you really think its neccessary to take out the wallpack

in the installer?

thats there to be ready to go after install...

destination folder should be doable, i will look and fix if possible.

thanx again and keep your eyes peeled.

damian666

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maybe this would help..

#NoTrayIcon
Dim $cCounter = 0
Dim $FindFile = FileFindFirstFile(@WindowsDir & '\Web\Wallpaper\*.jpg')
While 1
FileFindNextFile($FindFile)
If @error Then ExitLoop
$cCounter = $cCounter + 1
WEnd
FileClose($FindFile)

$FindFile = FileFindFirstFile(@WindowsDir & '\Web\Wallpaper\*.jpg')

$i = 0
while $i < 5
$RandomNum = Random(1, $cCounter, 1)
$i = $i + 1
WEnd

Dim $curFile
For $i = 1 To $RandomNum
$curFile = FileFindNextFile($FindFile)
If $RandomNum = $i Then
RegWrite("HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop", "Wallpaper", "REG_EXPAND_SZ", "%SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\" & $curFile)
ExitLoop
EndIf
Next

FileClose($FindFile)

Exit

it randomly picks up a picture file in a folder then apply it as wallpaper..

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hi blue. well that should fix it, if i had no Gui...

that makes it a lot more difficult you see.

but i have something for you and johnS.

http://hostfile.org/WallchangerV2.zip

please note that this is only the Gui that works, no startup options inplemented.

i just want to know if it works on YOUR system.

so call it pre-beta, if you like.

but it is save man.

it will only create two files, one ini in the wallchanger dir and one in the wallpaper dir , which is a listing really...

so guys, please let me know, and i told you i was working on it huh?

feedback please, and thanx man

damian666

p.s.

Dim $curFile

For $i = 1 To $RandomNum

$curFile = FileFindNextFile($FindFile)

If $RandomNum = $i Then

RegWrite("HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop", "Wallpaper", "REG_EXPAND_SZ", "%SystemRoot%\Web\Wallpaper\" & $curFile)

ExitLoop

this is not the way to apply a wallpaper man :)

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I made this for myself, there are progs like this around, but they are shareware... :twisted:

FWIW, I've been using Wallpaper Changer (freeware) since the 9X days. Been working very well for me even into XP. Don't know how it is for Vista, since I haven't run it.

http://www.wallpaperchanger.de/

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well, thats just great then, just when i have made one myself...

o well, now i have it, i will use it and improve it.

but thanx for letting me know dude.

damian666

p.s. first post updated.

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got any feedback? bugs or ideas?

Feedback: Resource hog. This uses far too much memory for what it does.

Ideas: It would be nice to include some kind of timer. Example: change wallpaper every X boots, or every X hours.

Also, some kind of cropping utility. You put in the screen ratio you have and it crops the image (you have a box where you can select the chunk you want) so you avoid distortion from say putting a 16:10 wallpaper on a 4:3 monitor.

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ok, lets see if i get you right, those few seconds that it executes are to much of a resource hog for you? :blink::blink:

well, sorry man, but first i want it to work ok, then i will see about those things...

damian666

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I gave you my opinion where I think it can be improved to make it an awesome utility, compared to the rest of the generic ones.

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oh, but i dont mean it bad man, i like it when i get some upbuilding critisism.

i just dont get it personally, but hee, we are all different right?!

i will look at it when i get the bugs out ok.

thanx man

damian666

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i just dont get it personally, but hee, we are all different right?!

I'll make some mock ups in Photoshop if you want. Its hard to explain what I'm thinking without a picture, or a model of sorts.

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well, that would be great man, please do...

i will check in again to see if you posted thm.

damian666

:thumbup

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new update, check first post for new link and changelog.

damian666

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Ideas: It would be nice to include some kind of timer. Example: change wallpaper every X boots, or every X hours.

you can do that with task schedular in xp.

@damian666

if you can add option to paint calendar on wallpaper applied, i would rate this 5/5 stars

there's an online tool that can do that..it grabs your picture files and paint a little monthly calander image on it..then you'll get a wallpaper with a nice calender on it

http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/wallpaper.php#

wallpaper3726497gd7.th.jpg

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its a nice idea, but maybe not for this project.

maybe i could make a stand-alone for you...

let me see ok

damian666

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