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Easy to use random wallpaper changer
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SFR


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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jul 2012, 17:21    Post subject:  

Hey Snowy.

I think the same way...and actually it's already done in all RWC .pets. Cool

Thanks & Greetings!

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2012, 06:05    Post subject: Menu Screen not usable  

I am using Lucid Puppy 528.005 with the JWM desktop.

I have tried both PWC 1.3 and 1.2 they each do the same thing. The control panel for the program is minimized and cannot be made larger. Right clicking the edge of the panel displays the "gray menu", but this menu doesn't include "Resize" and when "Maximize" is selected the RWC's menu moves to the upper left corner of the screen but the size doesn't change.

The program really isn't usable.
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2012, 07:30    Post subject:  

Yup, looks awful when font size is too large... Confused
Thanks for pointing this out! Smile
Try RWC-1.4, it's auto-resizable now.

Additionaly I added option to include subfolders of the selected folder.

Greetings!
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PostPosted: Sat 28 Jul 2012, 08:04    Post subject: It's working now -- Great!  

SFR wrote:

Try RWC-1.4, it's auto-resizable now.


It works like a charm..........

Thank you for a great app.

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 10:09    Post subject:  

Hey Don922

Glad to hear that RWC works for you ok now. Smile
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Sorry to those who already have downloaded RWC-1.4.
The next version is ready, again...but I guess I'll give it a rest with another updates in the nearest future.

This time I added:
- choice of wallpaper style
- choice to follow symlinks or not
- minor improvements & fixes

Note: it's better not to mix Tile style with Wbar-2.3.0-1 in ROX enviroment, because Wbar won't be refreshed properly in this case.
I can't say why is that; the same thing happens when I choose 'Tile' in Nathan Wallpaper Setter and then refresh Wbar with right-click...
But then again under XFCE everything is just fine...

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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul 2012, 07:33    Post subject:  

SFR,

Excellent job. I really love what you are doing!!

I was wondering, is it possible to have an option to control the way the pictures flow into each other? In other words, the way that they transition into each other. That would be fantastic!!
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PostPosted: Tue 31 Jul 2012, 14:41    Post subject:  

rmcellig wrote:
Excellent job. I really love what you are doing!!

Thanks Smile

rmcellig wrote:
I was wondering, is it possible to have an option to control the way the pictures flow into each other? In other words, the way that they transition into each other. That would be fantastic!!

Yeah, it'd be really nice!
I was thinking about it, but have no idea how one could do it...
But if anyone has any idea - please share.

Greetings!

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 08:16    Post subject: Online Random Wallpaper Scripts  

i have these scripts here to set a random wallpaper using the pics from googleimages, interfacelift.com or wallbase.cc. maybe you could write them into RWC if interested SFR.

they are presently written for xfce and to:
1 check and see if you have an internet connection and if so download the random wallpaper from the site to /usr/share/backgrounds/wallpaper.jpg
2 refresh xfdesktop
3 if not connected to internet, run the script located at /root/Apps/WallpaperChanger/mywallpaperchanger

the mywallpaperchanger script does:
1 picks a random jpg from the folder /root/Pictures/backgrounds
2 copy's the randomly chosen wallpaper to the location /usr/share/backgrounds/wallpaper.jpg
3 refresh xfdesktop

i have iflwallpaperchanger set to an on the hr cron...and mywallpaperchanger set to 30 mins on the hour. that way i get to see a totally random one and 30 mins later one from my collection and back and forth and so on. 'Unless' i'm not connected to the internet. then every 30 mins it'll just pick from my current collection.

the way you have your folders named and organized is obviously going to be different than mines..but they're just scripts to be modified to your likings. the important part is the random downloading of the jpg file from those websites.

I also have the googlewallpaperchanger script downloading images of the resolution 1400x1050. if your monitor is set to a different resolution, you may want to change that.

just untar the attached file and edit the scripts to your likings.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 10:02    Post subject:  

That would be a great idea for SFR to implement these scripts into RWC.

When I am in Linux Mint 13 XFCE, I use the excellent wallpaper changer called Variety Wallpaper changer. It would be great if this were available to we puppy users as it has so many options and is supposedly lightweight.

http://www.webupd8.org/2012/10/keep-yout-desktop-fresh-with-variety.html
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 10:47    Post subject:  

@Stifiling

Interesting ideas, especially the one with googleimages (btw, I just noticed Google lies that "does not serve more than 1000 results"; max. is 980 really).
Regarding wallpaper resolution it can be easily determined by xrandr or xwininfo, so it wouldn't be so hard to adjust end-user's settings.

Currently I'm on different things and I wanted to drop the constant, minor updating of RWC for some time, but as soon as I return to this, I'd like to include it, because it's a valuable idea indeed.

@Stifiling & Rmcellig
Anyway, I don't know if you guys are aware of this, but there's also Rhadon's Wallrefresh app very related to the subject.

@Rmcellig
Unfortunately
http://www.webupd8.org/2012/10/keep-yout-desktop-fresh-with-variety.html wrote:
Variety is a wallpaper changer application that works with most desktop environments (KDE, LXDE, Xfce and Unity / GNOME Shell)[...]

and most of Pupppies have ROX desktop enviroment...

I'll be back Wink
Thanks & Greetings!

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 11:20    Post subject:  

Thanks SFR. Keep up the great work.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 16:23    Post subject:  

Now I know for sure - I'm a code junkie... Rolling Eyes
I started to play with Stifiling's scripts and RWC...and I wasn't able to stop until finished!

So here it is: RWC-1.6.
The "Local" part is unchanged and should work as usual, but there's new part: Online.

I've applied Sifiling's 'googleimages' idea.

How it works:
- You can put a search query, but, let's say, don't expect miracles, ok? Wink
- RWC automatically determines screen resolution, but if you have some strange one, like 481x924 it's better to set something more usual like 800x600 or eventually 0x0.
- If internet connection is lost, RWC switches to Local mode, but when connection is restored, RWC switches back to Online mode.

Known issues:
- Sometimes downloaded pictures are "broken" (eg. site doesn't allow do get it via wget, I guess?).
In this case RWC tries to download another (max. 5 times), but it fails anyway from time to time.
- Now requires Gtkdialog >= 0.8.0

Sorry, but I have no strenght to test if it still works correctly in other Puppies than Slacko 5.3.3, Carolina and Lupu-528, hope it does.

OK, now I really need to take a longer break. Laughing

PS. Thanks again for the idea and code, Stifiling. Smile

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EDIT: I've added also InterfaceLift site in version 1.6.1:
- If you enter specific data into Query and Resolution fields - "google.images.com" will be in use (random pictures based on chosen query and resolution).
- If you enter * (asterisk) into any of fields - "interfacelift.com" will be in use then (random wallpapers in HD resolution).

Also corrected 'search query' routine - it's a bit more accurate now.

Enjoy & Greetings!
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 18:08    Post subject:  

Hey thanks for that SFC. just one last thing i want to say and that is.....it would appear as though the googleimages would be the best of the scripts. but based on my history with using them, the interfacelift.com script is really the best. it doesn't freeze sometimes like the google one does...it seems to randomize better...(for one reason or another the google one tends to duplicate more often), and also.....the wallpapers are plentiful and tend to be more beautiful and more like 'real' wallpapers.

i wish i had said these things before u rewrote the app. but i do think...u'd like the ifl one better.

Good job though...the new RWC looks really nice.
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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 18:27    Post subject:  

SFR wrote:
@Stifiling & Rmcellig
Anyway, I don't know if you guys are aware of this, but there's also Rhadon's Wallrefresh app very related to the subject.

Sorry, I did not test RWC, but, yes, rhadon's WallRefresh is great.



I'm currently online from the Computer i do use in my drumming room. WallRefresh is already installed in LazY Puppy. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 19:52    Post subject:  

Hi RSH. Beautiful background.

What are you using for the icons on the bottom and right of your screen? Wbar? If so, is it the latest version? I was thinking of installing something like that but the repos have an older version.
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