Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
DeskScapes 8 was recently released and just like WindowBlinds 8, it received a big overhaul along with a completely new user interface. If you aren't familiar with DeskScapes, it's an application for Windows 7/8 users, to apply animated desktop wallpapers. It also gives users the ability to customize and manage static wallpapers by adding effects or recoloring their existing wallpapers.
The screenshot below shows the new user interface. The left side of the DeskScapes window shows all of your animated and static wallpapers that. Choose which folders to display and add or remove folders from the "Settings" option.
Tip! Get more animated wallpapers from WinCustomize.com
Tip! Animated wallpapers have a small filmstrip icon on their thumbnail preview so you can see which are animated and which are static wallpapers.
Selecting a wallpaper will bring up a preview which is displayed on the right side of the window, if it's an animated wallpaper, it will display an animated preview so you can see what the animation is.
Settings and Effects
Depending on what type of wallpaper you're using, there may be additional settings available. For instance, the "Dynamic Shape"s animated wallpaper is dynamic so it can be customized further. There are additional options to adjust the size of the shapes, how many shapes are used, and how fast the animation should be.
Tip! The cool Expanding Shapes dynamic wallpaper is included with DeskScapes
Clicking the "Effects" tab will bring up a large list of available effects. These will work on both animated/static wallpapers, along with your images/videos. Examples include; Grayscale, Motion Blur, Textured, and my favorite, Snow. Selecting each filter will bring up a preview of the effect on your chosen wallpaper for a quick preview. DeskScapes also allows you to combine effects so you can create a custom combination.
Tip! The Snow effect adds animated falling snow over your wallpaper for a very cool effect.
After you've selected a wallpaper to use, simply click "Apply" on the bottom right corner of DeskScapes and your selected wallpaper will apply to your desktop. If you use multiple monitors you will also have the option to "Apply to all monitors", or select which monitor to apply the wallpapers to.
Tip! DeskScapes lets you apply a different wallpaper to each monitor also!