Photo Dream
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Photo Dream

Updated Nov 19, 2008 by Stardock Design

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Neil Banfield
Comment #1 Thursday, November 15, 2007 5:30 PM
This has both a 2d and 3d mode.  The 3d mode is in the screenshot and the 2d mode makes the photo always fill the screen
Comment #2 Thursday, November 15, 2007 6:47 PM
Is this much different from the Photo Collage dream that I bought a few months ago? Seems like it should be an update to that one, no?
Comment #3 Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:18 PM
it's quite a bit different. this one shows only one pic at a time.
Neil Banfield
Comment #4 Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:21 PM

This one is totally different to Photo Collage.  This only shows one photo on screen at once which moves around in 3d (or 2d if in 2d mode).  The only thing that is similar is they both show photos.

Comment #5 Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:57 PM
Just bought this and I must say I'm very disappointed. It crops all my photos which is extremely annoying as it chops off important parts of the pictures. Most of my wallpapers and photos have people on them and this dream chops off the whole or part of their heads on almost every picture I tried rendering it pretty much useless as part photos just look stupid! Nowhere near as good as Desktop Collage - that would have been the perfect dream if it had the sub-directory option that this one has.
Neil Banfield
Comment #6 Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:26 PM

What size are the photos you are using and what resolution are you using?

It sounds like it is performing aspect ratio correction and thats clipping things.  I will check the logic in the morning to see why that is causing you problems.

I should mention that if the wallpaper is non widescreen and the monitor is widescreen then when in 2d mode the choice would be between cropping or black bars down the sides.

Comment #7 Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:59 PM
Thanks. My resolution is 1360 by 768 on a 23" widescreen tv. The photos are of various sizes - some 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1152 x 864, 1024 x 768. Ones from my digital camera are 2816 x 2112. All the pictures tried in this dream work fine as standard wallpapers, in the Windows photo screensaver, in the Desktop Collage dream and the Liquid dream. This is the first time I've encountered any problems. There seems to be some stretching as well because most pictures appear distorted. The 2d mode seems to focus only on the very centre of photos and really zooms in on that so most of the detail of the picture is lost. If it simply shrunk/resized pictures it would look fine.

EDIT - just tested this out using the default Windows Wallpapers and I encounter the same problems in both 3D and 2D mode.
Comment #8 Friday, November 16, 2007 3:44 AM
How come all of the recently added Dreams come with a price now? $9 for 1 dream? I mean it's nice, but I am put off that almost every Dream is no longer free. Buyer beware!�
Comment #9 Friday, November 16, 2007 5:54 AM
How do we configure this dream? I didn't find any means to set speed or locations of files to pickup. In my case, it chose Vista's "Pictures" folder associated with my profile name and it's sub-folders. I hope that there is a way to direct it somewhere else, because if this is not possible than I'll go back to conventional wallpaper flippers.

So, where do we go to access that specific dream configuration options (I am using Deskscapes 1.02)?

Neil Banfield
Comment #10 Friday, November 16, 2007 8:05 AM

You select dynamic wallpaper settings (blue text link) from the desktop background window.

This will bring up a window allowing you to control where the images are loaded from, the frequency of changes, the background image and if you want to switch to 2d mode.

Neil Banfield
Comment #11 Friday, November 16, 2007 8:08 AM
Buttermaker: There are only a handful of premium dreams on this site and well over 200 free ones more of which are being added all the time.
paul riesberg
Comment #12 Friday, November 16, 2007 8:58 AM
Sadly this doesn't work for me either. Very disappointing. Pictures in Landscape mode work fine, but any picture in portrait mode is horribly distorted. Personally I would rather see the black bars then a messed up picture.

Is it possible to get a refund?

Neil Banfield
Comment #13 Friday, November 16, 2007 9:00 AM

We are working on adding an aspect ratio mode option so you can decide what should happen.

Update : Some aspect ratio controls have been added and assuming they pass internal testing they should be released later today.  Once that happens you should be able to rerequest the link and it should provide the new version.

Comment #14 Friday, November 16, 2007 7:10 PM
Thanks for your patient answer on how to select the picture location ... I had the bad habbit to double click a .dream file to start it (I usually put these in a ramdisk folder, that eliminates had disk continous access). But doing so, "Dynamic Wallpaper settings" was not displayed.

Thanks again, everything is fine now and quite nice looking!
Neil Banfield
Comment #15 Friday, November 16, 2007 8:20 PM
The new version is now uploaded.  For anyone who downloaded the old one, right click and delete your old one from the desktop backgrounds page and redownload & install the new one.  The new options are on the configuration screen.
Comment #16 Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:57 AM
I just want to add that I am very impressed by this Dream. The deapth is gives to the desktop, specially if one has transparent widgets, is quite incredible! Very nice work !!!

A wish list: a .dream flipper would also be nice (for Deskscapes 2 ?)
Comment #17 Saturday, November 17, 2007 4:19 AM
Does it take into account multiple monitors (re: different pictures on each monitor) or does it just clone the same effect to each monitor?
Neil Banfield
Comment #18 Saturday, November 17, 2007 8:02 AM
You will get the same effect on both monitors.
Comment #19 Saturday, November 17, 2007 12:16 PM
Thanks Neil. I hope you guys have something in the works that will ultimately let us make these things work on a per monitor basis. Wouldn't it be something to see this dream playing on one monitor and the photo collage dream playing on another?
Neil Banfield
Comment #20 Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:15 PM
Running multiple dreams at once would require at least 256MB of video memory.

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