Apple is such the tight-fisted curator that the company doesn’t leave many ways for customers to customize their Mac’s. There’s the Dock. A bit of translucency in the Menubar. Photos in the screensaver. And, finally, Desktop wallpaper. Here’s a good way to customize and automize the latter.
Different Strokes, Folks
First, allow me to explain that I don’t have a real issue with the Desktop wallpaper feature in OS X. I use it. From time to time I change the photo or image to something that matches my mood.
Then I wonder why I bother in the first place. Here’s a Mac utility which does away with the bother and drops any one of tens of thousands of public domain artwork onto your Mac’s screen.
The app is called Artful, which is a bit descriptive. Your Mac’s screen gets filled with real art from real artists.
Each piece is public domain art, stored and downloaded online so it doesn’t take up much space on your Mac. You can set it up and forget, or exercise some control over which art is displayed on the Desktop.
One Mac reviewer called Artful “Pandora for art” and I would agree. Choose from thousands are pieces of classic art, from impressionism to cubism to rococo, all of which you curate and filter by artist, genre, medium, style, technique or whatever suits your fancy at the time.
Artful lets you setup art to be downloaded and displayed automatically, or you may go into manual mode and select only what you want to display from the nearly 70,000 works of art.
There is little to not like about Artful. It’s simple and elegant and just works. Or, you can control many different aspects of both display and art style. You choose. Artful doesn’t even cost much.
Here’s the only problem I have.
Artful art pieces are classic, beautiful and worthy of a Mac’s high resolution display. Which, for me, is mostly covered up by Dock, and any one of a dozen open apps, each with an open window or two or three, all of which combine to clutter up the screen, and obscure the beautiful artwork.
But, different strokes for different folks.