If you’d like a little more from the Mac’s Desktop Wallpaper, here’s the app that makes it happen. It’s called John’s Background Switcher, and it gives you a laundry list of customizations for the Desktop Wallpaper background images– from photo montage to full-screen photos. Here’s how.
Screensaver, Meet Desktop
John’s Background Switcher (hereinafter referred to as JBS because my carpal tunnel syndrome might act up by continually typing such a long app name) is something of a mashup of screensaver and wallpaper. The Desktop Wallpaper background can be a photo montage of photos from your Mac, or pulled down from Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, SmugMug, or other online sources for photos.
JBS can even randomly generate the montage so, like a screensaver, it’s automatically updating and changing the Desktop Wallpaper background image. The app is clever enough to handle multiple displays connected to your Mac and will display the same images, or different images on each one, or images only on a single display.
Here’s what’s cool about JBS. It switches the images anywhere from every 10 seconds to once per week.
What I like about JBS is that it’s mostly set it and forget it.
Images are pulled up from your Mac or other sources, and automatically dropped into the Mac’s background or within a collage (montage) of photos. There are even different collage layouts to choose from in JBS.
Seriously, JBS is much like having a multi-purpose screensaver embedded into the Desktop Wallpaper background. Nicely done. Works well. But there’s no try-before-you-buy option.
That brings me to something a little tiff I have with Apple. There just are not many customization or personalization options available. Tweak the Menubar. Change the Wallpaper. Move the apps in the Dock. Move the Dock. Use a screensaver.
Sometimes we forget that Apple invented the personal computer industry because it seems as if Apple these days prefers that Mac owners not think about any customization or personalization efforts– let Apple do it for us.
That’s one perspective. Another might be that the Mac is personal because there are so many third party applications, tools, utilities available– and it syncs and plays nice-nice with iPhone and iPad– and each makes your Mac do a little more of what you want.
I would just like to have a bit more control over my Mac controls.