To be brutally honest about Desktop wallpaper for the Mac, I don’t care. I know and understand the sentiment behind beautiful photos, paintings, designs, and images as wallpaper. Plenty are available, most are free.
I ask, “What’s the point?” I mean, it’s not as if you can see the Desktop wallpaper images behind all the apps on your Mac. Yet, different strokes for different folks, including my wife who found Artpip, a not-quite-free Mac app that displays image collections you’ve likely never seen on the Mac’s screen.
Artpip is at the high end of the wallpaper spectrum, so to speak. Think Vincent Van Gogh. Think new image every day. And not just any old image. These are high quality, high resolution, 4K UDH, museum-like prints or reproductions that show up on your Mac’s screen.
The app even has tools so you can filter which images you want display, from what era (back to before 1500 AD), watercolor vs oil, sketches vs. prints, and a slider to change the image up to daily or every five minutes.
To be fair about wallpaper in general, and Artpip specifically, the images are beautiful on a higher resolution Mac. My desktop is a Retina 5K iMac and they’re stunning even if they don’t quite fit. The images are hand curated, available in UHD 4K resolution, and the apps have options to create your own collections.
What makes Artpip different is both the price tag (premium) and the option to purchase the images, photos, and prints online. See one you like, buy it. That means you’re paying for an application to sell you high quality photos for your Mac, home, or office. That makes Artpip an interesting proposition.
My wife loves these kinds of images on her Mac but through the years I notice that we don’t use our Mac screens the same way. I keep a couple of Finder windows open over the Desktop wallpaper 100-percent of the time, then overlay that with a dozen open Mac apps. My wife, on the other hand, keeps her Desktop pristine so she can view the wallpaper images and opens one app at a time.
That is so 1989.