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Desktop Wallpaper Tool Online Help

Main Program

The Desktop Wallpaper Tool main program is shown below. To allow the program to continuously update the desktop click the window Minimize icon at the top left to send the program to the system tray. The image configuration file can be saved or reloaded under File - Save or File - Load. The last used configuration file is automatically loaded when the program first starts.


Main Program

Desktop Dialog

The desktop image is configured through the Options - Desktop dialog.


Desktop Dialog

  Desktop Image

Width and Height specify the size of the desktop image. The Process button generate the desktop image from the currently acquired images and shows it in the main window. To apply it to your Windows background click the Apply button.

Make sure your desktop background position is set to _TILE_ mode in the standard Windows Display Properties. To configure this setting, right click on the desktop and click properties.

  Image

The drop down box selects 1 of 9 possible images for your desktop. The enable image checkbox will enable this image. Note that when the images are draw on the desktop they are drawn in sequence from 1 to 9, so the latter images will overlap the former.

The Location specifies the location of the file to download. This can be a path to a file on your hard drive or a URL to an image online. To select a file on your hard drive you can use the Browse button. For online images click the Download button to acquire the image, or Download All to update all of the enabled images.

The original box shows the size of the original image and the Show button which can be used to bring up a new window to see the original image. The image shown is sized to 640x480 by default, this is only a display image and is not the actual size.

The modified box shows the size of the modified image and the Show button which can be used to bring up a new window to see the modified image. The image shown is sized to 640x480 by default, this is only a display image and is not the actual size.


Example of Original Image and Modified Image Windows

The X and Y Crop values specify the start of the image to crop where (0, 0) is the top left of the image. The Width and Height specify the size of the image to crop.

The X and Y Resize values specify the size of the cropped imaged to resize to. The crop operation takes place before the resizing.

The X and Y Position indicate the location in the desktop image to place the top left corner of the image.

The Update Rate controls the frequency of image recording for web based images, for static images use a value of 0. The units are in seconds so to specify 10 minute intervals, you would enter 10 * 60 = 600 seconds.

The Process button crops and resizes the image which can be seen in the Modified image if shown.

  Auto Update

The Run and Stop buttons are used to start and stop the countdown timers for downloading new images from the web. The Run on Startup checkbox can be selected to enable auto update to begin automatically when the program first starts.

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