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Wally Is a Powerful, Cross-Platform, Wallpaper Management Tool

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you take your wallpaper acquisition and rotation needs seriously, Wally is a powerhouse of a wallpaper management tool. Download wallpapers automatically, rotate them, and more.

Wally doesn’t just take a folder full of wallpaper pics and rotate them (although it can, if your needs are simple). Wally pulls wallpapers from local/network folders, remote FTP folders, and photo sharing services like Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Panoramio, and more. You can specify all sorts of details like how quickly the wallpapers rotate, how it should center, scale, rotate, or apply borders to photos, and even configure disk storage limits and history length. On top of all that Wally supports modules. If a new photo/wallpaper service comes along next month, all it takes to add that service to Wally is the addition of a simple module.

Wally is open source and available for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. Hit up the link below to grab a copy. Have a favorite wallpaper application or source? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

Wally [via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/12/11

Comments (8)

  1. bbirdy202

    Do peeps really worry about wallpaper this much? Just asking.

  2. scot

    Does it have support for dual monitors?

  3. Antonio Lorusso

    An alternative:

    John’s Background Switcher:

  4. Wayne

    Looks interesting. I might have to check it out. Dual monitor support would be great if it has it. Currently I change my wallpaper every couple of weeks but would be interesting to see what this does.

  5. neighborville

    It seems to be a very interesting replacement for Webshots in Ubuntu 10.04, but I can’t even get to the setup screen. The same problem with Windows 7. All comments in Ubuntu store refer to a previous version and are not helpful. If anyone has been able to get this working in Ubuntu, latest version or windows 7, please share that information with the rest of us.

    A Ubuntu novice trying to make Ubuntu user friendly.

    Cheers > JR

  6. vistual

    wish you guys would have made a comparison to …
    John’s Background Switcher to see which might be better and lighter on system resources.
    : (

  7. Geekjock

    I use the free version of bioniX to rotate my wallpapers. It’s a little clunky but it gets the job done.

  8. victor

    Still looking for a good WP manager that works with a folder containing linked files (.lnk)…

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