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The playlist






The Playlist accepts wallpapers from:


You can also set special/dynamic wallpapers, for example:


The following image formats are supported: BMP, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, JPEG/JPG, EMF, WMF, including JPEG2000 and WB1 images from Webshots. Video support (AVI movies) will be added in BioniX Desktop Wallpaper v10 also.




The Playlist holds images stored locally on your computer but alsoo online images. You create this type of playlist manually by dragging new images into an empty playlist. Its content remains unchanged. You can create multiple local playlists, sorted be themes/categories (flowers, cars, family, etc) and quickly switch between them.


In the Local playlist are shown the names of your wallpapers, wallpaper width, wallpaper height, the wallpaper file size and the wallpaper category.

You can also rate your favorite wallpaper.

You can also perform basic operations such as 'Add files' and 'Remove selected wallpapers' with a single click.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Playlist Tab



How to add images to playlist


To add wallpapers to the Local playlist select the wallpapers or the folders where your wallpapers are located on your computer and just drag and drop them from Windows Explorer/My Computer over BioniX Background Switcher. The files will be added at the bottom of your current playlist.

You can also use the 'Add files' or 'Add folders' options. In 'Add folders', if you enter 'C:', the whole drive will be searched for images.

Also, you may want to try Lock on folder option.


Wallpaper filtering

You can set BioniX Background Switcher to accept or not small or very large wallpapers. If you drag and drop into the Playlist an wallpaper that is smaller/larger than a given size value, BioniX Background Switcher will not add it to the playlist.

More information about image accepted limits here.


Ignore wallpapers

BioniX Background Switcher can be instructed to ignore specified wallpapers. You can add a specific word in the Ignore list and when you add new wallpapers to playlist BioniX Background Switcher will not add the wallpapers that contain the word from Ignore list to your playlist.

More information about how to ignore wallpapers in BioniX here.



Wallpaper details in playlist


In the Local playlist you can see the wallpaper details: wallpaper name, wallpaper resolution (width and height), wallpaper file size, played wallpaper, wallpaper category, wallpaper rating.


Wallpaper name

You can see the wallpaper name in the first column in the Local playlist tab. You can choose to show the file extension and the full path to wallpaper on disk.


Wallpaper resolution

The wallpaper's width and height are shown in the second and third columns in the Local playlist tab. You can choose to show the wallpaper resolution or not.


Wallpaper file size

BioniX Background Switcher shows the wallpaper file size in KB (Kilobytes). You can choose to ignore the wallpapers that are smaller/larger than a specific value.


Played wallpapers

Initially the values in this column are 0. Once an wallpaper is set on desktop, its value in the Played column increases by 1. You can choose to cycle the wallpapers evenly so no wallpaper will be played twice (or often) while other wallpapers are not played at all. You can reset the Played column to zero from the Delete menu so BioniX Background Switcher will start over playing the wallpapers.


Wallpaper rating

Initially the wallpapers are rated one star each one. Click once the star in the Rating column to rate the wallpaper with two stars, click it twice to rate the wallpaper with three stars and so on. The maximum number of starts you can rate an wallpapers is five. The fifth time you rate the wallpaper it will go back to the default value and it will have only one star rating.

BioniX Background Switcher plays more often the wallpapers with higher rate value.


Remove selected wallpapers

You can delete the wallpapers from current local playlist, from playlist and from hard drive, delete inexistent wallpapers, delete duplicates and clear playlist.

To remove the selected wallpapers you can:

  • press the Delete key to delete wallpapers from playlist
  • press Control + Delete key to delete the wallpapers from playlist and from hard drive. You can also switch the functions for Delete and Control + Delete keys.
  • press the specific buttons in the quick functions toolbar in Local playlist tab
  • use the delete functions from the Delete menu


Playlist quick functions


Quick accessible functions

Quick buttons are shown in a toolbar below playlist such as: Open an existing playlist, Save playlist, Save playlist as..., Add files to playlist, Add folders, Clear playlist, Delete inexistent files, Delete duplicates files from playlist, Delete selected files, Delete selected files from playlist AND also from hard drive, Move selected up/down, Sort playlist by filename/path/width/height/rating, Randomize playlist and Reverse order.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - interface



Categorize wallpapers

With BioniX Background Switcher you can easily move your wallpapers to user defined categories with two clicks. Just right click your image and send it to the desired category. Once you categorized an wallpaper that wallpaper is moved to the specified category. You can find the categories here on your computer: c:\Documents and Settings\XXXXXXXXXXXXX\Application Data\BioniX Wallpaper\Categories\ where XXXXXXXXXXXXX is your Windows logon name.

You can easily change the categories folder, to add, delete and rename categories.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Move to category



How to set an image as wallpaper on your desktop?

To change the wallpaper press the right arrow button in the main interface, press the Control + Alt + N key combination or double click its name here in Local playlist. You can set the previous, next or current selected wallpaper. You can choose to set a panic wallpaper.


Set wallpaper


Also, you can quickly change the wallpaper even if BioniX Background Switcher is minimized in System Tray. You can press the right click on BioniX Wallpaper's icon in System Tray and choose the 'Next' option or you can simply press the Control+Alt+N key combination. It's as simply as that.

You can also change the key combination to any combination you want.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - System Tray



How to quickly switch between playlists

There are several ways to quickly change the playlist in BioniX Desktop Background Switcher:

  • Open playlists from inside BioniX - by using the 'Playlist -> Open playlist' menu
  • Double click a playlist file in Windows Explorer
  • If you want to have your playlists REALLY handy, create desktop shortcuts to your playlists. Double click the shortcuts to load the playlists.
  • Use the 'Open recent playlists' function inside BioniX. This located under 'Playlist -> Recent playlists' menu.
  • Drag and drop the playlist into BioniX
  • Even faster method: create a quick shortcut to your playlist in taskbar (drag and drop the playlist to taskbar). To switch to a different playlist, right click the shortcut you just created in the taskbar and choose the playlist you want.
  • Create a script to switch between playlists: You can also create your own script to change the wallpaper or create specific playlists. Start BioniX Background Switcher and pass to it 'via command line' the appropriate playlist created. Details about the command line here.


Playlist menus


The Playlist menu

From Playlist menu you can create, open, save playlist, open recent playlists, add files and even folders to playlist, open playlist location in Explorer, show playlist settings, rename selected file inside the playlist, set BioniX Background Switcher to shuffle wallpapers (play wallpapers in a random order).


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Playlist menu



The Delete menu

Delete from hard drive - will delete the selected wallpaper from playlist and also from your computer.

Delete from playlist - will erase the selected wallpaper only from the playlist.

You can delete the selected wallpaper from playlist also by pressing the 'Delete' key. To delete the wallpaper from playlist and from hard drive press 'Control+Delete' key combination. Check this page to see how to set what the Delete key should do (delete the wallpapers from playlist or delete the wallpapers from playlist and hard drive).

Reset 'Played' column if you want BioniX to start over playing the wallpapers. Useful when the Cycle wallpapers evenly function is enabled.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Delete menu



The Show menu

From this menu you can tell BioniX Background Switcher to show in the Playlist tab numbers, drive letters, path, file extension and image resolution.

Show numbers - shows a number in front of the wallpaper's name.

Show path - shows the full path where wallpapers are located on your computer.

Show drive letters - shows the drive letter from your computer's partitions where the wallpaper is located.

Show extension - shows the file extension/format at the end of the name of wallpapers in Playlist: .jpg, .png, etc.

Acquire image resolution - shows the image resolution (width and height) of the current visible wallpapers in Playlist. If checked, it will slow down a bit the program.

Note: once BioniX Background Switcher displayed the wallpaper's resolution in the Playlist tab, the program will save those values so if you disable the Acquire image resolution function, the wallpaper's resolution values will still be shown in playlist.


Before acquiring the wallpaper's resolution

BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Show menu


After acquiring the wallpaper's resolution

BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Show menu



The Selection menu

In this menu you can arrange the wallpapers in the Playlist by moving the selected wallpaper up or down with one position.

Note: Check out the Shuffle function - If the Shuffle function is disabled BioniX Background Switcher will play the wallpapers in the order you arranged them in Playlist. If the Shuffle function is enabled BioniX Background Switcher will play the wallpapers in a random order, not in the order you arranged them in Playlist.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Selection menu



The Sort menu

Here you can tell BioniX Background Switcher to sort the wallpapers in Playlist by path, filename, height, width, rating, random or you can even reverse the order.

Don't confuse Randomize with Shuffle. Randomize sorts the wallpaper in Playlist in a random order, while Shuffle plays the wallpapers in a random order.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Sort menu



The Tools menu

From this menu you can open some useful tools:

Categorize images (or F6 key shortcut) will open CategorizeThis tool. You can quickly create categories and move wallpapers to the specific category. You can create categories and move wallpapers to the specified category from inside BioniX Background Switcher also. See this page for more information.

Batch resize images (or F7 key shortcut) will open ReMage Image Resizer tool. This tool uses an advanced algorithm that loses almost no quality while resizing.

Wallpaper animator will open BioniX Animated Desktop Wallpaper tool. You can use this tool to set on your desktop animated GIFs.


BioniX Background Switcher Manual - Tools menu



Other playlist functions


Playlist font and color

BioniX Background Switcher offers you the possibility to change the font and the background color in playlist. Check this page for more information about playlist font and color.


Restore wallpaper

You can restore the wallpaper you had before using BioniX Background Switcher by pressing a single button.



Playlist FAQ



What are the '.bio' files?


A ".bio" file (for example "My" or "") is a BioniX Background Switcher playlist. If you double click a ".Bio" file, BioniX Background Switcher will load and will start to cycle the wallpapers contained in that playlist.



Can I manually edit a playlist file from outside BioniX?


No. Playlists are binary files. If you open them with a text editor you will ruin them.



How to add the wallpapers delivered with Microsoft Windows to the playlist?


Locate your wallpapers and add them to the playlist. For more information see this page.



Some wallpapers were not added to the playlist. Why?


Check if the option Reject invalid images from BioniX Background Switcher Settings tab is enabled and check the limits for the accepted images.

Also, the Ignore list feature MIGHT filter some of the images you want to add to the playlist. For more information see this page.



How can I see which wallpapers were filtered?


There are several ways to see which wallpapers were filtered by BioniX Background Switcher:

1. In the Log tab, set the Log level of details to Verbose, Hints or Infos. Add your wallpapers to BioniX Background Switcher playlist. You will see the name of the rejected/invalid files and the reason why the files were rejected in BioniX Background Switcher Log tab.

2. You can also check the values set to Limit accepted images in the Settings tab. Look in your computer for images with size below 15KB and over 9000KB (or whatever threshold you have set) and move/delete them. Or change the values for the accepted images.





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