The Wallpaper Source tab
With BioniX Wallpaper Changer you can beautify your desktop with wallpapers acquired from multiple sources:
You can also set special/dynamic wallpapers, for example:
The 'Local playlist'
The Local Playlist holds, as you can guess, images stored locally on your computer. 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.
You can also rate your favorite wallpaper.
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 Wallpaper Changer. 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.
You can set BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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 Wallpaper Changer will not add it to the playlist.
More information about image accepted limits here.
BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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 Wallpaper Changer 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.
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.
BioniX Wallpaper Changer shows the wallpaper file size in KB (Kilobytes). You can choose to ignore the wallpapers that are smaller/larger than a specific value.
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 Wallpaper Changer will start over playing the wallpapers.
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 Wallpaper Changer plays more often the wallpapers with higher rate value.
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:
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.
With BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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.
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.
Also, you can quickly change the wallpaper even if BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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.
There are several ways to quickly change the playlist in BioniX Desktop Wallpaper Changer:
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 Wallpaper Changer to shuffle wallpapers (play wallpapers in a random order).
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.
From this menu you can tell BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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 Wallpaper Changer 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
After acquiring the wallpaper's resolution
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 Wallpaper Changer will play the wallpapers in the order you arranged them in Playlist. If the Shuffle function is enabled BioniX Wallpaper Changer will play the wallpapers in a random order, not in the order you arranged them in Playlist.
The Sort menu
Here you can tell BioniX Wallpaper Changer to sort the wallpapers in Playlist by path, filename, height, width, rating, random or you can even reverse the order.
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 Wallpaper Changer 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.
Playlist font and color
BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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.
You can restore the wallpaper you had before using BioniX Wallpaper Changer by pressing a single button.
Lock on folder
Lock on this folder - You can enter the folder you want to monitor for changes. Every time you add/delete files to that folder they will be added to your playlist.
Recent - Shows the recent folders you have monitored using the Lock on folder function.
Monitor folder for changes:
1. at program start up - In order to minimize CPU and disk activity, BioniX Wallpaper Changer automatically reads the folder only when it starts up. Press the Read folder now button to force BioniX Wallpaper Changer to re-read the content of the folder (for example after you added new images to that folder).
2. always - BioniX Wallpaper Changer will continuously monitor the content of the folder for changes.
Easily add or delete wallpapers from playlist with Lock on folder function
When Lock on folder is active you cannot modify the playlist. If you want to rename, delete or add wallpapers you can modify the files in the folder you locked on disk. If you enabled the Lock on folder option, every time you add/delete files to the folder you choose to monitor they will be added to your playlist.
With Lock on folder feature you can also monitor multiple folders.
You can also use the Lock on folder feature to share an wallpaper with a remote computer.
Dynamic web images
This module allows BioniX to download an image from a web page and put it on your desktop as wallpaper.
Since BioniX can refresh (re-download) the image every few seconds several special uses can result from this:
Panoramic web cams
Enter the URL of a dynamically generated image (for example, a public web cam, street view web cam, beach web cam, etc) to display those beautiful images on your desktop.
If you have a web cam that is monitoring something (entrance, baby, etc) enter the URL of your web cam to display the monitored subject on your desktop. This is similar
You need to put your company logo on all your employee computers? Install BioniX in all computers and the upload the your logo on your web site. Enter the URL of your image into BioniX. Every time you update the logo the desktop wallpaper will be automatically updated also. For details see this page.
You have several monitors in your shop's window to display info about your business/merchendise and you need to rotate/update the images every minute/hour/day?
Upload your images on your FTP/web site and enter the URL to those images into BioniX.
Remote computer assistance/communication
You need to comunicate/reminde something to your emaplyees every morning? Upload your anouncement (as image) on your FTP/web site and enter the URL to that image into BioniX. Every time you update the anouncement your emaployees will be up to date.
What kind of images can it display
BioniX only accepts picture-type images (jpg, png, gif, etc). It doesn't recognize a live streaming "movie". This also includes Flash streaming.
Who can you recognize if an image will work or not in BioniX?
If you right click the image/web cam and you see a 'save image as...' or 'download image' menu, then it will work. If you see a Flash menu (Zoom in/Zoom out) then it will not work.
List of webcams (for your convenience):
'Day/night wallpaper' module allows BioniX Desktop Wallpaper Changer to show light wallpaper during the day and dark wallpapers during the night. BioniX Wallpaper Changer detects night-time wallpapers by looking for the word 'night' in the wallpaper file name. Any file that doesn't include the word 'night' in its name is considered 'light' and it will be used during the day.
If your wallpapers do not include the word 'night' in their name, you can use a batch file rename tool (such as Total Commander) and rename your wallpapers. For example. if you have one wallpaper called 'Beautiful sunset.jpg' rename it to something like 'Beautiful sunset night.jpg' or 'Beautiful night sunset.jpg' or simply 'Night 1.jpg'.
BioniX Wallpaper Changer allows you also to set the time interval for day and night.
More solutions to set day and night wallpapers on your desktop here.
With BioniX Wallpaper Changer you can download all images at once from a specific web page by taking only two steps.
Step by step procedure:
The default output folder is located here on your computer: C:\Users\XXXXX\Pictures\BioniX Stripped Images where XXXXX is your Windows user name. To choose a specific output folder write its full path in the Download images to field.
You can choose to download linked images from that web page and to add them immediately to BioniX Wallpaper's playlist. Also, you can download all visible images from the specified web page, even if they are not linked.
Example: From this web page you can download at batch over 2500 wallpapers.
You can download millions of wallpapers from Flickr with a single mouse click with Flickr Mass Downloader. Flickr Mass Downloader will be soon integrated in BioniX. Until then, you can run it as a separate program.
More information about how to use Flickr Mass Downloader here.
For other useful tools accessible from inside of BioniX Wallpaper Changer please see the Tools menu section.
Start/Stop BioniX Wallpaper Changer
Press the Start button or double click an wallpaper to start playing the wallpapers on your desktop. When the timer is up, a new wallpaper will be set on your desktop. To stop BioniX Wallpaper Changer press the Stop button.
To set the previous wallpaper press the left arrow button or the Control + P key combination.
Press the arrow down button to set the current wallpaper. You can also Press F5 key or double click the current wallpaper.
To set the next wallpaper press the right arrow button or the Control + Alt + N key combination or you can choose which key combination you want.
You can also use the Wallpaper menu for these functions.
Quick! Your mum/boss is coming! Press the Panic button (!) to replace the nasty wallpaper with a blonde girl you have on your desktop with decent wallpaper. Don't forget to pretend you're busy! You can customize the Panic image from the Settings - General tab.
Minimize all applications except BioniX
Press this button to minimize all the opened applications except BioniX Wallpaper Changer.
Drag the little arrow in the Next wallpaper panel to can change the time interval when the wallpaper will be changed. BioniX Wallpaper Changer is extremely flexible and it allows you to choose any interval you want between one second and 60 hours.
The pictures bellow are three examples of time interval on BioniX Desktop Wallpaper Changer.
BioniX Wallpaper Changer can change wallpapers at a specific hour. The hour must be specified in the wallpaper's name. For example: 'MyWallpaper 23-00.jpeg'
The user must the "Timed wallpaper" checkbox in the main window and click the Play button.
For the wallpapers in the image above BioniX will set them as shown bellow:
BioniX Wallpaper 05-30.jpg at 5:30 (5:30 AM)
BioniX Wallpaper1 10-10.jpg at 10:10 (10:10 AM)
BioniX Wallpaper2 13-20.jpg at 13:20 (1:20 PM)
BioniX Wallpaper3 17-15.jpg at 17:15 (5:15 PM)
BioniX Wallpaper4 23-40.jpg at at 23:40 (11:40 PM)
You can tell BioniX Wallpaper Changer to play the wallpapers in a random order. To do so, just check the Shuffle box below the timer interval.
The Countdown menu
From this menu you can increase or decrease the time interval when the wallpaper is changed, you can select to change the time interval to seconds (Sec option or Control + 1 key shortcut), to minutes (Min option or Control + 2 key shortcut) or hours (Hrs option or Control + 3 key shortcut). Increase time and Decrease time will increase and decrease respectively the time interval by 1.
From this menu you can Start or Stop the countdown. When you start the countdown the wallpaper will be changer at the specified time interval. If the countdown is stopped the wallpaper won't be changed anymore. instead of using this menu you can change the time interval and you can start/stop the countdown directly from BioniX interface. See this page for details.
What are the '.bio' files?
A ".bio" file (for example "My wallpapers.bio" or "Landscapes.bio") is a BioniX Wallpaper Changer playlist. If you double click a ".Bio" file, BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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.
Check if the option Reject invalid images from BioniX Wallpaper Changer Settings tab is enabled and check the limits for the accepted images.
There are several ways to see which wallpapers were filtered by BioniX Wallpaper Changer:
1. In the Log tab, set the Log level of details to Verbose, Hints or Infos. Add your wallpapers to BioniX Wallpaper Changer playlist. You will see the name of the rejected/invalid files and the reason why the files were rejected in BioniX Wallpaper Changer 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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