Animated Wallpaper for Vista - A guided tour of Stardock DeskScapes
Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:45 PM
As we developed the animated wallpapers for Microsoft we became very experienced in how to make it so that it was subtle and use less CPU (there video encoding and then there is video encoding). We also came up with our own wish list of things we felt users would want. For example:
1. A good animated wallpaper is a lot of work. How do authors get credit? If I spend 3 weeks making a good animated wallpaper, I want users to know I made it and be able to visit me to get more.
2. How do users know if a given .WMV or .MPEG was even meant to be an animated wallpaper? If users have to sift through hundreds of animated raccoons and children playing baseball to find something they'd actually want as their wallpaper, the whole concept could die quickly.
3. Looping high-definition video content looks great. But what about dynamic content? You know, fish swimming, wallpaper that changes based on weather or time of day, or randomly. Or heck, how about having a high-definition video feed from a tropical island so that I can pretend it's not snowing outside.
4. How about having triggers? So even if I'm not up to making a dynamic wallpaper, I could still have 2 or 3 or more videos that are switched to based on certain condition (triggers) being met. Imagine an animated wallpaper that's a city scene in the morning, afternoon, and night that switches based on time of day?
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 08:39 PM
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Posted 16 February 2007 - 12:30 AM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 04:19 AM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:30 AM
Ok, i'm too tired to find the download right now...time for bed
Edited by Christopholofigus, 16 February 2007 - 10:34 AM.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:42 PM
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