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Easy to use random wallpaper changer
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Sky Aisling


Joined: 27 Jun 2009
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Location: Port Townsend, WA. USA

PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 18:10    Post subject: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Feedback on Wallpaper Changer
 

Hi SFR,

Mixed reviews ...

I'm wondering if the issue is running from a Live CD or from a Frugal installation.

Here's what I have found:
Downloaded RWC-1.6.6.pet to Puppy-528.005 frugally installed on Dell Inspiron 600m.
Worked fine Very Happy
Downloaded RWC-1.6.6.pet to Puppy-528.005 Live CD on ZaReason Big Lap.
No initiating of program - menu/desktop/wallpaper changer entry shows but nothing happens when requested. Sad

In both cases I downloaded the .pet into my home folder *my-applications*.

Both Puppy-528.005 .isos taken from Barry's download site in November 2012.

Hope this helps.


Then there is my embarrassment...I'm looking for a screensaver not a wallpaper changer. Embarassed
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SFR


Joined: 26 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 19:19    Post subject: Re: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Feedback on Wallpaper Changer
 

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Here's what I have found:
Downloaded RWC-1.6.6.pet to Puppy-528.005 frugally installed on Dell Inspiron 600m.
Worked fine Very Happy
Downloaded RWC-1.6.6.pet to Puppy-528.005 Live CD on ZaReason Big Lap.
No initiating of program - menu/desktop/wallpaper changer entry shows but nothing happens when requested. Sad

Yeah, that's odd...
IOW, it looks like in the first case /usr/sbin/gtkdialog4 is present, but in the second case it's not.
Perhaps some sort of layer issue or sth..?
I'll try to investigate it some day...

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Then there is my embarrassment...I'm looking for a screensaver not a wallpaper changer.

No problem. Wink
How about pupxscreensaver, worked fine for me in Lupu:

Greetings!

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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jan 2013, 20:41    Post subject: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: pupxscreensaver tip
 

Thanks for the tip

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How about pupxscreensaver, worked fine for me in Lupu:


GLSlideshow doesn't work in it. I'm looking for a slideshow presentation of my picture file, like the GNOME Xscreensaver.

Thank you for the work on Wallpaper Changer. The dialogue box was easy to understand.
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SFR


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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2013, 09:12    Post subject: Re: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: pupxscreensaver tip
 

Sky Aisling wrote:
GLSlideshow doesn't work in it. I'm looking for a slideshow presentation of my picture file, like the GNOME Xscreensaver.

Sky, I have found two interesting, little binaries:
qiv - for fullscreen slideshow
xprintidle - for detecting keyboard/mouse idle time

It was enough to combine them with simple script and it seems to work fine (tried in Lupu also).

Download and unpack the attched archive, (make all files executable, if they're not so), modify constants in slidesaver script (delay, interval, pics directory), and:
1. Click the script to enable daemon
2. Click the script again to disable daemon

Now it picks pictures randomly, but it's easy to customize (qiv --help).
To launch at startup, simply make a symlink in /root/Startup/ to slidesaver script.

HTH
Greetings!
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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2013, 14:28    Post subject: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Slidesaver 1
 

SFR - Yes!

I copied *my-pictures* file from *home* into /usr/share.
(I tried directing it to ~/my-pictures but that did not take, so, placed *my-pictures* in /usr/share)
Now, how do I make one picture slowly fade down and the next picture slowly fade up?
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2013, 15:41    Post subject: Re: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Slidesaver 1
 

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(I tried directing it to ~/my-pictures but that did not take, so, placed *my-pictures* in /usr/share)

Does that folder contains not only pictures or lots of them?
If so, it takes some time for qiv to scan them all...
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Now, how do I make one picture slowly fade down and the next picture slowly fade up?

Unfortunately it seems that qiv doesn't have such a feature...
There is also pqiv, but:
Quote:
-F Make "pqiv" fade between images. Currently this does only work for images of equal size.

(Besides, the fading isn't "slow" at all Wink )
But if your collection contains pics, which have the same size, you can try it - just download and extract the .deb (i386) package from the above link, copy pqiv binary to SlideSaver directory and replace appropriate line in the script with, eg.:
Code:
"$APPDIR/pqiv" -ifFsSnnt -d $INTERVAL "$PICDIR" & QIV_PID=$!


Anyway, you can always do a search for an image viewer with features you're looking for and if you succeed, just modify that single line appropriately, according to 'found_image_viewer --help' printout.
(in case of doubt, just let know in this thread).

Greetings!

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2013, 17:51    Post subject: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Slow fade from Random Pic to Random Pic
 

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Does that folder contains not only pictures or lots of them?


No, nine test pictures, mixed .jpg and .png of various sizes.

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Anyway, you can always do a search for an image viewer with features you're looking for and if you succeed, just modify that single line appropriately, according to 'found_image_viewer --help' printout.


Where/how to I search for an *image viewer*? Through Google? What keywords to use? Am I looking for an image viewer written in a specific language?

Thank you SFR.

I am determined to find a slideshow screensaver that functions similar to the GLslideshow feature in GNOME's Xscreensaver.
I don't care if the pictures *scale* to the screen size.
I don't care if they *enter* stage right or left.
This bit of coding you've sent would be perfect if I can just make it slowly fade from random pic to random pic.
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jan 2013, 19:49    Post subject: Re: Easy to use random wallpaper changer
Subject description: Slow fade from Random Pic to Random Pic
 

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Where/how to I search for an *image viewer*? Through Google? What keywords to use? Am I looking for an image viewer written in a specific language?

Here's the first result of "best way to search" query:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-search-the-internet.htm

Use keywords like: linux, slideshow, fullscreen, viewer, fade, transitions, list of image viewers for linux, etc. Whatever comes to your mind.
Also check your PPM and this forum.

Doesn't matter in which language really - what matters is if it will work for you well, and it has to be "launchable" from command line (to be able to call it from script and use its internal options).

BTW, see if this one meets your needs:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=23045
I gave it a shot, but the fade effect fails from time to time.

Greetings!

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