I know I know. I keep saying I’m stopping work on John’s Background Switcher and building a Mac version, but like the addict that I am I keep crawling back. So without further ado, please welcome John’s Background Switcher 4.8 to the world!
Following on from adding 500px, Last.fm, Pixabay and Tumblr integration back in May, one much requested service a lot of people (myself included) use, Dropbox is now a supported photo source for JBS. I’m an Android user so every photo I take on my phone is automatically uploaded to Dropbox. What could be cooler than a lottery win? Eh, I mean what could be cooler than being able to see those photos scattered over your desktop? Well now you can:
All you need to do is authorise JBS to view your images on Dropbox, you pick a folder or folders to choose from and leave JBS to it!
Collages Are Cool
Speaking of photo montages, I thought it was about time I added a new option to the mix. So I came up with a photo collage and, since I have no imagination with names (example: John’s Background Switcher) I called it a “photo collage”. It means you can create awesome desktop backgrounds like this:
And if cute dogs are more your thing:
Yes I know, Lhasa Apsos are very cute dogs – that’s why I’m so obsessed with mine! More of a kitten guy or girl? We’ve got you covered!
English Is Not The Only Language
Ok, back to John’s Background Switcher. Next up, since JBS is used all over the world by a lot of people whose native language is not English. Some of those people are particularly awesome and have offered to translate JBS into their language. So in addition to being available in English (duh), French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese, I’m delighted that as of version 4.8, JBS also supports Russian, Finnish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Yay!
Other Shiny Goodness
Another oft requested feature is to support webcams for desktop backgrounds. Now you can simply use the direct URL to a webcam (so long as it returns an image) in the ‘RSS Feeds’ dialog and get your wish!
There are a bunch of bug fixes including getting SmugMug working again (JBS was using an old version of their API that was deprecated when they made an awesome update to their site) and Pixabay (my bad!) along with performance improvements to Flickr integration (it’ll be a lot less heavy on the number of calls it makes to the Flickr API which should speed things up somewhat). And while we’re talking about Flickr, you can now authenticate JBS to Flickr via a Facebook or Google login. Oh yes.
Right, enough talk! Go to the download page and get yourself upgraded, peruse the full release notes and enjoy! 🙂
Thank you so much for this great software! It works very well, but now I think the Flickr API calls need to be updated because it’s going to be SSL only: http://code.flickr.net/2014/04/30/flickr-api-going-ssl-only-on-june-27th-2014/ JBS gave an error on my pc just now saying “Forbidden”, and realized its Flickr APIs still use HTTP. I guess this is the problem.. Maybe an update will fix it?
I’m just about to release an update of JBS that, among other things, makes the SSL change. Should be in the next few days – I think Flickr have been testing disabling HTTP, it actually goes live in the 27th. Drop me an email if you’d like a beta that fixes it now.
Cool! I’ll stick with the current latest for now as 1) I’m lazy and 2) I’ve realized I’ve lived through the only two tests Flickr said they’ll run 😛 But thanks for the offer!!
Thanks looking forward, because I’m receiving the same “forbidden” message at the moment..
Update to 4.9. Flickr changed their endpoints so you’ll need to update to continue.