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DeskScapes allows you to apply static and animated wallpaper (called "Dreams") to your
Windows 7, Vista or XP desktop. Dreams
use your computers video card to
display the animated wallpaper,
greatly reducing the CPU usage of
your computer. When you run an application
full screen (maximized), DeskScapes
stops the dream to save on system
resources (since you cannot see
the dream). When you minimize or
downsize the application DeskScapes
resumes playing the dream. Like
static wallpaper, animated wallpaper
is behind any desktop icons you
Features not available in Windows XP:
The initial screen in DeskScapes (Windows 7) looks like this:
DeskScapes consists of the following:
When you start DeskScapes for the first time, "Disable DeskScapes" in the lower, left corner is selected. This means no dream or wallpaper has been applied to your desktop yet.
To apply your first dream to the desktop, click on "Planktonic" by ChaNinja. You will see the preview display an animated version of the dream background. Now click "Apply changes" in the upper, left corner of the top menu and you will see Planktonic appear on your desktop. Minimize DeskScapes to see the whole desktop. As you can see, you now have an animated wallpaper. You can move desktop icons around as normal.
Now restore DeskScapes and let's try altering how DeskScapes displays that dream. Click on the "Background Settings" tab on the bottom menu and try clicking each of the different settings. Depending on the resolution of your monitor, you may find you like one of these better than "Auto detect". After picking one, click "Apply changes" again and look at your desktop.
Click on the "Effects" tab (bottom menu) and select "Invert". The Preview area updates with your selected effect. Click "Apply changes" to have your chosen effect applied to your desktop.
If you ever want to change your desktop back to normal, click "Disable DeskScapes" (first thumbnail on far left) and it will change your desktop back to the Windows background you had before you applied a DeskScapes background.
Many more dreams and static wallpapers are available from the WinCustomize.com web site. Most of the dreams are free, no charge for downloading from the site. Some of the best dreams are known as Master Skins and have a small fee to help support the creators. Clicking either the "Background Options" (top, left) or "Get More Backgrounds!" menu option (top, right) gives you links to the WinCustomize site to browse and download.
DreamMaker allows you to package your own video based dreams into .dream files that DeskScapes can apply to your Windows desktop or static images into a new hybrid dream.
Following WinCustomize guidelines, you can also share your dreams with the skinning community.
MPEG/WMV video dreams (as opposed to dynamic dreams) require a compatible video codec to be installed to playback their content. Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate include a compatible video codec.
Please note that updated video drivers are very important for the best performance of dreams. In addition, if you are using a NVIDIA graphics card, we suggest keeping the performance settings for DeskScapes set to 100% for optimal visual quality.