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DeskScapes allows you to apply animated wallpaper called "Dreams" to your Windows 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 window, DeskScapes resumes playing the dream. Like static wallpaper, animated wallpaper is behind any desktop icons you may have.

DeskScapes (Vista) by default, when running on laptop battery power will will pause dreams & notify you to help conserve energy. DeskScapes includes five dreams, four dynamic (i.e. Bouncing Box, Desktop Earth, Water Dream. Watercolor Dream) and one video based (i.e. Grassy Field). There is also a link (i.e. Get More Dreams) to the WinCustomize web site where you can download hundreds of additional dreams.

Features of DeskScapes

All of the Free features, plus:

Features of DeskScapes (Free Version)

  • Extends animated wallpaper to support dynamic dreams.
  • Adds support for the new .Dream format.
  • Supports event-based triggers for changing animated wallpapers.
  • Adjust quality vs. performance setting for dynamic dreams. (Vista only)
  • Choose if you want dreams to run will on laptop battery power. (Vista only)
  • Apply the five dreams included with DeskScapes.
  • Purchase and display Master Skin dreams from WinCustomize.com.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (32-bit) with Service Pack 3, and Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) in versions: Home, Basic, Premium, Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise.
    Note: Windows Vista Ultimate users do not need to purchase DeskScapes to run dream files. Just download the free version from here
  • Minimum Requirements: Windows Vista users must have support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32-bit color. The video card must have a Windows Experience Index Graphics score of 2.0 or better.
  • Minimum Requirements: Windows XP users must have a card supporting DirectX 9, 128 MB of graphics memory, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32-bit color. In addition only machines running a PCIe (PCI Express) or AGP 8x video card are recommended. AGP 4x/2x will not be supported
  • Attention XP Users!
    Do not apply a dream on Windows XP if your machine has an ATI AGP graphics card until you have updated your Catalyst drivers to at least version 8.12. The drivers available at the time of Deskscapes release were not specifically tuned for optimal results. ATI tested and updated their driver to address this issue. You can find the latest catalyst driver here: http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx
  • Please refer to the FAQ for more information on video codecs, etc. at: http://www.stardock.com/products/deskscapes/faq.asp
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 width and 768 height.

Additional Dreams

Check WinCustomize.com for a large selection of Master Skins (for purchase) and hundreds of free dreams.

Location of Dreams

Dreams are stored (by default) on your computer with a ".dream" (without quotes) file extension in the folder:
Windows Vista:  C:\user-data\<user login>\Dreams.
Windows XP:  C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\My Documents\Stardock\Dreams

Note: C: is the default drive, and <user name> is the name you logged on as and the
name of the folder where your documents are stored under.

Support

Please contact Stardock Support at: www.stardock.com/support.  On that web page you will find helpful FAQs and other troubleshooting information.  If you are unable to resolve your issue, please use the “Technical Support” link to "Submit a Ticket" to Support.  Please include as much information about your computer (i.e. version of Windows (i.e. Vista 32-bit Home, XP 32-bit, Vista 64-bit Business), type of computer (i.e. brand, model, speed, RAM, video card), version of DeskScapes, ...) as possible.  This information will allow Support to diagnose your issue much quicker and allow for a faster response.

Resources

For additional information on DeskScapes, please refer to these articles on WinCustomize:
Tools of the Dream Trade by Master Baron, (February 6, 2008) - an excellent article describing common tools he uses to create Dreams. Master Baron is widely known for creating dreams, including highly rated "Master Skins" on WinCustomize and elsewhere.

How to Create Dreams (Links) by CarGuy1, (March 27, 2008) - includes over a dozen links to articles and resources related to DeskScapes Dreams.

WinCustomize.com is a great resource for not only getting a lot of great dreams, but also provides articles, forums, gallery, store and more.  This is a great site run by Stardock with community involvement to bring together the best in skinning (graphics) for Windows.  The site is free to use.

You can upload a Dream file you created to share on WinCustomize.  This may include original material you created.

Direct link to WinCustomize message Forums (http://forums.wincustomize.com/)

Documentation

The version of this manual is 1.0 (3-11-09) and is based on DeskScapes (version 2.50).  This manual was written and is maintained by Jim Kennedy (TheProf).  Please email comments or corrections regarding this documentation to: documentation@stardock.com.



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