John's Background Switcher

Developer: John Conners

Current Version: 2.4.7

Last Updated: 17 days ago

Download Size: 10.4 MB - Download


John's Background Switcher puts beautiful full-screen photos and stunning montages on your desktop. Choose the photos from your own collection on your Mac or websites like Flickr, InterfaceLIFT, Unsplash, 500px, Facebook, Instagram, Pixabay, Smugmug, Vladstudio, Google Photos and many more besides. You'll never know what's coming next - maybe photos from a recent holiday, landscapes from far and distant lands, pictures of small kittens or equally small dogs. If you're having a tough day, just take a look at your desktop and John's Background Switcher will get you through it!

Main features include:
• Show single photos or a variety of randomly generated beautiful montages on your desktop
• Choose photos from folders on your Mac, from iPhoto (old skool) or the new Photos app
• Rich Flickr, InterfaceLIFT, Unsplash, 500px, Facebook, Instagram, SmugMug, Pixabay, Vladstudio, Pinterest, Dropbox, OneDrive (personal) and Google Photos integration
• Media RSS photo feeds (so you can use a great many more photo sites)
• Multiple monitor support (show the same background all monitors, different pictures on each monitor or only on one monitor)
• Switching intervals from every 10 seconds to 7 days
• A variety of post processing effects like grayscale, sepia and desaturation
• Lots of new features in the works for future versions (I have a list as long as your arm!)

Once set up JBS quietly runs in the background changing your desktop and stays out of your way. If you don't love it, tell me what you'd like it to do from the support link and I'll add it as soon as I can! And remember, I'm a real person called John so be nice. :)


Release Notes:

This version fixes a bug in 2.4 that stops JBS from switching for a few users - D'Oh! - and includes all the rest of the 2.4 features as follows. The main highlight is Google Photos integration, improved Unsplash integration and a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements. The full list is as follows:

• Google Photos integration - choose from your albums. Note that the API Google have provided can be pretty slow and I can only reliably get photos from albums (so not from all your Google Photos). If you want it to be faster or more reliable and you know someone in Google, feel free to ask them to improve things!
• You can now choose from specific Unsplash user photos
• Better handling of no pictures sets - so if you clear them all out JBS will ask you if you'd like some defaults
• Support for HEIC photos on macOS High Sierra (if you have an iPhone 7 or newer)
• You can now copy and paste passwords into authentication dialogs (handy if you use a password manager)
• You can exclude adult photos from Pixabay searches
• Fixed a bug on High Sierra where the captions would be shown on the wrong monitors and 'View Current Picture' would choose the wrong photo if you have more than one (D'Oh!)
• Removed Pinterest liked pins (since they removed it from their API sadly)
• Removed Phanfare integration (as it's been replaced by SmugMug which JBS already supports)
• RSS feed integration uses the publication date as the photo date for MediaRSS feeds
• Various other bug fixes and performance improvements too numerous and tedious to mention

If you like JBS then please leave a nice review! However if you find a bug or have an idea to make JBS better, follow the support link and let me know so I can help you out. If you don't report problems directly to me then it makes fixing them a lot more difficult!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.3
Review by ideavs

A very well implemented wallpaper switcher! - I’ve tried so many wallpaper switcher apps, and this ONE knocks down all the others. It would be really nice to include Bing wallpapers also.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.1
Review by Rgallmann

Poor Quality - Having a retina macbook pro I like higher quality wallpaper. All of the options that come built into this seem to have lower quality photos compared to photos from cites like interfacelift and allmacwallpapers or even national geographic’s photos of the day. Disappointing and not worth 10 dollars

Found helpful by 1 out of 4 people