Backgrounds

Developer: Alex Lopez

Current Version: 7.7

Last Updated: 1 day ago

Download Size: 69.9 MB - Download

Description:

** No. 1 in the Lifestyle category of the Mac App Store **
** Award Winner of Mac Informer 5* Editor's Pick Award **
** App of the Week in Mac.informer, Macitynet and Macgasm **

"Backgrounds is, as the name implies, a Desktop background utility that truly, madly, deeply thinks different. Instead of merely changing the photo, Backgrounds changes everything" -Mac360

"It is designed for Mac users who want to make the backgrounds of their computer screens more attractive, stylish, and dynamic. This can be done by adding brand new features and helpful widgets to your screen to achieve an exquisite and original desktop appearance." -mac.informer

"Great App! The simplicity yet performance and customization is impressive! Nice job! XB" -Xan Bar

"My favorite thing is that it doesn’t compress video if you choose a video as a wallpaper, so my native 4k videos don’t get degraded." -rkzemke


Your desktop, like never before.

Make your wallpaper more interesting and useful with 7 themes: Music, Parallax, Video, Quartz, System, Clock and Web.
Includes a Notification Center Today Widget.
Includes 2 Screen Savers: Glass and Quartz X.

Hide your Desktop icons easily and enjoy your wallpaper. As it’s meant to be.

Features:

Music
See the artwork of the current track you are hearing as a wallpaper, or a video you have added to Backgrounds that matches the song’s title, artist, album or comments. Excellent for playing music videos.
• Compatible with iTunes, Spotify and Swinsian.

Parallax
Give depth to your desktop by moving the cursor.
• Take advantage of your Panoramas and create immersive wallpapers.
• Supports Photos Albums.

Video
Play video as your desktop wallpaper. Express yourself with your own videos and live wallpapers.
• Supports Photos Albums.

Quartz
Run Quartz Compositions as a wallpaper. Make your own Quartz Compositions or download them.
• Access to iTunes, Spotify and Swinsian current track info.

System
Monitor your Mac’s CPU and Network usage.
• Get a glance of your system’s stats from Notification Center with the today widget.

Clock
Know the time or date right from your Desktop.

Web
Load a webpage as your wallpaper. Create your own or use an existing one.
• Includes 3D Parallax.

Notification Center Today Widget
Monitor your CPU and Network usage. Check your Mac’s stats right from the Notification Center, wherever you are, without leaving your apps.

Screen Savers
• Quartz X: Run a Quartz Composition while you are away from your Mac. Visualize your music artwork and info when playing music with iTunes, Spotify or Swinsian.
• Glass: a transparent Screen Saver. Lock your Mac and see what it's doing, from your music artwork, to a task in progress, the system status, anything.


• Supports Multiple Monitors with different preferences each.

• You can even combine them. Activate the System and Clock widgets so they are always on top, even when you are using other themes.
• Set an idle theme so when your Mac is idle it automatically activates a theme even in full screen so you can watch a video, see your music artwork, the system stats and more.


Enjoy it, spread the love and share it with your friends.


We appreciate your comments. Let us know how we can help you.

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Release Notes:

Backgrounds 7.7 introduces a new layout for the Music theme, the ability to run JavaScript code for the Web theme and new shortcuts. This update also includes improvements and bug fixes.

New Features
• Adds keyboard shortcuts for Preferences
- Hold ⇧ Shift when selecting a theme in the Menu Bar or Dock menu to go directly to a theme's preferences
- Hold ⌥ Option when selecting a theme in the Menu Bar or Dock menu to change the Idle Theme
- Press '⇧⌘,' to change Preferences panes
• Adds an option to hide other apps when opening preferences
• Adds an option to hide other apps when the system is idle instead of Enter Full Screen

Music
• Adds an artwork layout

Clock
• New default rich text formats

Web
• Execute JavaScript code and set a snippet to be run when the webpage finishes loading to customize it

Improvements
• User experience, UI and general improvements
• Internal improvements
• Improves Clock's default rich text format color

Fixes
• Bug fixes


Have any feedback? We'd love to hear it at [email protected] or tweet us @BackgroundsMac

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 6.0
Review by Tech Dude with Thick Glasses

Love the App - I was looking for an app that would play something in the background (Live video) and found this app. It’s a bit different in understanding how the preferences work. Just needs some cleaning up in my opinion but don’t take it for a grain of salt. I love the app and for the price of $1 I would have happily paid $5 for it. Plays videos in the back and did a lot more than I anticipated. The one real big thing I wish it had was more example videos. Developer or Developers please use some of your own videos I think that would be a nice touch to your app! Thank you for your time reading this.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people