John's Background Switcher

Developer: John Conners

Current Version: 3.0.5

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 11.8 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, Unsplash, 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, Unsplash, 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 contains a quick fix to provide more useful information in case JBS crashes, which it wasn't doing beforehand. So hopefully you'll never notice a thing!

As always, if you encounter any problems or have any suggestions, please let me know!


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

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0.5
Review by CHSpera

Great App on Mac (and Windows) - This app is great at what it does - changing your background on any and all displays used by your computer when you want it to. I have been a Bloom County fan since the 1980's. I have all of the strips downloaded from 2015 to the time of this writing (August 2020). I use JBS to switch through them on up to 3 displays on my mac (all desktop monitors) and 3 displays on my Windows machines (2 desktop displays and a laptop display). The app is awesome on both Windows and Mac. I'm looking forward to seeing updates for JBS for Big Sur so that I can continue using it on my Macs. Its worth the cost and a well functioning app. John is also an attentive developer and responds to issues and feature requests.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.0.5
Review by Poihths

Works like a charm - Installed this on a 2019 Mac Pro (new version). The OS can't rememberr the desktop settings after a restart. It's a problem that goes back years that Apple apparently can't be bothered to address. This app fixes it. $9 well spent. By the way, the developer responded quite promptly to email with a detailed, personal reply. That's rare!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people