Animated wall app, LiveWallpaper, adds appindicator, settings dialog and Nexus animation
LiveWallpaper is an interesting utility, designed with changing the "flat" static desktop wallpaper with an animated "moving" wallpaper, approach generating a fancy eyecandy animated wall.
Days ago, LiveWallpaper was released as a stand-alone utility, shifting from a Compiz plugin to an actual singular app, thus allowing users to hassle-free install, remove, launch the tool without the need of extra applications, checking various options, etc.
As an application, LiveWallpaper is expressed via an appindicator and a handy preferences dialog, pieces suitable to enable/disable the animated walls, as well as modifying available configuration options.
After the installation, its appindicator is enabled (to run) at startup, consequently, after the login, Unity panel gains a monitor-like icon; starting/stopping the live wall is as simple as checking/unchecking
LiveWallpaper appindicator-->LiveWallpaper, action that summons the animated wall on the desktop, as well as stopping it, latter maneuver that reverts the desktop to its previously-set regular wallpaper (basically, the user is able to fully control the showing/hiding of the live wall, yet, hiding it, immediately displays the user's wall on the desktop, without visual artifacts, dark "blank" background, the need to manually set a wall, etc).
LiveWallpaper appindicator-->LiveWallpaper Settings opens a useful dialog, where numerous functionalities are exposed, such as:
Autostart(setting it ON, "forces" the animated wall to run at startup)
FPS Limit(the default value is
50, yet, the user can modify the mentioned value accordingly; in order to generate a better performance, the value is to be set lower, thus a value of
20is more suitable for a low-spec computer)
The animated wall is rendered with its own particles and background, nevertheless, the app comes with numerous options useful to adjust the rendered animated wall, such as
Background image (after
Use Custom Background is switched ON, selecting a
Background image --a regular image--, pushes the image as LiveWallpaper's background, basically, rendering the animation onto the custom image).
Furthermore, the background can be selected as a preferred color, meaning, selecting a color for
Primary Color, adds the color to the left-side of the screen, selecting a color for
Secondary Color, adds the color to the right-side side of the screen (essentially, creating a mix of colors as background for the animation).
As animations, LiveWallpaper features Galaxy and Nexus, switching between them is to be performed by checking them (via the
How do we install LiveWallpaper 0.3?
Add the following official PPA (Precise, Quantal)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install livewallpaper livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator
In order to completely disable the enabled-at-startup LiveWallpaper, navigate to
Startup Applications-->uncheck LiveWallpaper livewallpaper-indicator
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