Wallpaper changer, Variety 0.4.10, released with Media RSS support, World Sunlight Map and refinements
Variety is a handy wallpaper changer, presenting itself as a lightweight yet effective wallpaper selector, selection process implemented via a double-sided approach: local (the user is able to select, as wallpaper sources, folders containing images) and online (users can add numerous online sources from where Variety downloads, selects and sets wallpapers).
Variety has been updated to version 0.4.10, bringing new interesting wallpaper sources, as well as refining its interface and used images' maneuvering.
Media RSS is an RSS extension useful to push syndicated multimedia files (such as images) into compatible Media RSS applications, similarly to "regular" RSS feeds.
Variety 0.4.10 introduces support for Media RSS, meaning, wallpapers can be downloaded and used for the desktop from Media RSS-compatible websites, such as Picasa, deviantART, Flickr, etc.
In order to add a Media RSS, navigate to
Variety appindicator-->Preferences-->General-->Add-->Media RSS and paste a compatible weblink (like for instance http://backend.deviantart.com/rss.xml?q=in%3Aphotography+sort%3Atime , http://backend.deviantart.com/rss.xml?q=special%3Add , http://backend.deviantart.com/rss.xml?q=collections%3Anewest , etc; for further deviantART Media RSS feeds, navigate to http://help.deviantart.com/335/ , under Media RSS).
World Sunlight Map is a real time live Earth wallpaper, that exposes on the desktop a global map with both day and night parts.
Checking the available sources, downloads and sets as walls numerous wallpapers from numerous sources, in order to accurately observe a specific source of a specific used wallpaper, click on
Variety appindicator-->Display Source, action that exposes the source, as well as the source's generated image sequence.
Locating a specific image (in cases like just-about-to-copy-an-image-the-image-"disappears") is to be performed under
Variety appindicator-->Recent Downloads, action that summons a fancy bottom area, area displaying the recently downloaded images with big-sized clear thumbnails (clicking on a bottom-bar thumbnail, sets the image as wallpaper).
Simplicity is part of the new 0.4.10 version, simplicity implemented as grouping related actions into a main category, meaning,
Fast Forward and
Resume have been incorporated under Variety appindicator's
Along with the mentioned features and refinements, Variety 0.4.10 brings command-line support, consequently, by typing
variety --help in a terminal, exposes the available commands.
How do we install Variety 0.4.10?
Add the following official PPA (Precise)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety