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Wally for Mac turns your desktop into an automated, randomized slideshow using photos from your hard drive, online image libraries, or both. The application offers many options for customization and performs its tasks well.
We downloaded Wally for Mac’s package installer, which ran without any issues. Settings were accessible via an icon on the menu bar. Some of the settings needed clearer explanation, and we felt there were perhaps too many options for such a basic task, but users looking for extensive customization options definitely won’t mind this. In the app’s settings we were able to choose from multiple sources such as files, folders, folders available on a network, and online sources such as Buzznet, Flickr, Google, Picasa, deviantART, and similar. We selected a few local folders with photos, and also configured a few online resources. For our first online source we chose Flickr, and then were prompted to enter keywords for the program to search for — we chose “HDR.” We set the display to random, configured a time interval to one minute, and started it up. Our desktop background changed exactly as it was supposed to. When setting up options for each source the user can also check the “Save photos” option and choose the location where the program will save files. This isn’t a bad idea if you wish to save the photos that are displayed. To reach folders available on a network, the program will connect via FTP and will require a server address, port, username, and password for authentication.
Wally for Mac offers an all-in-one wallpaper changer that is highly customizable and feature packed. This application will be appreciated by users who wish to freshen up their desktop but have no time to search for wallpapers.