I have recently installed a nifty application called Desktoptopia, and I am fairly impressed with the usefulness and quality this application provides. It used to be a pay-for application, but now it is free. Desktoptopia essentially gives you the ability to subscribe to pictorial feeds, and with this ability, you can keep your desktop fresh with new and changing content.
This video, unfortunately, does not show off the ability to subscribe to feeds of pictures, but it is an awesome functionality. I mean, for example, if you go to a Flickr group, then go to all the pictures contained within that group, and finally click on the “pool” feed near the bottom of the page, you can paste that link to the feed into Desktoptopia and have those pics streaming to your desktop in no time.
There is a catch—Desktoptopia seems to be integrating a way to make money from their efforts, but I can’t knock them for that. The application reserves a special feed for advertisers. I have a “films” feed activated that I can not disabled, and I am certain that hollywood would appreciate the opportunity to advertise on our desktops. I hope it won’t be too distracting, and there were no pictures in that group at the time of testing the application, but it seems a small price to pay (especially if the advertiser’s backgrounds are cool) for a great application.
There is an alternative, and that would be DeskLickr which I have previously used as well. Unfortunately, the application will work for awhile, but then the pictures will stop rotating for some unknown reason. I have yet to figure out why, but if any of you have experienced the same issue, then please let me know. It does work as advertised, but that minor quirk with it is fairly disappointing.