Better than Expected
After reading some of the reviews I was worried the gifs would be sluggish or stuttery, but after trying several (with a few resource intensive apps running - Photoshop, VLC, Transmission, Chrome, & Steam) I was pleasantly surprised to learn that was not the case. The scalable option is nice, altho I wish that you could set the background (which frames the gif) to a picture, as of now you can only select colors, but really thats a minor nitpick. There are three options for scaling the gif file, which are adequate but do leave room for improvement. I haven’t yet tried it while using a second monitor, so I’m not sure how well that will work, but overall it seems to be running very nicely. My tech specs: 2.8 GHz i7 Processor, 16 GB DDR3 Memory, Intel Iris 1536MB Graphics Card. I am docking 1 Star because I think there is room for improvement. The option to have a background picture that frames the gif for example, or, better yet, the option to use gif files that have transparencies over your existing desktop wallpaper. Also a few more options couldn’t hurt (the ability to change playback speed, loop time -infinite, reverse, palindrome-, an option to cycle through a folder of gif files) but overall its a good app as it stands.
I really like this application. It has allowed me to set some pretty cool backgrounds… although there is one MAJOR flaw. The gif playback is extremely slow, I would love if you could add a slider to your gif selection tool so that someone could edit the speed at which the gif plays. I understand that will cause more CPU usage although that is no problem to many of us with higher end computers. It will also allow the owners of slower computers to turn down the refresh rate.
The screenshots for this application must be outdated, as I don’t see the “Low CPU Usage Mode” checkbox as shown here. Also, this application is only ok so far. The gif’s I want to use end up playing extremely slow… so the animation that I found to look great when viewing my gif (before setting as wallpaper) is not what I see once I set as wallpaper… it would sure be great if it just played gifs at the same speed as every other application… kinda sad :( If the speed was fixed, then this is exactly what everyone would be looking for. I want animated GIF wallpapers that animate at the proper speed please.
Have a desktop? Buy it. Have a laptop? Depends.
I’ve been searching for an application to use a great .gif I have as a wallpaper on my Macbook Air and this was just the thing I needed! It works well and has an option to choose a color to fill in the rest of your desktop. Unfortunately, the power drain on this is huge. On Mavericks, Activity Monitor says it has an Energy Impact of around 40.0 when running. Although it does what I want, it’s hard to recommend when it won’t do it for very long before it causes my battery to die. If you have a desktop, go ahead and buy it! If you have a laptop, decide if it’ll be worth buying just to have on when you’re home or draining your battery.
This app does exactly what it says.
I love this app.I've been wanting to use animated gifs for wallpaper for a long time.This app definitely works exactly as advertised.It'd be nice to have some extra options like speeding up the animation.I hope stuff like that can show up in the future.