DeskScapes 2.0

DeskScapes 2.0 has been released by Stardock. No longer will animated wallpapers be only for people who invest in Windows Vista Ultimate. With DeskScapes 2.0, all users of Windows Vista can run animated wallpapers.

There are currently over 600 .dreams (animated wallpaper) available at the WinCustomize gallery, and more are added almost daily. There are a wide range of .dreams available such as subtle nature wallpapers, all the way to dramatic 3D rendered creations.

There is a free preview of DeskScapes available, and is available as part of the Object Desktop suite, or the stand-alone enhanced version for $19.95.

Link: DeskScapes 2.0
Download: DeskScapes 2.0 Preview
Screenshot: DeskScapes on Home Premium

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typical comments from the stardock-hating trolls who have never used a stardock app. some of you people are absolutely wastes of humanity. everytime a news item concerning stardock is posted, the trolls come out. it's amazing how they've never used the app but yet they know everything about it and it's 'failings'. btw, trolls, if you had seen the video of the rollout for vista when it was released, you would've noticed the animated wallpaper used to showcase them was one created by stardock. i'd say ms likes the way stardock does thengs, wouldn't you? go back to your momma's basement, troll-boys. when you grow up and actually pay for your rigs and software, then maybe, just maybe, your opinions will have some value.

Stop whining. Seriously, it's a product that caters to a niche' market. If you don't like it, don't use it, seriously stop being trolls.

Oh and good for Stardock and good for Frog. Whiney bitches are whiney bitches, there isn't any debate. If you don't want to use something, don't. However, don't bash something unless you've actually used it and can create an informed opinion as to why it sucks.

Reading this article makes me sick!

The people who are writing negative comments are a disgrace to this community and it looks very bad on the community as a whole!

Just like Frogboy and a few others have said: It's an animated desktop wallpaper application. If you don't want it/like it, then why comment?

Not just that, but why comment ridiculous things like "another useless Stardock app. This isn't useless. If it was useless, why would MS Windows Vista Ultimate have it? Also, I've always loved the thought of my desktop wallpaper being animated (e.g. the drops of water idea which Frogboy referred to in an earlier comment). I am indeed going to check this app out.

Another point to tell all you naive, immature, jealous, trollers is how can this be "another" useless app from Stardock? I don't know of any useless one's at the moment. I know of an amazing one called ObjectDock - you know? The one that functions just like Apple's dock but it's on Windows and is 10 times better? Hmmm again, it's a feature on another operating system, which Stardock have made available, FOR FREE, to people who can't have access to this feature. Yes... sounds very useless to me... :rolleyes:

Finally, how would you feel if you'd created something yourself and made it the success that the owner of Stardock has and then some naive, immature, jealous forum member insults that business as a whole and really lays into it, just because they are jealous?

These comments are hurtful, not constructive and make me sick!

I really wish they could be deleted by a moderator to be honest!

Really, if you have nothing nice to say at all; then keep it shut.
All you're doing is taking up space so people have to scroll further down the page. :hmmm:

I've always wanted to have a Dreamscene like application on my Home Premium laptop.

if i gotta pay for the animated stuff but the app i free i would rather use something else that allows both free not 1 way only.if u stardock were smart you would offer both free and or make something that is worth the cost.

wow, what's the point of buying a "thing" that wasn't even invented by Stardock and there's already a FREE patch which is ONE YEAR OLD, seriously, stop charge people money Stardock. What i am talking about? Well, maybe that bunch of bugs that makes WB6 useless, for example, when i drag a window it drags the edges of the window, and when i stop the window and move it again it lefts the edges on the desktop, how nice, who wants screenshots of the edges on the desktop? Also, some programs doesn't even show the minimize/maximize/close buttons after opened when WB6 is running, wonderful. And fixes for WB? A fix in a half year, and when there's luck. Fix your apps bugs and then ask for money IF your products are functional, even free products are far better, like the MSSTyles, ALWAYS work and they're FREE.

Why should we pay for a thing that already exists?

(moderator hat on) do not post links to illegal patches. DreamScenes is a Windows Ultimate only feature, linking to cracks violates our rules (moderator hat off)

Oh wait, the Deskcapes videos? And? They are just converted videos, nothing else. 2008 FAIL, yet again by Stardock, congrats. x)

In other words, you didn't even try it.

1) Nearly all the animated wallpapers are in .dream format which require DeskScapes.

2) DeskScapes includes dynamic content and the free version includes some really awesome free dynamic animated wallpapers like water flowing on top of your wallpaper.

(EL1TE said @ #14)
even free products are far better, like the MSSTyles, ALWAYS work and they're FREE.

So tell me EL1TE why are Visual Styles better? I presume you are comparing it with Windowblinds. Let's hear your comparison - side by side - of what both products are capable of

I am glad the Beta is over.. I installed the beta and couldn't install any other dreamscape files. I will play with this later.

It doesn't speak well of the Neowin community at times like this when you see so many hateful people.

It's an animated wallpaper program. If you don't want it, then don't download it.

Only thing is, the link should be to a video rather than a jpg of the product in use. Since its ability to move is part of the reason for using it, should let us see movement. I know some of the previews do have that feature, but especially to a post made here, the link should be more useful.
Perhaps it might dissuade some of the negative comments. I don't mind people being critical but often it goes further than just an opinion.
I actually feel a static background is less useful than a moving one. I like to keep my desktop interesting and ever changing, and a program like this aids quite a lot in that endeavor.

lollerskates @ the stardock hate fest

I love the compulsion to shout from the mountain tops when something isnt 'your bag'. I don't run any stardock software, but come on fruitloops, some of that stuff looks slick.

I use the one that comes with Vista Ultimate and I like it a lot. The point of the dynamic wallpaper is not for you to sit there watching it all day (after all it's just a loop video). After couple hours of using full screen application closing/minimizing it and see this refreshing dynamic wallpaper is nice (maybe it's just me..the rest of you probably like to see still picture). I particually like the one show a stream of water flowing. Anyway, it's a nice app and if you don't have Vista Ultimate it might be worth it (depends on your taste). My favorite app from Star Dock so far is still the ObjectDock though.

Your post sums it up nicely. It's definitely refreshing to see some of these moving glimpses of nature occasionally throughout the day. It's like having a really crappy window in your cubicle.

Yes, this world should be flat and gray. Art, expression, beauty... What a crock! It's white walls all the way for me, too! Once I felt really crazy and painted a room beige. Gave me the heeby jeebies!

That is perhaps the most hideous visual style I have ever seen, even in the Win95 days. I think my eyes are bleeding.

Back on topic; more than any other reason, it's the conduct of this site, and the behavior of Frogboy in relation to Stardock postings, and his general attitude, that has poisoned my opinion of that company. But, I'll probably get warned for saying this, or a 3-day temp ban, my comment might vanish or be edited, and there will be a slew of paid forum posters all over this thread in minutes.

Can't wait. Always fun to watch.

(Drakesh said @ #6.1)
That is perhaps the most hideous visual style I have ever seen, even in the Win95 days. I think my eyes are bleeding.

Back on topic; more than any other reason, it's the conduct of this site, and the behavior of Frogboy in relation to Stardock postings, and his general attitude, that has poisoned my opinion of that company. But, I'll probably get warned for saying this, or a 3-day temp ban, my comment might vanish or be edited, and there will be a slew of paid forum posters all over this thread in minutes.

Can't wait. Always fun to watch.

If I see someone who isn't a Neowin mod/paid poster defend this then I'll be surprised. If I see 5 such people defend it I'll probably kill myself.

This is just more stardock bloatware trash.

(Pewpew12 said @ #6.2)

If I see someone who isn't a Neowin mod/paid poster defend this then I'll be surprised. If I see 5 such people defend it I'll probably kill myself.

This is just more stardock bloatware trash.

Yet I use Stardock's products (including DeskScapes). I'm not a mod (or even a paying Neowin subscriber).

For a similar example outside of Windows, take a good look at SmithMicro (formerly Unsanity) and their various haxies for MacOS (both Tiger and Leopard). Fancy desktops (regardless of what OS you run) are like fancy clothes: not everybody's cup of coffee or tea.

One down, and four to go....

(Pewpew12 said @ #6.2)

If I see someone who isn't a Neowin mod/paid poster defend this then I'll be surprised. If I see 5 such people defend it I'll probably kill myself.

This is just more stardock bloatware trash.

To each their own I guess. I've got the space on my HD so I'm not too concerned about installing another app that makes the think I look at all day look a little bit better. Maybe I don't understand how you are using the term "bloatware".

It's worth it to me. App runs well. Lots of content at WC. Improves my interaction with the PC. Win.

(Pewpew12 said @ #6.2)
This is just more stardock bloatware trash.

What makes it "bloatware" if someone else wants to use it? Why are you commenting on this when it's obviously of no interest to you? There are a lot of people out there that enjoy customizing their workspace just as people enjoy Fast-and-Furiousizing their Hondas, decorating their homes, or landscaping their yard. Back off. Just because the product is there, that doesn't mean it's meant for you, and nor does it mean it deserves your negative comments.

(Pewpew12 said @ #6.2)

If I see someone who isn't a Neowin mod/paid poster defend this then I'll be surprised. If I see 5 such people defend it I'll probably kill myself.

This is just more stardock bloatware trash.

And you don't have to use it. Just don't get all butthurt when Stardock releases something *other* people might want.
Troll post is troll. All Aboard the Failboat.

I've never seen anything useful come out of Stardock. I'm a Windows Classic user with a black desktop, and that's the way I like it.

This isn't going to entice me to change.

Wow, then obviously this post is not geared toward you! I believe the exoression is something like "tragically born without a personality..."

Wow, then obviously this news post is not geared toward you! I believe the expression is something like "tragically born without a personality..."

(_dandy_ said @ #4)
I've never seen anything useful come out of Stardock. I'm a Windows Classic user with a black desktop, and that's the way I like it.

This isn't going to entice me to change.

Some of their games are quite good.

(Skwerl said @ #4.1)
Wow, then obviously this post is not geared toward you! I believe the exoression is something like "tragically born without a personality..."

Indeed, choosing a pretty desktop environment over a functional one tells me all I need to know about one's personality.

Stardock hasn't even released an SDK for dynamic dreams, and they want you to pay for it?

Just support Andreas's efforts. At least DesktopFX has a working SDK.

(Xenomorph said @ #2)
Yay!

Now I can PAY for animated wallpaper!

Another crippled, useless application by stardock. Why don't they just make something usefull like Virtual Desktop's.

Either way, this fails. *Money stays in wallet*

Funny how before it's released, there is nothing but people constantly asking when is it going to come out. How exactly this "fails" because you don't want to pay for it is beyond me.

(Island Dog said @ #2.2)
Funny how before it's released, there is nothing but people constantly asking when is it going to come out. How exactly this "fails" because you don't want to pay for it is beyond me.

Why would anyone want to pay for their desktop background to move. If you are prepared to waste money on such a useless application then thats your loss.

You can sit and watch your 'cool' background move all day, good luck.

Why would anyone want to pay for their desktop background to move. If you are prepared to waste money on such a useless application then thats your loss.

It's really irrelevant if *you* think it's useless, that doesn't change the fact that people want this type of application, and the demand for it has been clear especially in the last few months.

(Island Dog said @ #2.4)

It's really irrelevant if *you* think it's useless, that doesn't change the fact that people want this type of application, and the demand for it has been clear especially in the last few months.

What demand? Where?

(Drakesh said @ #2.5)
What demand? Where?

Not to defend stardock, but remember that this feature is in Vista Ultimate, it's not something stardock came up with. They are just making an alternative version. I'm sure there's enough demand for it that Microsoft abandon things like WinFS so that it is in Vista Ultimate.

But yeah, +1 for another useless app from Stardock.

(tom01 said @ #2.3)

Why would anyone want to pay for their desktop background to move. If you are prepared to waste money on such a useless application then thats your loss.

You can sit and watch your 'cool' background move all day, good luck.

The MoveOn.org founders became rich by selling screensavers which show toasters moving across the screen. There will always be people who simply like to decorate their system and buy this stuff. This doesn't make this software genre newsworthy though. I realize the Stardock owner is part of the neowin staff and surely pays to keep this site alive but lately the Stardock "news" are coming a bit too frequent for my taste.

Actually Stardock does have something more "useful" like Virtual Desktops, because it is Virtual Desktops. Personally I think its a little weak but it does the job. It is only available with their excellent Object Desktop Subscription, but well worth the money for what you get with it. Also with the subscription you get this Deskcapes program, a good deal all around.

Sure the animated wallpaper isn't necessary for everyone, but its pretty nice to use to give you something more than static backgrounds.

somehow I got this in the wrong reply section, sorry

(tom01 said @ #2.1)

Another crippled, useless application by stardock. Why don't they just make something usefull like Virtual Desktop's.

Either way, this fails. *Money stays in wallet*

You mean like Stardock Virtual Desktops? Part Of Object Desktop

All aboard the failboat.