DeskScapes 3 released

DeskScapes 3 is an application which gives users of Windows 7, Vista, and XP the ability to display animated wallpapers. DeskScapes 3 is a major update, and offers support for Windows 7 and a host of new features.

Features:

  • Hybrid .dreams - These are animated wallpapers which are a mix of static wallpapers and animated parts.
  • New UI - DeskScapes 3 has a completely new user interface which includes a live preview window.
  • Effects - You can apply a variety of effects to .dreams which enhanced the look of the .dreams.
DeskScapes 3 also has native 64-bit support, and support for the new Windows Compositor in Windows 7 which will allow animated wallpapers to have little or no effect on system resources.
Download: DeskScapes 3 (free trial, $19.95)
Screenshot: New User Interface
Link: DeskScapes 3

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Thanks for your offer to write your own version and release it for free, I along with others no doubt, look forward to it very soon!

Lol +1. Give it a shot and see how far you go. Please keep it low on the Ram and CPU usage. Would you possible implement GPU as well as dual core so we can watch HD content without any visible lag? Thanks!

so microsoft yanked dreamscenes off Windows 7 to allow Stardock to sell this? :(

i want my dreamscenes back, not deskscape....

They discontinued the Ultimate "Extras" because the whole thing turned out to be an embarrasing failure. They are releasing the Ultimate Extra games as free for all versions of Vista and 7 in the near future, though nothing has been said about Dreamscenes yet.

mocax said,
so microsoft yanked dreamscenes off Windows 7 to allow Stardock to sell this? :(

i want my dreamscenes back, not deskscape.... :(


No, because DeskScapes was originally created for Vista.

Stardock should change their name to "nineteen ninety-five software inc.".

Looks nice I suppose.
Are there many good quality 1920x1200 animated wallpapers available?

Does this have any uses other than eye candy? I don't change my wallpaper that much, because when I'm on my computer I'm using it and not staring at the desktop.

What I always thought would be kinda-cool is if there were a wall paper package that showed a more gradual change throughout the day. Like a mountain view that would have a sunrise and sunset and then into night time with changes that were very subtle. That would be kinda cool.

Wasn't there a plan for scripted dreams back when the first Vista version came out? Like a dream that would show an outside scene that saw the sun rise, set, the moon rise and set in real-time. There was even talk of linking it into weather reports too so that same scene would show rain, snow, sunshine, etc along with the sun/moon rise/fall.

Pretty ambitious I thought, but would be very cool. Never heard anything about that after the initial discussion though.

^ If it could be confirmed that the app does indeed do transitional scenes based on time of day and/or weather conditions, I would be my first SD purchase in years and years.

Note to Brad: If this could be confirmed, or maybe added in an update/future version, you'd have yourself a new customer.

iamwhoiam said,
^ If it could be confirmed that the app does indeed do transitional scenes based on time of day and/or weather conditions, I would be my first SD purchase in years and years.

Note to Brad: If this could be confirmed, or maybe added in an update/future version, you'd have yourself a new customer.

hehe..i think I would be a new customer too. I had this feature in Vista Ultimate and found the whole thing too jittery and unnecessary. Once you saw one loop of the video on your desktop it was pure *yawn*. But scripted desktop backgrounds that were dependent on time-of-day would be the ****.

Be great if that were to happen. Probs might buy it but meh, I can live without it. Be nice if there was something for Linux users...

sweetleaf said,
+1

Should be free. And they wonder why there are pirates!


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Island Dog said,
Software costs to develop and support. That is how the world works. Having a price is not an excuse for piracy. ;)

10 dollars would be a fair price for that

if stardock didnt cost so much for their crappy products ppl wouldnt pirate it as much
i for one, will pirate it

The ability to display animated wallpaper is nice, but it's not something I consider to be worth of 20 dollars (or the GBP equivalent).

TCLN Ryster said,
The ability to display animated wallpaper is nice, but it's not something I consider to be worth of 20 dollars (or the GBP equivalent).

Well, you don't have to buy it. :)

$20 seems fairly reasonable to me, and just because the product seems simple, doesn't mean it wasn't a large project.