A small and lightweight tool to display gifs and images on your desktop.
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Jan 5, 2021

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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“It is still in development and I haven't implemented all planned features yet.
But the basic functionality is given and overall it is stable enough to use.

My goal is to have a very simple to use and lightweight app to enhance your desktop experience.

Not only should it be used for animated GIFs on your desktop, but also should be recognized as a productivity tool for creative people.

But before this status is met, I thought it would be a good idea to release it in an early access state.

I have a clear vision of the final release state of Desktop Panels, but I can never be sure if it is the best when nobody is using it. This app should not only meet my expectations and visions after release but also those of the community. Therefore a small Community around it would be great to collect feedback, tips, and bug requests.

Overall, an early access version will help a lot in the development process.
It will help me to have an overview of the app and how it is performing on different setups.
I can prioritize Bug and feature requests easier while developing.
And of course, it will speed up the development process until the completion of the app.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“I have a full-time job and can only work on it in my free time.
One of the main goals is to have a working Steam Workshop implementation.
Therefore I try my best to release it in Q4 2021.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Release Versions should have plenty more features because
it is currently not in a state to call it a "productivity tool" yet.

Desktop Panels should enhance the entire desktop experience.
With Desktop Panels I want to reach out to the Gaming, Anime, and Streaming industry but also the creative people like Artists, Developers, and other Content Creators.

The following features and changes are planned for the release:

  • Sticky panels to attach to windows.
  • Instant panel creation for folder content (e.g. screenshot folder).
  • Saving of multiple configurations.
  • Sharing of configurations (Steam Workshop).
  • More useful UI
  • Small settings window for each panel.
  • Changing the speed of the gifs.
  • Some functions to help with corrupted gifs.

Note: At the time you are reading this some of the features may already be available.

There will be probably more and more to consider while creating these features.
Especially the feedback of the community.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of Desktop Panels is a stable-enough version that provides some functions.
The current features are listed in the "About this software" section below and also on the Desktop Panels Website (click on "visit the website" on the shop page)”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“I don't have any plans for changing the price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Even if there is a lot to implement and less time for me to develop I am always willing to collect feedback, ideas, and bug reports while developing.

For usage please visit the Desktop Panels website. (click on "visit the website" on the shop page)
For Feedback please write a review. I would love to read it.
For Bugs please use the Steam discussion board for Desktop Panels
For feature and idea requests please use my frill.co @ knakra.frill.co”
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About This Software

Desktop Panels - Display gifs and images on your desktop

Desktop Panels is a small tool to easily display gifs and images on your desktop.

For usage please visit the Desktop Panels Homepage (click on "visit the website" on the shop page)
Simple usage is explained below.

Desktop Panels is making its way to become a productivity tool.
Not only can you display gifs and images on your desktop, but also can enhance your entire desktop experience.

There are a lot of ways Desktop Panels can be used - be creative.

Current state and features:

  • Moving and scaling by mouse actions
  • Very simple UI and easy to use
  • Mostly based on drag & drop actions and mouse controls
  • Works with common formats like GIF, PNG, BMP, and JPEG including transparency
  • Transparent areas don't affect the OS
  • Control opacity for all panels
  • Control speed for animated panels
  • Less CPU and RAM usage. (You can still play any game or do other stuff)
  • Saving and loading of configurations
  • Always-On-Top can be toggled for each panel
  • Panels can be locked
  • Panels can be set Click-Through
  • Autostart

Simple usage - More advanced features will be available later in the UI

  • Drag&Drop your gif and image files into the main window to create a panel.
  • Hold the left mouse button to move it.
  • Hold the right mouse button and use the scroll wheel to resize it.
  • Double-click to toggle the panel options (contains options for a panel).
  • Triple-click or use the delete button in the Panel-Options to remove a panel.
  • You can close the Desktop Panels window. It will minimize it to the tray.
  • The UI can be opened again with a double-click on the tray icon.
  • Right-click on the tray icon to open the menu. Here you can save and load your default configuration.
  • The Autostart option is also toggled in the tray icon menu.
  • Mode advanced features are available in the UI...


Here are some scenarios of how Desktop Panels can be used:
  • Have your favorite animated character on your Desktop. (of course)
  • Watermark screenshots and recordings.
  • Use icons and symbols to prototype UI
  • Use images as a reference while drawing
  • Using it as an image viewer (because the windows gallery app sucks and has a window)
  • Using icons and shapes while presenting


While developing Desktop Panels she came to life

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Any x64
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Any x64
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 69 MB available space

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