Use stunning live wallpapers on your desktop. Animate your own images to create new wallpapers or import videos/websites and share them on Steam Workshop!
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Oct 10, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access will allow me to ensure stability and compatibility for a wider range of systems and focus on expanding features that users need the most. Since a multitude of wallpaper types are supported, I need to figure out which kind of wallpapers are most commonly used and then prioritize further developing those and making them as good as they can be.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“Until late 2018.”

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

“The full version will include more wallpapers and features. There is no specific plan on how many wallpapers and which features will be added, as that will depend on the feedback gathered during early access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Wallpaper Engine includes 13 wallpapers, Steam Workshop support, an editor to create wallpapers of any kind and a multitude of options to tweak and personalize the application. Everything required for a first release is available and the application should be working well.”

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

“Yes! The price during Early Access is a little bit lower than the final price to accommodate the additional content and improved overall experience that will be added during the Early Access period. If you purchase the application now, you will not have to pay anything extra after Early Access - you will get all new content and improvements as they are being added now.”

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

“The community will help shaping Wallpaper Engine through the Steam Forums and built-in feedback methods in the application. The future of Wallpaper Engine will be based on which kind of wallpapers are received well and which additional new features Workshop creators could make use of.

Finally, in case you are experiencing any bugs or problems, I will assist you and work on resolving the issue as soon as possible.”
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September 21

Patch Released - Hotkeys, Layout Profiles (Build 1.0.1424)

Solutions for common issues caused by Steam/Windows
Steamworks unavailable
Verification issue while updating
Content file locked / Disk write error / Content encrypted

Hey all,

This patch adds support for global hotkeys and basic wallpaper profiles.

You can assign hotkeys to a number of playback and general functions or to switch to specific wallpapers and playlists. Most hotkeys are configured in the settings window:

Every hotkey needs to use one or multile modifier keys (Ctrl, Alt, Shift) and a usual key in combination to work.

To assign hotkeys to specific wallpapers, playlists or profiles, you need to right click a wallpaper in the browser or save a playlist/profile with a hotkey:

Wallpaper Profiles
If you have multiple monitors, you can now save and load the entire wallpaper configuration to a 'profile' in the monitor menu:

Then they can be restored from there, via a hotkey or also via the tray menu:

You can now also choose to disable the application warning per downloaded wallpaper in the dialog that pops up every time an application wallpaper is chosen:

Full changelog

  • Added hotkey system.
  • Added hotkeys for existing playback/window/general features.
  • Added user hotkeys to select wallpapers/playlists/profiles.
  • Added icon hide/show via hotkey.
  • Added audio recordiing on/off via hotkey.
  • Added layout profiles save/load to monitor menu.
  • Added checkbox to disable application warning per wallpaper.

  • Improved crash message text if it's not possible to easily figure out which application caused the crash.
  • Fixed video framework not falling back to LAV if MF had an error twice.
  • Fixed crash when a corrupted material file could not be read from drive.

  • Changed playlist to advance even if the window is kept open except for the time of day mode, because that is impossible. Leaving the window open is still a bad idea because the window is more expensive to display than the wallpapers themselves. To make Steam track hours after launching, use the start parameter -steamtrackhours in Steam instead.
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August 20

Patch Released - New Playlist Features and Fixes (Build 1.0.1394)

Solutions for common issues caused by Steam/Windows
Steamworks unavailable
Verification issue while updating
Content file locked / Disk write error / Content encrypted

Hey all,

This update adds a number of playlist features like a 'time of day' mode and fixes a few general issues.

You can now assign wallpapers to a specific time, change the playlist mode to 'time of day' to get started.

By default, all wallpapers will be mapped equally across the day, but you can drag the start or end of an interval to lock them to a specific time, then an orange bar will appear and show you the time it's locked to.

You can also add the same wallpaper to a playlist multiple times now and specify a custom time interval for the timer as well:

General Playlist Updates
All saved playlists are available from the tray menu now for instant access. They will be applied to all monitors if you have multiple.

If you're using the 'stop' playback option and a playlist, it should now fall back to the previously selected wallpaper instead of always picking a new one every time.

Steam Freeze PSA
Since weeks now, a faulty Steam update causes Steam to freeze when Workshop downloads complete while Wallpaper Engine's browser is open. I am aware of this and so is Valve. Only Valve can fix this. This problem is inside Steam.

Full changelog

  • Added notice about how Steam deletes files after unsub with a delay.
  • Added support for custom playlist time.
  • Made it possible to freeze playlist and only manually advance it.
  • Added saved playlists item to tray menu.
  • Added Windows networkthrottlekey to setup because MS won't fix Windows any time soon.
  • Added NPOT support to particle shader.
  • Added playlist time of day option.
  • Made it possible to have the same wallpaper multiple times in a playlist.

  • Fixed focus pause all not saving.
  • Disabled wallpaper drag/drop unless mouse button 1 is used.
  • Fixed playlist crashing when it's only containing invalid wallpapers.
  • Fixed playlist changing wallpaper after stop was applied.
  • Disabled shift/ctrl select on workshop tabs since it's not supported there.
  • Disabled playlist update while browser is open so that the time of day playlists don't constantly revert the selected wallpaper.
  • Fixed Workshop advertise blink not resetting as soon as it should.
  • Fixed saved playlist settings also being modified when changing them live on a monitor.

  • Added Razer Switchblade FPS detection since it's yet another hook that crashes everything.
  • Disabled webm Workshop import because people kept uploading expensive videos and we get spammed with complaints about their CPU performance. There is just no hardware acceleration for this available so now it's gone until Google adds that. You can still use them locally of course, just not upload them.
  • Improved mdmp crash message information about the countless hooks crashing WE.
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About This Software

Wallpaper Engine enables you to use live wallpapers on your Windows desktop. Various types of wallpaper are supported, including 3D and 2D animations, websites, videos and even certain applications. Choose an existing wallpaper or create your own and share it on Steam Workshop!

  • Bring your desktop alive with realtime graphics, videos, applications or websites.
  • Personalize your wallpapers with your favorite colors.
  • Use interactive wallpapers that can be controlled with your mouse.
  • Support for many aspect ratios and native resolutions including 16:9, 21:9, 16:10, 4:3.
  • Support for multi monitor environments.
  • Wallpapers will pause while playing games.
  • Create your own wallpapers with the Wallpaper Editor.
  • Animate new live wallpapers from static images or import HTML or video files for the wallpaper.
  • Use the Steam Workshop to share your wallpapers.
  • Wallpaper Engine can be used in parallel to any other Steam game or application.
  • Supported video formats: mp4, WebM (Workshop); mp4, WebM, avi, m4v, mov, wmv (local files).

Wallpaper Engine aims to deliver an entertaining experience while using as few system resources as possible. To not distract or hinder you while playing a game or working, you can choose to automatically pause or completely stop the wallpaper while using another application or playing fullscreen (including borderless windowed mode). Various options to tweak quality and performance exist to make Wallpaper Engine suit your needs. As a general rule of thumb, 3D, 2D and video based wallpapers will perform best, while websites and applications will require more resources from your system. Having a dedicated GPU is highly recommended, but not required.

The Steam Workshop integration will allow you to share your own wallpapers with the Steam community. Using the Wallpaper Editor, you can create 3D and 2D wallpapers by importing pictures or 3D models and textures. Video, web and application wallpapers are created by simply importing your files into the editor and pushing them to Workshop as a wallpaper. All wallpapers on Workshop are ready-to-use and can either be distributed for free or a price of your choice.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 (with Aero), 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 1.66 GHz Intel i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: HD Graphics 4000 or above
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows N versions require the 'Media Feature Pack' from Microsoft. Aero must be enabled on Windows 7. High contrast mode is not supported. Max video res. Windows 8, 10: 4K, Windows 7: 1080p
    • OS: Windows 8.1, 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, AMD HD7870, 2 GB VRAM or above
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1024 MB available space

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