Desktop Effects is an application that adds special effects to your desktop. Forget the old boring and static wallpaper! Show a dynamic photo slideshow on your desktop, or just use it to scribble notes.

  • Now Experimentally Supports Windows XP!
  • Added Vista x64 binaries – you will need to manually regsvr32 all of the DLLs

Requirements

  • Now Experimentally Supports Windows XP!
  • Windows Vista with Windows Aero (must be running)
  • A sufficient graphic card – most Aero capable cards will do, except for some onboard cards.

Screenshot of the Fire effect

A fire effect that follows the mouse.

Screenshot of the Snow effect

Snow flakes falling on the desktop.

Screenshot of the Snow effect

WMV Video with some small examples of Ave Desktop Effect’s running

Using

Right-click on an empty space of your desktop and choose the `Configure Desktop Effects’ item.

Screenshot of the Desktop Effects menu entry

Configuring

After accessing the configuration menu through a right-click on the desktop, you will be able to pick any of the installed effects:

Screenshot of the Desktop Effects configuration dialog

Select `Default Wallpaper’ for no effect. The individual effects can configured by double-clicking on them or by selecting them and then clicking on the `Configure’ button.

Download

A preview version of Desktop Effects can be downloaded, that will expire on February 14, 2008.

Make sure you have the following packages installed:

Download Installer ā€” Important: this version will expire on February 14, 2008

Download 64-bit files ā€” Important: this version will expire on February 14, 2008 (you will need to regsvr32 all DLLs yourself)

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