Your Mac is not an easily customized or personalized device thanks to Apple’s know-it-all mode which determines what you can change and what you cannot. You can hide or move the Dock. Make the Menubar translucent. What else?
Not much. Oh, the Desktop wallpaper and the screensaver. Those can be customized a bit but one way to make your Mac really become your Mac is with John’s Background Switcher for Mac. Consider this a blatant plug for something you won’t find elsewhere on planet earth. A guy who loves the Mac so much he loses sleep over it.
John’s Background Switcher is a utility which places full-screen photos and photo montages on your Mac’s Desktop wallpaper. It costs a few bucks but lets you choose your own photos or those available on Facebook, 500px, Flickr, Pinterest and other online locations.
What you get is an amazing variety of full screen photos and images, either individual or as a montage. That means you get some customizability options to suite your tastes and workflow.
- Display single photos or randomly generated montages on the Desktop
- Choose photos or images from folders on your Mac or from Photos albums
- Add photos from Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, SmugMug or other online sites
- Add RSS photo feeds from other sources
- Display photos on multiple displays connected to your Mac (same or different)
- Change the switch options from every 10 seconds to ever 7 days
What’s not to like?
John’s Background Switcher is available from John or from the Mac App Store (more expensive) and helps to maintain your privacy because nothing goes back to John (except the update request).
Why the price tag for something that Apple puts into every Mac already?
First, Background Switcher does more, so that makes it worth a few dollars. Second, John stays up late at night to make it better and pull in photos from more sites.
By charging a nominal fee for JBS for Mac I can add photo sites that don’t have free APIs, justify to myself why I stay up late nights working on it when I should be sleeping and it ensures I owe it to you to keep adding new features and making JBS for Mac better with every version. Don’t worry though, selling JBS for Mac doesn’t come anywhere near covering the development costs as you can read here – so by buying a copy you will not be making me rich, but you will be ensuring JBS for Mac keeps getting new features for years to come!
Seems like a fair deal to me. John’s love for the Mac shows. Meanwhile, Adobe and Microsoft have spawned the revolutionary subscription software model which means higher prices and ongoing payments for software. Revolutionary? Yeah. That’s why I support John.