DreamScene is an extra feature that ships with Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate only. It allows users to replace a standard wallpaper with an animated one. What is happening in the background basically is that a video file is played as the background image in full screen on the desktop.
Microsoft is offering several videos for use with DreamScene, but users can select compatible videos from their hard drive and use them as the animated background instead.
The biggest shortcoming of DreamScene is that it is only available for Windows Vista Ultimate.
DreamRender is a third-party alternative that looks like a promising candidate for users who like to run animated backgrounds on their system but do not use Windows Vista Ultimate.
The interface is somewhat confusing and it took a while until I found out how to add your own videos, pictures, sounds and textures to the application.
DreamRender ships with about a dozen animations that you can enable right away. One click is sufficient to load that animation and make it the background for your system.
This does not replace the original wallpaper of the system though. It overlays the animated wallpaper and the original wallpaper will appear if DreamRender is disabled.
To create a new animated wallpaper you need to click on the File > New menu in the settings. There you have the options to select a video, a picture, slideshows and several other backgrounds for your animated wallpaper. Just play around with it for a while and you should find your way.
For complete customization of your system DreamRender can apply textures and colors to your windows, make them transparent, and produce amazing effects every time you move your mouse.
If you ask me about animated wallpapers,I'd say they are a waste of time. They are confusing and a distraction if you work with the computer. Guess it's ok as a screensaver but I would never add them permanently to my desktop and since I do not use a screensaver that option is no option as well.
Update: The program is no longer available but you can still download it from our server. Note that the program may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows and that we do not support it in any way. Download link: DreamRender219.zip
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