Designer Wallpapers For Your Desktop

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 11, 2008
Updated • Dec 7, 2012

Desktopia is a desktop wallpaper manager for Windows and Macintosh that, unlike so many of its counterparts, is providing a limited amount of wallpapers instead of user selected ones. This approach does have some consequences. The good news is that the wallpapers provided by Desktopia are mostly well done, designer wallpapers so to speak. The benefit is obviously that you do not have to flip through thousands of pages full of wallpapers to find the cream of the crop among them.

Wallpapers are divided into categories like Games, Graphic Design and Photography which can be checked separately. If you only want graphic design wallpapers you leave that category checked and uncheck all other categories for instance do to just that.

The bad side of this approach is the limited choice as you do not get hundreds of even thousands of new user submissions every week that you can browse through. You depend on the ability of the operators to add wallpapers on a regular basis to the application.

Some wallpapers contain information about the artist which some users might not like that much. The Windows version of Desktopia is currently in Beta and requires the .net Framework 3.5 to run. It provides a few additional settings like the interval that the wallpapers can be changed in and a button to update the application and images.

I personally prefer programs that give me more control when it comes to wallpapers on my desktop. There is unfortunately no way to download the wallpapers directly from the Desktopia website.

Update: Please note that the program does not appear to be available anymore. We have removed it from this article, as the Desktopia site itself is displaying all kinds of errors when you try and connect to it.

I suggest you check out our top wallpaper site listing for a list of suitable alternatives.


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  1. darkkosmos said on June 11, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    If you are THAT desperate to get your wallpapers from the web get John’s background switcher

    (it also includes options to source images from folders or files)

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