Many computer users like to customize their operating system, and one of the most common options they have at their disposal is changing the background image of the desktop. Some like to change the wallpaper to a personal photo, while others like to download wallpapers from the Internet instead.
The freeware Auto Wallpaper Fetcher and Changer offers to automate the process of downloading wallpapers from the Internet as much as possible. It supports both local and remote wallpapers, and can rotate them in intervals as well.
The remote wallpaper feature for instance offers hundreds of categories with thousands of wallpapers. Categories can be selected from a pulldown menu. Popular wallpaper categories like Sunsets, Cars or Models are available as well as niche categories like religious symbols, graffiti or typography.
The section of the program that displays the thumbnails gets crowded quickly, as the program lumps thumbnails of all previously downloaded categories together, making it difficulty to find pictures of one specific category.
Wallpaper thumbnails are automatically retrieved from the hosting servers and displayed in the program interface. A click on any thumbnail image downloads the wallpaper to the local computer system. From there it is possible to set it manually as the desktop background, or by activating the wallpaper changer in the program.
The program does not offer mass downloads of wallpapers, it would have been nice if it would offer an option to download all wallpapers of a selected category at once to the PC.
Auto Wallpaper Fetcher and Changer has a lot of things going for it, it offers thousands of wallpaper images that can be previewed and downloaded with minimal effort. It has some usability issues on the other hand.
The program is available for download at Softpedia. It was tested on a PC running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The software had to be started with administrative rights to download wallpapers.
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