AwesomeWallpaper is an open source program that lets you set videos, your system information or galleries as your desktop background
Bored with your desktop background? AwesomeWallpaper is an open source application which can help you spice it up in a few ways.
The program runs from the system tray and you can configure it by right-clicking on its icon. The Settings screen is the main interface, and is made up of five tabs.
The Wallpaper type can be selected from the General tab. It also houses an option to select the monitor, which lets you set different wallpapers for each monitor. This is explained further down below as well in detail.
Use AweSomeWallpaper's Image tab to select the picture that you want to set as the background. There are four other settings here that are also available in the other wallpaper modes. These allow you to set the Horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, stretch and transparency.
Note: The transparency slider in the program (and the video tab's volume slider) has an issue with mouse clicks, it jumps from 0 to 100. So, you'll have to manually slide it to the position you want to.
For individual wallpapers on multi-monitors, you'll have to set the background of one monitor using Windows 10's Settings app, and then select a different one using the program's image tab. Once you have done that, you'll need to select the monitor (for e.g. 1 or 2) from the General tab, and the wallpaper of the corresponding display will be changed. You'll have 2 wallpapers this way.
This is quite similar to the image tab, except you'll have to pick a folder which has the images that you want to use. AwesomeWallpaper will automatically change the background from time to time, like a slideshow. You can customize the gallery's behavior, i.e. the interval between images, the time an image is displayed.
Why limit yourself to image backgrounds when you can have a video as your wallpaper.Â The video formats that AwesomeWallpaper supports include MP4, MP3, MPG, MPEG and AVI. This can make for a nice background, and you can use short videos like a rainy day, flowers or blades of grass swaying, or whatever you like. You can configure the video to loop (repeat), auto play and also set the volume level.
Note: You can right-click the system tray icon to play/pause the video.
Aside from photos and videos, AwesomeWallpaper can also display system information on the background wallpaper. The keyword here is "on" and not "as", meaning the details are displayed over your current background. That's quite nice. It's a bit customizable and lets you set the alignment, font type, size, color and the transparency.
Sadly, you can't modify which information is displayed on the screen. Speaking of which, you can display the boot time, the OS Version, display resolution, total/available/used memory, processor, processes, drives with their label, total and available free space, network adapters and more.
The System Information isn't updated in real-time, by default it's set to refresh every minute. But you can choose from a range (hours, minutes, and seconds) that goes from as low as 10 seconds, and up to 1 day.
AwesomeWallpaper is made by the developer who wrote SmartSystemMenu.
I've seen a few programs that offer similar features, but those were shareware. So, it's refreshingly nice to see a free and open source alternative in AwesomeWallpaper. I would have liked to view the system's thermals and usage loads, but we have other programs like Thilmera7, AgaueEye which can help us with that.