Better Backgrounds

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Apply new backgrounds from Bing, Himawari 8, Picsum Photos, PlaceKitten.com, Unsplash.com or even whole websites - specify search tags, triggers and more!

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Better Backgrounds for Cinnamon

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A Cinnamon desktop applet to change your wallpaper to random images from many customizable sources and also some effects from ImageMagick.

Currently supported sources

Known issues

  • The icon animation needs much CPU power (up to one core), see here

Icon note

The icon has been merged from the following Pixabay images:

Official GitHub repo is available here.

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18 Comments

vnjunge
vnjunge-1 month ago
If you're having trouble saving background pictures, you could be missing the 'convert' command required by this app to save a picture. You can get it by installing 'imagemagick' or other image modifying software. I'm running Mint 20.2, Kernel 5.4.0-81 and that solution worked for me. Cheers!
tholler3012
tholler3012-3 months ago
Hello, I'm using the current app on Mint 20.1, but I can't save backgrounds. Unfortunately no error message appears either. I have also tried it with different locations, in /home and also outside. Restoring defaults (and then switching from /home/simon to my /home) does not work either. Does anyone have any ideas?
tholler3012
tholler3012-3 months ago
Kernel is 5.4.0-73
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-2 months ago
Could you open an issue over on https://github.com/Simonmicro/better-backgrounds for this? I would also need the logs, you can obtain it by right-clicking on your panel -> Troubleshoot -> Looking Glass -> Log and looking for better-backgrounds.
FlowXP
FlowXP-8 months ago
The only thing that is missing from this addon is to have the option to show recursively photos from a local folder. Thank you for the addon !!
Alexandru Lucian Paraschiv
Save current picture doesn't seem to work nor does it show any notifications. I'm running the latest version of mint 20 with 5.8 kernel.
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-2 months ago
Sorry just seeing this right now - could you ensure the save location is correct?
1ce8reaker
1ce8reaker-1 year ago
Can I use "NOT" to exclude some terms of search?
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-1 year ago
Sorry to disappoint you, but Unsplash currently does not support this without using an api key. If you still want to implement this, you'll need to extend the UI to also include a field for the api key and rework the download procedure for Unsplash images...
FlowXP
FlowXP-1 year ago
awesome addition for Cinnamon !!!
Juan-Lutz
Juan-Lutz-1 year ago
I am surprised from this applet. Very good and nice to manage some wallpaper from the taskbar. My only question is it possible to add as source a specific folder in your HD with you own collection of jpg pictures?.
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-1 year ago
Why would you need that? Cinnamon has a build in way to do that. But if you _really_ need that - you're welcome to open an issue to discuss this further over on GitHub :)
Juan-Lutz
Juan-Lutz-1 year ago
Thank you for your attention. In other words what I propose is to have one place at the taskbar to switch between different sources adding the cinnamon wallpaper adjustments ( which includes the cinnamon wallpaper and the own Folder with own collection of pictures). But as you mention is only an idea. Anyhow your applet is great.
Kyle Weidner
Kyle Weidner-1 year ago
App works exactly as expected. I would only suggest two improvements. First, it would be nice if the applet showed more information on the photo, like when using Bing as the source, it would be nice if the applet showed information about the photographer or the photograph itself. Second, as mentioned by scottdd, the option to 'Save current wallpaper' would be a very useful feature as well. Thanks for making this for us!
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-1 year ago
Thank you. Your suggestion has been added to https://github.com/Simonmicro/better-backgrounds/issues/10 - but please note that I didn't implement that part, because it would only work with Bing as source. All the others don't provide the necessary information. And 'Save current wallpaper' is already implemented, but the cinnamon servers are caching extremely well and therefore the update will roll out in the next weeks or so (hopefully). This caching behavior is indeed not intended (and already worked around by the cinnamon desktop), but their workaround is not rolled out yet in major distros - like Mint...
scottdd
scottdd-1 year ago
The only improvement I would suggest is to add 'Save current wallpaper' option to right-click menu, that saves to the user's Pictures folder or other configured path. Thanks for writing this great applet!
Simonmicro
Simonmicro-1 year ago
Thanks for your positive feedback! I'll look further into it, the next time I got time for this. You can check out the progress of that feature over on https://github.com/Simonmicro/better-backgrounds/issues/8
rmleonard
rmleonard-9 months ago
into what directory do the images save to? After clicking on 'Save current Picture ' - no new images show up in my home/Pictures directory. I've tried running a global find on image files.. more info please?