December 14, 2012 · General · Email This Post

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Variety is a wallpaper changer for Ubuntu which is featureful, yet slim and very easy to use. It can automatically download wallpapers from various online sources, allows rotating them on a regular interval or on demand, and provides easy to use ways to separate the great images from the junk.
Notable other features include: showing a nice digital clock on the desktop, option to apply various interesting image filters to the wallpapers, great visualization of the history and the image folders which allows the user to very easily change the wallpaper manually.
The supported image sources are Flickr, Wallbase.cc, World sunlight map (a live wallpaper that changes as the day progresses), Wallpapers.net, NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day, Desktoppr.co, as well as any site that publishes Media RSS feeds – e.g. Picasa, SmugMug, deviantART, InterfaceLIFT, etc.

What is new in Variety 0.4.12

Quotes support

Variety can now fetch quotes from QuotesDaddy and display them in a very beautiful way on the desktop. Users can configure almost everything related to the type of quotes they would see and the way they would be displayed – keywords, authors, font, colors, placement, etc. Sharing the best quotes on Facebook is one click away. Check the screenshots and the video for a demonstration of quotes goodness.

Preferences are applied immediately

Variety’s preferences now behave the “Ubuntu” way – once you click an option, it becomes active immediately, there is no need to press a dedicated “Save” button. This makes it much easier to work with some of the “visual” features like filters, quotes, clock. And losing changes by forgetting to press Save is now also a thing of the past.

Customizable indicator icon

Users can now configure the indicator icon that Variety displays, so that it blends best with their desktop looks. There are five options:
“Light” is the default icon, suitable for dark themes like Ubuntu’s Ambiance.
“Dark” is the inversed version, which is best for light themes like Ubuntu’s Radiance.
Users can choose a custom image which better suits their icon theme
The current wallpaper can be used as an icon, changing dynamically as the wallpaper changes. I am sure a lot of users will like this option.
Or the icon can be completely hidden. Variety can still be controlled from the command line, via keyboard shortcuts, or from the Launcher icon quicklist. To facilitate this I have added support for several additional command line arguments.

Install Variety 0.4.12 in ubuntu 12.10/12.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install variety

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