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Windows 7 Folder Background Changer 1.1

Set a custom background image for almost any Explorer folder

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 June 2010
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Developer: Kishan Bagaria
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Windows 7 Folder Background Changer 1.1
Set a custom background image to any Explorer folder

The Windows 7 Folder Background Changer is a simple tool that will quickly set a background image for the Explorer folder that you specify. (And don't be fooled by its name. The program works with both Vista and Windows 7.)

Launch the program as an administrator (right-click the executable, select Run As Administrator). Choose the folder that you'd like to have a background image, first, then click "Change Background Image" and select an appropriate picture (JPG, PNG and GIF formats are supported).

Ideally the background will be a fairly soft image with a similar colour scheme throughout - desert sands, say - which means the text details of any folder contents should still be clearly visible. But if you do have any problems, then the Folder Background Changer also allows you to change the text colour, as well as optionally displaying shadows under the text to improve clarity.

Another mouse click will apply the same background image to every subfolder, too. And while the program worked well for us, if you don't like the results then the Uninstall will remove any tweaks, and return your folder to its original plain Explorer look.

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The Windows 7 Folder Background Changer is a simple and effective tool to add a little personality to your PC

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Spektrel Art 1.0.0

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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