RSS Feeds

Receive a regular RSS feed from our latest, most popular and recommended downloads

Latest downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most latest downloads

Most popular downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most popular downloads

Recommended downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our recommended downloads


Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

Stardock DeskScapes 8.00

Jazz up your desktop and screensaver with this customization tool

by Nick Peers

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8


Languages: English
Software Cost: $9.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 27 February 2013
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 2688
Developer: Stardock
RSS News Feed:
Twitter Feed:!/stardock
Back up your data with Acronis True Image 2016 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $29.99, saving 40%, from
Stardock DeskScapes 8
Spruce up your desktop with Stardock’s DeskScapes 8.

Many of us stick with the same desktop wallpaper and screensaver, happy with our lot. But if you’re the kind of person who gets tired of seeing the same old image day in, day out, you’ll have no doubt experimented with different wallpapers in an attempt to find something that grabs your attention.

One of the frustrations of the desktop background can be how static it is, which is where Stardock’s DeskScapes 8 comes in. Not only does it provide you with a host of static and animated wallpapers to select for your desktop background or screensaver, DeskScapes also allows you to apply special effects and animations to them too in order to give your desktop a more interesting look, from a slowly rotating Earth (which shows day and night in real-time) to vintage drive-thru with flying birds and animated girl and boy in his car.

It’s incredibly simple to use: once installed, right-click the desktop and choose Configure DeskScapes to get started. A list of available wallpapers – including those already present on your PC – are shown, with a link to downloading more from at the base. Pick a wallpaper, then use the Adjust, Effects, Colour and Settings tab to tweak it to your satisfaction.

The Effects tab is of most interest, providing you with dozens of ways to transform your existing wallpaper, from blur effects to colourizations and other filters. You can also create your own effects by combining up to four existing effects too.

Animated wallpapers are called “Dreams”, and while only a handful of provided in DeskScapes itself, you’ll find loads more at Fancy creating your own? DeskScapes ships with Stardock DreamMaker 3, a free standalone tool that allows you to take an image and animate it yourself. It’s not the simplest to use, but there’s plenty of information online.

Deskscapes 8 is a new release, adding full Windows 8 support and access to a Windows 8-ready Dream Library on It also debuts a brand-new user interface.


Produces impressive results, but do you really need to pay $10 just to animate your desktop? We’re not entirely convinced.

Your Comments & Opinion
Related Download Articles



An ultra-lightweight wallpaper changer and desktop calendar




Set your Windows/ Android wallpaper to a solid colour

Halloween 2012 Theme

Halloween 2012 Theme


Give Windows a spooky makeover with this seasonal theme.

EvJO Wallpaper Changer 3.1

EvJO Wallpaper Changer 3.1


Revitalise your desktop by automatically changing the wallpaper

Other Download Articles From This Category
File Converter

File Converter 1.2

Open Source

Convert videos/images/audio files from Explorer

Ultimate Settings Panel

Ultimate Settings Panel 5.2


Access key Windows, Outlook and Configuration Manager settings easily

Wise Data Recovery

Wise Data Recovery 3.8.6


A quick and easy way to recover files that have been accidentally deleted


SearchMyFiles 2.75


Easily run complex desktop searches with this powerful, portable tool

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...


Spotlight: Free Full Software

WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
- In groups, you can now mention specific people to get their attention by typing the @ symbol and choosing someone from the picker. 
- When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once 
- Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+) 
- Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+) 
- A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)