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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Aug 31 2014 11:48 AM

A number of people have asked for simple ways of getting the Verse of the Day artwork as your wallpaper, so I created some Media RSS feeds with the VotD images in it. Together with free software, you can use this feed to keep your background wallpaper up to date.

First, here are the feeds:

Now, follow the instructions below, for Mac or Windows:

Mac

To use this feed on Mac, these instructions should work (I don't have a Mac to test, though), though you won't have all the options you have on the Windows version below. Perhaps Mac users know a better option?

Windows

To use this feed on Windows, download the free John's Background Switcher. Once it's installed, follow the steps below:

First, set the switching options to your preferences. Then remove any check marks from the Picture Sets section.

Second, click the Add button and choose RSS Photo Feed.

Then, just paste in the URL above, and click OK.

It will take several seconds to download the image (more if you're downloading multiple images), but your wallpaper should now update. You can have multiple images on the desktop, or just one.

If you want, click the More button and edit some of the advanced settings. Personally, I set Show picture info to off (on the General tab), and Save all full-sized downloaded pictures (on the Picture Sources tab). If you're displaying a photo montage, you may want to change the snapshot size on the Montages tab to at least 350px.  If you want to browse the downloaded images, right-click on the Switcher icon in the taskbar and choose Cached Picture Browser.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 5:12 AM

Mark this is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for taking the time to figure this all out and then share it with us. I appreciate you and all you do for the Logos community.

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 1 2014 4:04 PM

Mark - Thanks for taking the time to set this up. Brilliant! 

Mark Barnes:
To use this feed on Mac, these instructions should work (I don't have a Mac to test, though), though you won't have all the options you have on the Windows version below. Perhaps Mac users know a better option?

Unfortunately, newer versions of iPhoto and OSX have broken the ability to do this using the instructions provided. I will see if I can figure out a solution... I am not well versed in RSS feeds though. I think alternate third party software will probably be needed... Of course, a new version of OSX will be released in a few weeks/months. Perhaps a new solution will be built in. Smile

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 7:22 AM

I noticed today that the RSS feed is no longer working. I was curious if anybody had any information or ideas as to if it's been moved or cancelled or related to the recent outages?

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 8:19 AM

Ryan B:

I noticed today that the RSS feed is no longer working. I was curious if anybody had any information or ideas as to if it's been moved or cancelled or related to the recent outages?

It's part of the ongoing outage.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 8:23 AM

Thanks David. I had kind of suspected so but I didn't see anything about it on any of the updates so I wasn't certain.

I appreciate your help.

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James Hiddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 8:56 AM

Cool thanks for posting this Mark. God Bless you always!

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 9:20 AM

It's back up now. Logos reported the Verse of the Day API coming back online at 9:13 PM PST, yesterday. My feed is cached, so it took a bit longer than that for it to start working again.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 9:56 AM

Yahoo! Thanks Mark. As always I appreciate all your hard work.

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Nathan Parker | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 9:29 PM

If you get the Mac solution going and want a tester, holler.

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Bryan S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 27 2014 1:53 PM

Yes

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James Hiddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 10 2014 4:25 PM

Thanks for this Mark.

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Anthony Keating | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 11 2014 2:35 AM

Thanks Mark, something I have wanted for a while now.

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Rokas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 11 2014 5:21 AM

Thank you so much, Mark!

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Richard Wardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 4:02 AM

Hi Mark,

I have been enjoying having the verse of the day artwork on my background each day, but the feed seems to have stopped working, at least on my machine. 

Any problems?!

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JohnB | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 4:21 AM

Hi

Like you I have been enjoying the verse of the day artwork (thanks Mark!!!) but the only times that I have been aware if it failing is when there has been a problem with my local internet. I fact it has warned me of my internet briefly not working once or twice. It is working OK as I write.

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Richard Wardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 4:47 AM

I've not had any warnings about internet connection. I just get this message, usually at start up but also whenever the switcher checks for a new image...

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 6:10 AM

Who in the world ever has a chance to view their wallpaper?  I generally have several programs running, any one of which would obscure the desktop.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 6:11 AM

There seems to be a problem with the single VOTD feed. The feed that contains all the images is still working OK. I'll take a look this evening if I have time.

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alabama24 | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 24 2015 6:12 AM

George Somsel:

Who in the world ever has a chance to view their wallpaper?  I generally have several programs running, any one of which would obscure the desktop.

That's why you have to buy a second (or third) monitor. Stick out tongue

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