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Wally

   2.4.5  

KDE Other Utility

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Homepage:  http://www.becrux.com
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Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  1740
Submitted:  Jan 29 2009
Updated:  Jul 1 2014

Description:

Wally is a Qt4 wallpaper changer, using multiple sources like files, folders, FTP remote folders, Flickr, Yahoo!, Panoramio, Ipernity, Photobucket, Buzznet, Picasa, Smugmug, Google, Vladstudio and deviantART images. It runs under Linux, Win32, MacOSX and OS/2, and it's available in many languages.

Supported Window Managers:
- Win32
- MacOSX (using OSA scripts)
- KDE3
- KDE4 (using WallyPlugin)
- Gnome
- GnomeShell
- XFCE4
- Fluxbox
- Blackbox
- FVWM (unstable)
- WindowMaker

If you are upgrading KDE4 to 4.4, you must rebuild from sources, cause WallyPlugin can crash Plasma. DEB files are available for Lucid.


NOTE FOR KUBUNTU!!!!
If you're upgrading to 10.04 Lucid, KDE4 will crash at boot. To recover your system, just do the following steps:

- Press Alt-F2, type "konsole"
- At prompt, type "sudo rm /usr/lib/kde4/plasma_wallpaper_wallyplugin.so"
- Restart your system.
- KDE4 should start normally. Please remove Wally, and download the specific package for Lucid available below.


Note for Ubuntu users: if you're using KDE4, please use KDE4 ONLY packages!!!

Note for Mac OSX Snow Leopard:
You must disable "Change Picture" feature, that's in System preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Change picture.

Note for Windows 2000/XP: Active desktop must be disabled! Right-click on desktop -> Properties -> Customize desktop -> Web -> Uncheck all items you find there




Changelog:

Version 2.4.5
- Modified Flickr API for HTTPS support
- Removed Yahoo! engine, no longer active
- Fixed XFCE 4.10 support
- Added Linux custom wallpaper change script support

Version 2.4.4
- Fixed gconftool-2 arguments bug
- Settings window layout is now suitable for netbook screens

Version 2.4.3
- Fixed GnomeShell background change issue
- Added Swedish language
- Added Turkish language

Version 2.4.2
- Added GnomeShell support
- Added Hungarian language
- Added Danish language
- Removed Pikeo module, it is no longer active
- Removed Bing module, M$ didn't accept Wally's way of using Bing

Version 2.4.1
- Deprecated HTTP Qt classes have been replaced
- Wally can now terminate after first background change
- Splash screen can be disabled
- Mac OSX Settings GUI scrollbar issue fixed
- WallyPlugin now uses D-Bus
- BUG FIXED: CMake build script had an issue in compiling language resources


Version 2.4
- Added OS/2 support
- Added Snow Leopard support
- Added Google module
- Added deviantART module
- Added Vladstudio module
- Added Korean language
- Folder module now supports symbolic links
- More photo layouts on desktop have been added
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio no longer crashes when empty results are returned
- BUG FIXED: Disclaimer translation is now properly applied at boot
- BUG FIXED: Centered auto-fit was not always applied correctly
- BUG FIXED: HTTP engine rarely got stuck

Version 2.3.2
- Double-clicking icon in system tray advances on next photo
- Improved duplicated photo detection
- Added Catalan language
- Added Greek language
- Added disclaimer to be accepted on first start of Wally
- Removed QtScript dependency, JSON parser has been implemented internally (Qt 4.6 compatibility)
- Run-time folder change detection has been removed from "Folders" module, its use is too resource consuming
- BUG FIXED: search issues occurred when using multiple tags/keywords
- BUG FIXED: EXIF information are now showed correctly when non-Latin1 characters in filename path are used
- BUG FIXED: KDE 4.4 SC was not properly detected
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio was working only with "Original" sized images

Version 2.3.1
- Added Chinese language
- Added Polish language
- Active Desktop is now detected, and error is reported
- Photo filename is used when title is not available
- XFCE detection improved
- BUG FIXED: GUI bug in proxy selection form
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio coordinates are checked after input terminates
- BUG FIXED: buggy behaviour in MacOSX, Folders module, when too many files are present in specified directories

Version 2.3.0
- Added French language
- Added Czech language
- Wally can now display wallpapers behind toolbars and docks, using full screen space
- Time period can now be shortened up to 10 seconds
- Automatic border color feature has been added
- BUG FIXED: history data is not stored anymore when Cancel is pressed
- BUG FIXED: HTTP download does not get stuck anymore if HTTP response is wrong
- BUG FIXED: HTTP download in history window does not get stuck anymore at 99%, cause of a QProgressDialog conflict
- BUG FIXED: history viewer misbehaviours have been fixed
- BUG FIXED: Panoramio items save state correctly now
- BUG FIXED: map selection issues in Panoramio items have been fixed
- BUG FIXED: MacOSX Info.plist fixed
- BUG FIXED: regression bug about free disk space check has been fixed

Version 2.2.0
- Added selection on map for Panoramio items configuration
- History window has been improved, more informations for each item and filter by tags have been added
- Added Bing module
- EXIF support improved. Information window has been added, and EXIF is stored in history.
- BUG FIXED: wrong GUI behaviour in HTTP items when setting photos path, now fixed
- BUG FIXED: wrong GUI behaviour on proxy server selection, now fixed
- BUG FIXED: duplicated items are not accepted anymore
- BUG FIXED: now asks HTTP server first if download is recoverable
- BUG FIXED: segfault no longer happens when GIF/PNG/no-EXIF-compatible photo is downloaded
- BUG FIXED: consecutive downloads of the same photo are not allowed anymore
- BUG FIXED: X shortcuts for older WMs weren't updated to current features

Version 2.1.0
- Added system proxy support
- Added History feature
- Modules can be disabled/enabled
- Added Picasa module
- Added Smugmug module
- Added Buzznet module
- HTTP engine can now recover downloads
- More cosmetic changes
- Free disk space threshold can be configured
- Multiple items in HTTP engines can be selected
- BUG FIXED: state in Folders engine is now properly saved
- BUG FIXED: playlist is now reset correctly after wrap

Version 2.0.3
- BUG FIXED: MacOSX script for wallpaper change now works properly
- BUG FIXED: Color button is now showed correctly with all GUI styles
- BUG FIXED: "About" dialog now can be closed under MacOSX
- BUG FIXED: empty "Remote folder" items are now correctly rejected
- BUG FIXED: Wally's single instance in MacOSX is now properly detected
- BUG FIXED: annoying issues with KDE4 WallyPlugin have been solved (at the end!!!)
- Some cosmetic changes

Version 2.0.2
- BUG FIXED: empty items are now discarded
- BUG FIXED: single instance in Linux now is checked using file PID, thus avoiding false positives
- BUG FIXED: only available free space on desktop is used
- BUG FIXED: Pikeo now resets page count search after an empty result
- Free disk space (at least 20 megs) is checked for availability before saving photos
- EXIF tags are analyzed in every plugin, and corrections are applied where needed
- Photobucket has no throttle limit anymore, watermark on photo is applied
- More code restyling
- Fixed plural form in translations
- Added Portuguese (Brazil) translation
- Window manager can be forced at command line (Linux only)
- WallyPlugin: D-BUS is not used anymore
- WallyPlugin: KDE message will appear at end of installation, remembering of KDE4 Plasma restart
- Removed QCA dependency
- Application data folder is now more S.O. "friendly" under Win32 and MacOSX

Version 2.0.1
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: plugin is now compiled without debug information
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: D-BUS access rights are now setup correctly
- WallyPlugin BUG FIXED: installation paths are now detected properly

You don't need to upgrade to 2.0.1 if you're not using KDE4.

.DEB files now include Wally and WallyPlugin. No need to use sources for KDE4.


Version 2.0.0
- Wally's engine has been totally rewritten, for better stability and better coding structure in plugins' development
- UI partial restyling and improvement
- KDE4 support
- MacOSX support (experimental)
- FTP remote folders support
- Multilanguage support (English, Italian, Spanish and Russian)
- Wally now remembers its last state before termination
- Bugs fixed all around


Version 1.3.2
- Added configurable GUI style
- Flickr search pages count is now hard-limited, to avoid repeated results
- Pikeo plugin is now enabled
- Added "-debug" command line switch for better bugs tracing
- BUG FIXED: pictures in folder mode now change correctly
- BUG FIXED: multiple erroneous picture validations are no longer generated

Version 1.3.1
- BUG FIXED: regression bug about removing rows from configuration has been fixed

Version 1.3.0
- Added Pixeo plugin (still disabled, EXPERIMENTAL)
- Added Riya plugin (still disabled, EXPERIMENTAL)
- About dialog now shows supported images
- BUG FIXED: Gnome detection now should work

Version 1.2.0
- Added Panoramio plugin
- Flickr images are now rotated correctly, if needed
- BUG FIXED: sending quit immediately before background change doesn't generate a segfault now
- BUG FIXED: HTTP timeouts now if a transfer takes too long
- BUG FIXED: internal search is now limited by HTTP result count
- VERY IMPORTANT BUG FIXED: Play/Pause now works correctly

Version 1.1.0
- Added Fluxbox support
- Added Blackbox support
- Added FVWM support (unstable)
- Added WindowMaker support
- BUG FIXED: XFCE4 now works
- BUG FIXED: "Cancel" command now works when HTTP download is in progress

Version 1.0.0
- First release




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 Transition

 
 by mck182 on: Mar 13 2009
 
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Would it be possible to add transitions for KDE4 between the changes? I would like to have a fading transition which would last for an hour, something like Fedora's infinity for Gnome (only). There are 24 backgrounds and they fading over themselves all the day and it's really cool. I guess it's just an alpha channel manipulation, which is updated like every minute - subtract 1/60 from the current and add 1/60 to the next picture...


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 Re: Transition

 
 by becrux on: Mar 13 2009
 
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Well, good idea :)

I don't know the application you suggested, but I understood what you mean, and I think that it can be done with Files/Folders module.

I cannot promise when it will be available, a lot of TODOs have to be solved first, but I've just appended your request ... cross your fingers :)


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 Re: Re: Transition

 
 by mck182 on: Mar 15 2009
 
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Awesome!

I could help with that, but I would need your help with helping you, so in the end it may be more time consuming for you than if you would do it alone :D

Well I have some experience with Qt, I just don't know how this app works and how you imagine those transitions to be made, so you would need to help me understand that and than I could start working on it ;)


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 ppa and wish list

 
 by groo on: Apr 3 2009
 
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Great app, i just did a jaunty .deb for both wally and wally plasmoid, should be in my PPA tomorrow (im gonna warn as soon as i make it available).

now for wishlist:

1 - a reload option in the wally menu, since im behind a proxy at work, sometimes the proxy crashes and wally gets stuck.. i know i could do a next photo, but a reload would be great..

2 - is there any way to activate wallyplugin for kde4 without restarting plasma? i have 4 activities (kinda virtual desktops) and if i add wallyplugin i have to kill plasma AND wally in order for the picture to show up the first time).

3 - the ability to see preview/thumbnail of the next photo would be great.

4 - finally, maybe you could integrate this with the kde4 screen saver since it allows plasmoids also, so i could leave it displaying pictures when im away.

anyway, great app :) a fan already.

seeya


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 Re: ppa and wish list

 
 by groo on: Apr 3 2009
 
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one more thing, an option to enable a default background image (local) when the internet connection is down, so it doesnt stay with a black background.

seeya


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 Re: Re: ppa and wish list

 
 by becrux on: Apr 6 2009
 
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Thank so much for your help in deb packages, I was trying to do them with a friend of mine, without success :(

Let me reply to your requests:

1 - why not? :) I put it in TODO list.

2 - at the moment, no. And, AFAIK, there's no way to make Plasma aware of a new wallpaper plugin without a restart.

3 - It can be implemented, but I'll put it later in TODO list, cause this request will change a bit the structure of Wally's engine.

4 - Well, I don't know. WallyPlugin is not a plasmoid, is a plasma wallpaper plugin, a technology introduced later (>= 4.2) by KDE guys, and it seems to me completely detached from anything else. I'll investigate about that, but I cannot promise you anything.

> anyway, great app :) a fan already.

Wow, you're the first :)

> one more thing, an option to enable a
> default background image (local) when
> the internet connection is down, so
> it doesnt stay with a black
> background.

Well, this is a known bug that I'm trying to solve. I save in KDE config system the last image filename, but I cannot understand why it isn't loaded later ... :( ... stay tuned, I'll find out why, soon or later :)

Tony.


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 Can't compile wallyplugin

 
 by Garlic on: Apr 5 2009
 
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When I try to build wallyplugin, I get the following error:

/home/rainer/work/src/wally-2.0.2/wallyplugin/wallyplugin.cpp: In constructor »WallyPlugin::WallyPlugin(QObject*, const QVariantList&)«:
/home/rainer/work/src/wally-2.0.2/wallyplugin/wallyplugin.cpp:20: Fehler: »removeServer« ist kein Element von »QLocalServer«


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 Re: Can't compile wallyplugin

 
 by becrux on: Apr 6 2009
 
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Well, I cannot understand your error. This method belongs to QLocalServer, according to documentation:

bool QLocalServer::removeServer ( const QString & name )

What version of Qt4 are you using?


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 Re: Re: Can't compile wallyplugin

 
 by Garlic on: Apr 6 2009
 
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I use version 4.4.3


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 Re: Re: Re: Can't compile wallyplugin

 
 by becrux on: Apr 6 2009
 
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That's the reason.

For WallyPlugin, you must use Qt 4.5. Well, latest KDE4 should supply at least a release candidate of Qt 4.5, it seems strange that you don't have it ...


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Can't compile wallyplugin

 
 by Garlic on: Apr 7 2009
 
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KDE does not supply QT.
I could download QT from Trolltech and install it from source or the binary package, but there is a great chance to screw up my system.
And it is to much work just to test your app, even if it sounds great.

In 9 days there will be the first RC of Ubuntu Jaunty, which provides QT 4.5. I think it's better for me just to wait this time and try it then.

Thanks for your help!!


Cya(o)
Rainer

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 Wally Plugin

 
 by tombh on: Aug 26 2009
 
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Awesome app! Thank you for all your hard work :)

I noticed that the debs don't actually contain the wallyplugin :(

And then when I went to compile wally itself from the source, it took me a while to realise that the wallyplugin had to be compiled separately using cmake, which isn't mentioned in the readme.

I would also perhaps add to the readme that wally itself launches minimised in the system tray. It confused me after seeing the splash disappear as to what I should do next! And it also took me a while to figure out that the wallyplugin appears as an option under "Type" in Folder View Settings.

Sorry and one more little thing is that the wallpaper isn't automatically changing when a new one is downloaded, I have to go into Folder View Settings and re-Apply the wallyplugin.

But these are all just little niggles in an otherwise superb app. There are sooooooo many options to play with, plus you keep a well organised history of all the previous images. It's awesome, really awesome what you've done here :)

Thanks again,
tom :)


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 Re: Wally Plugin

 
 by becrux on: Aug 30 2009
 
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> Awesome app! Thank you for all your hard work :)

Thanks so much :)

> I noticed that the debs don't actually contain the wallyplugin :(

Yeah, I'm working on it. Next version is on the road, I moved all compilation to CMake, so it'll be easier to create a full deb. At least, I hope so :P

> And then when I went to compile wally
> itself from the source, it took me a
> while to realise that the wallyplugin
> had to be compiled separately using
> cmake, which isn't mentioned in the
> readme.
> I would also perhaps add to the
> readme that wally itself launches
> minimised in the system tray. It
> confused me after seeing the splash
> disappear as to what I should do
> next! And it also took me a while to
> figure out that the wallyplugin
> appears as an option under "Type" in
> Folder View Settings.

You're right, it's slightly mentioned. I'll be more verbose on next release.

> Sorry and one more little thing is
> that the wallpaper isn't
> automatically changing when a new one
> is downloaded, I have to go into
> Folder View Settings and re-Apply the
> wallyplugin.

Well, not exactly. First of all, you need to restart Plasma to make WallyPlugin fully working, after installation. Next, WallyPlugin has a small delay (it can require up to 10 sec.) in changing photo. Anyway, I'll explain it in detail in README.

> But these are all just little niggles
> in an otherwise superb app. There are
> sooooooo many options to play with,
> plus you keep a well organised
> history of all the previous images.
> It's awesome, really awesome what
> you've done here :)
> Thanks again, tom :)

Well, I spent so much time trying to implement it at best, and it's just a work in progress! :) Thanks so much to you, and NICE WALLYING!


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 Re: Re: Wally Plugin

 
 by tombh on: Sep 2 2009
 
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Well, after a reboot (probably just a restart of plasma-desktop would have done it, like you said), it's all working perfectly.

Wow! I'm so happy. My desktop has access to all the the finest images on the internet and I don't have to click any buttons, resize or crop any images. Every hour (or every minute if I want) I get to have a new image related to a keyword(s) of my choosing.

Woohoo :)


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 Re: Re: Re: Wally Plugin

 
 by becrux on: Sep 2 2009
 
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Glad to read that :)

I hope that in KDE 4.3 wallpaper technology will be better. I really don't like their current implementation.

I mean, I can understand that the KDE3 dcop method didn't suit so well with Plasma, but their solution is not so "extensible".

Let's wait and hope ... in the meanwhile, Wally 2.1.1 is on the way :)


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 Freezings

 
 by simongaiteiro on: May 20 2010
 
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Hello!

I was using this plugin for several weeks with the new release of Kubuntu (10.04) and I have experimented that the OS freezes radomly and frequently. After disable it everything works fine. No freezings anymore.

I don't have further information about why that happened but I think it was because of this app.

I am using the version 2.3.2.

Anybody else has found this kind of issues?


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 Re: Freezings

 
 by becrux on: May 31 2010
 
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Hi,

have you tried reinstalling deb package using the appropriate one reported above?


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 Re: Re: Freezings

 
 by simongaiteiro on: Jun 1 2010
 
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My bad... Freezings were caused by the temperature raising. Before changing the wallpaper the app uses a lot of CPU and sometimes the temperature was too much. It is running on a laptop...
It's a great app. It changes wallpapers smoothly (not like the KDE plugin).
Keep on with your work!!!


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 feature suggestion

 
 by mirzaD on: Jul 4 2010
 
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can you add feature for this program to download images from google background images?

there are some really nice pictures there, especially in "editors pick" section


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 Re: feature suggestion

 
 by becrux on: Aug 3 2010
 
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Google images have just been added. I'm waiting for translations completion before releasing.

Thanks,
Tony.


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