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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds Desktop
Have a friend or family member who posts images to Flickr that you continuously visit? Are you a member of a Flickr group and want to see what's new? This hint uses the RSS feeds from Flickr and Photocasting in iPhoto to display images as your desktop background. To do this, go to your favorite Flickr collection and copy the RSS feed URL. Then, open iPhoto and select File/Subscribe to Photocast...

Enter the URL, and you will see the collection appear as a photo album in the left sidebar (just like a .Mac Photocast). Now, go to System Preferences » Desktop and Screen Saver (or right-click on the desktop and choose Change Desktop Background). Scroll down until you see the name of the subscribed account and select it. You will see the photos from Flickr, and you can now select your favorite image! iPhoto does not need to be open to access the images, but it does need to open at least once to update the image collection. Enjoy!

Note: Currently, OS X does not support the Change Picture and random select features for iPhoto albums, but I hope to find a way around this soon. Also, image resolution depends on the source image, so be prepared for some pixelation if the source is of low quality.
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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: earlshango on Feb 02, '07 12:19:50PM
The ones I've tried (like http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/desktopwallpaper/clusters ) don't seem to include full-quality versions in iPhoto - you have to click through a few links in your RSS reader to get to the full-resolution pictures.

Does anyone have any suggestions for Flickr collections?

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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: joeholmes on Feb 02, '07 02:07:30PM

Note: appears to require iPhoto 6. No subscribe item appears in iPhoto 5's File menu...



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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: pattimc on Feb 04, '07 06:23:40AM

I have 6... I don't see this option under "File". ???



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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: sharumpe on Feb 02, '07 02:59:57PM

See Create 'rotate capable' desktop images from iPhoto5 for a previous hint about using iPhoto pictures to periodically change your desktop picture.



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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: matthewroth on Feb 02, '07 04:02:25PM

while i dont recommend this method because of the quality of photos. flickr imports them to a smaller size an requires to see ifferent sizes to see the original. however, if you are gonna do it anyway you can have it rotate thru pics:
instead of clicking on the photocast choose the choose folder option and drill down into your pictures directory till you get to the folder entitled the same as the podcast. from there you can have the periodic picture change.



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Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: Azathoth on Feb 02, '07 11:58:30PM
Display Flickr collections as desktop backgrounds
Authored by: pengu on Feb 08, '07 10:26:38PM

To use an iphoto album in "random" mode, use the "desktop" button from iphoto, and then pick "iphoto selection" in system preferences.



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