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[APP][1.5+] WebLiveWallpaper: set whatever you want as wallpaper or widget! (v0.98.4)

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_miha_

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WebLiveWallpaper: Set content (galleries/animations/sites/cams from the web or local files/folders) as Live Wallpaper, live widget or as picture frame.
Create your personal show, create your own (animated) wallpaper with JavaScript!


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I wrote my first live wallpaper today because I did not find something like it and thought it should not be too difficult to do. So here it is. I always wanted a real live wallpaper displaying something from the web instead of just a picture or offline animation. For me it is really useful because I can keep an eye on my favourite webcam over the day and decide to go there if the conditions stay or improve. A lot of other use cases should be possible ...

There is now also a picture frame app and a live widget included (also running on devices without live wallpaper support).

WebLiveWallpaper BETA
market://details?id=com.dngames.websitelivewallpaper

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dngames.websitelivewallpaper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3VM8L-rnzQ

Some instructions are included in the app description!
User Rangelus wrote a FAQ for me!

Happy to get some feedback,
Michael

Edit: updated apk to v0.98.4: large widgets and some smaller errors repaired

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.8: made local folders directly working as source

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.7.5: hopefully made it working on Android 1.5 devices and fixed Live Wallpaper Settings fc

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.7.1: rewrite of some stuff to fight memory and speed issues + app and widgets repaired again for Android versions without live wallpapers

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.6.7: Tried to save lost memory, to load settings more save for devices with slow file io. Added static gallery setting for fast refreshing large image gallery pictures after loaded once. + reddit as example for static gallery slideshow

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.6: New widget 4x2 size and finally selectable background color. Added reddit gallery (EarthPorn), seabreeze weather and a great Antwerpen (Belgium) harbour webcam as new examples.

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.4.19: Live! widgets in three sizes and with different content possible + widget context menu + fallback for missing images (advanced setting) + some internal rework

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.3.1: new Live! widget added (now paused when screen is off)

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.2.3: Widget repaired (!!) and other small changes + some crash fixes

Edit: updated apk to v0.97.1: Tutorial, some new animation examples + animated gifs also from sdcard now + website view and crash fixes

v0.97: new category of backgrounds: animation with some javascript/gif animation examples (this is a first version which still has to be improved!) + some crash fixes

v0.96.8.9: times stored/used in xml files, new extended image search fixes some sites which made digging more difficult

v0.96.8: first version of setup assistant + local pictures crash fix + again + trust all ssl certs ok + show crash fix + red screen fixed

0.96.7.1: show management and full mjpeg video streaming support (+ mjpeg change fix)

v0.96.6.3: local pictures (your gallery)/sites can also be showed, internal changes, more settings (+wifi reload fix)


version 0.96.3 has fixes again, runs google image search ok and streams (slow!) video in web snapshot mode

version 0.96.1 has fixes and new web view/snapshot

version 0.96 now you can create your own show!!! (and a lot of changes again)

version 0.95.1 with editable xml quickselection data and new options

version 0.95
 

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_miha_

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Noone else thinking this is a great idea?

This enables you to get an automated cycling flickr-Wallpaper, the National Geographic Pic of the Day automatically on your homescreen. Or the latest News-Picture, or your wallpapers from many image galleries. And of course webcams ... and so on. I think this freedom and possibilities is what makes Android so great!

New version with asynchronous loading, much improved website parsing. Still a lot to do (performance, widget, website redirects supported, better organisation of links and settings, ...) and so little time. But I really think this one has to appeal to some more people than just on a few sports-forums I read/post where people enjoy watching webcams!?!

New apk attached to first post!
 

vestaviajag

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This enables you to get an automated cycling flickr-Wallpaper, the National Geographic Pic of the Day automatically on your homescreen. Or the latest News-Picture, or your wallpapers from many image galleries. And of course webcams ... and so on. I think this freedom and possibilities is what makes Android so great!

New version with asynchronous loading, much improved website parsing. Still a lot to do (performance, widget, website redirects supported, better organisation of links and settings, ...) and so little time. But I really think this one has to appeal to some more people than just on a few sports-forums I read/post where people enjoy watching webcams!?!

New apk attached to first post!

I'll def give this a try!
 
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jab1a

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This seems a brilliant yet simple idea and seems to be well done. I will give this a try but its not realy for me as i dont have a data plan and only really use my wifi at home to connect so the updates on the pic would not be frequent enough.....maybe one day I will treat myself.

Thanks for your hard work
 
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_miha_

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New version 0.84 with optimizations and better gallery support

Loading is faster now (and you can enable a progress bar if you are curious/need to know).

I also added an option to dig into picture galleries (load the large version of the image which looks much better as a wallpaper on highres phones).

For the next update I am working on cycling the gallery pictures instead of using the most recent "best" one so there will be even more Live for more 'static' webpages.

New apk attached to first post!
 

_miha_

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Version 0.9

Has a lot of changes (hopefully good ones) with the loading and gallery stuff and a LOT of options to set everything fine.
For example WIFI exclusive updating has been added! Also the quick selections have presets now to explain useful settings for your sites ...

Still a lot to do. Next will be password protected webcam/server access.
 

_miha_

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0.9.1 fixes some things

no more default WIFI-only enabled (red screen if mobile at first start)
fixes of parameters for some quick selection items
no more crashes with wrong/incomplete URLs entered by hand
 

_miha_

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0.91 ... watch xdadevelopers (or other website) live on your homescreen background

See last screenshot attached to first post :) It's a hack (web snapshot) I may regret/have to replace by something else later and not fast. But should be ok for a lot of use cases.

And a lot of more serious updates like a sorted settings menu, access to standard password protected servers/cams, better gallery updating with long refresh times.

Edit: v0.91.1 can now be opened after install/in market for all those people not knowing what a wallpaper is!
 
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alovell83

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Dev, you should have more confidence in patience, it's a great idea ;-). I typically wait until things hit the RSS, so I'm sure you'll see a little spike since it just came up in the past 20 minutes.

Good luck! I do have a question, have you judged the battery life impact? I did see the custom refresh rate option, but still I am curious to see what impact it had on both your idle and active battery life stats if you update as often as a regular widget since it'll probably download more data.

Suggestions: Be able to set up a schedule
Preferably with different settings for different days. For instance, M-F have it set to use pic of the day with an update every 24 hours, then on weekends have it set up to show a web/weathercam every 15 mins.

Also, being able to set it, instead of every X seconds, being able to set it to update maybe 3x on M-F would help out in a few cases. Example, to see a traffic or weather cam just before going to/from work.


Good luck, I look forward to seeing what you do with it, I'll let you know my findings.
 
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blazingwolf

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Very nice. Works pretty well.

It would be real nice if you could get the picture to use the whole screen. Not sure if you are constrained by the site of course but I want to use this on my Archos 101 and it has a 1024X600 resolution so I get a lot of black bars.

Thank you for making this available.
 
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peterpangaea

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Nice work.

Nice work. While trying this out, I ran across an issue. I accidentally the refresh time. If you enter nothing for the refresh time, it will force close (v0.91.2).
 
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vampir4997

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Awesome app. Ive bben wanting something like this for a while. Maybe could add some battery saving settings. thank you !!!!!!!
 

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    WebLiveWallpaper: Set content (galleries/animations/sites/cams from the web or local files/folders) as Live Wallpaper, live widget or as picture frame.
    Create your personal show, create your own (animated) wallpaper with JavaScript!


    Original first post:
    I wrote my first live wallpaper today because I did not find something like it and thought it should not be too difficult to do. So here it is. I always wanted a real live wallpaper displaying something from the web instead of just a picture or offline animation. For me it is really useful because I can keep an eye on my favourite webcam over the day and decide to go there if the conditions stay or improve. A lot of other use cases should be possible ...

    There is now also a picture frame app and a live widget included (also running on devices without live wallpaper support).

    WebLiveWallpaper BETA
    market://details?id=com.dngames.websitelivewallpaper

    http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dngames.websitelivewallpaper

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3VM8L-rnzQ

    Some instructions are included in the app description!
    User Rangelus wrote a FAQ for me!

    Happy to get some feedback,
    Michael

    Edit: updated apk to v0.98.4: large widgets and some smaller errors repaired

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.8: made local folders directly working as source

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.7.5: hopefully made it working on Android 1.5 devices and fixed Live Wallpaper Settings fc

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.7.1: rewrite of some stuff to fight memory and speed issues + app and widgets repaired again for Android versions without live wallpapers

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.6.7: Tried to save lost memory, to load settings more save for devices with slow file io. Added static gallery setting for fast refreshing large image gallery pictures after loaded once. + reddit as example for static gallery slideshow

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.6: New widget 4x2 size and finally selectable background color. Added reddit gallery (EarthPorn), seabreeze weather and a great Antwerpen (Belgium) harbour webcam as new examples.

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.4.19: Live! widgets in three sizes and with different content possible + widget context menu + fallback for missing images (advanced setting) + some internal rework

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.3.1: new Live! widget added (now paused when screen is off)

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.2.3: Widget repaired (!!) and other small changes + some crash fixes

    Edit: updated apk to v0.97.1: Tutorial, some new animation examples + animated gifs also from sdcard now + website view and crash fixes

    v0.97: new category of backgrounds: animation with some javascript/gif animation examples (this is a first version which still has to be improved!) + some crash fixes

    v0.96.8.9: times stored/used in xml files, new extended image search fixes some sites which made digging more difficult

    v0.96.8: first version of setup assistant + local pictures crash fix + again + trust all ssl certs ok + show crash fix + red screen fixed

    0.96.7.1: show management and full mjpeg video streaming support (+ mjpeg change fix)

    v0.96.6.3: local pictures (your gallery)/sites can also be showed, internal changes, more settings (+wifi reload fix)


    version 0.96.3 has fixes again, runs google image search ok and streams (slow!) video in web snapshot mode

    version 0.96.1 has fixes and new web view/snapshot

    version 0.96 now you can create your own show!!! (and a lot of changes again)

    version 0.95.1 with editable xml quickselection data and new options

    version 0.95
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    Noone else thinking this is a great idea?

    This enables you to get an automated cycling flickr-Wallpaper, the National Geographic Pic of the Day automatically on your homescreen. Or the latest News-Picture, or your wallpapers from many image galleries. And of course webcams ... and so on. I think this freedom and possibilities is what makes Android so great!

    New version with asynchronous loading, much improved website parsing. Still a lot to do (performance, widget, website redirects supported, better organisation of links and settings, ...) and so little time. But I really think this one has to appeal to some more people than just on a few sports-forums I read/post where people enjoy watching webcams!?!

    New apk attached to first post!
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    This enables you to get an automated cycling flickr-Wallpaper, the National Geographic Pic of the Day automatically on your homescreen. Or the latest News-Picture, or your wallpapers from many image galleries. And of course webcams ... and so on. I think this freedom and possibilities is what makes Android so great!

    New version with asynchronous loading, much improved website parsing. Still a lot to do (performance, widget, website redirects supported, better organisation of links and settings, ...) and so little time. But I really think this one has to appeal to some more people than just on a few sports-forums I read/post where people enjoy watching webcams!?!

    New apk attached to first post!

    I'll def give this a try!
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    this is awesome! thank you..
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    This seems a brilliant yet simple idea and seems to be well done. I will give this a try but its not realy for me as i dont have a data plan and only really use my wifi at home to connect so the updates on the pic would not be frequent enough.....maybe one day I will treat myself.

    Thanks for your hard work