500 Firepaper – automatically change your phone’s background with beautiful photography
Dec 30, 2013 7:27 AM –
500 Firepaper is a fantastic little app for customising your wallpaper. Deriving images from the popular 500px photo sharing website, you can now bring outstanding and original photographs to your homescreen. The app is highly automated, user-friendly and takes all the judgement out of finding a wallpaper. If you want to liven up your homescreen experience, look no further.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Very easy to set up!
- Lots of preferences and controls!
- Stunning images!
- API prevents from saving images or holding longer than 24 hours.
500 Firepaper is a new solution to the problem of finding a new wallpaper. In a nutshell, you set the app as a live wallpaper, then sit back as it selects various images based on your preferences. All images come directly from the 500px website, so are top quality and high resolution.
There are a number of useful settings too. You can adjust the update interval, with various presets from every 30 seconds to every 24 hours. You can also have the app change the wallpaper with each home display or every time you turn your screen off. Images can be drawn from a wide range of categories; from abstract photography to landscapes, food and nudes. You can determine where these images come from on the site too, selecting from Popular, Upcoming, Editor’s Choice, Fresh Today, Fresh Yesterday and Fresh this Week.
…set the app as a live wallpaper, then sit back as it selects various images based on your preferences.
The customisation doesn’t end there either. You can add blur, saturation and a parallax effect if your launcher supports it. Perhaps my favourite feature is the way you can tap your screen with three fingers to jump to the next image, it’s incredibly easy and lets you browse through multiple images if you are feeling particularly fussy. Finally, the app can be set to run as an Android ‘daydream’ for compatible devices.
You do lack some control over the images themselves however. Due to the nature of the 500px website and it’s subsequent API restrictions, you cannot download the images or have them saved on your device. Additionally, you can preserve one as your wallpaper for more than 24 hours. While this is annoying, I guess it respects the rights of the photographers who post their work there.
500 Firepaper is certainly an app you can use on a regular basis and the user interface is exceptionally simple to use and follow. I really like the level of control the app gives you and, although you can’t save the images, you at least get a very wide range of excellent photos.
500 Firepaper – Sample (1)
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500 Firepaper – Tap with three fingers to change
500 Firepaper – Wallpaper options
500 Firepaper – Settings
500 Firepaper – Settings extra
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