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Hi guys,

is there a way to add background pictures to a compact mac: a utility or add on?

i’m running 7.5.5 on my se/30. Basically its a bit cheesy but i’d like to the same backgrounds on all 3 of my vintage macs, i mocked up my idea in the below picture. 

Trimmed picture in photoshop for the se/30 and saved as .bmp to the right size.

 

any advise?

 

C815033A-510E-41D5-9D30-AAECFCE5617D.jpeg

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Yes, it is possible. I'd like to point out that Decor is another good option and shouldn't bother you about it being unregistered like DeskPicture always does. Also, when dealing with images on old macs, GraphicConverter is a good option. You can find several versions on Macintosh Repository.

 

(This is also doable on System 6, but you will need to need to convert the file to a 1-bit 512x342 PICT file using GraphicConverter, and then use SuperPaint 2.0 to re-save that PICT as a "StartupScreen" file. With Backdrop installed, make a folder in the System folder called "Screens" and throw as many StartupScreen files in there as you want, and Backdrop randomly picks one on startup.)

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So I'm putting pictures on mac os 7 thew a emulator and floppies using imageconverter  for mac os 10.4.11 tiger. I figured out how to get all the detentions and the 1 bit finally but every format I use either GIF, .MAC , or PICT does not show up in macpaint, superpaint, or Photoshop unless its a RAW. The (RAW) picture looks like some one threw up on the screen no matter what I use, so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've been doing this for hours and I'm not familiarize with picture sizes because that's not what I do, I don't do graphics for a living. This is the first time I have ever had to deal with this, and the first time learning about the measurements of resolution and bits which is the reason I put off the project in the first place. As you can see I'm not good at art, nor graphical formats. That's why I like working on hardware rather than software

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This is really making me mad. because my machine wont except 1.44 floppies, I'm having trouble with software downloading software. At the same time wasting 6hrs trying every combination of photo and trying to open it with photo shop 0.63b and its not working. I would need more help with this. I would be so grateful if some one helps me out by making a tutorial on how to do it.

 

Note: it was easier to put music on my SE than this.

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Sorry to necrothread but I just uploaded ColorDesk to Macintosh Garden after realizing I couldn't find it online anywhere.

 

I prefer ColorDesk to DeskPicture because it loads at INIT time, so cosmetically gives a nicer boot experience - your color background is already there behind the Finder when it first appears (DeskPicture loads later after a visible delay).

 

As I recall it's compatible with System 6 and maybe even earlier ... and I can confirm firsthand it works with 7.5.5 and 8.5.

 

https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/colordesk

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On 12/29/2019 at 10:50 PM, Crutch said:

Sorry to necrothread but I just uploaded ColorDesk to Macintosh Garden after realizing I couldn't find it online anywhere.

 

I prefer ColorDesk to DeskPicture because it loads at INIT time, so cosmetically gives a nicer boot experience - your color background is already there behind the Finder when it first appears (DeskPicture loads later after a visible delay).

 

As I recall it's compatible with System 6 and maybe even earlier ... and I can confirm firsthand it works with 7.5.5 and 8.5.

 

https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/colordesk

Thanks Crutch, i will try it out :)

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