Desktoptopia is a desktop background manager for the Mac that automatically loads and displays designer desktops from our ever-growing master collection, on your monitor, as often as you wish. Made for designers/by designers to keep you inspired with the freshest desktops. The master collection grows everyday, so you’re sure to to be inspired with the freshest and latest designs. If you are interested in purchasing Desktoptopia ($20), Web Designer Wall’s readers can enter coupon code “luckyme” at checkout will get 50% off (valid until Sept. 18, 2007).

The founder explains the story behind Desktoptopia…

sample desktop

Desktoptopia came about when my artist friends and I would share art for inspiration. We’d make these folders full of images to use for our desktops, to admire while we work. It was all about finding/ sharing new art styles. Everyone who saw our desktops would ask for the images, so we thought maybe other artists and people at large
might like something like this.

The technology is actually pretty cool. We’re using RSS feeds to send the images and there’s a rating algorithm to show you art you like more often, and art you’re not crazy about less often. There’s also a place in the system preferences where you can add your own feeds from sources like Flickr.

We have a database of desktops artist have submitted, and we take great care as to what makes the cut. Artist review submissions and only the best make it in. And of course, it’s all work safe imagery. Nothing you’d be embarrassed about if your mom saw it.

The artist like it because it’s a source of inspiration, and a way to get discovered. All art submitted links back to the artists site from the Menubar icon in Desktoptopia. We’ve already gotten reports of artist getting work from Desktoptopia.

Our team is very diverse and global. Our programming work is done in Germany, Marketing in the USA and our artists are from all over the world.

So far it’s been very well accepted, and we have a ton of great ideas to enhance Desktoptopia in the future.

Here are some nice samples from the gallery:

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57 Comments

Julen
Sep 8, 2007 at 12:58 am

Hey Nick,

How did you do the sliding images? It is awesome!

Michael Castilla
Sep 8, 2007 at 1:05 am

Thanks Nick! Nice find, but too bad you have to pay for the manager.

Mykal
Sep 8, 2007 at 1:22 am

Ah too bad I have a PC. I need a mac. Bad.

Ian Smith
Sep 8, 2007 at 1:57 am

$20? It’s cool, but I’m not about to shell out a twenty for this… I guess I’ll have to make my own with some Applescript…

Kai Schaller
Sep 8, 2007 at 2:46 am

I’ll agree that it’s cool, but not something I would spend money on. Guess I’ll enjoy my remaining 10 days of free trial.

Darren White
Sep 8, 2007 at 5:18 am

For me, about £10 (possibly lower as the pound is string against the dollar ATM) is a great deal and I feel I like something I willing to pay. Everybody has to earn a living some how.

Matt Dempsey
Sep 8, 2007 at 8:08 am

Get 50% of it using the coupon code ‘luckyme’ :D, $20 I wasn’t sure about, but for £5 I’m sold!

Cheers!

sturdy
Sep 8, 2007 at 1:03 pm

I need one of these for XP. =(

Mitchell
Sep 8, 2007 at 4:09 pm

If it were a free program, I might give it a try.
But I’d rather just find desktops I like, save it to a folder, and let my iMac automatically change between them randomly every hour.

Exactly the same as Desktopopia, except you have to find your own desktops, and it’s completely free (=

Alex
Sep 9, 2007 at 2:49 am

the artwork on here is incredible, i really wish it didnt cost anything, my free trial will be an enjoyable experience though.

Another unrelated question. How long would you say it took to design this site. just wondering becuase it’ so well done.

Adrian
Sep 9, 2007 at 8:16 am

Nice! But alas, I do not yet have a Mac. Hey Mitchell, there are some nice wallpapers at Desktopography

Rikas
Sep 9, 2007 at 6:00 pm

I have a mac but i won’t buy this. Too much for such a simple app! Too bad!

Fireproof83
Sep 10, 2007 at 11:36 am

Well… I’ve got a PC, but I wouldn’t pay so much for that app if I had a mac.

ballookey
Sep 11, 2007 at 3:44 pm

The thing is, some of the better desktops featured on this site are certainly available for free from the original artists. I recognize David Lanham’s work in the samples shown above, and it’s free to download the wallpaper from his site – which curiously enough, isn’t linked in the artist’s profile at Desktoptopia. Also, one of the iPhone wallpapers is an older version of the Hicks Design logo.

Julien Maffre
Sep 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm

it would be perfect if desktoptopia would have a cover icon fonction like the one in deskshade.
I’m a little messed-up :)

IronMAN
Sep 26, 2007 at 9:08 am

do you mind if you share the codes for that nice gallery?

Search Scripts
Oct 8, 2007 at 3:52 am

Is there a copy of dektoptopia available for windows xp as well?

Yana DOMASHITSKY
Nov 12, 2007 at 1:58 am

lol or you can do what I did… keep it for 10 days as a trial and printscreen all the best desktops and use them at your own leisure.

Sky
May 3, 2008 at 2:04 am

Hello, i’m 64 living in France…I love so much the background of your home
page…I’ll be so glade to have one for desktop of my computer…
Best regards…Mme…S.L

yurtiçi nakliyat
Dec 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm

thanks i have mac but i dont buy that one

Jem1007
Jan 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

guys? It’s a free download on the apple website. I love it!!

oto kiralama
Mar 1, 2009 at 9:33 am

i think the price is good

karan
Mar 7, 2009 at 2:08 am

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Add Shape +
Subtract Shape –
Preserve Transparency (toggle) /
Decrease Brush Size [
Increase Brush Size ]
Decrease Brush Softness by 25% Shift+ [
Increase Brush Hardness by 25% Shift+ ]
Previous Brush
First Brush Shift+
Tool Opacity 10% → 100% 1 → 0
Flow / Airbrush Opacity 10% → 100% Shift+1 → 0
Path / Direct Selection Tool A
Brush / Pencil / Color Replacement Tool B
Crop Tool C
Default Colors D
Eraser Tool E
Cycle Screen Modes F
Gradient / Paint Bucket Tool G
Hand Tool H
Eyedropper / Sampler / Measure Tool I
Spot Healing / Healing / Patch / Red Eye J
Slice Tool K
Lasso Tool L
Marquee Tool M
Notes / Audio Annotation Tool N
Dodge / Burn / Sponge Tool O
Pen / Freeform Pen Tool P
Standard / Quick Mask Mode Q
Blur / Sharpen / Smudge Tool R
Clone / Pattern Stamp Tool S
Type Tool (Vertical / Horizontal) T
Shape Tool U
Move Tool V
Magic Wand Tool W
Switch Colors X
History / Art History Brush Tool Y
Zoom Tool Z
Hand Tool (toggle) Space
Zoom In (toggle) Ctrl+Space
Zoom Out (toggle) Alt+Space
Cycle Path / Direct Selection Tools Shift+A
Cycle Brush / Pencil / Color Replacement Shift+B
Cycle Eraser Tools Shift+E
Menubar (show / hide) Shift+F
Toggle Gradient / Paint Bucket Tools Shift+G
Cycle Eyedropper / Sampler / Measure Shift+ I
Cycle Spot / Healing / Patch / Red Eye Shift+J
Toggle Slice / Slice Select Tools Shift+K
Cycle Lasso Tools Shift+L
Toggle Rectangular / Elliptical Marquee Shift+M
Toggle Notes / Audio Annotation Tools Shift+N
Cycle Dodge / Burn / Sponge Tools Shift+O
Toggle Pen / Freeform Pen Tools Shift+P
Cycle Blur / Sharpen / Smudge Tools Shift+R
Toggle Clone / Pattern Stamp Tools Shift+S
Cycle Type Tools (Vertical / Horizontal) Shift+T
Cycle Shape / Line Tools Shift+U
Toggle History / Art History Brush Shift+Y
Airbrush (Brush Tool) Alt+Shift+P

izmir araç kiralama
Mar 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

thankss its really good

Kevin
Jun 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

What happened here? Desktoptopia website appears to be gone. A family member of mine changed my background on me while Desktoptopia was running and the application crashed. After I was unsuccessful in getting it to work once again I decided to try and uninstall it and then download it again. When I went online searching of the website it just wouldn’t load. So I went to alternative downloading websites and I could not get anything working or the download to even start. I have used Desktoptopia for 4 years now and now that it is gone and I have no way of getting it back I don’t know what to do with myself.

Can anyone tell me what happened?

prefabrik ev
Jun 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Is there a copy of dektoptopia available for windows xp as well?

Mary Nelson
Jul 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

Somebody please explain what happened to Desktoptopia! Mine seems to have quit running and I can’t get a download to work now… are you gone for good or is this just a temporary glitch? Help!

aman
Jul 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

That is a very nice application. And thanks for the code. exbi

Phil
Aug 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

desktoptopia seems to be down. the website won’t load and the program stopped working (network timeout)

sad :’-(

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Kevin
Aug 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

Dear cennetevi & aman,

The links you two have given appear to be dead ends to me. One is in another language that I cannot understand, nor translate via Google Web Translator, and the appears to be a very uninteresting blog. Why would you post those links? What the hell guys?

cennet
Aug 12, 2009 at 3:40 am

:/:/

bagsin
Sep 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

cute background.

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Mike
Oct 31, 2009 at 4:24 am

desktoptopia seems to be down. the website won’t load and the program stopped working (network timeout)

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Jan 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

The designs showed here show what simple and tasteful design is all about. Another one to consider

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Apr 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

very cool. THANKS

eka
Jul 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

nice post. i like it :p

Val
Nov 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hi,
I have a little problem with Desktoptopia. You see, I donwloaded the program but the pictures which normaly come with it (like the pictures in 3D or Animations doesn’t show up ! So the program is installed but nothing changed. Futhermore, I tried to go on the links “http://desktoptopia.com” but it seems that this links doesn’t exist anymore. Can anybody help me ?
Thanks :)

Peter Theill
Nov 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

It seems like Desktoptopia isn’t available for download anymore and all their backgrounds are long gone.

That’s sad! So we decided to create a similar service collecting a great set of desktop backgrounds and have them automatically download and change on your Mac.

If interested, sign up for our notification list at http://wallpaperyapp.com and you will get notified when we release it (within a month).

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Jan 13, 2011 at 4:18 am

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Jan 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

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