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Random Screensaver

DonChino's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I did a search and it seems the closest thing was something about "Independent Screensaver" which is cool, but how about we get something as simple as Random Screensaver?

Basically, load a different Screensaver each time it loads and this can be based on each "sleep" period, each day, each week, etc so the idea is just to be able to install and configure into DisplayFusion up to like 10-100 different screensavers and have something new show up every once in a while. The 3D Fish Tank is cool, but I would like to see the Surveillance Saver pop up sometimes as well as some others so trying to keep it fresh while keeping it simple. This might require some sort of "module" that can handle storing settings for various Screensavers, so obviously if you have to cap it at 10, then that is cool...

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Mar 25, 2014 (modified Mar 25, 2014)  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
We don't have any immediate plans to implement random screen saver functionality, but it is currently on our feature request list, so I've added your vote to it. We'll be sure to let you know if anything changes!
Mar 27, 2014  • #2
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Chris Charles
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While this feature is not native, I was able to create a small work around if you are using a bunch of different SCR files for your screensaver.

  • 1. Copy all of your Screesaver .SCR files into a folder, for example D:\ScreeSavers.
  • 2. Create a sub-solfer named for example D:\ScreeSavers\Random_Screensaver.
  • 3. Create a batch file and place it in the newly created directory. You can name if for example "D:\ScreeSavers\Random_Screensaver\Random_Screensaver.bat" .
  • 4. Here's what the contentsof the batch file could look like:
  • Code

  • 5. Go to Start > Accessories > System Tools > Task Scheduler
  • 6. Create a "Scheduled Task" that will run at any interval that you like. It could be from 5 minutes to a matter of days for example.
  • 7. "Run" the Scheduled Task manually (right-click on it) for the first time, to ensure it is working as expected.
  • 8. You should now see a file called " D:\ScreenSavers\Random_Screensaver\__RANDOM.scr"
  • 9. Open up your "Screen Saver Settings" in DisplayFusion.
  • 10. Where you select your desired Screen Saver, click on the "Browse" button on the right.
  • 11. Browse to the " D:\ScreenSavers\Random_Screensaver\" location and select the "__RANDOM.scr" file.
  • 12. Set your "Timeout (minutes)" to be ONE (1) minute longer than the interval than the one you setup for your Scheduled Task in step #6.
  • 13. Save and Apply your changes in DisplayFusion.

This should now change the FILENAME "__RANDOM.scr" at whatever interval you like, but DisplayFusion will always read the same file and location when it launches the ScreenSaver, that way giving you a "sudo" random screensaver option.

Hope this helps
Dec 15, 2014 (modified Dec 15, 2014)  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Neat workaround, thanks Charles!
Dec 15, 2014  • #4
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David Kinston
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It's now September 2018.
2 monitors, screensaver images from local directories, changing every few seconds.

Any chance of adding the random image option?

Sep 1, 2018  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@David: Are you wanting random screen savers, or random images in the DisplayFusion Photos Screen Saver?
Sep 6, 2018  • #6
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David Kinston
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The idea was to display screen saver images in random order.
Sep 6, 2018  • #7
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
The DisplayFusion Photos Screen Saver should already do that. Could you send me a backup of your DisplayFusion Settings? (Settings > Options > Export)
Sep 6, 2018  • #8
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David Kinston
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Thanks for the prompt replies

It's quite strange.

Until about a week ago the same image always displayed first.
Now they do seem to be random.

I played with the settings a few days ago - maybe I accidentally fixed it!

I'll keep you informed.
Sep 6, 2018  • #9
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sounds good, thanks!
Sep 7, 2018  • #10
Richard Jefferson's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Huh.. I actually would like to have the ability to rotate the actual screen savers randomly or in order from a list of those installed. I could have sworn that was in DF but I couldn't find it and ran into this thread. I typically don't bother with one (just sleep the screens) but I just added a huge 4K display to my desktop and throught I might show it off with a few cool screen savers when it goes idle before eventually going blank.

Basically a slection to "rotate screen savers" and have a checkbox list all the insatlled screen savers to check the ones I want and then another drop down for something like "in order", "random", etc., and perhaps a time between changes.

I could use the scripting method above but I'd really rather had it built into something with a bit more functionality and polish than having to support my own tool.

Jan 9, 2019  • #11
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