Animated Wallpaper Maker is a powerful application that allows you to turn a regular static desktop background into an animated wallpaper.
Although it may all sound like a very complicated task, the program has been specifically developed to target all types of users, including rookies, so it boasts a friendly interface and intuitive features.
Even if the interface doesn't help too much in this regard, Animated Wallpaper Maker also comes with a step-by-step wizard to lend you a hand while trying to create an animated wallpaper, while also offering several example projects to demonstrate its features.
While you can work with any photo on your computer as long as it comes as a PNG, BMP, JPG or TGA file, the app offers multiple effects, such as underwater, water mirror, fire, rings on water, matrix code and glass ball.
Each effect comes with its very own set of options, so you can customize a number of parameters such as colors, reflection, amplitude, gradient, saturation, speed and others.
Plus, a separate panel lets you adjust base properties, such as count, size and speed, color properties and blending mode, as well as orientation for a better final quality.
Last but not least, you can also configure multiple slides, which means Animated Wallpaper Maker can also play the role of a wallpaper changer, with dedicated fields to configure values for fade in and fade out time.
The program runs on low resources and although we've noticed some minor slowdowns on Windows 7, there's nothing to worry about.
Overall, Animated Wallpaper Maker is quite an interesting application that does what it says with a great amount of customization features. It's easy to use, but it need some time to figure out which feature is which.