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Devabulator v0.81b
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© 2006 - 2019 infernalproteus
17th June 2007 UPDATE - Version 1.2 available
Better wallpaper support, new search and filter capabilities.
Get it from dA here: [link] or directly from my website: [link]

Welcome to the next installment in the Devabulator Series - Devabulator 0.8 BETA.

Devabulator allows you to select any Category and Subcategory of Deviations here on Deviantart and displays their thumbnails sequentially in the widget. Devabulator 0.8 retains existing functionality of obtaining the list of popular wallpaper as well. The thumbnails will cycle every X seconds (or not at all if you so desire). Clicking the thumbnail will take you to the deviation page.
*You can force an image switch at any time by clicking the deviantART icon at the top of the widget.*

Thanks to CrisVector [link] again for consenting to the use of his fantastic Fantastic Four piece for the screenshot :)

What's New in this version:
Primarily, the ability to have Devabulater cycle through devations in a specified category. You don't have to make do with only the most popular wallpaper. You can choose the category, subcategory, sorting order (newest first, oldest first, top favorites) and you can specify the offset at which the browsing begins. Offsets are remembered for each category, so you can switch categories and continue where you left off.

To select your category and subcategory, simply bring up the context menu in Devabulator (right click the widget). Minor issue: If the menu does not appear, left click devabulator and then right click (See BETA note at the bottom).

You can also press 'N' to switch to the next image instead of clicking the deviantART icon.

Preferences:

New Preferences:
+Browse order: Select wheter you'd like to browse in Newest First, Oldest First or Top Favorites order - just like deviantART.
+Deviation offset: Set the offset at which deviations are to be fetched.
+Increment offset automatically: Keeping this on will ensure that you keep browsing new deviations, otherwise Devabulator will continually cycle through the 24 deviations available from the current offset.
+Use internal categories file: Keep this on unless deviantART adds or removes categories and subcategories.

Preferences retained from version 0.5:
* Variable image switch delay (enter 0 to inhibit switching)
* Random or sequential mode (affects the thumbnail ordering). Random mode is only available for the "Populare Wallpaper" category.
* Minimalistic mode (thumbnail is 100 pixels wide instead of 300 pixels - see inset in Preview image)
* Open full view (open the full view page instead of the deviation page on click)
- Adult filter (REMOVED until I find a better way of enforcing this)
* Abitlity to disable the background window
* Change the color of the background window to suit your desktop

If you experience difficulty moving the widget around, keep the CTRL key pressed before attempting to drag with the mouse.

Requirements: You need Konfabulator, now known as Yahoo! Widgets (widget system for Windows and the Mac) to use this widget. To get Konfabulator, go here [link]

Note: This is *not* an Official deviantART widget

Previous version 0.5: [link]

Why BETA?
1) The popup menus used to select the category and subcategory are sort of a Konfabulator hack. You need to have "left clicked" Devabulator once before they start appearing. I'm looking out for a better UI now.
2) The new changes are pretty involved, would be nice to have you guys send me feedback on what works, what does not and what you'd like to see.
3) I read that deviantART might change it's browsing interface, if this happens, I'll need to change the extension (just a bit, I hope!)
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TrabzonSport's avatar
I got it to work, just downloaded another version from your website. Thx a lot ! :)
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TrabzonSport's avatar
It's awesome, but it doesn't work for me. I keep getting "error loading deviations" messages...
I'd really like to use that one :(
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ghor|Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!! Lovely thing on my desktop.

~alex
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farzaddesign|Professional General Artist
what do i need to open a widget file? Link me please Ima NOOBB Lolz
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sketchy-self's avatar
I can wait....I can wait....:meditate:
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LuluBreizh's avatar
I wait for your new update ! :party:
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sketchy-self's avatar
Yay! can't wait :D
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Hey, it would be great if you can update it for DeviantArt v5!!
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LuluBreizh's avatar
I think he is already working on as he said in the description. Keep good work infernalproteus ! :clap:
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LuluBreizh's avatar
Thanks for your excellent job ! :clap:
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infernalproteus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
HellPadre, thanks for bringing that to my notice. I've uploaded a new version which should take care of the gallery rearrangement. For more details, read the update note.
Enjoy!
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LuluBreizh's avatar
it don't work anymore since the wallpaper's section update :sniff:
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sketchy-self's avatar
just what i was looking for, for ages!
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xxmoonblissxx| Interface Designer
Awesome, now if someone could make a Devfabulator to submit ART to Deviantart instead of going to the page :D please please please, but this is just awesome!!
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belgarion|Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent
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Neutrino-X's avatar
Awesome widget, now I love to use it. :D

:+fav:
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Hi infernalproteus

You are the man, this issue is the best I ever saw. Devabulator bring me allot of agility on my desktop!
Thank you very much and big respect!

So long

Ikonoklast
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Actually, i lie. After giving it time to update, browsing specific categories does work :)
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And me too - "invalid feed returned". I've tried setting it to browse various specific categories, but to no avail.
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same problem as previous post
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Really cool you've developed this widget. I am having some trouble with running it however, it says "Feed returned invalid information". Does that mean DeviantArt changed the site enough to throw it off? Or maybe something else? My other data downloading widgets seem to work, I have a cable internet connection and it's always online. Do I need to open any ports in the firewall? Thanks for your help if you have time.

Randy
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infernalproteus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Randy,

You don't need to do anything special, getting the list of the most popular wallpapers is basically just a plain HTTP request to this URL [link] That is basically some sort of RSS "like" feed where I get the data I need for the deviation list. It looks like it's down right now, when I asked help desk about this the last time around, they just said it might be down if deviantART is under high load - though it does seem to be down for an unusually long period of time now.

On the other hand, the new features do not require this feed; Devabulator basically makes a request to deviantART just like you or I would through a browser. So until the feed comes back up, you could switch to browsing a specific category or all categories. Read the What's New section in the deviation to get this working.

Do let me know if anything else is bothering you :) Thank you for your feedback.
Brian.
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spyed|Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
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TwoDecks|Professional Interface Designer
Looks good. Are you going to develop a Dashboard widget for this?
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