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Simple Question @ MAC platform...

what format does wallpaper need to be?



9:44 am on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I use a Wintel PC system and occasionaly make desktop wallpapers from my jpegs. I re-save the jpeg as a bitmap image and then put it in the windows directory.

In the past I've found that trying to put a jpeg as wallpaper on your desktop can be a quirky proposition (like having to make your desktop an "active desktop" which I don't like). This is why I use the bitmap format for wallpapers.


If I want to make wallpapers for people on a MAC platform, can they use a bitmap image? Or do I need to save the file in another format? If so, which format would be the "proper" one to use for the stated purpose?

Thanks for any insights,


11:46 am on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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hello gene,

Usually the images tend be jpg or pict but bitmap works as well.


3:10 pm on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Jimbo!

I wasn't familiar with PICT. I just tried saving an image as .PCT using PaintShopPro. It seems to be the MAC equivalent of Windows bitmap, in so far as being a lossless format.

But if MAC systems can handle bitmaps, then I may just go with that since I won't need to create multiple files for the same image to upload.



5:30 pm on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'd go for jpegs... I'd bet a gif could work too, but I've never tried it... hold on a moment.

<rummaging in control panel>

Yup. JPG, BMP, GIF or PCT will all work in System 9. I'd assume they'd all work in System 8 as well.

Don't know about OSX though.


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