You may have seen my November 2009 post citing the National Geographic site as one of the best places to download wallpaper images on the internet. This post is a bit of a follow up to that one, in that the free tool discussed here is designed to automatically download entire collections of National Geographic wallpaper images to your hard drive all at once. (It seems Christmas this year is coming early!).
This is convenient in many respects, as there are in fact two National Geographic domains that offer images for download, and these are displayed via a flash image viewer with the download link placed somewhere underneath, making mass-downloading impossible. With NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader, however, mass-downloading literally becomes a two-click affair; check the library or category you want to download, select the image size to download from te dropdown, and then watch your download folder populate with amazing wallpaper.
Here are more notes on this program:
- Sources: downloads images from both the National Geographic website and the National Geographic magazine. These are represented within two tabs in the main interface (see screenshot to the right)
- Image sizes: you can choose the available image sizes from the dropdown next to each library or category. My advice: always download the largest available resolution.
- Future image collections: support for new libraries or categories will have to be added to the application as these become available. In other words, always get the latest version of this app when you intend to use it. The author names a number of image collections that he is in the process of adding, including “History, Adventure, Traveler, Sea Monsters, Seabed, Blue Earth, Green Earth, Forces of Nature, Lewis & Clark, Roar and many more”.
- Downloading individual images: this is a bulk downloader. If you want to browse and download individual images then by all means browse the site itself.
- Portable: download and run, no install needed.
Wish list (or how this program can be even better)
- Auto updater: would be super nice, instead of having to manually download updates from the site.
The verdict: a simple, small tool that delivers the goods. Watch your download directory magically populate with some of the best wallpaper images and photography to be found on the internet.
Version Tested: 2.0.2
Go to program home page to download the latest version (approx 712K).