When Slide is launched its icon can be located in the system tray. Clicking this icon brings up the system tray menu, which allows you to control Slide and access settings.
- Next sets your desktop background to the next image in your collection.
- Previous returns your desktop background to the previous image in your collection.
- Pause/Resume stops or starts the automatic slideshow.
- Pause/Resume Downloads stops or starts the download of new images at regular intervals.
- Settings opens a window in which you can configure Slide to your preferences.
- Exit closes the application.
In section 2 a set of controls and some basic information for each present monitor are displayed:
- Star the image currently displayed.
- Blacklist the image currently displayed, which will remove it from your collection.
If an update is available a third section is added which will initiate the download of the latest version when clicked.
The sources tab greets you as you open settings from the system tray menu. Here you can configure how often slide downloads new images (or collects them from a local folder) and how often the background changes. You can also select as many different image sources as you like, using the plus button to add new sources and the x on the right of a source to remove it.
The save button on the bottom right is displayed on every tab of the settings, and will save any changes made in every tab.
The filtering tab starts with a slideshow preview that contains all images that will currently be returned on each monitor based on your filters and monitor settings, with different monitors selectable above the image preview. This preview should be reloaded if any other settings have been altered in order to get the most up to date set of images. Beneath the image preview a link to the original image is displayed as well as the image author and description if available. Beneath that a control bar can be used to skip through the images, star and blacklist individual images and reload the preview.
Following the slideshow preview there are two checkboxes. Only show starred images will filter any unstarred images out of the current image set, leaving just your favorites. Show blacklisted images will return any blacklisted images to the image set, although they will remain blacklisted.
Finally the image set can be filtered by color, clicking any color in the list will filter the image set by images that feature that color predominantly. You can filter by multiple colors at once.
The monitors tab allows you to; see your monitor layout, select between two different modes if you have multiple monitors, filter images for each monitor by resolution and aspect ratio, set monitors to vertical mode (only required in windows) and choose between different image scaling modes.
The advanced multi monitor options checkbox enables the monitor filtering options to be controlled individually per monitor by clicking on a monitor in the visualisation to control the filtering for it. It also enables you to choose between two multi monitor modes. If you have multiple monitors but are happy having identical images on all of them then you can leave this option unchecked.
The mode dropdown is only available when advanced multi monitor options has been checked. When in individual image per monitor mode the following filters are adjustable:
- Image Resolution; Images will be returned that either exactly match or are equal to or larger than the inputted resolution (x by y in pixels)
- Image Aspect; Images will be returned that exactly match the inputted aspect ratio (x by y). If the dropdown is set to any then aspect will be ignored.
- Mode; Sets the display mode between centered, fill, fill and center, fit, fit and center, stretch, span and none. The function of each of these modes is described here.
Resolution and aspect ratio filters can be used in conjunction with each other, although the resolution filter will be locked to the set aspect ratio if the image aspect dropdown is set to exact.
When in span mode the same filters are available as when in individual image per monitor mode, although bear in mind that the filtered images will now be spanned across all of your monitors. In the case of the two monitors shown in the monitors tab in the above section, it would be wise to filter by a minimum resolution of the combined x resolutions of the monitors (as they are side by side) and a slightly higher y resolution than one of the monitors (as they are slightly out of line). In other words filter by the size of the "canvas" that your monitors create. Along with these options there are span mode specific options to be configured:
- Center spanned image will center the image across the detected monitors, rather than starting from the top left of the image and the top left of the leftmost top monitor.
- Resize spanned image will resize larger images down to the "canvas" resolution of your monitors, although this is automatically applied to smaller images.
- Monitor Size in inches is required in order for span mode to function, this allows us to scale images based on the pixel densities of your monitors.
- Bezels (x by y) are used to correct the positioning of a spanned image across two monitors by taking into account the gap between adjacent monitors due to bezels, creating the effect that the spanned image continues behind the bezels. Vertical bezels are considered in the x axis, and horizontal in the y axis.
- Air gaps are used in the same way as bezels, although in the x axis the air gap to the right of the monitor should be entered and in the y axis the air gap below the monitor should be entered, provided that there are other monitors in those directions.
The advanced tab offers user controls for how Slide operates:
- Run Slide on startup will automatically launch Slide when you turn on your computer.
- Enable shuffle mode turns on an image shuffle mode for your collection of images.
- Show image description overlay prints the description of an image (if one is available) on top of the image. Please note the description is printed on the bottom right corner and may be cut out by some display modes.
- System tray icon style allows for customisation of the icon that is used, the default Slide icon can be replaced with more minimalist style icons if they are more your style.
- Max images stored allows for control over how many images Slide will download to your chosen storage location, after this many images have been downloading Slide will stop looking for new ones.
- Delete old images after limit reached will allow Slide to keep downloading new images whilst maintaining the images stored limit by deleting the oldest images as new ones are found. However Slide will not delete starred images as a part of this process.
- Image Storage Location opens a system file browser that allows you to change location of downloaded images. This will relocate existing images too, which may take a few minutes depending on how many images you have downloaded and the speed of your hard drives. Please do not select folders that require admin privileges to access as Slide will not be able to read/write to them unless launched with admin access.
- Delete images which don't match saved filters will permanently remove any images that do not match the currently saved filters, including resolution and aspect ratio filters.
- Restore deleted images will re-download any previously deleted images, this process can take a long time if a large number of images have been deleted and should be used with caution.