Are you tired of constantly seeing the same white (or gray) background in Pharo? I know I am. Thankfully it is very easy to change.
Just run the following (provide a path to your own image):
I would recommend using darker-themed background for Dark theme and vice versa, unless you really love hurting your eyes.
All the settings can be configured through the Settings Browser in
Appearance > Desktop section and persisted using
If you are lazy, you can change it in startup script and have it available every time you start a new image.
And what if you want a different background every day? Some websites such as Bing offers daily new images, so all you have to do is find an appropriate api (
https://www.bing.com/HPImageArchive.aspx?format=js&n=1 returns a JSON response for this day), and process it. All the necessary tools (Zinc, JSON/STON) are already available in Pharo 5.0 without the need to install anything else.
Final note: keep in mind that when you switch theme it will reset the background, so if you are automatically setting your background from a startup script, it must be executed before the background change one.
You can always switch back to a plain color
Likewise if you don’t want to see the Pharo logo in top left corner, you can hide it or change it.