If you’re looking for a good website to help spruce up your computer, InterfaceLIFT is a great first stop. You can grab wallpapers, themes and icons, for Windows and Mac OS X (and sometimes Linux). The largest part of the website – by far – and the most useful, in that the artwork in this section can be used by Windows, Mac and Linux users alike, is the wallpaper section. Unfortunately, although probably intentionally, as InterfaceLIFT is an ad-driven website that relies on donations and ad revenue to survive, it can take a lot of clicking and a lot of scrolling to navigate through the more than 2200 desktop wallpapers currently available on the website.
For Google Chrome users, however, there is a fast and pretty user-friendly extension. Called simply InterfaceLIFT Wallpapers, this extension allows users to (you guessed it!) browse through the InterfaceLIFT collection of wallpapers.
Using InterfaceLift Wallpapers really couldn’t be any simpler. Once you’ve installed the extension from the Google Chrome extensions gallery, simply click the icon. It may take a bit of time (depending on how busy the InterfaceLIFT website is, as well as your own Internet connection), but in just a little bit a pop-up window will appear, with ten thumbnail images on it. Find one you like? Click it and you’ll be taken to the InterfaceLIFT website, where you can quickly download it with just a click. Sometimes (at least “sometimes” according to the extension’s developer), shift-clicking on a thumbnail image in the extension will actually take you directly to the image at the correct screen resolution for your monitor. It’s worked on all the wallpapers I’ve tried, but even if there are some glitches, that’s a great feature to offer.
If you don’t see anything you want on the first page of the extension’s pop-up window, just use the forward and back button to navigate to a new screen. There are ten wallpapers on each page of the pop-up, the same number that are on each page of the actual InterfaceLIFT website, so you don’t save any clicking here, but there is far less scrolling, as all ten thumbnails can be seen at once in the extension, but only one or two can be viewed on the website at any one time.
If you leave the extension (because you clicked to view a particular wallpaper on the InterfaceLIFT website), clicking the extension icon again returns you to the last page you viewed. This was actually my biggest complaint about the first version of the extension, as before, any time you clicked away, you were forced to either click the forward buttons until you made it back to where you left, or enter in the page number you last viewed, assuming you remember it. Now, however, the extension remembers where you were, which makes it a lot more user-friendly, from my point of view.
And that’s pretty much what the extension does. Now that the extension remembers the last page I viewed, about the only other option I’d like to see would be the addition of a search field within the extension itself. I don’t need to see the search results inside the extension window; taking me to a results page on the InterfaceLIFT website would be fine. But having the search field inside the extension would be just a little bit more efficient, and I’m all in favor of saving time. Still, InterfaceLIFT Wallpapers is a nice extension, and makes it really simple to get great-looking wallpapers with very little effort. So if you’re looking for a new source of wallpapers, give it a try.