The Parastream Technologies WallGen Tool is a valuable addition to any multi-platform development or testing operation. It can quickly generate a custom wallpaper for Windows machines that can help users positively identify a machine and configuration at a glance using text, graphics, and colors.

Here are some of the features of WallGen:

  • Create grids of various screen resolutions to aid in creating user interfaces.
  • Automatically sets initial text for system name, OS name and version, locale, and browser name and version.
  • Notes gives you complete control of the text.
  • You can use the default Windows colors, or define your own.
  • You can import your own logo or graphic, or have none at all (not available in the demo version).


I handled the entire project, including documentation. The product was written in Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0, because Visual C++ .NET doesn’t support Windows 95. The documentation was composed in Microsoft FrontPage 2002, and compiled into a .chm file using Microsoft HTML Help Workshop. The web site pages at https://www.parastream.com/software/wallgen were composed in Microsoft FrontPage 2002, and an animated GIF for the home page was authored in Ulead GIF Animator 4.0. The source control used was Perforce.


  • C++, MFC, GUI
  • Visual Studio, Visual C++
  • FrontPage
  • Animated GIF