The Wallpaper UI offers a variety of modifications to the background of your different screens. The different modes are described underneath and you can have a look at the wallpaper tutorial to have a more "graphic" description of how to use these features.




Wallpaper functionality has four modes of operation:

1. Cowon's Default Wallpaper Mode

One wallpaper is assigned to all screens. This mode is very efficient when wallpaper is selected from an image that is larger than 272x480 format since it creates a new scaled image. To use this mode, set User Settings -> System -> Wallpaper Mode to 'Default' - this allows Cowon's original Firmware function to take over. Pressing wallpaper button in the Picture screen will immediately create the wallpaper snapshop and will load it as a default for all screens.

2. Per Screen Wallpaper Mode

If User Settings -> System -> Wallpaper Mode is set to 'Per Screen' A wallpaper may be assigned individually to the following screens:

  • Menu 1- 3
  • Widget
  • Browser
  • Music
  • Radio
  • Record

Cowon's default wallpaper is ignored (but not discarded) in this case - thus you can switch seamlessly between the two options. Pressing Wallpaper icon in the Picture Viewer will display a list of screens. Tap once to select the screen, and tap again to save the setting. If you press (x), you will exit selection without saving wallpaper data.

The Per Screen Wallpaper Mode is required for all advanced Wallpaper customization features including Theme Wallpapers.

3. Timeline Wallpaper Mode

If User Settings -> System -> Wallpaper Mode is set to 'Per Screen' and User Settings -> System -> Wallpaper Timeline is enabled, selecting a Screen (single tap) as described above will also display a list of time zones during which the wallpaper is active. Active zones are:

  • <ALL> - wallpaper active for all zones
  • 12am / 00:00
  • 4am / 04:00
  • 8am / 08:00
  • 12pm / 12:00
  • 4pm / 16:00
  • 8pm / 20:00

Select either <ALL> or at least one zone during which the wallpaper is to be active. Tap on the previously selected screen name to save wallpaper settings.

4. Wallpaper Slideshow

The slideshow feature allows certain UI's to be part of a single Slideshow display, while other UI's may use Per-Screen or Timeline-based wallpapers. The slideshow randomizes selected images, and ensures that same image is not repeated on next slide. The folder from which slideshow starts, subfolder search, and time delay is user-configurable.


  1. Enable slideshow: System -> Wallpaper -> Enable Slideshow = Yes. This will initialize a list of pictures and folders (note that the list is initialized at startup, so if you have a lot of pictures, startup speed may be affected).
  2. Set Change Time [Wallpaper -> Change Time (sec)] anywhere from 10 seconds to 4 hours (14400 seconds).
  3. Select folder from which the Slideshow will use images (Wallpaper -> Start Folder). When you select this option, all folders under \Pictures will be displayed. If the name does not fit, single-tap on the name and it will start scrolling.
  4. Decide if images should also be taken from all sub-folders under selected folder [Wallpaper -> Use Subfolders?].
  5. Identify which screens will participate in the Slideshow [Wallpaper -> Slideshow Screens] (note that if the screens have Per-Screen or Timeline settings, they will be disabled - but settings will not be lost). You may select [All Screens] to activate the slideshow for all screens, or you may pick individual screens. Any screen without slideshow will use standard wallpaper settings.

If activating the slideshow and changing settings does not take effect, restart the S9 - on-the-fly switchover will not work in all cases!


  • The Slideshow is a SINGLE wallpaper that changes on a specific interval. Thus if Menu 1 and Music have slideshow enabled, they will have the same wallpaper (though they wil still use their own Alpha settings).
  • Enabling Slideshow may improve startup time and memory usage as there are less images to preload (if you activate it for all screens, only one wallpaper is in memory at a time).
  • Slideshow delay is approximate as it is affected by Frame Rate.
  • Do not select a folder that only has one image in it.
  • No scaling or rotation is implemented with the Slideshow, so make sure the source folder has images already properly scaled.

5. Theme Wallpapers

This feature allows you to define separate wallpapers with the usage of specific Icon Themes. That means you can use a predefined wallpaper for each of your Icon Themes. As this topic is mainly related to the usage of Custom Icon Themes you will find the description of its usage there.

6. Wallpaper Vignette Effect

With the vignette effect you can change the look of your wallpapers by using a custom PNG file as overlay for your wallpaper. The vignette is managed by the launcher and thus will be used for every screen using the "Per Screen" wallpaper mode including Wallpaper Slideshow and Wallpaper Timeline. To use it you will need a vignette file used as overlay which has to be in PNG (for transparency) format at a size of 272x480 pixel and placed in the Flash UI folder. The smaller the file size, the better the speed at startup.

To enable the effect you have to turn it on in User Settings -> System -> Wallpaper -> Enable Vignette and define your PNG at the option below Vignette File.

Preview/Sample Vignettes:


Above are some examples for vignette usage (the picture on the left being the original wallpaper). The sample vignettes shown above can be downloaded here (Vignettes.rar, 4 PNG files, 70 KB).

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