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In the summer of 1995, I visited some family in Los Angeles. My uncle had a computer with Windows 3 (or some version thereof since Windows 95 had not been released yet).

In Windows 3, there was no desktop or wallpaper like in later versions; instead you could set it to a simple pattern (still possible in later versions before XP) like hounds-tooth or bricks (interestingly, there seems to be next to nothing available on the Internet about this anymore; no screenshots and almost no pages).

I recall being amused when I found a program (on the still young “world-wide web”) that would actually let you set an animated background. It was smooth and fluid and was quite an amazing thing at the time. The program was a background program and did not run in a window.

If I recall correctly, it had several built-in animations including one of a light-orange-pink background over which storks flew towards the top-left, possibly with some light stuff floating in the “background” (they were actually animated and flapped their wings, not simply translated coordinates). The storks were somewhat simplified, black-line drawings.

Over the years, I’ve tried finding it again a few times but never could. Worse, it’s become harder and harder over time as new programs came out and polluted the search results.

I’m hoping that someone remembers this software and knows some useful information like the author or where to download it.

(It’s not ScreenPaper. That was created in 1997 to let you set a screensaver as the Windows 95/NT4 background. This was at least two years earlier for Windows 3 and I’m almost certain it had these animations built-in—I don’t recall any stork screensavers for Windows 3. It’s also not After Dark which was a screensaver while this was a program.)

Figure 1: Normal Windows 3 “desktop”

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Figure 2: Mock-up of “Flying Stork” animation

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Figure 3: Mystery program running (imagine the—approximately accurately sized—storks flapping their wings and flying towards the top-left)

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After dark? Flying toasters and other objects –  Canadian Luke Oct 5 '12 at 5:55
    
Are you looking for software like this? –  avirk Oct 5 '12 at 6:18
    
@Luke, After Dark was a screensaver, this program replaced the background. –  Synetech Oct 5 '12 at 6:50
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"This question has a single, definitive answer" - True, but in your own honest opinion and as Jeff noted, does it truly help others or is it just too localized? I know these types of itches are hard to scratch (we've all had those on-the-tip-of-the-tongue queries that leave us irritated and frustrated), but is SU the place to turn to for help if it's not something that would help anyone else? (And perhaps not even the one who's asking?) –  Karan Dec 26 '12 at 19:44
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This is not a "Guessing Game" question. Synetech did not ask for people to guess the answer. The only reason this question (and other similar questions) could be considered a "Guessing Game" question, is because some people are guessing when they don't know the answer (I don't know either). The question is pretty specific (and anyone is encouraged to ask for clarification if needed). The solution is, if you haven't seen (don't know about) a Flying Stork Animated Wallpaper for Windows 3.x, then don't answer (... don't guess). –  Kevin Fegan May 21 '13 at 5:33
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It appears that you can cheat and do something similiar without having to use extra software. You can use the windows Active Desktop to display a custom html page, and then just embed a gif or video in the html. Some simple instructions can be found here: http://mintywhite.com/xp/xcustomization/play-videos-as-your-wallpaper-in-windows-xp-no-extra-software/

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Yes, I am familiar with that (it was removed in Vista and up), but that is not what I am asking. If I only wanted to make animated desktops, there are plenty of ways to do it, but I am looking for this particular, Windows 3 program. –  Synetech Oct 5 '12 at 21:08
    
May I ask why? Is it just for knowledge or what? –  Josiah Oct 5 '12 at 21:17
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@AceLegend, ??? What difference does it make? Does the reason for asking alter the answer somehow? –  Synetech Oct 7 '12 at 19:20
    
No. I just find it odd that a question is being asked that seems to have no real relevance. Although it does somewhat effect the answer. Is this program needed on Windows 3, is it needed for a later version of Windows, or is it purely for knowledge. –  Josiah Oct 7 '12 at 22:55
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I just find it odd that a question is being asked that seems to have no real relevance. You mean it has no real relevance to you. I’m sure I could say the same about pretty much anything you might ask. –  Synetech Dec 27 '12 at 5:23
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