Fresco 4+

Hakan Stenholm

    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings
    • Free



Fresco gives you more control over the desktop picture. It lets you:
∙ Span a panorama image over multiple displays.
∙ Resize and position images, to make them fit to your liking.
∙ Create your own desktop by combining images.

Note: demo videos can be found on the developer website.


∙ The desktop is treated as a single canvas. This means that an image can be placed to cover multiple displays. A Panorama image can therefore be used directly, without first having to be sliced into (display sized) sections.
Note: check the TECHNICAL LIMITATIONS section below, if you plan to use panorama images.

∙ An image can be resized and positioned, to show its most interesting part. This removes the need to manually resize or crop it for desktop use.

∙ It is also possible to use multiple images on the desktop. A common choice is to place them side by side, one on each display (when using a multi-display setup). Another option is to place them on-top of each other. This is useful when placing “cut-outs” (images with transparency) on-top of a background. This technique can also be used to add text.

An easy way to create a text-image, is to write and style the text using TextEdit. When done, select “Save as PDF” in the print dialog. This creates a pdf file, that can then be used as an image in Fresco.

∙ Quick desktop change support. MacOS can only update the desktop picture of the visible desktop. To update another desktop you will have to switch to it. This also means that apps like Fresco (and System Preferences) will have to be moved to the new desktop. The “Show on all Desktops” mode is supplied to avoid the need for this.

∙ Save support - store adjusted image content, for later use or future editing.

∙ Retina support.

∙ Drag and drop support. Drag folders onto the app to add them as image sources. Drag a single image onto the app to start adjusting it.

∙ Most image formats (png, jpg, bmp, gif …) can be used.

∙ A number of vector image formats are also supported, these are: pdf, eps, ps and ai.

∙ Keyboard only navigation is supported. Remember to select “All controls” in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Full Keyboard Access, to be able to TAB and Shift-TAB between all buttons and other controls.

∙ Resume support, the re-opened app will allow you to continue as if you never quit.


∙ MacOS 10.9 (or later): Do you use MULTIPLE displays and MULTIPLE desktops? Do you also want to span panoramic images over MULTIPLE displays?

∙ Then disable System Preferences -> Mission Control -> Displays have separate Spaces. This ensures that a desktop switch, affects all displays rather than just the active one, thereby keeping the panorama desktop in one piece.

∙ MacOS 10.6 is limited to ONLY one desktop picture for each display, 10.7 (or later) allows each desktop to have its own desktop picture.

∙ Some older macOS versions (10.7.0–10.7.2) require images to be located in the users “Pictures” folder. No such limitations exist when running 10.7.3 or later.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Dr. Rhythm ,

Great Tool

On the surface this tool may seem simple. It however has a number of useful features and more complexity that you would think. The interface however, remian simple and does just what you think it should do. Can you acomplish the same tasks without this tool, of course. With Fresco on your computer though, why would you. I can't really think of how this tool could be made better.

Objective Reviews ,


Tried a few apps that i had to download off the internet… none worked. Fascar does exactly what it advertises. Any picture you want on dual monitors and whatver size you want to customize the pictures AND which area of the picture you want displayed. Did i mentioned it’s also really easy to use?

brainstewn ,

Clear Skies

I found this app looking for an answer to display one image across two monitors. It installed through the apple store easily and withing minutes I had my favorite image folder added to the sources and the image I wanted on my desktop. WOW! Very well done!

App Privacy

The developer, Hakan Stenholm, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.