setting wallpaper in ios7?

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    I seem to be having problems setting a photo as my walpaper on ipad now sine I have ios7. The button to "set as wallpaper" is grayed out & the photos are a bad fit now. this used to be a realy slick & simple operation, why have Apple messed things up so much?
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    The button "Use as Wallpaper" should only show up when you choose exactly one picture. It doesn't appear when you choose more than one, or none at all.
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    but i WAS choosing one picture! how could I choose more than one? Ive read this is a major problem setting your own wallpaper on IOS7 a lot of people are haveing issues with it!
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    The problem was/is what the picture looks like when it's chosen as wallpaper, on a homescreen, and that it's working slowly. I've never before seen somebody posting about a greyed out "Use as Wallpaper" button.
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    If you can't set up a picture as wallpaper from your Photo app, try it in Settings - Wallpapers & Brightness.
    Under "Choose Wallpaper" you see your current wallpaper. When you tap it, you get the possibility to access your Camera Roll and other albums. Tap the album with your favorite picture, choose the picture and then move and scale it. Set as homescreen or lockscreen or both.
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    That's the way to do it. I would however add, scaling and moving only works when zooming into a picture there seems to be no way to display a picture properly now, cropping takes place no matter which picture or orientation I try, they added a piece of useless eye candy called parallax which stops scaling to fit a picture to the screen.

    From the research I've done on the net they say if you add a border of 200 pixels to a picture it displays properly although I can't seem to get anything to work and have given up trying to use my own pictures. The word scaling should be removed from the wallpaper settings because it no longer works, if you can't display the full picture on screen then scaling has not been applied.
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    I still use my own pictures.

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    image-1775860956.jpg

    Yes, I can't scale them, but I move them to the part of the picture that I like best. I think they are not looking too bad.
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    Scaling simply means resizing to fit. When the wallpaper was a simple image, that meant until it fit edge to edge along the smallest dimension. Now that you are scaling for the parallax that means virtual edge to virtual edge, which includes the necessary boarder space. You've never been able to view the full image unless it happened to be the exact dimensions of the iPad's screen. Even then you would have some zoom in either the portrait or landscape view, depending on the orientation of the original image.

    I admit, this is no longer intuitive, since the boarder is not obvious; however I don't know of what other description (in under a paragraph) Apple might use to describe the resizing of images to fit the wallpaper. At least not one just as subject to misunderstanding as scaling.

    Like before, if an image is bigger than necessary then it's shrunk until it fits (plus the boarder). If it is two small it is zoomed. You can still zoom in on the image, though it can be an exercise in patience. Each time the wallpaper is moved or resized it recomputes the parallax effect. On older iPads this can mean the wallpaper settings controls can freeze for several seconds.

    What it all boils down to is that some older wallpapers aren't going to work well, or at least not as expected. The choices are: be unhappy and maybe complain to Apple in hopes they will change their mind, consider it an opportunity to find a new and hopefully better wallpaper, or dive into wallpaper tinkering and/or creation for yourself.

    I don't have much hope for the first choice, though I suppose Apple 'might' 'eventually' include an option to turn off parallax entirely instead of just reducing (stopping?) it's motion.
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    Have tried all possible options and the scaling does not work, at all. This used to be such a seamless, painless easy operation until the update to i0S7. Wondering if this will be fixes at any time soon?
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    I wouldn't bet on it, from what I've gleaned this is the way it is due to the eye candy called parallax apparently, you can mess with pictures until your red in the face, the simple fact is any old wallpapers you had no longer scale to the correct margins, top and bottom for portrait and left and right for landscape.

    Another example of what Apple gives is what you get, time may prove me wrong here, but I seriously doubt it.
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    Ok....so the question now becomes what is the correct way to create your own image so it will fit properly as a lock screen or wall paper? Does anyone know? It obviously can be done....Pimp Your Screen does it just fine....but I like to use my own images...
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    If I'm using my own photos as wallpaper I make sure that there is plenty of space all around the most important area so that nothing is cut off when the image is enlarged when used as your wallpaper.

    Here's a photo I used as my look screen wallpaper. There's enough room around the edge of the photo so that when enlarged, nothing of the building itself is cut off when I use it as wallpaper. image-3242321938.jpg.
    image-1576221610.jpg Here you see the photo as my lock screen wallpaper.
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    Based on what I can see, wallpapers are now just junky in iOS7. The ones from Pimp Your Screen are square, but you cannot get the entire thing on your screen. And you get very little control in terms of moving the image. You just get some crop that Apple as decided upon. I'd much rather have what we had before. I guess this is the kind of thing that drives people to Android (honestly, it's not much better over there either based on my experience). I think Apple used to have this done better, though.
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    Thanks, Sci. I'm still not happy with that. It means I lose control. I copy my images for viewing on multiple devices...and that means I have to do something entirely different for iOS and then I have little ability to predict how it is going to work. That's not a good thing.
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    Your pictures are a prime example of what parallax has achieved, for the sake of a crap piece of eye candy which a lot of people claim is nausea inducing and have switched off anyway, we no longer have proper control over scaling pictures. Apple need to give users what they want, not what they want us to have, my next tablet will be of the android flavour as with every update of the IOS the less I like and more draconian Apple seem to get in their attitude.

    Even with parallax how hard can it be to adjust the scaling to fit the borders of the image chosen in both portrait and landscape? It's not rocket science, is it?
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    Gazzaho,
    Apple is not perfect....but Android is definitely not better. It's a vast wasteland in terms of good tablet apps, too. Google releases good devices (designed not to make a profit but merely to undermine Apple) and updates to Android, but it is not fostering a strong app environment for its tablets. I'd rather deal with Apple's crap that to live with Google's indifference. I've owned 4 different Android tablets...I'm not buying another.
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    Wish Apple spent time on allowing things like live weather or scores on the desktop than gimmicky things that take away functionality. I'm a little worried, but anxious too, about the switch over to iOS7.
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    Did iOS 7.0.3 not fix the wallpaper & lock screen scaling issue? Apple needs to fix a few more items in their new iOS before I upgrade from 6.1.3.
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    The wallpaper scaling isn't an issue from what I can tell, as far as Apple are concerned, it isn't likely to be fixed. 7.0.3 didn't do anything to fix wallpaper scaling, it's still the same, the switch to parallax is what the problem is, and as I said before, it's the Apple way or no way.
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    Right. It's "My way or the highway" and the highway doesn't look so bad now.

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