Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Oct 2007 19:21 UTC, submitted by draginol
Graphics, User Interfaces Developer Stardock has released WindowBlinds 6 today. It is a utility that allows users to customize the look and feel of Windows by applying "skins" to change the user interface of the OS. WindowBlinds 6 can make Windows XP look virtually identical to Windows Vista (including blurred glass). Thanks to hardware acceleration, a typical XP system dressed to look like Vista will perform faster than Vista still. WindowBlinds 6 also adds full skinning support to Windows Vista, making it the first and only program to support full Windows Vista customization. CNet takes a quick look at this new release.
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RE[3]: Vista support
by steampoweredlawn on Wed 3rd Oct 2007 19:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Vista support"
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The funny thing is if you turn off all the effects, I find that things seem choppier and less responsive, especially the more cpu intensive tasks like window resizing. They probably arent, but they seem that way.


They actually probably are. Desktop compositing offloads the window drawing functions to your GPU and video memory, instead of making the CPU do it. My PCLOS desktop "feels" snappier with Beryl running, even though Beryl actually uses more resources than vanilla KDE 3.5.

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