Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2007 12:38 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Last week, Stardock released version 6 of WindowBlinds, their Windows skinning suite, which is the first version to include full support for Windows Vista. Stardock was kind enough to provide OSNews with a copy of WindowBlinds 6.0. Read on for some findings.
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Luna Element
by VManOfMana on Tue 9th Oct 2007 02:30 UTC
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Member since:
2006-11-01

The impression that I have is that if you want a more functional or minimalistic style you need to look at Visual Styles. Unfortunately, Visual Styles require a hack, and are not as customizable or system-wide like Window Blinds skins (example: Command Prompt).

On the other hand, I do have a license of Window Blinds 4, but its not installed on my system and I haven't renewed the license. The reason is simply that the WindowBlinds skins available just make my eyes hurt.

My Visual Style for a long time has been Luna Element (since version 3):

http://tornado5.deviantart.com/art/Luna-Element-v5-1-Blue-47567543

It doesn't looks like a big change from the default XP look, but the changes in color choice, color saturation and button shape are very well thought.

If there was an official Window Blinds port this that uses the Window Blinds additional skinning features, I'd buy Window Blinds 6 without thinking twice.

Edited 2007-10-09 02:30

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RE: Luna Element
by zubaz on Tue 9th Oct 2007 19:23 in reply to "Luna Element"
zubaz Member since:
2007-10-09

SkinStudio5 converts MS visual styles to Windowblinds for a more complete skinning experience.

Tutorial here: http://www.wincustomize.com/articles.aspx?aid=147196

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RE[2]: Luna Element
by draginol on Fri 12th Oct 2007 21:09 in reply to "Luna Element"
draginol Member since:
2006-05-20

"If there was an official Window Blinds port of Luna Element that uses the Window Blinds additional skinning features, I'd buy Window Blinds 6 without thinking twice. "

There has bene for 2 years.

http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.aspx?skinid=4778&libid=1

I do agree that most WindowBlinds skins aren't that great. But that is the same of icons, wallpapers, and everything else.

The existence of ugly WindowBlinds skins as a reason not to use it would be like arguing we shouldn't change our wallpapers because most wallpapers look terrible.

There are thousands and thousands of WindowBlinds skins out there but there are also many ones that would likely match your preference.

For instance, I have been running Metal Vista. (http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.aspx?skinid=6228&libid=1) It looks great IMO. (See http://www.stardock.com/brad/img47.jpg for a quick preview).

There are great themes out there. They're not any harder to find than a good wallpaper or a good icon package. But it does require the user to sort by rating or look around just like anything else.

Edited 2007-10-12 21:10

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