WindowBlinds 5.5 Officially released!

Windows Vista skinning arrives!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 by Frogboy | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Stardock released WindowBlinds 5.5 today.  WindowBlinds is a program that enables users to customize the look and feel of the graphical user interface of Microsoft Windows.  By applying "skins", WindowBlinds can change title bars, borders, push buttons, scroll bars, the taskbar, the Start menu and virtually every element of the Windows environment.  Thousands of different skins exist and can be created using a free program called SkinStudio.

WindowBlinds 5.5 is a major update in that it is the first program to allow users to change the look and feel of Windows Vista.  Thanks to a new technology called "SmartSkinning", WindowBlinds allows skins created for Windows XP to be used to skin Windows Vista.  WindowBlinds 5.5 then transforms the skin, on-the-fly, to conform to the new user interface conventions of Windows Vista to give it a distinctly Windows Vista look and feel.  Users of  .msstyles files on Windows XP can use SkinStudio to convert their favorite .msstyles to WindowBlinds 5.5 to run natively on Windows Vista.

For Windows Vista users, WindowBlinds 5.5 makes use of the new hardware accelerated Desktop Window Manager (DWM) to ensure the highest level of performance.   WindowBlinds 5.5 also skins the client controls of "non theme aware" programs on both Windows XP and Windows Vista so that users get a consistent look and feel across all their applications.

WindowBlinds has over 12 million downloads at CNET's Download.com and is, by far, the most popular desktop enhancement program of all time. It has also been licensed by companies looking to deliver their own branded looks to the desktop including Microsoft, Nintendo, ATI, nVidia, Ziff-Davis, Blizzard, and more.

Stardock has also begun work on WindowBlinds 6 which will provide a host of native features to Windows Vista such as custom blur effects, Sidebar skinning, glass toolbar skinning, and some new features that Stardock is keeping under wraps.  Users who purchased WindowBlinds 5 after February 1st will receive WindowBlinds 6 free. A beta of WindowBlinds 6 will be available for registered users shortly.

Users can download WindowBlinds 5.5 directly from the newly re-designed WindowBlinds.net website.  The enhanced registered version is $19.95 or can be purchased as part of Object Desktop, Stardock's flagship suite of desktop enhancement programs which includes IconPackager, DesktopX, ObjectBar, DeskScapes, LogonStudio Vista, and more.

WindowBlinds 5.5
Requires:
Windows XP, 2003, or 32-bit Windows Vista (64-bit support coming shortly)

 http://www.windowblinds.net

Screenshots:

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I.R. Brainiac
Reply #21 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:51 PM
I forget how you get rid of the duplicates...  John is aware of the issue(one vectra ia actually Stargate,hehe)...will probably fix on later updates.

Hellooooo Craig...come up and see us sometime.  
Neil Banfield
Reply #22 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 2:03 PM

We have never had a small preview dialog in that dialog, just the preview of the animation.  As it happens one was considered for 5.5, but we decided against it.

As for the duplication of animations, this is unfortunately a case of multiple animations existing with the same name.  We cannot just drop duplicates because while the name might be a duplicate, the animations may well not be. 

The same is true of toolbar icon sets.

Morpheous416
Reply #23 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 2:34 PM
Morpheous416.. the issue you present is a skin problem not Windowblinds.


How did I know that was going to be the first thing I seen as an answer?

Ok..let me get this straight.

Each time, someone installs a skin...let's use beta skins being tested for example...WB copies the animations and toolbars...etc. But, in order to go from one skin to the next to see changes, us beta testers know that we're to delete the previous from within WB? Correct? Ok..but, on top of that, we're told that we must go into the Program Files folder and make sure the folder was truly deleted...but if we don't, we're stuck with duplicates right?

How are we to get rid of the duplicates...if WB remembers them? Where does WB copy these animations so we can manually delete them? A push/pull issue can be solved.

Neil: Back when I started using WB, when you clicked on each animation selection, some did actually have a small pic of a folder...they're gone now. Please remember, I wouldn't bring something up if it didn't happen to me...not saying that it's not possible that it only happens to me (laugh it up Brad)...but it does happen. In the example I shown above....all those animations do indeed belong to the same skin. So there's got to be some kind of easy solution...whether it's integrated into WB, or something Stardock needs to tell it's customers to do manually.

In my opinion....you should remove all animations when deleting a theme. It just plain looks bad in WindowBlinds seeing a stock pile of duplicate animations. If the issue of naming a theme and it's animations correctly truly lies with the designer, this will be a way of making sure the themes/cursors/iconpacks...or what have ya, are not causing the problems within the programs!
Morpheous416
Reply #24 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:13 PM
Maybe a simple solution such as adding an option to delete the animations from that section? That way a user can see what the animations are...and if they are indeed duplicates..they can remove them.
MySecret
Reply #25 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:18 PM
Neil why were the animation previews removed?....To have to click on each one to see what it is ...is well .... ..It would be no different if I had to do the same for each WB installed... Just a thumbnail would save wasting time looking for the just right aniamations.

It's My Secret
neophil78
Reply #26 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 5:26 PM
Nice, as it is Officially released, i think the languages files have been also updated ...   
Mark Snyder
Reply #27 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:43 PM
My experience with WB and Vista haven't been good. I MAY try the final release but may wait until version 6 is out the door and not as a Beta!
MaxSoe
Reply #28 Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:42 AM
How do you get that little shield icon on the shut down menu button? I assume it pops up a window warning you that windows is going to shut down.

Is this a windows feature or a windowblinds feature?
MISTERAMD
Reply #29 Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:04 AM
Here's a great new feature in WindowBlinds 5.5!!

If you don't like the option of having one choice in your animations window....how about six of them?? (shown as five, sixth one is off the screen)

I must be dreaming here...I've must have smacked my head on the floor...cuz I keep finding these things, ... didn't you guys used to have a small "preview" pic in this window as well? It's got to be me... my bad for missing all the staff meetings.

You see....I'm not trying to be a smart ass. I find things, report them...and get told off. Only person that hasn't yet to do this is Neil...and for that, I truly do hold him with utmost respect. But I fail to see how the Quality (didn't you just hire someone new? Fire them) department didn't catch something as simple as this?? This particular one has six options (all the same) whereas a few others are just duplicated.




MISTERAMD
Reply #30 Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:07 AM
Where the hell is my post?   

I posted that the animation thing was already their in WB 4.0 so that it is no new thing.


**(Hmmz strange I had to push the smiley button five times   )**
MISTERAMD
Reply #31 Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:13 AM
How do you get that little shield icon on the shut down menu button? I assume it pops up a window warning you that windows is going to shut down.

Is this a windows feature or a windowblinds feature?


If you're using WindowBlinds, some buttons or maybe all the Windows Dialogue buttons are changed by the skin you choose with WindowBlinds. I'm using my WindowsBlinds Vista skin and the standard button (which it activated if you press the enter button) is going from lightgreen to lightblue and back. This is because it is configurated within the WindowBlinds skin. You can configure this by going to "User Overrides" and on the right side under "XP Overrides" you put a mark near "Always use the XP taskbar defined in" and also a mark by "Always use the shellstyle defined in" You choose with both of these marks, which WindowBlinds skin you choose. Mine is setted to VistaXP-skin
ZubaZ
Reply #32 Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:48 AM
I thought that the shield indicated that there were security updates pending . .  
Zubaz shrugs
Holton0289
Reply #33 Thursday, March 22, 2007 6:19 PM
do we have a round about time for Vista 64 bit yet???
Chevrolet122090
Reply #34 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:57 PM
fuck all y'all, stop whatever developing you are doing and fucking create a version of windowblinds for Vista 64 bit.. its screwed up.. us vista users that paid 300 extra dollars for Vista Ultimate can't use windowblinds b/c its not available for Vista 64 bit... its lame, stardock is lame, wincustomize is lame, and microsoft is lame for makin shit incompatible just so you pay MORE money outta the ying yang to do what you want... where do they think we have our money, up our asses or somethin? we aint rich like them
Quentin94
Reply #35 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 5:56 PM
fuck all y'all, stop whatever developing you are doing and fucking create a version of windowblinds for Vista 64 bit


They don't make what you want but what they want. and moderate your language.

ts screwed up.. us vista users that paid 300 extra dollars for Vista Ultimate can't use windowblinds b/c its not available for Vista 64 bit


You paid MS for Vista not Stardock as i can see you are a simple visitor not a customer of SD.

PoSmedley
Reply #36 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:06 PM
fuck all y'all,


I never understood why Moby Dick didn't start with that line insetead of 'Call me Ishmael'.

and just incase you have any more 'colorful' words stuck in your throat, let me give you a pat on the back..

MadDeez
Reply #37 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:15 PM
a build of wb for vista 64 is being tested in-house by stardock now. once it's stable, it will be released. don't get your bowels in an uproar. i want to use wb on ultimate 64, also. i'd rather be using a stable build, though.
Philly0381
Reply #38 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:18 PM
Why is it always the visitors!!!!  

I sent a email to a PM so someone should be working on this.
KarmaGirl
Reply #39 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 7:18 PM

fuck all y'all, stop whatever developing you are doing and fucking create a version of windowblinds for Vista 64 bit.. its screwed up.. us vista users that paid 300 extra dollars for Vista Ultimate can't use windowblinds b/c its not available for Vista 64 bit...

First, thank you for your abusive language and outstanding directives toward our business strategy.  Nothing motivates programmers more than abusive, poorly written language.

As was the case with WB for XP, the 64bit version gets released later.  Due to the fact that our user base is a super majority of 32bit users, we typically get that version out first. 

Stephen Kilmer
Reply #40 Tuesday, May 01, 2007 7:28 PM
Does not seem worth the money to upgrade for XP users.

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