WindowBlinds for Windows 8

Come on, it's been months now!

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Tanjo3000 | Discussion: WindowBlinds

When will we get WindowBlinds for Windows 8? Windows 8 has been released for a couple of months now.

Not only WindowBlinds, how about other software in the Object Desktop for which I paid and can not use?!

 

Many of us have paid a yearly subscription and for those of us who 'upgraded' to Windows 8 upon release, and those who had the beta versions for longer, we have not been getting our money's worth!

 

Please please please Stardock, get WindowBlinds and other Object Desktop software working in Windows 8.

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rustysam
Reply #21 Friday, January 25, 2013 11:31 AM

It has been a long wait for windowblinds 8

Neil Banfield
Reply #22 Friday, January 25, 2013 11:33 AM

Our original statement of this quarter still stands right now.

brian40
Reply #23 Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:13 PM

I can't be the only one who bought Windowblinds without any warning that it wouldn't work in Win8. Win8 final has been out for some time now. The excuse that Stardock couldn't develop a Win8 version until Win8 was finalised is unbelievable nonsense. The guts of Win8 were all there in the beta and the removal of Aero for example was anticipated and could be built into the WB development plan. In fact Aero is still there and there are many free utilites to make it available to users. These appeared within days of the RTM release. Someone was on the ball!

It is a marketing disaster for Stardock and has alienated a huge number of previously loyal customers. The way it has been handled is abysmal and a PR shot in the foot.

I hope that when the Win8 version is finally ready, all those of us with a Win7 version of Windowblinds who upgraded to Win8 shortly after purchase will be given a substantial discount for the new version. To not do so could well sound the death knell of Stardock. 

Neil Banfield
Reply #24 Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:59 PM

brian40
I can't be the only one who bought Windowblinds without any warning that it wouldn't work in Win8. Win8 final has been out for some time now. The excuse that Stardock couldn't develop a Win8 version until Win8 was finalised is unbelievable nonsense. The guts of Win8 were all there in the beta and the removal of Aero for example was anticipated and could be built into the WB development plan. In fact Aero is still there and there are many free utilites to make it available to users. These appeared within days of the RTM release. Someone was on the ball!

It is a marketing disaster for Stardock and has alienated a huge number of previously loyal customers. The way it has been handled is abysmal and a PR shot in the foot.

I hope that when the Win8 version is finally ready, all those of us with a Win7 version of Windowblinds who upgraded to Win8 shortly after purchase will be given a substantial discount for the new version. To not do so could well sound the death knell of Stardock. 

WindowBlinds 7 was developed for and advertised to work on Windows XP, Vista and 7 and it continues to this day to do so.  We have never made any promises that it would work on Windows 8.

Development time has to be allocated where it does most good and unfortunately the changes in Windows 8 mean that the time required to do the update was longer than the time available due to the large under the skin changes, so WindowBlinds 8 was pushed into this quarter.  Would I like it to have been ready earlier, sure, but thats life.  WindowBlinds is a very complicated bit of software, it isn't like it changes a few registry keys and patches some images on disk.

Our policy on upgrades has always been that sales with X days of the next version will get the upgrade for free and sales outside that period get a discounted version.  Therefore when WindowBlinds 8 is released this will be looked at and a decision made as to who gets a free upgrade and who does not.  In the past the maximum upgrade cost has been about 50% of the price of the new version so either free or 50% off is a substantial discount.

We are of course happy that you like the software so much that you are desperate to have a version that works on Windows 8 and you can be sure that we too would like to release it as soon as possible.

Now that we have the next version for DeskScapes ready for beta we will be allocating more resources over to WindowBlinds 8.

PCAmbrosia
Reply #25 Monday, January 28, 2013 9:52 PM

I'll back what Neil is saying here. WB is not an easy port. Besides the UI being seperate from the kernal (MinWin) withh the removal of Aero Glass M$ essentially broke DWM. Thism is why even the hack to put it back has issues. We out here in no way see the amount of work required.

 

Also untill the RTM was out and available no one knew the steps in removing Areo Glass or that the DWM would be broken. It is kind of like asking Window blinds to work with Vista and areo Glass before Areo glass was even available in beta form. You just can't work on code you do not have!

dfouts
Reply #26 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:27 PM

M$ really dorked up the window borders and other customization features of Windows 8.  Even in Windows 95 we could adjust the window border colors, change fonts etc.  The constant grey borders of background windows in Windows 8 is driving me batty, and if I choose a dark color for foreground windows I can't see the text.  What were they thinking?!  And they did it at the last minute for the RTM.  The prereleases had transparency and looked clean.  To be honest I can't help but to compare the UI of 8 to Windows 3.1.

That being said I'd like to thank the developers at Stardock from the bottom of my heart for working to make Windows 8 "livable" again with Windowblinds 8.  Go team go!  Yeah, work that magic!  

plywood99
Reply #27 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:13 PM

Bueller....Bueller....Bueller...

ZubaZ
Reply #28 Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:29 AM

Hello.

Currently Start8, Decor8, Fences 2, Tiles, IconPackager, IconDeveloper ,and WindowFX 5 are designed to work with Windows 8.
WindowBlinds should still be ready in early 2013.

DeskScapes8 Beta is scheduled for this week.

Also, while not ODNT, Multiplicity 2 works on win 8.


Other applications may or may not work. At this time though, they are not supported.

AlienMenace
Reply #29 Saturday, February 02, 2013 6:22 AM

So, when windowblinds for Windows 8 is ready. You will be notifying everyone that had bought it

right.

neone6
Reply #30 Saturday, February 02, 2013 7:17 AM

AlienMenace
So, when windowblinds for Windows 8 is ready. You will be notifying everyone that had bought it

right.
They will... You bet !!!

Wizard1956
Reply #31 Saturday, February 02, 2013 8:19 AM

neone6



Quoting AlienMenace,
reply 29
So, when windowblinds for Windows 8 is ready. You will be notifying everyone that had bought it

right.They will... You bet !!!

It is a pretty safe bet that the beta will be released for ODNT subscribers in advance of a general release of the finished version, just like DeskScapes 8.

kenbad1010
Reply #32 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:31 PM

I just recently joined up with Stardock, because like many I now use Windows 8, and do not like the way it looks or runs and now have Start8, and Decor8, and Fx8, and am waiting for Windowblinds8. I started with Stardock, back when they started in 1993 and had a great time using their products. However I will be honest here and say over time I got bored with it and stoped. Anyway since then I had to start again so my descktop functions again the way I like it to.That said  I needed to state here that I can't beleive some of the people here would cry about not getting free updates to support Windows 8, when these programs were bought by you to work in Windows 7. No one told you to upgrade to 8 you can stay with 7 and it will be fine and I don't see anywhere on Stardock's, site stating that their programs run on 8 except the ones I stated here and Fences, and Multiplicity, which I believe were made specific for 8 or that there will be free updates to support 8. It doesn't matter how long you have been with them they do not owe you free updates you upgraded all on your own and I bet you knew what would happen but thought by complaining here maybe just maybe they would give you a break. I think you should stop whinning and pay for the new versions just like everybody else has to. If the company gave in to everyone that thought they got shafted there may not be a Stardock, anymore you don't see Microsoft or Adobe offering free retail updates do you? Do you think for a moment that their costs haven't gone up ? think again everyones costs go up. you can allways downgrade to Windows 7 or just buy the new versions and don't worry be happy .

Jafo
Reply #33 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:40 PM

Karma to kenbad1010 ....it seems there ARE some people out there who understand ....

RedneckDude
Reply #34 Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:46 PM

kenbad1010
you can allways downgrade to Windows 7

 

 

 

 

 

Karma to kenbad1010 ....it seems there ARE some people out there who understand ....

Yes, but I'm not sure I'd call Windows 7 a downgrade....hehe..  

 

 

vmeck
Reply #35 Thursday, February 07, 2013 2:02 PM

I check for Windowblinds 8 Updates every day! Windows 8 truly sucks without the desktop features that Microsoft removed. I have always needed at least one copy of the latest MS-OS to support my customers and usually it's the PC use from day to day, this has changed since I can't stand the juvenile interface that’s an ugly throwback to before the windows 3.11 days. I currently have Windows 8 installed in a VMware virtual machine and I cant stomach the looks of it even there. I have seven (7) Windows 7 copies and I'm happy with Widows 7 because it has a pleasing customizable Desktop UI. Windows 8 is never likely to become my primary OS without Windowblinds 8 now! I'll probably only ever upgrade one (1) of my Windows 7 licenses and I'm sure many like me with multiple copies of Windows 7 feel the same way. Microsoft really screwed the pooch on this one , I'm sure many haven't bought or upgraded to Windows 8 for the same reasons. It would seem, at least to me, Microsoft would have had many more Windows 8 up graders from previous MS desktop OS’s if they would have allowed the Desktop UI to retain the desktop features of XP, Vista and Windows 7. To remove these desktop features like Aero, transparency and Etc. was just plain self centered corporate money grubbing stupidity on Microsoft’s part! It's no wonder they are loosing market share to the Mac's and Linux Distros!

Please, Please if there is any chance I could participate in any beta’s of the new Windowsblinds 8 I would greatly like to do so….

There is no doubt that even though I currently hate Windows 8, I’ll eventually have to use it but not before Windowblinds 8 is available for Windows 8. I have (1) one purchased copy of Windows 8 now and undoubtedly I’ll be purchasing Object Desktop with Windoblinds 8 when it’s available. I have in the past purchased Windowsblinds 6 and loved the product.

Hopefully I’ll be a beta tester and be able to see Windows 8 in a better light soon!

trparky
Reply #36 Sunday, February 10, 2013 2:33 PM

I went back to Windows 7.  The GUI of Windows 8 is awful, it's ugly as sin.  I also had to fight with it considering that it keeps thinking that I have a touchscreen, no... I don't have a touchscreen, I have a keyboard and mouse.  Even in the traditional desktop desktop it kept wanting to go to the full screen Metro stuff.

I finally got fed up, I went back to Windows 7.  Now I can use WindowBlinds.  I'm happy again.

ChicagoRican
Reply #37 Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:46 AM

Any word or update on WB8 for Win8?

DrJBHL
Reply #38 Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:22 AM

ChicagoRican...

The developer is working on it, rest assured. It hasn't been abandoned. 

Some things I've learned here:

1. At Stardock, they try as hard as they can to get it right. They don't release anything willy-nilly.

2. To "get it right" on as many computer software configurations as possible, a lot of testing is required. That's just to save customers (and Support) as much grief as possible.

That said, there are many vid cards/drivers, etc. out there. The testing staff and developer is a small number of folks (we aren't talking Adobe, here), and they are tasked with more than one project at a time. That's because the owner and CEO of Stardock prefers to have a very special studio, not an automobile production line. Stardock is very special that way.

So, I guess what I'm asking you is to please be patient, because the wait will be worth it.

Not everyone will have perfection right off the bat, but the aim is to put out a product which will run as it should for the vast majority, and try to help the customers who run into problems, as best they can.

Quicksilver007
Reply #39 Thursday, February 21, 2013 8:32 AM

DrJBHL
ChicagoRican...

The developer is working on it, rest assured. It hasn't been abandoned. 

Some things I've learned here:

1. At Stardock, they try as hard as they can to get it right. They don't release anything willy-nilly.

2. To "get it right" on as many computer software configurations as possible, a lot of testing is required. That's just to save customers (and Support) as much grief as possible.

That said, there are many vid cards/drivers, etc. out there. The testing staff and developer is a small number of folks (we aren't talking Adobe, here), and they are tasked with more than one project at a time. That's because the owner and CEO of Stardock prefers to have a very special studio, not an automobile production line. Stardock is very special that way.

So, I guess what I'm asking you is to please be patient, because the wait will be worth it.

Not everyone will have perfection right off the bat, but the aim is to put out a product which will run as it should for the vast majority, and try to help the customers who run into problems, as best they can.

 

Well said Doc!

 

jbeav03
Reply #40 Monday, March 18, 2013 4:17 PM

I know we were told first quarter 2013, but this quarter is almost over and we have not heard anything in nearly a month. Is WindowBlinds still going to be released this quarter or has it been pushed back? I'm not trying to be impatient, I just would like an update as to when we can expect this awesome software to come out.  

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