WindowBlinds™ 7.90 beta is available for download now!

Monday, May 20, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

Today we updated your Object Desktop subscription with the WindowBlinds 7.90 beta. Featuring Windows® 8 / 7 support, an all-new user interface and performance enhancements.

Current Object Desktop subscribers
Visit your Stardock account now to download the beta and you will also have free access to the final release version in the near future.

Note: WindowBlinds 7.90 beta supports Windows 7 and 8 only.

Info about upgrades for current WindowBlinds (non-Object Desktop) customers will be available at a later date.

 

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cballin
Reply #81 Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:42 AM

Why only object desktop customers?? I've bought several of these apps seperately so i don't get the upgrade??? what gives?

RedneckDude
Reply #82 Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:52 AM

cballin, a subscription gets you updates as long as your subscription is valid.  Buying a standalone version gets you free updates to the next full version number, as in WB 7.xxx to 7.9. WB 8 will require a new purchase. This is just one reason it's much wiser to buy a subscription and keep it active.

ZubaZ
Reply #83 Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:56 AM

cballin

Why only object desktop customers?? I've bought several of these apps separately so i don't get the upgrade??? what gives?

The following betas will likely open access.

With something as new as this limiting the release has made addressing issues much easier.

Thanks for understanding.

gevansmd
Reply #84 Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:54 PM

What's in Windows 7 that's missing from Vista that prevents this release from running on my Vista PC.  I really hate the idea of paying #219 (still after all these years) to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, the only version that allows me to do an in-place upgrade.  I do not have the two weeks free it would take to reinstall everything after doing a new Win7 install.

Neil Banfield
Reply #85 Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:08 PM

gevansmd

What's in Windows 7 that's missing from Vista that prevents this release from running on my Vista PC.  I really hate the idea of paying #219 (still after all these years) to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, the only version that allows me to do an in-place upgrade.  I do not have the two weeks free it would take to reinstall everything after doing a new Win7 install.

We stripped out the compatibility code that was in WB for Vista.  This allowed us to reduce code size and improve compatibility.

The market share of Windows Vista is so tiny it isn't worth supporting any longer.  It hasn't been out of single digits in a very long time.  Each new OS adds a great deal to compatibility testing and Vista has 32 and 64 bit versions which would need testing.

gevansmd
Reply #86 Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:02 PM

Thanks for the explanation Neil.  I guess I'll upgrade at least to 7.  Too bad it's not heavily discounted now that 8 is the current OS.

davcataa
Reply #87 Friday, May 24, 2013 5:18 PM

RedneckDude

cballin, a subscription gets you updates as long as your subscription is valid.  Buying a standalone version gets you free updates to the next full version number, as in WB 7.xxx to 7.9. WB 8 will require a new purchase. This is just one reason it's much wiser to buy a subscription and keep it active.

 

I bought Windowblinds when version 7 was released. How come I can only download version 7.4? Where is 7.9? I have gone to the Stardock store and it shows I can buy Windowblinds for $9.99 but shows only for windows vista/7. I would gladly pay the $9.99 to upgrade to version 8 but it's not showing. So whats the deal?

Wizard1956
Reply #88 Friday, May 24, 2013 5:43 PM

cballin
I've bought several of these apps seperately
well goody for you. that gets you everything UP TO the next version.

RedneckDude
This is just one reason it's much wiser to buy a subscription and keep it active.

Yep.

DaveRI
Reply #89 Friday, May 24, 2013 6:41 PM

davcataa
I would gladly pay the $9.99 to upgrade to version 8 but it's not showing. So whats the deal?

7.9 is a beta of 8.  They release the beta's only to the Object Desktop subscribers, a sort of restricted/controlled release to work out some of the kinks.  Version 8 isn't really out there yet.  On the bright side, when it is out there for general purchase, it will have had some tweaks made to it.

Jafo
Reply #90 Friday, May 24, 2013 9:09 PM

davcataa
I bought Windowblinds when version 7 was released. How come I can only download version 7.4? Where is 7.9? I have gone to the Stardock store and it shows I can buy Windowblinds for $9.99 but shows only for windows vista/7. I would gladly pay the $9.99 to upgrade to version 8 but it's not showing. So whats the deal?

7.41.1 is the most recent/current release of WB7.  7.9 is the first limited release public Beta of WB8.  [there were also quite a few alphas bouncing around internally prior].

The first-access limited Beta release only to OD subscribers is both the advantage of being an OD subscriber and also a 'thankyou' to OD subscribers for subscribing.

Limiting the first release also limits repetitive feedback issues - it's easier to respond to noted bugs from a smaller user base than to receive mutliple reports of the same issue from many...

davcataa
Reply #91 Sunday, May 26, 2013 4:27 AM



Quoting davcataa, reply 87I bought Windowblinds when version 7 was released. How come I can only download version 7.4? Where is 7.9? I have gone to the Stardock store and it shows I can buy Windowblinds for $9.99 but shows only for windows vista/7. I would gladly pay the $9.99 to upgrade to version 8 but it's not showing. So whats the deal?

7.41.1 is the most recent/current release of WB7.  7.9 is the first limited release public Beta of WB8.  [there were also quite a few alphas bouncing around internally prior].

The first-access limited Beta release only to OD subscribers is both the advantage of being an OD subscriber and also a 'thankyou' to OD subscribers for subscribing.

Limiting the first release also limits repetitive feedback issues - it's easier to respond to noted bugs from a smaller user base than to receive mutliple reports of the same issue from many...

Ok I see what you guys are saying but what about all the people who paid money for Windowblinds. I only purchased Windowblinds along with skin studio because I don't need all the stuff with OD. How about a thank you to all the people who paid money for the product (in this case windowblinds).

As far as a small group for testing...would it not be better to have a larger group to cover more system configurations and a wider range of possible bugs instead of limiting it to a small group and then being flooded by support issues after it is released? Is that not the whole purpose of beta testing? Just thought I throw that out there as food for thought. 

ZubaZ
Reply #92 Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:22 AM

davcataa
As far as a small group for testing...would it not be better to have a larger group to cover more system configurations and a wider range of possible bugs instead of limiting it to a small group and then being flooded by support issues after it is released? Is that not the whole purpose of beta testing? Just thought I throw that out there as food for thought. 

Beta two will have a larger target audience.

3dsardarshailendra
Reply #93 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:53 PM

hi zubaz

any idea how soon windowsblinds 7.9 beta two is coming up i am looking forward for lots of changes and bug fixed like the textures and explorer backgrounds,

and while on it may i suggest a option to set a different background to specific folder would be very good.

appreciate the hardwork stardock guys are doin:)

ZubaZ
Reply #94 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:01 PM

3dsardarshailendra
any idea how soon windowsblinds 7.9 beta two is coming up

We are working on reported issues and will have a release when most of those are resolved . . but no set date.

3dsardarshailendra
Reply #95 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:33 PM

thanks zubaz ,,for updates,, an option to set  different explorer background for genreic folders like for example  my music folder could have some music related  badkground,, or movies in a movies folder we could set some movie poster bg , that would be too good, coz untill in WB 7.4 we could only set one explorer backgrounds to all folders

u guys rock:) , gr8 work really appriciate ur support:)

explorerv81
Reply #96 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:00 PM

where do I get the download

explorerv81
Reply #97 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:03 PM

you know on second thought, I brought windowsblinds 7 as a separate software I don't have objectdesktop sub, does that mean I can't take advantage of windowblinds beta download

Wizard1956
Reply #98 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:33 PM

3dsardarshailendra
option to set a different background to specific folder would be very good.

That is an excellent idea, I second that one.

DaveRI
Reply #99 Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:27 PM

explorerv81

you know on second thought, I brought windowsblinds 7 as a separate software I don't have objectdesktop sub, does that mean I can't take advantage of windowblinds beta download

That is correct, you can not, it is only for Object Desktop subscribers at present.

If you like, I see here that you can upgrade your Windowblinds to an Object Desktop subscription for $34.99 USD

http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/purchase.asp

 

3dsardarshailendra
Reply #100 Friday, May 31, 2013 3:56 PM



Quoting 3dsardarshailendra, reply 71in earliar version 7.4 when we used to click create new from image, a window used to open up for tilling and saving the texture, but doesnt seem to be working in it when i choose image  it does nothing

I've reproduced this and have alerted the developer.

 

Hey guys yippyyyyy:) just installed windowsblinds8 7.91 which just came out,,, with fixes for explorer textures and backgrounds,

nice work guys:) real good work guys keep it up:).

thanks zubaz that was real fast update ..

i am lovin it with ability to texture my windowsframes and exlporer bgs,,finally feeling updated to WB8 7.9

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