WindowBlinds 4.6 released!

Glowing Glowing Glowing!

Monday, August 15, 2005 by Frogboy | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Stardock has released WindowBlinds 4.6.  WindowBlinds is a program that enables users to "skin" their entire Windows GUI to give it a totally different look & feel.  When installed, users apply "visual styles" that change title bars, push buttons, radio buttons, the Start bar, etc.  WindowBlinds also includes a number of usability enhancements such as supporting roll-up buttons, always-on top buttons, links, and other additions to the Windows title bar (or borders). 

System Performance can also be enhanced using WindowBlinds. The program supports a host of performance enhancing features such as Hypercache, a technology that uses the extra video memory in most modern video cards to increase performance along with features to change the way users interact with the GUI to match their needs.

Visual styles in WindowBlinds support a wide variety of features such as animation, sound, flexible button placement, alpha-blended Start menus, skinned menus, toolbar icon changing, and even replacing the copy, move, download animations in Windows.

The new version of WindowBlinds adds the ability to have alpha blended "glow" effects for title bar buttons, push buttons, and other controls. When a user mouse-overs a control in a visual style that makes use of this feature, a glow effect appears that can go outside the window (i.e. it's really cool looking). 4.6 also has a number of tweaks to further increase performance and reduce memory use.

WindowBlinds is available as shareware at www.windowblinds.net.  An enhanced version is available for $19.95 that adds a host of additional features. The enhanced version is also part of Stardock's Object Desktop (www.objectdesktop.com) suite of Windows extension utilities.

Download:
 WindowBlinds 4.6

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Bichur
Reply #1 Monday, August 15, 2005 12:59 PM
NightTrainthedark
Reply #2 Monday, August 15, 2005 1:08 PM
I gotta say that Windowblinds has been running really smooth lately. Using SKS and applying and applying and applying is like butter. Keep up the improvements.
Thanks for seperating the skins from the updates in Stardock Central.

* Still getting Start Panel ghosts (goes back to Version 4.5)on transparent skins. A reapply normally fixes it. Sometimes 2 reapplys though. I belive it to be a widespread issue but I have fallen out of touch.

PurrBall
Reply #3 Monday, August 15, 2005 1:38 PM
* Still getting Start Panel ghosts (goes back to Version 4.5)on transparent skins. A reapply normally fixes it. Sometimes 2 reapplys though. I belive it to be a widespread issue but I have fallen out of touch.


It is quite noticable when using Tronnix and Tronnix DX becuase of the shadow built in to the start menu transparencies.

The update is all good!!!!!!!!!!


The History for WB in SDC hasnt been updated yet.
thomassen
Reply #4 Monday, August 15, 2005 3:07 PM
Whenever I see a news article about an updated Stardock software I allways think "Cool! New stuff!" ... only to remember that I've been using the betas and that it's not really any new... Sad?
Geokai
Reply #5 Monday, August 15, 2005 4:03 PM
where can i find the skin used in the fourth screenshot?
Buttermaker
Reply #6 Monday, August 15, 2005 5:11 PM
WB 4.65 and 4.7 is scheduled to be released in 3 weeks!!!
ama02
Reply #7 Monday, August 15, 2005 6:01 PM
where can i find the skin used in the fourth screenshot?


It looks like System 2 http://snidely.wincustomize.com/viewskin.aspx?SID=67&skinid=3841&libid=1&UID=259484
Island Dog
Reply #8 Monday, August 15, 2005 6:17 PM
Great job.

lgspence
Reply #9 Monday, August 15, 2005 8:48 PM
I downloaded wb 4.6 but it says I still have 4.5? Am I doing something wrong?I have object desktop.
yrag
Reply #10 Monday, August 15, 2005 8:54 PM
The tray icon says 4.5...the 'About' will say 4.6 Build 214
Black Xero
Reply #11 Monday, August 15, 2005 9:17 PM
Nice update .... !!!!!

Glow fx is just great
diamond30
Reply #12 Monday, August 15, 2005 10:06 PM
I thought this was updated on 8-8-05 thats what mines says in stardock central what release is this one?
debtor
Reply #13 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 2:20 AM
Where can i find the Longhorn thema? Thanks
debtor
Reply #14 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 2:21 AM
Where can i find the Longhorn thema? Thanks
murassmeblade
Reply #15 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:54 AM
Awesome,

where is essorants's Guardian skin?

i looked through his gallery, is it unreleased?
Edivion
Reply #16 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 5:15 AM
You have to buy it. It's the refresh Skin Pack

http://www.essorant.com/ess_2005_premium.php
essorant
Reply #17 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 5:57 AM
What is there to say - WindowBlinds is the most fun thing to happen on PCs, ever. Just buy it.



(I think the Guardian skin is also in the Stardock 'Essorant Skin Pack', which is a mixture of a few of my premium skins, available from the 'Store' tab on this website.)
UNoHu
Reply #18 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:13 AM
Transparent/translucent titlebars yet?
Yarlen
Reply #19 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:23 AM
Those won't happen until WindowBlinds 5 which will enter beta later this year.
gfunk
Reply #20 Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:29 AM
which skins have the glowy buttons? any of them out yet?

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