Hong Kong 2008
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Hong Kong 2008

Updated Feb 13, 2008 by knofsky


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Teecha
Comment #1 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:02 PM
pretty cool, but in the start menu, im getting a black line extending to the left on the "programs" mouseover
HG_Eliminator
Comment #2 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:31 PM
nice work
zakai1369
Comment #3 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 8:12 PM
nice blind
nuttygardener
Comment #4 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:03 PM
I'm not seeing this black line that Teecha is.



Cool skin!
knofsky
Comment #5 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:23 PM
Teecha, the only two things I can think of: 1) open WB's again and click apply my changes again. And/Or, 2) reboot with HK 08 loaded as is. Terrible answer I know, but rebooting usually fixes quirks like this, at least it does for me. Such is life with Windows. By the way, are you using XP?

Thanks all for the positive comments.
ben38
Comment #6 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:50 PM
Wow!!! This is really awsome.   
Teecha
Comment #7 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:00 PM
yeah, using xp. i'll give rebooting shot. thanks
ben38
Comment #8 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:18 PM

im getting a black line extending to the left on the "programs" mouseover




I'm getting the same thing, however not that much of an issue for me. Still be using this for some time.    
Drzues
Comment #9 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:22 PM
Wow...this is a fantastic skin knofsky, the chrome looks great and not over bearing like in so many other metal themed skins. The only problem I'm seeing is the more programs image is a little off on my machine, it looks like the margins just need adjusted. I'm using Vista so that might be the problem too. Thank you for a great metal theme.
knofsky
Comment #10 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:25 PM
Teecha and ben38 - I will look into this and see if I can replicate what you are experiencing. And if I can, come up with a solution.
ben38
Comment #11 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:49 PM
knofsky, I just noticed something else. When surffing through web sites, I noticed that some text in web pages do not show up. I rebooted as stated before, same thing. I then changed too another blind and tried the web pages, and was able to see the text. I know this information is not much, however if it may help in sovling the issue, it would be great. I really love this blind and would use it, but I need to see what I'm looking at. Still good work.  
bronzedesk
Comment #12 Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:01 AM
I'm wondering if in fact this is set up for WBv5.0
under the old format where WBv6.0 which is slightly different
. It often loses color in the middle of the bottom
bar leaving just the line by itself or going invisible! Maybe author's should
specifiy WB6 compatible! Just a thought! I notice it on the
preview... in configure windowblinds the visual styles area!
I don't know if they changed formatting or what when they went to 6.0 but
there is a noticible change
knofsky
Comment #13 Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:17 AM
Ben38, most blinds require little or no adjustments in order to view web pages. That is not the case with any dark blind (not just HK 08). I made a reference to that in my comments (4th paragraph).

I'm guessing your using Firefox, because IE doesn't allow you to customize.

For Firefox: Click on Tools > Options > Content > Colors. In my comments I mention 2 choices to tick, 1) Allow Pages to Choose or 2) Use System Colors. You MUST choose one or the other. If you tick both, the text will "disappear" as you described. Why? Because HK 08 now dictates System Colors, meaning the text will be white - which obviously can't be seen if the web page uses a white background (like WinCustomize does).

Additional info:

1) Ticking ONLY "Allow Pages to Choose" will load the pages as they were originally designed, over-riding the settings in the blind.

2) Ticking ONLY "Use System Colors" means that for most of your pages the background will be Navy with White text. However, you do have the option changing the link colors. Example, for HK 08, I use the following color choices. Click on the color box for Unvisited Links and select the blue that is 3rd column from the right, 4th row down. For Visited links I use the light grey in the first column on the left, 3rd row down.

Click both "OK's" and then refresh. Done deal.

Let me know if this does not solve your problem.

Robert
knofsky
Comment #14 Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:38 AM
Bronzedesk, yes this was designed using 5.0 in Skin Studio. Over half the blind was finished when the update to Skin Studio came out and I decided to forge ahead.

However, I don't think that should have anything to do with how HK 08 loads using WB 6.0. I'm using WB 6.0 and everything appears as it was designed. Besides, there are tons of Blinds that were made for WB 3x, 4x and 5x that also load just fine using WB 6.0.

I think you can "fix" the task bar transparency issue by opening WB's and selecting Transparency and Blur from the top menu bar, and then clicking on Default Setting.

Hopefully that solves the problem.
knofsky
Comment #15 Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:45 AM
Teecha and ben38

Just had a thought. Can one or both of you send me a screen shot of the Start Menu? That might help me try and figure out why its happening. Email: knofsky@hotmail.com
2of3
Comment #16 Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:47 AM
I really like this blind!

I haven't seen this misalignment the others have been talking about (I'm on Xp). There is a small issue with the control panel. You have the text color set to the same as the background (blue). Turns white on mouseover so I can read it, though. I don't know if this was intentional or not

Also I find the header text very hard to read (it's so tiny )

This is your first blind? I'm impressed!
neophil78
Comment #17 Thursday, February 14, 2008 6:47 AM
I think i know what's the trouble some of you have with the startmenu: it's probably because the "all programs" is an image and with language specificities it may be adjusted (ex, for french i had to set in sectin "More Program Panel / Background / Content Margins / Left" to -110 and not -68   

For other troubles like
When surffing through web sites, I noticed that some text in web pages do not show up
that's just because off using colors for background explorer

Though, i like this skin very much, but a classic background color is really imperative and with titlebar font a bit larger (it's really unreadable like this)



There are also a few missings in skin (in XP shell section, all background images are missing, same for Title bar Icons and most in special folders), in section Taskbar, the gripper is not designed, and in a few .bmp's images using "magic pink" that one is not defined as transparent or is defined as transparent AND tranluscent...

Hope it will help   
lypnjtu
Comment #18 Thursday, February 14, 2008 9:45 AM
Great skin!!!
scott57
Comment #19 Thursday, February 14, 2008 9:59 AM
very nice skin

thanks for sharing
knofsky
Comment #20 Thursday, February 14, 2008 10:13 AM
1) I don't understand the comments about the text size in the Title Bar. Its almost the same size text as used in the windows for search and web addresses. One thought I have is that you might be able to correct this in Control Panel.

Example: Control Panel > Display > Appearance > Advanced. The only box that is ticked is "Show User Icon in Start Panel". The 3 drop boxes on the left should be set to 1) Skin Decides Task Bar Size, 2) I Want to Make Fonts 20% Larger, and 3) Leave Skin Fonts Alone.

These settings may help. Let me know.

2) Background images in XP shell section (Images in the bottom right hand corner of My Pictures, My Videos, etc in My Documents. I purposely did not skin these because in my opinion they serve no useful purpose. Same decision was made for the Title Bar icons for these same folders. Call it artistic license on my part. Lots of blinds skip over these.

3) Taskbar section: Gripper not designed on purpose, and image included is Magic Pink. Again, artistic license.

4) Magic Pink not defined: I just reviewed all BMP images in Studio and can't find any not properly defined as Transparent. Please provise specific info on images so I can investigate further.

Hope this helps.

Additional comment on "Artistic License". The primary reason any of us are here is because we want choices that Bill Gates and company will not provide us with. Just because MS includes certain items in their basic blind doesn't mean they are useful or an integral part of the blind. The biggest example in my case is that I have no use for the task bar, and always use a top bar using DesktopX. But I know many people do still use the task bar so I skinned it accordingly.

This same thinking was used in deciding not to re-skin the AVI's for Move Files, Copy files, etc. On todays fast PC's these AVI's appear for only a couple of seconds - if at all. So I chose to just go with the originals from WinXP.

If things like background images in My Documents or Title bar icons are important to you, there are 349 pages of blinds to choose from. Not trying to be snotty, just pointing out the obvious. I can find things I don't like with almost every blind here at WinCustomize, and I'm sure most of you probably feel the same. So we end up using a blind that has most of the things we like or find appealing.

Enjoy.

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