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 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 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
Windows XP, 2003, or 32-bit Windows Vista (64-bit support coming shortly)


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I.R. Brainiac
Reply #1 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:26 PM
Running pretty...looking good...except for 1 small issue...dialog backgrounds have disappeared.unloaded,uninstalled,reinstalled...still gone.A few others have reported the same prob.

Thanks for the cool prog Frogboy.  
Reply #2 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:29 PM
Will version 6 include any enhancements for XP or is it aimed totally at Vista?
Reply #3 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:31 PM
A beta of WindowBlinds 6 will be available for registered users shortly.

Neil Banfield
Reply #4 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:39 PM

WB6 will include XP enhancements too though not titlebar blurring before you get excited.

Reply #5 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 5:31 PM
Lets update it
Reply #6 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:16 PM
WB6 will include XP enhancements too though not titlebar blurring before you get excited.

Even though I don't use XP there are a few things im curious if WB6 will support? Such as Menu bar skinning (currently in XP uses the classic colors when using Per Pixel), and transparent rebar/menubar backgrounds?

Reply #7 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:26 PM
WB 6 woo-hoo!!!!!!

bring on the testing!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
Reply #8 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 9:16 PM
but windowblinds 5.5 released on 2/22/2007.
Wet Monkey
Reply #9 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:08 PM
Good news.. still waiting on the Vista 64 bit support tho. Funny, you don't realize how much you miss WB until you can't use it
Reply #10 Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:56 PM
Me too - need Vista 64bit version - stuck in limbo till then - soon i hope - i hope - i hope !
Reply #11 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:02 AM
that center pic makes me wonder why microsoft hasn't created a new paint for vista. doesn't have to be a photoshop or paintshop pro, just something simple for file conversion and basic editing.
Reply #12 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 1:44 AM
Surj: Just download Paint.NET.
Reply #13 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:37 AM
Erk. hopes this is as good as he expects it will be.....   
Reply #14 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:18 AM
Reply #15 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:14 AM
Great news..  
Reply #16 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:32 AM
Erm, that's what I thought - WB5.5 has been available since February 2007 and no new version showing for me on SDC?

I'm all confused, and I still can't get WB5.5 and DreamScene/Scape working together /cry
Reply #17 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:00 AM
The beta was available since Feb on SDC for OD-subscribers. This news are about the standalone/shareware version, which is always a little later.
Reply #18 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:23 PM
Here's a great new feature in WindowBlinds 5.5!!

If you don't like the option of having one choice in your animations 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.

Reply #19 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:32 PM foothold on the other thread, trying desperately in all shapes and strongly advise Stardock to fix CURRENT issues before moving on...otherwise the problems follow you.

I've said enough.
Reply #20 Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:40 PM
Morpheous416.. the issue you present is a skin problem not Windowblinds. When a skinner doesn't name a skin correctly, that is what happens. Everytime you installed the skin, Windowblinds installed copies of the animations and toolbar icons. That should be reported to the skinner as there nothing the Dev's can do about it.

I know vStyler and I will make sure he never makes the same mistake again.   

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