WindowBlinds 6 Beta 2 arrives


Wednesday, September 19, 2007 by Frogboy | Discussion: WinCustomize News

If you have Object Desktop you can now download WindowBlinds 6 beta 2.  For the uninitiated: WindowBlinds is a program that allows users to easily and safely change the look and feel of the Windows user interface (title bars, start bar, star menu, scrollbars, push buttons, etc.).  Object Desktop is a suite of programs that allow users to personalize their entire Windows experience.

Now, WindowBlinds 6 is the next-generation version of WindowBlinds.  Amongst its cool new features is the ability to do full blurred glass even on Windows XP. Full support of skinning every piece of Windows Vista. Advanced animation and advanced colorization, user sub-styles and well just tons of other features both big and small.

Beta 2 is a huge overhaul to the underlying structure of WindowBlinds.  For years, the skins you download for WindowBlinds have gone into the WindowBlinds directory. But with Windows Vista, Microsoft really frowns on programs putting data in the program files directory.  So beta 2 migrates all the skins to the shared documents folder.

Those of you who are technical can probably appreciate the immense amount of effort involved in smoothly migrating what can amount to gigs of skins from one place to another without disrupting the user experience in the process. 

Below are some screenshot highlights:

Taken on my Windows XP box. Check out the blur effect in the title bar. You can blur existing skins even.

This is the quick way of being able to Vista-ize your existing skins. There's literally an option to vista-ize skins (even in Windows XP).

The advanced coloring support is extremely cool. Now you can specific which colors you want to affect. It takes a little practice but it's worth it. Now you can hue shift parts of your skin.  So even if a skin author makes a skin a different color than you desire, no problem, you can easily change it.

The dragon on the start menu is a smooth, >30fps animation with fire effects.  It does this on Windows XP and Windows Vista.  Again, technical users out there can tell you - non-trivial to get this kind of performance.

WindowBlinds 6 not only has these cool features but it does it using trivial amounts of memory and is FASTER than Windows XP or Windows Vista are normally.  We include the Diamond skin. Feel free to dual boot to a Windows XP box, load up Diamond with full blur on and check out the performance. Then boot to Windows Vista and run the default Aero. Which is faster?  WindowBlinds 6 makes full use of the DWM on Windows Vista to maximize performance/lower memory requirements. 

If you have Object Desktop, check it out for yourself, let us know what you think.  We release on October 2nd!



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Reply #1 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:37 PM
Could it get any better!    Well, you could try and see if it was possible.   
Reply #2 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:41 PM
  gonna go have an anticipatory look   
Reply #3 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:42 PM
Vista x64 compatible? The Final WB 6?
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #4 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:46 PM
The new features are really good...been playing a lot with the new color sliders.  At first I wasnt too sure about blurring,but when it works right ,its very nice.  
Reply #5 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:46 PM

YES. Vista x64 support will be in the final WB6.


Reply #6 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:20 PM
If i could see it , in SDC , but i cant?     
Island Dog
Reply #7 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:23 PM
If i could see it , in SDC , but i cant?

Trying uninstalling WindowBlinds 5, reboot, and check again. 

Reply #8 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:24 PM
Opps ! Now i can see it... Yous guys are playin with my mind     
Reply #9 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:30 PM
OK...went to update to the latest and got stuck in a continuous auto archiving loop....archived once...then installed...or at least it said it did...the 2 more auto archiving before I just canceled it...this was before it started its 4th auto archive. Now it says theres an update but does nothing. Just gotta love it.
Reply #10 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:37 PM
Same, Stuck on Auto-archiving ,    , should i end/cancel ?
Island Dog
Reply #11 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:39 PM
Just uncheck auto-archive for the time being.  
Reply #12 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:50 PM
wow, you can change the transparency of the startmenu from within wb now as before you couldn't. at least i couldn't. anyway, after my wb6 update,in the windowblind folder half of the items in the folder are missing. however, there was a folder saved in the shared stardock folder which is the windowblind folder. whats up with that?....thanks
Reply #13 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:51 PM
Me stuck to. Oh Boy!
Reply #14 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:54 PM
Has the WB 5/6 IR-receiver bug been fixed in this one?
Reply #15 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:54 PM
all my skins are in wb and work but the wb skins in the stardock folder is missing but is in a shared folder in shared documents folder. .. i wonder why?...thanks
Reply #16 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:59 PM
oh, nevermind, i just read the top post.
Alan Lindsay
Reply #17 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:00 PM
Can't get the update:

Download: C:\Program Files\Stardock\SDCentral\data\public\wb6\beta\wb6.xml 0 | Attempt: 3 | -14 The Url is invalid
Result: Installation failed (12)

Reply #18 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:07 PM
i assume you got the newer sdc update, version 2.47.281 build 159. click help-about in sdc and see which version....
Reply #19 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:24 PM
I have 2.47.481 build 159. I can't get mine to update. Mine says -Downloading WB6.sdc- and below that says 100% Complete. I let it set like that for about 30 minutes just to make sure I wasn't getting ahead of it, and still sitting there doing nothing. Any ideas?
Reply #20 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 11:35 PM
You have to uninstall the earlier beta, reboot and then install the new version or it will hang. (at least it did for me)

Molten is beyond cool.   

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