Hooray! SkinStudio 6 is here!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 by Frogboy | Discussion: Customization Software

Version 6


I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about SkinStudio 6. Which is surprising in some respects because I was deeply involved in the design of SkinStudio 1 through 5.  With SkinStudio 6, the WindowBlinds team wrote it with my part being mostly that of providing input rather than design direction. 

SkinStudio 1 through 5 was designed to provide a quasi-Corel Draw style user interface.  The design worked out well in the early days when WindowBlinds wasn't that powerful.

Here is what SkinStudio 5 looked like:


As you can see, it got pretty complicated by version 6.

By contrast, SkinStudio 6 looks like this:


The difference is application designer versus task oriented design.  That is, with SkinStudio 6, the skinner simply walks through a series of steps and at the end has a finished skin. 

How this will affect the skinning community remains to be seen. But we now have a way for people to easily make their own skins. And best of all, SkinStudio is FREE.

Reply #1 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:18 PM
I don't skin much . .but I do miss being able to click on part of a preview and go to that attribute.

Other than that (from my non-skinning perspective) worlds better.
Reply #2 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:23 PM
Ahh.. Skinstudio.. my best friend.. Its nice to re-meet you   
Reply #3 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:25 PM
To everyone involved is creating SKS6...Thank you for all your hard work!   
Alternate Setting
Reply #4 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:32 PM
There are some fun features - I'm still trying to find out what 'Colouring masks' is about?

Could you offer either context, or an example of a WB in which they are used? Tks.
Reply #5 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:33 PM
I've had many happy hours skinning with Sks5, but it's time to move on!

The blind(s) I'm working on now have thus far been skinned entirely with v6. The program just gets better with every update

Thanks to the team who have busted their humps to make this program
Reply #6 Wednesday, March 19, 2008 1:19 PM
Where's IR Brainiac?

Time to start on Vista versions of your stuff.  
I for one would like to see Knot Vista for Vista.
Reply #7 Tuesday, March 25, 2008 9:02 PM
I'm impressed with this release. I appreciate all the hard work the developers put into the rewrite. They've succeeded in making the program less intimidating than the previous versions. For someone like myself who would like to attempt my first windowblind, it seems to be more user-friendly. I'm looking forward to giving it a try. Thank you Stardock!
Reply #8 Tuesday, March 25, 2008 9:16 PM
When will documentation be available? The 29th when OD 2008 (hopefully) comes out? It looks awesome but I want to know what all of my options are before digging in!

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