Help... Start Menu Problem Skin Studio 6

What am I doing wrong?

Thursday, April 17, 2008 by alphabyte | Discussion: Skinning

I am trying to put together the start menu for my next WB, and I noticed this ugly black border all around my start menu (seen on the righthand side of the start menu in the screenshot).

I have blur enabled and disabled the OS shadow.  I am using Skin Studio 6.00.003 and WB 6.09[g].[b].135.  (Also, I have tried this in the latest non-beta version of WB6 and this black border is still there.)

I have tried playing with many of the settings in Skin Studio 6, but I cannot get rid of that annoying border.  What am I doing wrong?

Any help or suggestions would be most appreciated!

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alphabyte
Reply #21 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:18 PM
First open in SKS5 and check that hide is still enabled, apply another skin then go back to yours, or reapply your skin two or three times, this is one of those settings that does not always change after just one apply. Not sure why just always seems to need a kick in the butt to take.


Cavan1: I checked to make sure that HideShadows=1 in SKS5. I applied some other skins (Luster, RogueProtonG, Leo, etc...) and then applied my skin with the black border several times to no avail, as the default OS shadow remains. Sigh... Thanks again for all your time, effort and help!
Cavan1
Reply #22 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:29 PM
alphabyte; go to my site WWW Link, click email and send me the skin and I will see if I can get it working. Can't promise to get to it tonight but tomorrow I work only half a day.
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #23 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:35 PM
Strange...I cant get them TO show...not at all.Only difference is,I never once opened my skin with SKS6.  

Little experiment...open your skin with SKS5,save it as some other name(like you were going to make a new skin off of it),and apply that one and see if they are gone.  
alphabyte
Reply #24 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:40 PM
alphabyte; go to my site WWW Link, click email and send me the skin and I will see if I can get it working. Can't promise to get to it tonight but tomorrow I work only half a day.


Cavan1: Thank you for your generous offer. How do I send you an attachment through the Wincustomize email system? Thanks again!
alphabyte
Reply #25 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:46 PM
Strange...I cant get them TO show...not at all.Only difference is,I never once opened my skin with SKS6.  Little experiment...open your skin with SKS5,save it as some other name(like you were going to make a new skin off of it),and apply that one and see if they are gone.  


IR: Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it (loaded my broken WB into SKS5, checked to make sure HideShadows=1, and saved it as another file name), but unfortunately, the default OS shadow was still there.

Thank you for offering your suggestion. Much appreciated!
Cavan1
Reply #26 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:47 PM
How do I send you an attachment through the Wincustomize email system?


Seems you can,t.

sjmcavan at hotmail.com

Of course at=@ and no spaces
Cavan1
Reply #27 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:49 PM
double post damn
alphabyte
Reply #28 Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:52 PM
How do I send you an attachment through the Wincustomize email system?Seems you can,t.sjmcavan at hotmail.comOf course at=@ and no spaces


Thanks. I will be sending it in a few minutes. You can ignore my PM. I was just asking the same question.

WB Sent...
Vampothika
Reply #29 Friday, April 18, 2008 9:03 PM
when you do reach a solution for this........dont forget to come back and tell us.....im very curious now for the solution......its become a very odd problem!!!
canmandeco
Reply #30 Friday, April 18, 2008 9:11 PM
I posted this in the SkinStudio 6 Beta Feedback thread since I saw that one first.

Go to your skin folder and open up XPStuff.xp with notepad.
Look for the following section and make sure it says "=1" after HideShadows.

[StartPanel]
HideShadows=1

If its not there just add it.

(I tried to change the setting it in SS6 and it did not work for me. )
I hope that helps.


alphabyte
Reply #31 Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:44 AM
when you do reach a solution for this........dont forget to come back and tell us.....im very curious now for the solution......its become a very odd problem!!!


jekyll: If I ever find a solution, I will certainly post it back here. I wouldn't want anyone to be frustrated regarding this problem. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to figure it out. Also, Cavan looked at my WB and for some reason, SKS6 is recognizing my WB as being a UIS1 type of skin and not a UIS2 skin. I don't understand why this should be as I started my WB SKS6 as an "advanced WB," just like my first WB that I made last month.

Anyway, to make a long story short, I still haven't figured out how to fix this problem. Also tried to start a brand new WB and import my pngs into the new WB. But the ugly shadow remains! I will keep at it and post here if I find an answer to this mysterious problem. Thanks again for all your help.
alphabyte
Reply #32 Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:48 AM
I posted this in the SkinStudio 6 Beta Feedback thread since I saw that one first.Go to your skin folder and open up XPStuff.xp with notepad. Look for the following section and make sure it says "=1" after HideShadows. [StartPanel]HideShadows=1If its not there just add it.(I tried to change the setting it in SS6 and it did not work for me. )I hope that helps.


canmandeco: Thanks for your suggestion. I tried this and it did not work. I posted this problem in the SKS6 feedback forum hoping that maybe a Stardock programmer might see it and might have a "technical" (e.g., a SKS6 bug) reason as to why I cannot get rid of the default OS shadow around the Start Panel. Anyway, thank you to you too for stopping by to help. Much appreciated!
2of3
Reply #33 Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:57 AM
just replying so I can keep track of the solution for later use
eieio
Reply #34 Saturday, April 19, 2008 10:57 AM
alphabyte,

I had an issue with one of my skins being seen as a UIS1 skin by SKS5. Here's what I did to correct it (not sure if it will fix your issue but it may be worth a try)

In SKS6,clean the skin (Tools/Clean Skin), then make a WBA package (File/Make WBA Package), switch to a different skin in WBconfig, then delete your problem skin in WBconfig, then find the WBA package that was created earlier and doubleclick it.

This will put your skin back into WBconfig; change to that skin and then try the settings as noted above to turn off the shadow.

I had put in a support ticket for the above problem, but was told SKS5 wouldn't be developed any longer (although it was SKS6 that apparently changed my skin to a UIS1) so there was never any investigation into why SKS6 'made' my skin into a UIS1.
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #35 Saturday, April 19, 2008 2:09 PM
There is no good reason to start an XP skin in SKS6.

I know its work but try STARTING the skin in SKS5.(either from scratch or from another skin that already works right)
alphabyte
Reply #36 Saturday, April 19, 2008 5:14 PM
just replying so I can keep track of the solution for later use

2of3: Will post a solution here, if I can ever find one. Thanks!

alphabyte,I had an issue with one of my skins being seen as a UIS1 skin by SKS5. Here's what I did to correct it (not sure if it will fix your issue but it may be worth a try)In SKS6,clean the skin (Tools/Clean Skin), then make a WBA package (File/Make WBA Package), switch to a different skin in WBconfig, then delete your problem skin in WBconfig, then find the WBA package that was created earlier and doubleclick it.This will put your skin back into WBconfig; change to that skin and then try the settings as noted above to turn off the shadow.I had put in a support ticket for the above problem, but was told SKS5 wouldn't be developed any longer (although it was SKS6 that apparently changed my skin to a UIS1) so there was never any investigation into why SKS6 'made' my skin into a UIS1.

pictoratus: Thanks for this suggestion. I will try it out and post later tonight what happens in my case. Thanks again for all your help!

There is no good reason to start an XP skin in SKS6.I know its work but try STARTING the skin in SKS5.(either from scratch or from another skin that already works right)

IR: I will try your suggestion as well. I will post later tonight what happens with this approach. I don't mind the extra work, especially since this will give me more practice with Skin Studio in general (and I certainly could use the practice). Thanks for all your help as well. Much appreciated!

alphabyte
Reply #37 Saturday, April 19, 2008 8:59 PM
alphabyte,I had an issue with one of my skins being seen as a UIS1 skin by SKS5. Here's what I did to correct it (not sure if it will fix your issue but it may be worth a try)In SKS6,clean the skin (Tools/Clean Skin), then make a WBA package (File/Make WBA Package), switch to a different skin in WBconfig, then delete your problem skin in WBconfig, then find the WBA package that was created earlier and doubleclick it.This will put your skin back into WBconfig; change to that skin and then try the settings as noted above to turn off the shadow.I had put in a support ticket for the above problem, but was told SKS5 wouldn't be developed any longer (although it was SKS6 that apparently changed my skin to a UIS1) so there was never any investigation into why SKS6 'made' my skin into a UIS1.


pictoratus: Thank you for the suggestion. I tried your suggestion exactly as you said and unfortunately, it did not work for me. The ugly default OS shadow around the Start Panel remains and my WB is still being recognized by SKS5 as a UIS1 skin. I truly appreciate your time and effort trying to help me solve this problem. Very appreciated!
alphabyte
Reply #38 Saturday, April 19, 2008 9:59 PM
There is no good reason to start an XP skin in SKS6.I know its work but try STARTING the skin in SKS5.(either from scratch or from another skin that already works right)


IR: Thank you for your suggestion. As you can see from the screenshot below, it worked! I guess Skin Studio 5 is the better way to go when starting a WB. Thank you again for all your help and for taking time out for a newbie like me. Your assistance was very appreciated!

Cavan1
Reply #39 Saturday, April 19, 2008 10:04 PM
alphabyte
Reply #40 Saturday, April 19, 2008 10:12 PM
Cavan1: Thank you to you too, for all your help!

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