Using Suites?

Nothing works!

Sunday, July 19, 2009 by topofthelot | Discussion: Wincustomize Tutorials

I have bought and installed almost all the Stardock programs and I am running Impulse. I am trying to use Theme Manager to apply suites that I have downloaded. They appear along the bottom of Theme Manager but whatever suite I download not one will apply. When the suite is installed the size is around 2500kb yet a full suite I have that runs is almost 20,000kb! Help somebody please or I have wasted my money on these Stardock programs.

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Philly0381
Reply #1 Sunday, July 19, 2009 6:34 PM

When you use Theme Manager to apply a suite make sure you click on settings and select I want to see advanced options when appliing suites.  What are the suites that are giving you problems?

topofthelot
Reply #2 Monday, July 20, 2009 3:50 AM

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I already had the advanced options ticked, one of the suites is yours, 'Copper Carbon Fibre'. When I click 'Apply Theme' Theme Manager says 'Applying Theme' but nothing happens.

RedneckDude
Reply #3 Monday, July 20, 2009 3:55 AM

topofthelot
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I already had the advanced options ticked, one of the suites is yours, 'Copper Carbon Fibre'. When I click 'Apply Theme' Theme Manager says 'Applying Theme' but nothing happens.

Vista or XP? I have Vista and Theme Manager doesn't work for shit on Vista. XP is fine, last I checked.

topofthelot
Reply #4 Monday, July 20, 2009 4:21 AM

Vista or XP? I have Vista and Theme Manager doesn't work for shit on Vista. XP is fine, last I checked.

Yep, Vista, although it did work prior to major problems last weekend, now cured.

topofthelot
Reply #5 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:58 PM

It doesn't look like 'philly0381' is going to reply to this thread so if anyone else can help I would appreciate it.

Incidentally, the suites that won't install, as when trying the download dialogue does nothing, are all 'philly0381' suites!! Some do work and theme manager does download the files.

Philly0381
Reply #6 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:48 PM

Sorry, life got in the way and have been a little busy.  There was supposed to an update coming out for Theme Manager but haven't seen it yet.

I am able to run the suites on my XP and Vista system.  I will go back and test the links for each suite to make sure that they did not get broken.  I'm just a user of the provided software, not a skinner.  I'm sorry that the suites are not working for you. 

If I find out anything I will post it here.

Philly0381
Reply #7 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:11 PM

It's possible that the updating going on for Win 7 compatiblility may have caused some problems not sure.  Going to ask Zubaz tomorrow.

Philly0381
Reply #8 Wednesday, July 29, 2009 1:03 PM

topofthelot, I checked with Stardock today and they would like you to email support@stardock.com and explain the problem you are having.  Unfortunately Theme Manager is behind Win 7 compatiblility efforts waiting to be updated.

I think Theme Manage is and can be a great problem.

Philly0381
Reply #9 Wednesday, July 29, 2009 1:39 PM

Okay I have done some checking on Theme Manager and the Suites function and here is what I found.  They do work on XP Home 32 bit and Vista Home Premium 64 bit.

Before trying to apply a Theme Manager Suite click on setting and make sure that you select 'I want to see advance option when applying suites'.  Then select a Suite to apply, click on the skins you want to apply keeping in mind XP vs Vista.  Then apply the suite/skins.

Now this is where some of you may see a problem, the wallpaper may apply but nothing else.  If there is a CursorFX skin go to the CursorFX program and see if it download.  What I have found is that the skins are downloading but not applying.  (This is where an update is needed).

I know that Theme Manager is supposed to download and apply the suite, but folks it ain't working.  I'm sorry for that, but out of my control.  I think if you check the skins included in the suite they will have been downloaded and it will take a few extra step to get them applied.

I've been holding off on doing new Suites waiting for the much anticipated update to the Stardock programs.   Can't wait, I need to get back to doing suites.

I hope this helps those of you that are having problems.

 

AfxTwn
Reply #10 Friday, August 12, 2011 12:39 PM

Just thought I would bump this thread as I need help in downloading and applying suites. I have Windows 7 HP 64 bit and have bought, downloaded and installed Object Desktop and Object Dock Plus and I want to download and install some of the suites available. Do I have to download and install each of the individual components for each suite (such as the WindowBlinds, DesktopX, ObjectDock etc) or can you just get one suite file like what is included with Theme Manager?

 

Sorry I am a newb and have only used DeskScapes before now. 

Philly0381
Reply #11 Friday, August 12, 2011 12:52 PM

The whole idea behind Theme Manager was to be able to give the user a one button or click download and apply of a Suite.  Unfortunately Theme Manager needs updates to correct some some problems.  When you download a Suite and then open Theme Manager and select it to apply you should see a window open up with a list of skins that are included in the suite file.  You then can select which skins you want to download/apply. 

Not all skins for a suite will be in the suite file, for those that are not you can go back to the suite download page and click on the links provided in the description.

I hope the above information helps you. 

 

WOM
Reply #12 Friday, August 12, 2011 1:02 PM

Heck, do what I do and just download what ya want individually.

RedneckDude
Reply #13 Friday, August 12, 2011 1:12 PM

Heck, do what I do and just download what ya want individually.
Exactly! WOM is Da Man!!  He has it right. Sorry Philly...

Philly0381
Reply #14 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:03 PM

RedneckDude
Quoting WOM, reply 12Heck, do what I do and just download what ya want individually.
Exactly! WOM is Da Man!!  He has it right. Sorry Philly...

Well then, I sure am wasting my time, hmmmm. 

RedneckDude
Reply #15 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:11 PM

Philly, you're not wasting your time. What you do works, it's the Theme Manager software that doesn't work correctly....not at all your fault.

Compiling matching skins for users to download is cool. It's just that TM doesn't correctly apply all the skins. Your suites still download all the necessary skins. It beats downloading all the skins seperately.

Philly0381
Reply #16 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:14 PM

Wizard1956
Reply #17 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:22 PM

^^^^^ I agree with the Rednecked One.^^^^^

AfxTwn
Reply #18 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:27 PM

Thanks for the help Philly, unfortunately I don't seem to be able to even download the suite file. When I click on the download link it is for a dream file for DeskScapes. I'll do what the others have suggested and download the individual files. I've noticed that some files such as Object Dock files come as zip files. When I extract these files where do I put them? Presumably OD and other programs have their own directory on the C: drive but do the files go in a skins folder or elsewhere?

 

Thanks again for the help. 

Philly0381
Reply #19 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:39 PM

What is the name of the Suite AfxTwn or post a link.

Wizard1956
Reply #20 Friday, August 12, 2011 2:47 PM

Which suite is giving you the trouble?

OD backgrounds can go in Public Documents in the OD Library. If it is a tabbed background or a running indicator, they should go in C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\ObjectDockPlus2 or  the custom plus/minus images and RI's won't show up.

As for me, I put everything in Program Files as I'm the only user of this PC and got rid of the Stardock folder in Documents. (It seems everybody wants to put a folder there, not just SD.)

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