Visual Styles domination?

Will windowblinds era come to an end?

Monday, September 6, 2010 by Deea19 | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

I'm a regular deviantart visitor and I'm realy surprised by the quantity of nice visual styles for Win7 posted there. Sometimes they can even be more then 4 visual styles for Win7 posted in one single day while the windowblinds skins are getting a little bit rare. I know it takes much more time to create a windowblinds skin but I keep asking myself if the windowblinds skins are going to be left out after some time.

What do you guys think?

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Jafo
Reply #1 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:17 AM

I keep asking myself if the windowblinds skins are going to be left out after some time.

What do you guys think?

No.

Just because the most common 'junk' cars ever built are Corollas...and VW beetles doesn't mean there's no market for "real" cars....Ferraris...BMWs....Jags....Gogomobiles....cars with ACTUAL character....

Razmodies
Reply #2 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:23 AM

Keep Using Windows Blind and show your style

2of3
Reply #3 Monday, September 6, 2010 11:14 AM

I'm not impressed with the ton of look alike/multiple version/beta/half finished VS's that I see at DA. I would rather apply a well thought out and fully functional WB, but that is just my take.

RedneckDude
Reply #4 Monday, September 6, 2010 11:40 AM

I must say that WBs aren't coming through like they used to here at WC. Seems we're losing skinners and/or summertime has everyone doing other things.

There are some coming through back to back that aren't top quality, but the real good ones seem few and far between.

DrJBHL
Reply #5 Monday, September 6, 2010 11:48 AM

Jafo and 2of3 

Quality over quantity. Any day. Everyday.

retiredmaster
Reply #6 Monday, September 6, 2010 12:19 PM

Part of the slow down may be that a fully compatible WindowBlinds skin has to cover three versions of the OS - XP, Vista, Win7. It all adds to the time, and maybe some skinners just skin their own OS and feel that they would rather not upload an 'incomplete' skin.

 

I look forward to the day when XP has gone! Win7 FTW!

 

 

wc2005
Reply #7 Monday, September 6, 2010 1:13 PM

Yeah, I think so, Essorant, DrJBHL. There are too many things for our skinners to do to have a complete skin for THREE operating systems. Anyway, I still love WindowBlinds so much. Big love to our great Skinners and Stardock .

scharchuk
Reply #8 Monday, September 6, 2010 1:40 PM

Why skin Vista at all anymore? It is very similar to 7 in many ways already.

Neil Banfield
Reply #9 Monday, September 6, 2010 2:45 PM

scharchuk
Why skin Vista at all anymore? It is very similar to 7 in many ways already.

Because people still use Vista as they may not see any reason to pay Microsoft more money.

theAVMAN
Reply #10 Monday, September 6, 2010 3:30 PM

essorant
Part of the slow down may be that a fully compatible WindowBlinds skin has to cover three versions of the OS - XP, Vista, Win7. It all adds to the time, and maybe some skinners just skin their own OS and feel that they would rather not upload an 'incomplete' skin.

 

I look forward to the day when XP has gone! Win7 FTW!

 

 

I have to agree here and say that it requires a pretty decent little setup to have all software the you need installed on 3 different Os's making it very expensive to skin all 3.

G3mpi3
Reply #11 Monday, September 6, 2010 3:57 PM

I often switch between custom visual styles and windowblinds. I think there's a huge difference between the two. Windowblinds allows for a more custom layout, for example - I've never seen any kind of visual style that looked like Venom by Vstyler. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

I don't think windowblinds will ever die. It's becoming more and more popular, for those who aren't comfortable hacking system files. I follow many artists on deviantart too, and I agree that there are tons of high quality themes there. I use many of them. But, windowsblinds is a different, unique kind of customization that will never lose popularity.


That's my opinion.

WOM
Reply #12 Monday, September 6, 2010 4:17 PM

I thought all you needed to do was skin 2 of the 3 OS's, not all 3.

theAVMAN
Reply #13 Monday, September 6, 2010 5:20 PM

I thought all you needed to do was skin 2 of the 3 OS's, not all 3.

Hey Sir WOM how are ya?

In theroy you could build just 1 skin that would work on all 3 but here is what I ran into ..1 skin all elements ...looks good in XP so on to Vista...looks good on Vista except there are some unreadable menus So we correct the text issues at this point for me XP was till usable just not perfect .....So on  to win 7 now there are only apprx.15-20 MUST HAVE images in 7 that arent needed in Vista so if we included ithem in the Visya skin that would take care of that but then you will find some menus that just dont work right so,fix those and we have 3 sub-styles....

Now if you had abolutely perfect forethought I guess you could do it especialy if all yout parts were microsoft colors but then you would still have to test all 3.....

Ok I just pulled another hand full of hair out ! lol

Vampothika
Reply #14 Monday, September 6, 2010 8:41 PM

There are some coming through back to back that aren't top quality, but the real good ones seem few and far between

I find that a very strange comment coming from you Jim, considering you dont make yr own graphics, when you are

constantly porning everyones work just to make a dx theme. I personally find

nothing wrong with the wb gallery at the moment, stuff from 20f3, avman, myself and many others. which i personally think

is good quality. maybe you should start making your own wb's.

i was told we have to skin all 3 os's especially if its a master skin.

I now skin all 3 os's just so everyone is happy.

vStyler
Reply #15 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:05 PM

Applying Visual styles cost nothing, thats the main difference, there are bound to be more of an abundance of users, and skinners, as someone said, most of them are copies, rehashes of whats around already. The last time I saw an impressive visual style..

 

... I made it

 

What does porning mean ?

 

 

RedneckDude
Reply #16 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:10 PM

Duly noted, Vamps. Wasn't pointing the finger at anyone, just an opinion. If you think I meant you, then maybe you're a little unhappy with your own work? I certainly have no problem with your skins. Most aren't my taste but they are quality. Again, not talking about anyone in particular.

That said, if you check the galleries, you'll see that I do quite a few original skins, making my own graphics. I just happen to specialize in matching blinds. If not me, who? No one else is doing it. Just like those who make docks, rainys, xions, etc. Matching skins by anyone is using the original author's graphics.  Everyone you mentioned I have made DXes for. Now would I do that if I thought they were bad skins?

vStyler
Reply #17 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:11 PM

I appreciate your effort Jimster

RedneckDude
Reply #18 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:13 PM

What does porning mean ?

John, I think it's what WebGizmos does when he makes docks for you, or what Xiandi does when she makes a rainy for someone's blind.

 

Or maybe it's what Messiah did when he used to make all your docks....I dunno....confused..       

RedneckDude
Reply #19 Monday, September 6, 2010 9:19 PM

vStyler
I appreciate your effort Jimster

Thanks John. I appreciate the opportunity. And the graphics. 

Xiandi
Reply #20 Monday, September 6, 2010 10:27 PM

constantly porning everyones

Hey Jim, you're a PORN STAR!!!

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