WindowBlinds 7.19 Beta Released

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

A new WindowBlinds beta has been released bring several new features and compatibility fixes.  WindowBlinds is an application that lets you change the entire user interface to one of thousands available.  Downloaded more than 16 million times on Download.com alone, WindowBlinds is the safe and easy way to change your Windows desktop experience.

WindowBlinds 7.19 update:

  • Added advanced glass support including new sections for SkinStudio
  • Improved compatibility with pre-release Firefox 4 and IE9 builds
  • Added new IE9 sections
  • Added support for per-skin custom colors
  • Optimized skin changing speed on 64-bit Windows

A beta of SkinStudio was also released to support the latest updates for WindowBlinds. 

Beta downloads can be found in the Impulse client, and you can find more information about WindowBlinds, including a free trial download at www.windowblinds.net.

9-21-2010 1-24-34 PM    Windows 7-2010-09-21-13-49-56

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ablev12
Reply #21 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 5:04 AM

apart from no longer seeing transparency for explorer wiindows (which worked fine with the prior version).

I have the same issue.

Since this beta, in many of my WB skins the explorer backgrounds trancparency is gone.

In the preview window i can see it, but not in my folderbackgrounds.

I use Win7 64bit.

Sorry for my bad english.

Onklifiziert
Reply #22 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 5:42 AM

I have still problems with Trillian 5

Neil Banfield
Reply #23 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:39 AM

sixshot
Sweet, Firefox 4 looks good now with the beta running.  But now I have a couple of inquiries about it.

Before the WB beta, it'd look all funky and stuff with the skin interface.  This is isn't a big issue.  Adding the exe into the exception list pretty much solves that.  Since I run FRAPS for screenshots and video capturing during gaming, I noticed that the FPS counter on the corner of the window.  My guess for that is Firefox4 using the Direct2D stuff which triggered the FPS counter for FRAPS.  However, with the latest update, this is now gone.  Sure this makes the window all the more cleaner but it appears that performance also suffers as a result.

Is the performance hit due to having to force Firefox4 to draw using older methods or something?  Or is that a completely different issue?  Other than adding the exe back into the exception list, will there be a way to get the performance back as using its Panorama/Tab-Candy feels more snappier unskinned than skinned?

The Firefox 4 beta workaround was supposed to be listed as a temp fix only.  For now we have disabled Direct2D in Firefox (but it is enabled in IE9 and Chrome 6/7).  A final solution will be implemented before Firefox 4 is released officially.

Neil Banfield
Reply #24 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:40 AM

Toolbar text on FF 3.6,10 looks all blurry and crappy. Skype titlebar not looking right either

Could you provide a screenshot of these issues please.

Neil Banfield
Reply #25 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:41 AM

Bebi Bulma



Quoting WebGizmos,
reply 15

XP users get the Precision skin
Isn't that an old skin?


Yeah that's been there a while.

That skin has not been included with WB until now.  It also has support for the new IE9 and glass sections added to it.

MadDeez
Reply #26 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:15 AM

I've had the Precision skin for quite some time.

danioc
Reply #27 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:26 AM

Precision skin was pulled out of WB for a while, then where updated with Windows 7 bits and got new (more recent) WB sections to serve as example if any skinner have doubts on the new sections.

More skins with new features coming very soon.

Anakey
Reply #28 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:45 AM

danilloOc
Precision skin was pulled out of WB for a while, then where updated with Windows 7 bits and got new (more recent) WB sections to serve as example if any skinner have doubts on the new sections.

More skins with new features coming very soon.

so more of the skins that were included with wb in the past are going to be updated?

MadDeez
Reply #29 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:46 AM

dani!!!!!

Z71
Reply #30 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:02 AM

Tried to open Impulse today, got this. Uninstalled and downloaded Impulse and reinstalled. Same thing.
After the install, it opened and downloaded the Impulse update and when it tried to restart, got this again.

Vista Home - 32bit.

IamDean
Reply #31 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:21 AM

Z71,

Is there anything in your Impulse error log?  By default, that would be located here: C:\ProgramData\Stardock\Impulse\Temporary\impulse-errorlog.txt.  The most recent entries are at the bottom of the file.  Take a look at errors that would have occurred on the day that you got the last error.

 

 

Z71
Reply #32 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:28 AM

There is a long list, of the same ones, but these are the three that keep repeating.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-- [9/22/2010 8:45:02 AM] ----------------------------------------------------
Context:    SkinState Appying Font
Message:    
Build #:    1971
Exception:    Font 'Segoe UI' does not support style 'Regular'.
Stack Trace:
   at System.Drawing.Font.CreateNativeFont()
   at System.Drawing.Font.Initialize(FontFamily family, Single emSize, FontStyle style, GraphicsUnit unit, Byte gdiCharSet, Boolean gdiVerticalFont)
   at System.Drawing.Font.Initialize(String familyName, Single emSize, FontStyle style, GraphicsUnit unit, Byte gdiCharSet, Boolean gdiVerticalFont)
   at System.Drawing.Font..ctor(String familyName, Single emSize, FontStyle style)
   at ft.a(Font A_0, XmlNode A_1)

--------------------------------------------------------------------

-- [9/22/2010 8:45:57 AM] ----------------------------------------------------
Context:    UpdateApplicationFileList: impulse, impulse_main,PublicProduction
Message:    Server problem or connection issue
Build #:    1971
Exception:    The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found.
Stack Trace:
   at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse()
   at Stardock.Central.Common.HttpWebRequestHelper.GetResponseStream(WebRequest request, Boolean GZipEnabled)
   at a6.c(UpdateParams A_0)

-------------------------------------------------------

-- [9/22/2010 9:21:12 AM] ----------------------------------------------------
Context:    Create Main/Login Form
Message:    
Build #:    1966
Exception:    Font 'Segoe UI' does not support style 'Regular'.
Stack Trace:
   at System.Drawing.Font.CreateNativeFont()
   at System.Drawing.Font.Initialize(FontFamily family, Single emSize, FontStyle style, GraphicsUnit unit, Byte gdiCharSet, Boolean gdiVerticalFont)
   at System.Drawing.Font.Initialize(String familyName, Single emSize, FontStyle style, GraphicsUnit unit, Byte gdiCharSet, Boolean gdiVerticalFont)
   at System.Drawing.Font..ctor(String familyName, Single emSize, FontStyle style)
   at b0..ctor()
   at Stardock.Central.Client.SDCMain.Start()
   at Stardock.Central.Client.Program.MainReal(String[] args)

IamDean
Reply #33 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:34 AM

Z71,

It appears that the Segoe UI font isn't properly or fully installed on your system.  The following link has all of the Segoe fonts in it.  Please install them and see if that resolves your problem.

http://sd.stardock.com/curtHendzell/fonts.zip

 

Z71
Reply #34 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 1:05 PM

First, let me thank you for the help. It worked. I was missing the normal and a couple others. Strange.

Second, no disrespect to anyone at Stardock, but why create an application, where it's mandatory to have a specific font installed to work properly?
If it's mandatory, then have them pre-install when it's first installed. If I was a new customer, I wouldn't be to happy. Just something to think about.

Thanks, again!

IamDean
Reply #35 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 2:50 PM

Z71,

Thank you for the input.  Impulse should definitely be handling a font not being there better than it is.  We will be looking in to this.

PurrBall
Reply #36 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 4:57 PM

My tabs in IE9 are gone now

Blindprincess
Reply #37 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 5:08 PM

ok got a problem I am working with a skin called mystic haunting I have seen this in a lot of skins the background behind the arrows in the new beta are black and there is no way to change it I have gone into the settings and there is no fixing it I have inclosed screan shots the first is the beta the other is the non beta (build 273) Remember I am gettin this on a lot of skins  beta capturebuild 273

I am on windows 7 and am using ie 8

Neil Banfield
Reply #38 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:01 PM

PurrBall
My tabs in IE9 are gone now

What did you do?

If you close all IE instances and restart it do they reappear?

Neil Banfield
Reply #39 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 6:07 PM

Blindprincess
ok got a problem I am working with a skin called mystic haunting I have seen this in a lot of skins the background behind the arrows in the new beta are black and there is no way to change it I have gone into the settings and there is no fixing it I have inclosed screan shots the first is the beta the other is the non beta (build 273) Remember I am gettin this on a lot of skins  

Reduced 87%

Original 685 x 183

Reduced 87%

Original 689 x 128

I am on windows 7 and am using ie 8

I can reproduce this and it seems to be with the older XP skins.

Hopefully the next beta update will resolve this.

PurrBall
Reply #40 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:20 PM

Neil Banfield

Quoting PurrBall, reply 36My tabs in IE9 are gone now



What did you do?

If you close all IE instances and restart it do they reappear?

Happens every time- they never even appear. I've tried other skins to no avail.

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