Mini-Contest for Start8 Start Buttons!

Monday, August 5, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Start8 full logo flatI thought it would be fun to have a quick mini-contest as we think about a bigger competition for the end of the year.  I chose Start8 as it’s easy to make start buttons for and can include a broader reach of people.  This is also a great to get some exposure as Start8 has been downloaded millions of times and is in the top lists of sites like download.com. 

Link: Start8

A start button for use in Start8 is just an image file with 3 vertically stacked images in a .png format.

Here’s a short guide on creating them: https://forums.wincustomize.com/436004/page/1/

Rules

  • This is a quick, casual contest so the rules are few.  Most importantly the images used must be yours or have the relevant permissions included, which is the case for most skins uploaded on WinCustomize.com.  Judging will be done by WinCustomize admins and moderators by voting to determine the top 3 start buttons.  We will be looking for the most creative buttons you can come up with, that still works well with the start menu.

Uploading

  • Upload your Start8 start buttons to the Start8 gallery by clicking here, or through the Upload page on WinCustomize.  In the description, make sure the first line is “Start8 Mini-Contest” so we know which ones to include in judging.  Submit as many as you like, just remember quality goes a lot farther than quantity.

Dates and Prizes

Entries can start today, August 5th, 2013 and we’ll conclude the contest on Monday, August 26th, at noon.  Judging will commence after that and the winners will be announced shortly after that.

1st – One year subscription/renewal to Object Desktop.

2nd – One year subscription/renewal to WinCustomize, and a license for Start8

3rd -  License for Start8

Have fun and lets see some cool buttons!

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DrJBHL
Reply #1 Monday, August 5, 2013 1:52 PM

Good idea for a contest! 

neone6
Reply #2 Monday, August 5, 2013 1:59 PM

Great choice of app !

Skinning for Everyone ! ! 

2of3
Reply #3 Monday, August 5, 2013 2:15 PM

The states are: Normal, mouse, pressed?

Island Dog
Reply #4 Monday, August 5, 2013 2:35 PM

The top is the normal state, then the hovered state, and the bottom is the pressed state.  

2of3
Reply #5 Monday, August 5, 2013 2:39 PM

Thanks

Uvah
Reply #6 Monday, August 5, 2013 4:04 PM

And I suck at buttons. 

danioc
Reply #7 Monday, August 5, 2013 7:25 PM

Nice! Sounds like it will be fun and the prizes are really good

gmc2
Reply #8 Monday, August 5, 2013 11:28 PM

and I guess that you don't need start8 to make buttons for it.

what is the size of the individual graphics (or set) and are there any size limitations?

RedneckDude
Reply #9 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 1:07 AM


And I suck at buttons. 

Try Life Savers, or Werther's. Buttons don't taste so good.  

 

 

I may have to try a button or two. But I do have a question.

 

Is it just me, or do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons?

Uvah
Reply #10 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:59 AM

RedneckDude
And I suck at buttons. 
Try Life Savers, or Werther's. Buttons don't taste so good. 

I prefer the ones that you shouldn't mix with coke or pepsi.

RedneckDude
do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons?

 

DaveBax
Reply #11 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:55 AM

RedneckDude
Is it just me, or do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons?

Start 8 should be enough on win8

Stramp
Reply #12 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 8:49 AM

BUT What if you have Win 7!?  or someomeone who has XP? Is it just me too, or do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons? 

Jafo
Reply #13 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:26 AM

RedneckDude
Try Life Savers, or Werther's. Buttons don't taste so good.

Buttons last longer...

gmc2
Reply #14 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:37 AM

it would be appreciated if you all would post a screen shot of what this looks like in use.

Island Dog
Reply #15 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9:45 AM


it would be appreciated if you all would post a screen shot of what this looks like in use.

https://www.stardock.com/products/start8/features.asp

gmc2
Reply #16 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:40 AM

thanks for the link.

need a volunteer with win/start8 installed to check an image for me and give me back a screen shot for future reference.

Philly0381
Reply #17 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:49 AM

gmc2, this is just my guess but the folks having Win 8/Start 8 installed will more than likely be entering the contest.  It's just my opinion and lord knows I've been wrong alot lately. 

RedneckDude
Reply #18 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:28 AM

RedneckDude
Is it just me, or do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons?

 

I ask again...  

DaveBax
Reply #19 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:30 AM

Philly0381

gmc2, this is just my guess but the folks having Win 8/Start 8 installed will more than likely be entering the contest.  It's just my opinion and lord knows I've been wrong alot lately. 

You aren't wrong a lot John. However any button I would look at wouldn't effect anything I would make anyway. I already know aht sizes I can use and really these are the easiest things that can be made.Have no idea from all the entries I think will come how just 3 buttons can be picked but it will have to be done. I would think there will be many great ones and i mean many.

need a volunteer with win/start8 installed to check an image for me and give me back a screen shot for future reference.

You should have my email address. I will look at any for you.

Island Dog
Reply #20 Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:39 AM

RedneckDude


Quoting RedneckDude, reply 9Is it just me, or do you have to unload WindowBlinds in order to use these buttons?

 

I ask again...  

WindowBlinds uses the button associated with the WB skin.  To use a custom image you would need to unload WB.

 

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