New Beta for Curtains Available Now for Object Desktop Members

Customize the Windows desktop with new style modes

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by Tatiora | Discussion: Object Desktop News

Stardock Releases Curtains Beta for
Object Desktop Members

Customize the Windows desktop with new style modes

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Stardock released a beta for its new customization tool today. Curtains allows users to apply new styles along the lines of Dark Mode and Light to Windows® 10.

Taking advantage of the groundwork built to support light and dark mode, Curtains includes several new styles including Fluent, Cairo, and Crystal mode that enhance the look and feel of the Windows UI along with apps that already support light and dark mode.  

"The advantage of using a program like Curtains is that it's essentially just adding new 'modes' to Windows," said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock. "It already works with high DPI displays and your existing programs.  This gives users a little extra touch of customizing the Windows experience."

In addition, Curtains also includes styles that allow users to switch Windows to looking more like Windows XP or Windows 95 as well as alternative operating systems.

Curtains
Curtains

Users can easily create and share their own styles using the built in style editor.  A Curtains style can change everything that Light and Dark mode can change, including the Start button, title bar buttons, and title bar coloring. It also supports tweaking gradients, shadows opacity, and hundreds of other small elements of the Windows GUI.

"Curtains makes it very easy for people to make their own styles," said Wardell. "There are a lot of customization features that have been buried in recent years such as font faces and sizes, detailed color choices and much more. Curtains allows people to adjust all of that and save it with their style easily.”

The beta version of Curtains is now available exclusively on Stardock's Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancements. Object Desktop includes programs such as Fences®, Start10, Groupy, SoundPackager, DeskScapes and Multiplicity®. Visit www.objectdesktop.com to get into the beta today.

Curtains
Curtains

Visit the Curtains webpage for more information, visit www.objectdesktop.com to get into the beta.

ALMonty
Reply #1 Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:26 PM

Pretty cool. The config window froze up a couple of times and I would suggest of having an "Apply" button. I think looking at the skins you have to wait for the skin to apply before looking at another one.

Clicking the button to allow to skin chromium browsers does nothing.

Neil Banfield
Reply #2 Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:33 PM

ALMonty

Pretty cool. The config window froze up a couple of times and I would suggest of having an "Apply" button. I think looking at the skins you have to wait for the skin to apply before looking at another one.

Clicking the button to allow to skin chromium browsers does nothing.

You must close all instances of your browser (or better yet sign out and in again).

Regarding applying, there is no apply button in the same way the OS themes page also instantly applies.  It should not be taking long to apply unless you have some poorly responding applications on your system (in which case changing OS colour from the OS colour screens will be slow too)

ALMonty
Reply #3 Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:10 PM

I restarted my computer and Chrome is skinned and the themes apply much quicker.

Neil Banfield
Reply #4 Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:11 PM

ALMonty

I restarted my computer and Chrome is skinned and the themes apply much quicker.

Wonderful.

drahmar
Reply #5 Saturday, May 16, 2020 4:38 PM

Is curtains applied along side windows blinds or we have to unload  windowblinds first to apply curtains ?

DaveRI
Reply #6 Saturday, May 16, 2020 5:01 PM

drahmar

Is curtains applied along side windows blinds or we have to unload  windowblinds first to apply curtains ?

Loading a theme in one unloads the theme in the other.

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