Master skins

Friday, August 27, 2021 by retiredmaster | Discussion: WindowBlinds

So 8 out of 9 skins on the WindowBlinds gallery home page are Master Skins. It makes me beg the question: is this slowly killing WindowBlinds?

No disrespect to those designing and selling them - I've done it myself in the past. I know how much effort it takes.

Maybe designers could do two releases - 'lite skin' and 'full featured skin' (not really thought what those would constitute of). At least people would get a taste of the design and it might stimulate downloads of the full version. I know from experience that $10 a skin equals not many downloads...

Food for thought.

1nsomn1ac
Reply #1 Friday, August 27, 2021 10:42 AM

considering the time & effort it takes to create a wb, i don't mind seeing 10/10.
wb is dead, these days even a free skin is not widely downloaded.
many people are more interested in social media & other stuff than spending time to create a wb which is time consuming & doesn't provide any financial benefits (for non master skinners).
coupled with the lack of effort from stardock to promote its products, it is not surprising that something like this happened.
so there's nothing wrong with 8/9, even if it's 10/10.
btw, wb main part is start menu & windows frames, how to make a lite version?

neone6
Reply #2 Friday, August 27, 2021 10:52 AM

1nsomn1ac

wb main part is start menu & windows frames, how to make a lite version?
-It's been done, It's called Curtains   

1nsomn1ac
Reply #3 Friday, August 27, 2021 11:13 AM

neone6


Quoting 1nsomn1ac,

wb main part is start menu & windows frames, how to make a lite version?

-It's been done, It's called Curtains   

i dont use, i dont even install it, you cant blame me for not knowing  

JanOscar
Reply #4 Friday, August 27, 2021 4:19 PM

I would like to see master skins in their separate gallery (an option kind of available if you use advanced search) and/or a search function to not include master skins.

SamEVO
Reply #5 Friday, August 27, 2021 6:17 PM

I don't mind paying for a skin every now and then. I appreciate essorant (retiredmaster) releasing his skins as freebies though. I really appreciate him making some skins for Curtains too. Honestly, I've found myself using Curtains more and more. I check the WB library every few days and if something intriguing has been released I'll download and use it for a few days. I don't think anyone has moved up a tax bracket with his/her earnings from master skins. The skinning community isn't as populated as it once was, unfortunately. 

don5318
Reply #6 Friday, August 27, 2021 7:08 PM


So 8 out of 9 skins on the WindowBlinds gallery home page are Master Skins. It makes me beg the question: is this slowly killing WindowBlinds?

Won't have to worry bout me "Killing Windowblinds"....    

LightStar
Reply #7 Friday, August 27, 2021 7:11 PM

SamEVO

I don't mind paying for a skin every now and then. I appreciate essorant (retiredmaster) releasing his skins as freebies though. I really appreciate him making some skins for Curtains too. Honestly, I've found myself using Curtains more and more. I check the WB library every few days and if something intriguing has been released I'll download and use it for a few days. I don't think anyone has moved up a tax bracket with his/her earnings from master skins. The skinning community isn't as populated as it once was, unfortunately. 

Yeah, definitely not in a new tax bracket here John. Besides that, I give most up my earnings to the poor and less fortunate. I did some math once on my earnings on a skin for one pay period, the best selling one even, and for the amount of hours I put into the design, and after Stardocks 40-43% cut, I made 36 cents an hour. Woo!

1nsomn1ac
Reply #8 Sunday, August 29, 2021 2:43 AM

LightStar

I made 36 cents an hour. Woo!

exactly my point why i don't mind seeing 10/10.
honestly i think its totally not worth the time & effort it takes.
btw, i found this you look as cool as tom cruise in that uniform

LightStar
Reply #9 Sunday, August 29, 2021 8:50 AM

I guess you've been looking at my Facebook page 1nsomn1ac... yep, that's me in 1969, doing my military job in Athens, Greece. Those 2 stripes turned into 6 over the years, then I retired.

1nsomn1ac
Reply #10 Sunday, August 29, 2021 11:46 AM

LightStar

I guess you've been looking at my Facebook page 1nsomn1ac... yep, that's me in 1969, doing my military job in Athens, Greece. Those 2 stripes turned into 6 over the years, then I retired.

yeah, fb was opened in my browser while i played with one of your skins in sks.
one copy paste lead me to that cool photo  

Victechnical
Reply #11 Sunday, August 29, 2021 1:16 PM

So 8 out of 9 skins on the WindowBlinds gallery home page are Master Skins. It makes me beg the question: is this slowly killing WindowBlinds?

I think the main problem is many apps, such as browsers and MS Office, cannot be properly skinned anymore.  For me WindowBlinds is mostly about having an interesting start menu and taskbar.  When I need the full effect I open an explorer window LOL.

SamEVO
Reply #12 Monday, August 30, 2021 12:18 AM

LightStar

I guess you've been looking at my Facebook page 1nsomn1ac... yep, that's me in 1969, doing my military job in Athens, Greece. Those 2 stripes turned into 6 over the years, then I retired.

 

1969? Dayamn! You're old, Tom! I have dirt in my back yard younger than you, bud.   

<serious>

All kidding aside for a minute or two. Tom, you're a good guy. I know you help many others with money, food, clothing, fuel for their car, complete computers, and/or anything else they need. A lot of folks on WC don't know you do that but they should. You've been doing it for many, many years. I know you you don't look for credit or a pat on the back because you're pretty modest but you deserve it all. Fortunately, I've been able to say you're a friend for quite awhile now. 

</serious>

Dirt younger than you, Tom! I can probably find a few rocks younger than you too. 

LightStar
Reply #13 Monday, August 30, 2021 2:14 AM

Well thanks John, I appreciate that. I do what I do... just wish I could do more.   

 

 

 

DrJBHL
Reply #14 Monday, August 30, 2021 2:34 AM

LightStar

Well thanks John, I appreciate that. I do what I do... just wish I could do more.   

 

 

 

I too know you've been doing it for years, Tom. You're a genuinely good person...and it's unfortunate I haven't made more opportunities to make that fact known to the people here, so thanks for your comment too, SamEVO.

LightStar
Reply #15 Monday, August 30, 2021 2:53 AM

Thanks Seth. 🙂 

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