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WC Community Question: Do You Skin for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

Do you skin on Turkey day? Get it.... Turkeys....skins......oh never mind.

As we have discussed before, Halloween and Christmas are the two biggest skinning holidays of the year, but we do have one more between that, and that would be Thanksgiving. It hasn't been a big skinning holiday and there's only about two pages worth of uploads. 

My question is though, is it something you skin your desktop for? Just wondering if we should be looking out for more or just focusing on the next big holiday. 


DeskScapes: Using Random Wallpapers on Your Desktop

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

DeskScapes is a great way to manage your wallpapers, whether they are animated or static wallpapers. If you are not familiar with DeskScapes, it allows you to have animated wallpapers on your Windows desktop, and even lets you apply effects to those wallpapers for even more customization.

One of the questions I get asked the most about DeskScapes is how you can have wallpapers change randomly. It’s a cool feature but it seems not everyone is aware how to enable it, so I wanted to focus on this feature today.

Get DeskScapes

Open the DeskScapes configuration.

You'll see Random backgrounds in the left menu. Select that and this is where you can add and manage the wallpapers you want to be shown at random.

To add wallpapers to the random folder, just right-click a wallpaper and select "add to random backgrounds". You can select multiple wallpapers by holding down the Control key while selecting.

Just hit Apply and these wallpapers will change at the random times you select. You can change the intervals by clicking the random background settings button and changing to your preference.

Learn more about DeskScapes here.


Changing the Windows Cursor with CursorFX

Use your own custom cursors!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

If you want to change the default Windows cursor to something way cooler, then we're going to show you how using Stardock's CursorFX!

What is CursorFX?

CursorFX allows you to apply custom cursor themes to your Windows PC. Users can easily apply skins, shadows, motion trails and sounds to your cursors. CursorFX comes complete with several unique cursors installed so you can get started right away.

Get CursorFX here

Changing Your Cursor Theme

Once you purchase CursorFX, you can find your download in your Stardock account or download via the Object Desktop Manager. You can get your products and keys here. Once it's installed, start the application and you will see the main configuration screen.

By clicking the magnifying glass icon on the right of the selection, it will show the full preview of all the included cursor states.  It will even preview the animations so you can see exactly what the cursor looks like in the center of the window you see the list of currently installed cursor themes. 

CursorFX by default comes with several themes included, but I will also show you where to get more later in the article. You can simply browse the list of cursor themes by scrolling through the list, and when you find one you like, just double-click the selection or hit the Apply button. That will automatically change your cursor to the selected one.

Special Effects

CursorFX adds many features including special effects and trails. In the main configuration window on the left side, you have a list of additional features like effects and trails.

You can select different cursor actions and states and apply the available effects to that selection.  It's a fantastic way to add some more customization to your cursor theme.

Adjust Color, Size, and More

In the Settings menu, you will also have a variety of ways to customize our cursor even further. Here you can adjust the coloring of a cursor theme, increase/decrease the size of the cursor, add shadows, and more.

Getting More Themes

CursorFX includes several high-quality cursors, but no need to limit yourself to those. There are hundreds available on that you can download and use with CursorFX!

CursorFX gallery on WinCustomize



WC Community Question: Do You Customize Your Icons?

Friday, October 2, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

This week's question we'll focus on something that doesn't get talked about as much.......and that would be icons. We have a couple of different categories for icons here on WinCustomize.

We have been curious on how the community uses icons in their desktop setups. Do you change the entire icon set with IconPackager, or do you just change individual icons just for certain files or folders? 

Let us know how you use icons and if you'd like to see more on WinCustomize in the comments below!




WC Community Question: WindowBlinds Skins - Minimal or Wild?

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

This week's community question is focusing on desktop skinning, WindowBlinds in particular! There are so many WindowBlinds skins available and I probably couldn't describe all the styles and colors available. 

I personally like more of a minimal style skin, but more "wild" skins have also been popular. If you have no preference that's certainly great, but I wanted to put out the question to our community. 

Do you prefer more minimal type skins, more "wild" designs, or does it matter to you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

WC Community Question: What's Your Favorite Skinning Holiday?

Friday, July 31, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

The holidays we celebrate throughout the year have always been a popular occasion to apply some cool skins and themes to your desktop. Out of all the holidays during the year, a few stand out for skinning.

  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Valentine's Day
  • New Years

I think Christmas and Halloween are the two favorites, and they are definitely mine!

Do you have a favorite skinning "holiday"? Let me know in the comments if any of these area favorite, or if I missed one.



WC Community Question: Do You Use Triggered Dreams?

Monday, July 20, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

I'm working on types of content people like and want more of on WinCustomize. Something I'm looking at now is triggered .dreams for DeskScapes. A triggered .dream is basically an animated wallpapers that changes at a designed point. Blissful Dream was always one of my favorites.

So my question to the community is do you use any triggered .dreams?

If so, what specifically do you like and what themes would you like to see. For example, .dreams that switch from day to night.

If you have any other thoughts on triggered .dreams, please leave them in the comments. 



SkinStudio Tutorial by Vampothika

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

This is a detailed tutorial for SkinStudio which shows you step-by-step with images on how to create a WindowBlinds skin.  It was created by Master Skinner Vampothika and we give her a big thanks for helping out the community with this.  Also, another big thanks to gmc2 for getting the resources for this so we could share it with the community.

There’s a lot of images with this tutorial, and it’s broken up into 3 directories.  I wanted to make it easy to view, so I created an html image gallery that will allow you to browse and view the images on your PC.

Download: SkinStudio Tutorial

Unzip the folder and double-click the Index shortcut and the gallery will open with your browser.  Now, get to creating a WindowBlinds skin!

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OS/2 Lives in my heart and desktop

Friday, May 29, 2020 by Frogboy | Discussion: OS Customization

OS/2 Forever!

Thanks Curtains! 

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization

Object Desktop is a suite of desktop enhancements that lets you change the look and functionality of Windows. Being an Object Desktop member gives a lot of great value with full access to many popular Stardock applications, betas, and any new or updated apps.

Check out all the apps included with Object Desktop here.

As long as your membership is active, you will always get updates to the latest versions of everything within Object Desktop, as well as any new apps that are added during that time.  When your membership expires, you will no longer have access to new updates, but you will still have access to the apps you had during your membership. Whether you plan to keep your membership active or not, it is still a good idea to keep backups of your apps, just so you have them in a pinch.

Here are two ways to get your apps backed up:

Download from your Stardock account

Every application you purchase, whether it’s the Object Desktop membership or just a stand-alone app, is available in the 'my downloads' section of your Stardock account.

Access your Stardock account here:

There, you will find all the links to the apps you have available. Simply download them and keep them for future use if needed.



Using Object Desktop Manager

If you download and install your apps using the Object Desktop Manager, then you should already have copies of all of your apps that have been installed.

The default location that they save to is: C:\Users\YourName\Downloads\Stardock

Learn more about Object Desktop here