Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
I have been looking at the 2020 data for WinCustomize regarding the top downloads and galleries for last year. I always find it very interesting to see what other people are downloading. Sometimes it's skins you might have missed or didn't expect to be popular. Everyone has a different style they like, so it's also a good way to keep up on any trends that might be happening.
So, let's take a look at the most downloaded skins on WinCustomize in 2020!
Top 10 Overall Downloads
CREATION was the overall most downloaded skin in 2020 with just over 20,000 downloads. Windows Zero came in next with nearly 15,000 downloads, and the remaining skins were in the 7000-12000 download range. Quite impressive!
- CREATION (Dream) by adni18
- Windows Zero (WindowBlinds) by adni18
- Dark Mode (WindowBlinds) by Vad_M
- The_Beautiful_Hawaii_Sea (Dream) by cyberslober
- Hal 2030 (CursorFX) by theAVMAN
- jarvis (Sound Schemes) by ultimate-virus
- Piranha FX (CursorFX) by neone6
- Vista Plus (WindowBlinds) by adni18
- 4K Black Hexagons (Dream) by AzDude
- Peaceful Sunset (Dream) by adni18
Monday, February 8, 2021 by Frogboy | Discussion: OS Customization
How does WindowBlinds 10 handle older skins on the latest version of Windows 10?
The answer: Inconsistently. There are some apps, like Notepad, where it always works fine. Others, like an Explorer window it sometimes works fine. And then there’s Edge where it rarely works fine. Look at the results yourselves.
For the next version of WindowBlinds we are looking to either update the most popular skins (certainly the OS skins) so that they work with the modern versions of WindowBlinds and/or update WindowBlinds to be able to handle these skins more reliably in today’s high resolution, high DPI (and often mixed DPI) world.
Friday, December 11, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
Happy December! The holiday season is here, and we've been talking about holiday skins for the past couple of months. Now that many of us have our holiday desktops in order, let's find out what the favorite holiday skins of our community are!
What's my favorite? There are many wonderful holiday WindowBlinds skin out there, but I always appreciate the design of Christmas Holidays by adni18.
Post a link or image of your favorite holiday skin or theme in the comments below and lets share our favorites!
Friday, November 27, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
I was searching through WinCustomize looking at some Christmas skins and I came across what I think is one of the most classic skins of Christmas. That of course would be ChristmasTime by mormegil!
The WindowBlinds skin was first released way back in 2003 for the Stardock 2003 Christmas Suite. At that time, WindowBlinds 4 was the latest version and it was later updated to support WindowBlinds 5 which brought support for per-pixel alpha blending, toolbar button changing, progress animation improvements, animated per-pixel Start menus, title bars, and much more.
I used this skin for many holidays years after it was released and is one of my top five favorites of all time. It was hugely popular back then and was the base for many desktops around that time. In addition to the WindowBlinds skin, Paul (mormegil) came out with a lite and full icon pack that was just as amazing. As of today, the WB skin alone has over 400,000 downloads!
Members of the community (with permission) also created some matching themes.
Since we're revisiting this skin, I installed the skins on my Windows 10 PC to see how they work many years after they were released. So how do they look? Well not too bad for such old skins.
For the WB skin the most obvious issue is the taskbar, but that is to be expected with all the changes since Windows XP. Icons applied simply fine and worked. The CursorFX theme also worked with no issues that I noticed. Even though there are some minor issues, this still brings back great skinning memories and I think I'll keep it around for a while.
Do you remember the Christmas Time suite? Let us know in the comments below!
Pick your sounds!
Monday, November 23, 2020 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
Is there really anyone here who isn't tired of the sounds when using Windows?
In comes SoundPackager. I always relate SoundPackager to IconPackager simply because both use "packages" to change their respective items. One of the best things about SoundPackager is that not only does it change a bunch of system sounds at once, it also allows you fine tune the sounds and easily add or delete specific sounds if you wish.
Now that you have heard all that good stuff, let's go through using SoundPackager.
SoundPackager has an exceptionally clean and easy to use interface. On the left side of the window, you have the navigation for SoundPackager. The Welcome screen gives you a brief introduction and gives info such as the current version number.
Installing and Changing Sounds
The Sound Packs screen shows you which icon packs you have installed.
If you want to install a new sound pack that you downloaded from WinCustomize, just double-click the .soundpack file and it will install into SoundPackager.
When you select an individual sound pack you have a few details you can use such as the author information and description. You will also have an apply button, edit button, and a play button where you can sample the sound pack.
To change your system sounds, either double-click the package you want to apply or select the sound package and hit the "Apply sound pack" and your new sounds will be applied and ready to use!
You know how to change your sounds, but what's the point if you can't find more sound packs, right? Well, no problem there, as WinCustomize has an entire library dedicated to sound packs for SoundPackager. You can quickly get to the gallery by clicking the "Get More Packages" button in the "More Packages" section in SoundPackager.
Better yet, SoundPackager has built-in integration with WinCustomize so you can browse and download the latest sound packs right from SoundPackager! Just select the Online tab and see all the latest packs.
SoundPackager makes it easy to edit and create new sound packages. You can even share these with other users to enjoy as well!
The edit screen allows you to view the available sounds in Windows and other sound packs. You can then change those sounds to your own files and save that sound pack to use in SoundPackager.
Don't have SoundPackager yet? Get it here. You can also purchase a low-cost membership to Object Desktop to get SoundPackager, plus a bunch of other fantastic productivity and customization apps for your PC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 WinCustomize.com that you can download and use with CursorFX!
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.
- Icon packs for use with IconPackager
- Icon category for general icon uploads.
- ObjectDock icons for icons that are meant to be used with OD.
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!
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!