The Next 2 - Beta Preview
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The Next 2 - Beta Preview

Updated Aug 12, 2007 by Indakind

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Comment #1 Monday, July 30, 2007 4:11 AM
Your vision for a different way of looking at an operating system just amazes me.

Keep it up, sweet work brother.

Comment #2 Monday, July 30, 2007 4:30 AM
looks good. Transparency effects not working on vista yet though (I realise its a beta- this is feedback!).

I really like the fonts you have used.
Comment #3 Monday, July 30, 2007 7:35 AM
i think this theme is being seriously underrated... i would give it 5/5 if i could. but anyways it's unique and kinda clean, and it's still just a beta, so the problems will be fixed i hope. i hope its rating will improve soon. anyways, thanks for the great WB!
Comment #4 Monday, July 30, 2007 9:35 AM
looks good. Transparency effects not working on vista yet though (I realise its a beta- this is feedback!).

I really like the fonts you have used.

I would like to know more about you Vista Set up. This works fine on my Vista machine. so I am currious if it only works on mine or is it a mass problem. On Vista, do the side-bars show up as transparent or not?

some of the problems I just fixed include:
Per-pixel support for some of the images.
"the Next 3" transparent fade in the top bar.
fixed missing images.

this was all addressed on 07-30-07
any problems with the skin before this date. Please try uninstalling "The Next 2" and then installing the new one.

Thank You

Comment #5 Monday, July 30, 2007 12:58 PM
I have a couple of previews for you all.

This is the Vista Preview. and the way I intended for the shellstyles to look.

This is a teaser for the color support of the skin.

I would also like to mention that I will address ALL ISSUES with this skin.

You just have to post your comments.
Comment #6 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 1:02 AM
Hey Inda...Haven't heard from ya in a while but I am thoroughly impressed with your work...this turned out phenomenal. Nice job......Drzues
Comment #7 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:39 AM
Been under a rock. a really big one this time.
Comment #8 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:54 AM
good to see some imagination being used, honestly, there are some areas of this skin I adore and some that i feel need significant improvement. Like you said, it's beta, I will wait till final and check it out.

Good stuff.
Comment #9 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:54 AM
WOW- I really like the windows a lot. Good job with those. As far as any constructive criticism, I think the taskbar and scroll buttons could use some touching up. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Comment #10 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:58 AM
I thought I would get a better rating than 2.5 stars. This really kinda stinks.

What can I do for the community to get a better rating? OOH, I know...

I could make a Vista for XP clone.
Comment #11 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:59 AM
I finished touching the scrollbars up last night actually. Still waiting for more stuff to fix before I release another update.
Comment #12 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 12:30 PM
I have been playing with it on my vista machine and I think it works well. The only thing not siting well with me is the titebar glyphs. They just don't seem to flow with the skin. Those seem to fit with more of a high tech skin rather than an os skin.

This shows some definite promise and could become part of my rotating library when it's finished.
Comment #13 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:36 PM
the toolbar icons are quite excellent,
the top windowframe is a little thin for my taste, I would like to see more room around the titlebar buttons which are done well (min,max,close) and I like the mouseover glow effect. Also I would like to see the startbutton glow or change color during a mouseover/hover event, currently it stays black until it's pressed which doesn't give the user a sense that the button is active. The taskbar is a little thin also when it's stretched (I like to double the width of my taskbar by default), it stretches the silver globe graphic on the right side of the taskbar in the system tray area and it doesn't look that good when it's stretched. The mouseover effect on the taskbar buttons is good but I'm not sure about the text effect, it makes the button a little hard to read, I would prefer just changing the text color instead of changing the text font. You've added a search field image at the bottom of the start panel which isn't required for vista users, vista will add that image by itself and for winxp users the feature isn't available at all so you may want to remove that. The startpanel itself is pretty good, I like the grey and the shadows in it's background, it's easy on the eyes and works well. However the startpanel has rounded edges and the bkgrnd shadow behind is square which really doesn't match that well. I like that you've matched the startpanel and the more programs menu list and mouse over images, that looks really good. The scrollbar thumb & arrow buttons are nearly identical to windows vista and look & work very good with the skin (in saying that I'm not sure what you yourself meant by the crack about creating a vista for xp clone which isn't such a horrible thing, making a good looking vista clone for use on xp isn't such an easy thing). Your pull down flat menus look very good also and match the skin quite nicely - a good looking skin with a lot of continuity throughout which makes the skin look very good overall.

All in all this is a good skin, a little bit rough in a few areas but as you said it's a beta - a work in progress so I'm sure that as you improve the skin, the finished product will look even better. Again those toolbar icons are fantastic, a skill I have yet to attain. �

Comment #14 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:18 PM
For starters I didn't mean anything negative to anybody who makes a Vista theme for XP, I was only making the statement " Why not take those skills to the next level and make something unique ". The whole point of being an artist is to create something that hopefully stands out from the crowd. this is why advertising always craves new trends. With all the possibilities of animations, transparency, and various effects, I try to create something you won't see next week or the week before. This is my approach to the concept. and yes, I am still learning, so I have a long way to go. so Please, forgive my ignorance.

Thank You.

so far this is what I have done for the update (there is still more to go)

New Taskbar, Quick Launch buttons, Clock settings

Separated "The Next 3" from the rest and added various effects to the graphics, buttons, text, etc.

Blended the titlebar to the menubar and further down to the content frames - seamlessly

Re-worked the scrollbars to get rid of the white boarders. -- Loosk Great!!.

I Deleted many of the repeat images and cross-linked the code.

I think I fixed the shadows on the startmenu as well as various effects that weren't working properly in XP. But they work in Vista. I will give you all an XP and a Vista version I think. as well as seperate topbar and bottombar styles.

I fixed the titebar glyphs to fit with the theme more. I uused the buttonstyle I have on my Styler Vista TB.

I will release the update soon. Just have a few more things to go.


a series of HSL color compatable Glowing Boarders

New XP toolbar/explorer/IE icons

New Vista Back, Forward, etc. buttons

A functioning ShellStyle for Vista.

and much much more.

I appreciate all of your support so far, and look forward to more in the near future

Comment #15 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 8:20 PM
Excellent skin...

I just have one suggestion. Unselected items in the start bar use a white font on a very light background color = very hard to read (is it just me?). Other than that, clean and original. I especially like the customizable glowing borders.

Thanks for sharing!
Comment #16 Wednesday, August 1, 2007 7:00 AM
I love this I rated the idea and appearance (so far) as a 5/5. Why don't our ratings show up in the overall rating of the skin, and why should ratings without serious, constructive criticism about major issues be allowed to be weighted at all?

Just my opinion...probably not the majority feeling.

Comment #17 Wednesday, August 1, 2007 10:00 PM
good work:)
Comment #18 Thursday, August 2, 2007 3:50 PM
...this is, simply put, amazing... i love the way you put this together, cant wait for the final release!
Comment #19 Thursday, August 2, 2007 8:46 PM
I like the taskbar and title bars because they give me more space on the screen.

My laptop doesn't have a very big screen so this theme gives me more room to work.

Very good job.
Comment #20 Thursday, August 2, 2007 9:16 PM
I Thank you all for the compliments so far. Thank You.

But........... Please make more suggestions of what you would like to see in it.( I like those:~() )
I am really glad that you all aren't finding many flaws. This is a good sign for the final.

I look forward to hearing more from you all.


Jon West - Indakind Designs

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