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Black Preview by rjsmith2007 Black Preview by rjsmith2007
This is a preview of my next skin for windowblinds. The name is Black. Most of the major parts of the skin are finished. I still have to work on creating animations and modifying the shellstyle. The toolbar icons are not mine. They are from Azenis 2.

Features of the skin:

-Translucency
-Animations
-Custom Shellstyle
-Toolbar Icons
-Very Clean and Useable

I hope you enjoy this teaser ;)

Zero

PS: Your comments are not only welcome, but encouraged.
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tahirock Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
when it's going to be released
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0verfl0w Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
superb, no words to explane how good is it.
but what icons is it? link for icon packager or smthing please
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Grida Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I downloaded it, but don't know how to install it :(
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raja19 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Very nice
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
Ok, I got the all programs button fixed. Had to adjust the background content margins from left -17 to -27. Another change I made was changing the Classic Colors > button - shadow to 174, 172, 181 just because the original color was kinda...nasty? LOL.

I had a hell of a time saving the changes because of the critical errors though, when I fixed the titlebar caption height to 22 (from 24) to fix the error, all the icons in the tray/taskbar got shrunk and distorted, had to skip fixing that and ignore the critical errors warning before I *finally* got it working.

Other than that I think I'm finally good. ^^;
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Sorry, you had to go through all of that trouble to get it working. Did you uninstall the old version before you installed the new one? I thought I included a font to fix the problem with the messed up all programs button. hmm...

I just have to ignore that so-called "critical error" because other wise the taskbar icons get screwed up. Why would they tie the taskbar to the size of the window captions...really?

Sorry you had to go through so much trouble to get it working. Thanks, though for caring so much to do so. Email me sometime with an analysis of the skin.

You can find my contact info easily on my website. [link]
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
I was wondering the same thing about the caption height error, totally bizarre. And yes I deleted the old version first. I was having problems with the all programs image on another skin as well, my machine hates me. :XD:

It's a great skin though, should be a hit when it gets released. :nod:
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
"You need to have large icons selected in start menu/taskbar properties and deselected in display properties!"

That seems to have fixed it, I'm not even sure what "large icons" does in the display properties...heh.

Although, the "all programs" image still shows up the same, like it's misaligned or something.
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scathester Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
You need to have large icons selected in start menu/taskbar properties and deselected in display properties!

I'm starting to like this theme, only thing I'm not liking is the start orb - it doesn't look quite as smooth as it might, especially when hilighted. Not overly fond of the shade of blue either, but maybe I can force some coloring.

I really hope you develop some other skins around this concept, including another winstep and maybe a media player too.
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
After it seems that all bugs have been reported, I will release a new version with new substyles for full and normal compact start menus. I realize that the skin title bar is not seen in the thumb at the bottom of windowblinds config. I just have to save the caption as a bmp rather than a tga file... which is what skinstudio seems to like more (tga). Thanks for downloading the skin and taking the time to post your replys.

w00t!

Zero and out,

tehZERO
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Are you going to make the substyles support small start menu icons too? When I changed mine to large it went totally haywire on me (stretched and distorted), though maybe that's because I've changed icon size settings in IconPackager, not sure. I still prefer the small icons.
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
This current style is set to only work/look good with 32 pixel icons on the start menu. In the future, I will make a substyle for 16, 32, 48 and the full start menu plus the normal style compact menus.
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Cool, cool. Looking forward to it.

Also, here's a screenshot of my start menu with large icons. I have *no* idea why it looks so distorted, I have icons set to 32px in IconPackager. Any ideas? [screenie]
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Oh yes, another version to play with. You know I've been waiting for this to finally get released. ;P

The start menu doesn't support small icons well, see here. Notice the arrow to view all programs. I would *really* love to be able to have a full start menu substyle with this theme.

Other than that and drkalo's comment above, the theme is great. :dance: The window frames/border are way tiny compared to what I'm normally used to, but I guess I could get used to it. Built-in shadows are a big plus, I love those.

I'll continue using it for a while to see if I notice any other issues and then comment back. Great job on this Ryan.

One more thing, you gonna release that dock background from your screenshot on your site? I hope it's for OD. Goes with the theme well.
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drkalo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
The titlebar preview of the skin is not visible on both simple and advanced view.
[link]

This skin is great - very creative and stylish! It is both beautiful and useful! Thanks for sharing your work!
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
:new: :party:

Okay people! If you want to get your hands on this theme before its offically released, go to [link] and look for Black. It is on the front page. I need to know of any bugs. I will be adding new substyles after the bugs are worked out. Right now the start menu is set up for 32 pixel icons.

Thanks,

tehZERO
[link]
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da-fees Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I definitely like what I see here. I've been using your eminence skin and it's amazing. I'm use to a compact start menu that is the opposite of what I see in this picture preview, but I think I like your style better. I definitely looking forward to checking this one out when it is released. :love:
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mcarthur17 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Nice!, I like it. I would email but to lazy :p... i would love to test it!.
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kami0n Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah me likes :)

Just well, the Start button is not my cup of tea, I don't like that vista-button :/
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Stephr0x0rs Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I had tested it and it's pretty cool, finish it already. ;P
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drkalo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
rjsmith2007, looks like another great creation is on its way. I've been using eminence since you released it! Thank you for making my desktop look so cool! Waiting forward to see the final "BLACK" :)
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jswa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
I like it, especially the taskbar colors.
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Us3My3rdArm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
LOVE the start menu, same sorta style i was thinking of having on a skin i was building...

I dont like the maximize/close buttons etc.. They dont seem to match the rest of the skin

Keep up the good work :D
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tygirwulf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
I can definitely tell you put some thought into this one. I'm glad it's not just another OSX or Vista theme, but a little of both, while retaining its own style. Definitely another winner!

Would you consider making a variant with different color accents in place of the cyan/blue?
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SoulitarySoul Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
the startmenu is absolutely orgasmic.. i love it and hope u release it. Visual style?? :)
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falanga Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Looks superb ! Hope to see Top Taskbar support :P
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DrGM Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
so simple so nice ...
10/10
note me when you make the Alpha version

good luck
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scathester Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Nice! I'd be happy to beta test the hell out of it if you want?
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Anyone wishing to test the skin, please email me. Testing is exactly that, testing. So, I will ask that you report back to me on bugs that you find. You need to install the vista fonts, Calibri and Segoe UI.

Thanks

Zero
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FoxLeader Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
Cool. Vista-style, but not Vista. Changing from the others ;)
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rjsmith2007 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
What do you think? Please, let me know.
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