WindowBlinds 7.31 Beta Update

By on March 22, 2012 1:14:29 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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A new beta update has been released today for WindowBlinds customers and Object Desktop subscribers.  WindowBlinds is the tool you need to change the complete look and feel of the Windows desktop.

New in 7.31 beta update:

  • Adds support for transparent scrollbars on Windows 7 Explorer windows
  • Updates for start button and high dpi
  • Fix for IE sizing issue
  • Fix for Opera repaint issue on scrolling
  • Fix for blurred borders on large bordered skins
  • Fix for UltraMon secondary taskbar

Users can update via download.stardock.com or via the Stardock Central beta.

More info about WindowBlinds can be found at www.windowblinds.net.

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March 22, 2012 1:21:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Neil Banfield kicked some serious butt this time !!

THANK YOU NEIL !

 

EDIT: The strangege blur" is Indeed gone from Hyper now. -I have now tried it a lttle and "Stuff´s" Really been fixed...They´ve been fixed so much that now "Unwanted" parts "shine through" on some parts of the New skin... For instance I now noticed that there apparently were some "Old" scrollbar parts left in the Wba for Hyper somewhere & now is Mixed with the new ones... & stuff.

Will investigate further.

Kick ass job fixing the Blur though.

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March 22, 2012 1:33:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

WindowBlinds just keeps getting better with each update!   Nice work!!

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March 22, 2012 2:51:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

oh

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March 22, 2012 3:29:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Fixing my skins cause the update revealed flaws in them.... The Update Actually kicks ass !

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March 22, 2012 4:06:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Am I eligible?

Never mind. lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 22, 2012 4:14:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Am I eligible?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*slinks away*
Sent you an e mail.....(All systems are go!)

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March 22, 2012 9:13:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Vrooooooom!

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March 22, 2012 9:26:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just one question:

As i installed previous WB version (7.31 build 99) with the self installer, am i able to install this beta over the previous one ?? and won't it consider it as a second Windowblinds installation (i mean for Windows and for "add/remove programs" )

 

 

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March 22, 2012 9:34:16 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yes, I did and in add and remove programs it is listed as Widowblinds 7.31. Not two separate listings.

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March 23, 2012 1:06:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Yes, I did and in add and remove programs it is listed as Widowblinds 7.31. Not two separate listings.

Ok, i just did it but it's still WB 7.31 buid 99 told on the icon in systray (and in WindowBlinds panel) and i get "WindowBlinds" as installed in Add/remove Programs

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WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.31 (build 99 x86)

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
Your machine supports per pixel borders on WindowBlinds skins.

(LG W2286(Digital)) 1 is attached to NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS

Wblind.dll         2012/01/23 10:57:20
Wbsrv.dll         2010/02/03 16:33:56
SevenConfig.exe         2012/01/14 16:21:58
Wbload.exe         2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll         2011/10/04 10:01:37
Wbui.dll         2009/06/04 16:14:05
Tray.dll              2009/10/23 20:12:19
Screen.exe         2010/06/07 15:59:43

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March 23, 2012 3:23:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I, too tried to do the update through the new SDC and at the very end of the install it said "error", no indication of what the error was, then it told me to reboot but upon reboot WB was not updated and SDC showed the update still needed to be installed. I gave up and downloaded from the store and the install went without a hitch. Is there a log somewhere that would tell why the update through SDC failed? The info from WB after the update through SDC and after installing the download from the store:

 

Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 4.1
Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 4.1

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.31 (build 316 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Dell S2309W(Digital)) 1 is attached to ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series

Wblind.dll         2012/01/25 11:25:20
Wblind64.dll         2012/01/25 11:25:07
Wbsrv.dll         2011/09/26 15:10:56
SevenConfig.exe         2012/01/14 16:21:58
Wbload.exe         2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll         2011/10/04 10:01:37
Tray.dll              2009/10/23 20:12:19
Wbload.dll              2010/06/07 15:59:25
Screen.exe         2010/06/07 15:59:43


Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 4.1
Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 4.1

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.31 (build 318 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Dell S2309W(Digital)) 1 is attached to ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series

Wblind.dll         2012/03/16 12:07:20
Wblind64.dll         2012/03/16 12:07:47
Wbsrv.dll         2011/09/26 15:10:56
SevenConfig.exe         2012/01/14 16:21:58
Wbload.exe         2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll         2011/10/04 10:01:37
Tray.dll              2009/10/23 20:12:19
Wbload.dll              2010/06/07 15:59:25
Screen.exe         2010/06/07 15:59:43

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March 23, 2012 8:51:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I didn't install from the new SDC. Went to the store and downloaded the .exe file and double clicked it and installed with no problem. It did not add another WB to the add/remove. Had no problems.

So far I have opened explorer windows several times and even rebooted 3 times. It appearsd as mentioned above that the resizing problem of explorer windows has been fixed. That alone at least for me is worth the download and thank you for the fix.

I haven't done very much with the blur fix except to check a few of my skins and have found no problems, so thatnk you Stardock for the update.

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March 23, 2012 8:57:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I did mine through SDC. Download was quick but the install took a few minutes longer than usual for Windowblinds, about 15 minutes. All in all......

Very satisfied!

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March 23, 2012 9:29:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just some more precisions:

I did the update on a Fresh reinstalled PC (XP SP3) where there's no old SDC or Impulse and where previous version was already WB 7.31 build 99 (done with self installer form the store). Installation was done without A/V & Firewall running

On another PC where Impulse is still installed, WB was also installed through self installer and was also previously in 7.31 buid 99

On a third PC, WB was in V 7.30 and had been updated (by the self installer downloaded as 7.31.001 beta, from the store) also to 7.31 buid 99 !!!

 

Weird isn't it ??

 

P.S: is there any possibility that the file in my store (download beta) should be not the right one ??

P.S 2: what should be the correct version number after installation ?

 

 

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March 23, 2012 10:55:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

There were no changes to the XP version in this update which is why it will remain build 99.

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March 23, 2012 11:22:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
There were no changes to the XP version in this update which is why it will remain build 99.

OK, Thanks Neil

P.S: perhaps it will be better to tell it in the changelog for the next one

 

 

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March 23, 2012 2:10:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Weirdness in Opera 12 build 1328

( Not the & shining through Menu, thats opera itself, the color artefacts)

During various stages of loading pages the band containing that toolbar varies from a image like a badly tuned tv, to this.

Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 5.9
Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 7.9

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.31 (build 318 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Generic PnP Monitor) 1 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
(Generic PnP Monitor) 2 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
(Generic PnP Monitor) 3 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

Wblind.dll      2012/03/16 12:07:20
Wblind64.dll      2012/03/16 12:07:47
Wbsrv.dll      2011/09/26 15:10:56
SevenConfig.exe      2012/01/14 16:21:58
Wbload.exe      2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll      2011/10/04 10:01:37
Tray.dll           2009/10/23 20:12:19
Wbload.dll           2010/06/07 15:59:25
Screen.exe      2010/06/07 15:59:43

 

Opera Weirdness

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March 23, 2012 3:34:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting neophil78,

Quoting Neil Banfield, reply 15There were no changes to the XP version in this update which is why it will remain build 99.

OK, Thanks Neil

P.S: perhaps it will be better to tell it in the changelog for the next one

I'd appreciate a note on these as well if the XP version is unchanged.  No need to poke at things for no reason, the old box kind of gimps along anyway.

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March 23, 2012 3:58:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DaveRI,
I'd appreciate a note on these as well if the XP version is unchanged. No need to poke at things for no reason, the old box kind of gimps along anyway.

+1 This laptop has one foot in the electronics graveyard already. (failing HDD) It may be only a few updates away from retirement.

 

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March 23, 2012 4:03:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Would it be possible for someone in support to address why the failure to update through SDC? It is rather critical to the few of us who are on an extremely limited connection with download limits.

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March 23, 2012 4:17:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Frankief had you ever updated WindowBlinds, or if you have Object Desktop any of it's programs using Impulse?  If you did you will need to uninstall those programs using Impulse and then you should be able to reinstall using SDC.  As strange as it sounds the new SDC system can not hook up with what was done with Impulse.  Based upon what I found out from Stardock that's what I did and SDC works fine.   

EDIT:  Ooops, I went back and reread your reply #11 Frankief, should have done that to begin with, sorry.

 

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March 23, 2012 5:15:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just to clarify the issue, all OD products were uninstalled through Impulse, long ago, and reinstalled fresh from the store. To state there was an "error" without stipulating what the error was is a bit frustrating. I do know that the download from the store was 64MB and the download through SDC was only about 34MB. [e digicons]:')[/e]

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March 24, 2012 3:20:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I got this after the computer woke up from sleep: (had to reboot CPU at 100% at all 6 cores)

 

wb crash

 

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March 24, 2012 3:23:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

After posting this i got this blue stripe in IE when i went fullscreen:

ie error

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March 24, 2012 7:59:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting petrossa,
Weirdness in Opera 12 build 1328

( Not the & shining through Menu, thats opera itself, the color artefacts)

During various stages of loading pages the band containing that toolbar varies from a image like a badly tuned tv, to this.

Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 5.9
Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 7.9

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.31 (build 318 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC
WindowBlinds appears to be activated on this PC
(Generic PnP Monitor) 1 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
(Generic PnP Monitor) 2 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
(Generic PnP Monitor) 3 is attached to AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

Wblind.dll      2012/03/16 12:07:20
Wblind64.dll      2012/03/16 12:07:47
Wbsrv.dll      2011/09/26 15:10:56
SevenConfig.exe      2012/01/14 16:21:58
Wbload.exe      2010/10/20 16:08:35
Wbhelp.dll      2011/10/04 10:01:37
Tray.dll           2009/10/23 20:12:19
Wbload.dll           2010/06/07 15:59:25
Screen.exe      2010/06/07 15:59:43

 

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Due to a design decision by the Opera team (to use OpenGL to render their entire UI including their menubar and additional titlebar button), it is unlikely we will support skinning Opera 12 with hardware acceleration until they implement DirectX support which I understand is planned.  Hopefully they will decide to default to DirectX rather than OpenGL.

To disable HW acceleration in the Opera 12 alpha, navigate to opera:config#UserPrefs|EnableHardwareAcceleration

Set this to 0, scroll down the page until you find the save button and press it.  Then restart Opera.

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