WindowBlinds™ 7.90 beta is available for download now!

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Today we updated your Object Desktop subscription with the WindowBlinds 7.90 beta. Featuring Windows® 8 / 7 support, an all-new user interface and performance enhancements.

Current Object Desktop subscribers
Visit your Stardock account now to download the beta and you will also have free access to the final release version in the near future.

Note: WindowBlinds 7.90 beta supports Windows 7 and 8 only.

Info about upgrades for current WindowBlinds (non-Object Desktop) customers will be available at a later date.

 

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May 20, 2013 1:01:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Woo-hoo!

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May 20, 2013 1:01:39 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Before anyone asks, this is not a late April fools!

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May 20, 2013 1:04:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Zubaz,

Woo-hoo!

What he said.

Running full screen, the new UI is fantastic! Well done!!!

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May 20, 2013 1:21:49 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hell Yeah!!  YEEEEE HAWWWWW   

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May 20, 2013 1:24:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Any specifics about changes W7 users might see?

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May 20, 2013 1:30:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hi Neil

Do you know when we may see SkinStudio 8? or is the SkinStudio 7 still working in Windows 8? Before I download  and try and install SkinStudio 7 on my Win 8 System.

Thanks

GigaByte69

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May 20, 2013 1:35:08 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,

Any specifics about changes W7 users might see?

New UI, skinned menus have changed (notice they seem bigger), performance improvements, various tweaks to better handle some apps.

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May 20, 2013 1:36:31 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting GigaByte69,

Hi Neil

Do you know when we may see SkinStudio 8? or is the SkinStudio 7 still working in Windows 8? Before I download  and try and install SkinStudio 7 on my Win 8 System.

Thanks

GigaByte69

There will be a SKS8 soon as there are some new sections to add and it needs to delete .preview8 files on skin changes to update the mini preview (vs preview7 for SKS7), but I suspect SKS7 will install fine on Win8 once WB8 is installed.

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May 20, 2013 1:40:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Do we keep Start8?

Do skins for Win 7 work on Win 8?

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May 20, 2013 1:43:36 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Do we keep Start8?

If you are using Win8 and you want the start menu skinned, you need Start8.

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May 20, 2013 1:47:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yes they are.  EEEHAAW  Works like a charm.  YAY   Thank-you 

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May 20, 2013 1:56:56 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Do we keep Start8?

Do skins for Win 7 work on Win 8?

WindowBlinds 8 does not add a Start Menu, but it will skin Start8 if you have it (Assuming that's Start8 1.16 or higher)

And yes Win7 skins should work well on Win8.  Currently there is just one new section for Win8 and it is optional.

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May 20, 2013 2:08:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Neil, I love you, man!!!      

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May 20, 2013 2:11:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I see that I am unable to change the Start8 start button while running WindowBlinds. It is grayed out. Is this expected?

 

 

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May 20, 2013 2:13:20 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

I see that I am unable to change the Start8 start button while running WindowBlinds. It is grayed out. Is this expected?

This is normal.  It is assumed that if you have a WB skin running that you probably wanted the button used in the skin itself.

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May 20, 2013 2:45:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Maximized windows lose frame transparency. Using the WB Fire, or Laguna for instance. The title bars flatten out and lose transparency.

Windows 8, any window.

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May 20, 2013 2:46:57 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

Maximized windows lose frame transparency.

Could you be a little more specific?

Like which skin, which OS, which app?

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May 20, 2013 2:56:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

One important thing to consider when using Win7 skins is that the ones with semi-transparent areas that looks well,

may not look as good in Win8 because there is no blur in Windows 8 (ATM) so skinners may want to update their skins

with less transparency to compensate the lack of blur.

 

One easy alternative for non-skinners and skinners that want a fast solution, you can use the "Transparency" settings

from WindowBlinds 8 (Colour > Transparency) to reduce skins transparency and then you can save this changes as a

skin preset under the "Style" section (see screenshot).

 

Some new skins featuring new WB8 features will come put very soon, one of them is intended to be used as a base-template

skin and will have some basic visuals and source files will be released too (.psd).

 

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May 20, 2013 3:14:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't seem to be able to apply any of the skins (Win8 64bit).

 

I get a dialog "Problem Detected" : Windowblinds does not appear to be installed correctly on your machine. Would you like to try to fix this issue now? I select Yes and it runs something but nothing is fixed.

 

Also reinstalled myself. Still the same message. Any suggestions?

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May 20, 2013 3:22:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting TwoWolves,
I don't seem to be able to apply any of the skins (Win8 64bit).
 

I get a dialog "Problem Detected" : Windowblinds does not appear to be installed correctly on your machine. Would you like to try to fix this issue now? I select Yes and it runs something but nothing is fixed.


Also reinstalled myself. Still the same message. Any suggestions?

 

As a test, temporarily disable any security software you have running and try applying a skin again.  If that fails, please download and run the following utility:

http://sd.stardock.com/SDSupportTool.exe

This is a tool that we use to gather relevant log files and basic information about your computer. Once the utility finishes running, please send back the .zip file it creates on the desktop to support@stardock.com with your initial forum post dialog.

 

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May 20, 2013 3:39:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If you had rebooted after installing, do that too.

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May 20, 2013 4:01:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm not seeing any way to add folders or individual walls to the backgrounds menus. All that show for me are in the Windows/Web folder, or loose in the pictures folder. I don't even see the walls in the WindowBlinds folder in Public Docs.

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May 20, 2013 4:04:31 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,

I'm not seeing any way to add folders or individual walls to the backgrounds menus. All that show for me are in the Windows/Web folder, or loose in the pictures folder.

That's still to come.  This is beta 1.

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May 20, 2013 4:07:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
That's still to come. This is beta 1.

In that case, carry on.   Really nice job on the new version, well worth the wait.

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May 20, 2013 4:11:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

cool beans

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