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Start8 v1.29 Beta Available

By on October 3, 2013 1:48:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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A new Start8 1.29 beta is available for Start8 and Object Desktop customers from their store account page at
 
  • Updated for Windows 8.1 RTM compatibility
  • Added self-contained menu skinning for Windows 8/8.1(though WindowBlinds skins will still work globally). See the "Which theme do you want to use" dropdown for an example. A library section for new ones is available at http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/start8_menus.
  • The included Start8ThemeEdit.exe (in the application folder) can be used to create new Start8 menu skins.
  • New default Start button image. The Windows logo is no longer available as a default selection.
  • New features under Control for "Start button shows Windows 8 menu unless docked" and "Start button shows Start8 menu unless in tablet mode" for slate and convertible machines respectively. Users with those machines must manually select one of those options, if they wish to use them.
  • Windows 8-style start menu options are available on Windows 8.1 RTM.
  • There are additional options for keeping the taskbar visible and defaulting to the Application view.
  • Additional fixes.

 

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October 3, 2013 2:17:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Awesome! So, I would assume that since we can now skin the start menu, there must be a way to use said menu, rather than the one supplied with WindowBlinds?

 

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October 3, 2013 3:54:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

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October 3, 2013 9:17:06 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Awesome! So, I would assume that since we can now skin the start menu, there must be a way to use said menu, rather than the one supplied with WindowBlinds?

 

You just pick the theme from the drop down in the Start8 UI.  If Start8 is set to use the standard Start8 themes then with WB running it will use the WB skin, but if you pick a skin that's not the default theme (i.e. has a theme file) then it will use that over the WB one.

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October 3, 2013 9:44:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks, Neil.

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October 3, 2013 9:54:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Not working.   

 

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October 4, 2013 5:44:52 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

You did reboot after installing?

As if you didn't then it will not work until it has been rebooted.

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October 4, 2013 6:30:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good you reply here Neil 

 

-Can you choose NOT to have the "Shut down text" on the Shutdown-button in this finally   

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October 4, 2013 6:31:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

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October 4, 2013 6:48:55 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting neone6,

Good you reply here Neil 

 

-Can you choose NOT to have the "Shut down text" on the Shutdown-button in this finally   

There are content margins on the shutdown button, so that might work, but it is not something I have tried myself.

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October 4, 2013 6:49:32 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting gmc2,

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

bumpty bump

The editor live edits the file and tells Start8 to reload the theme, so without Start8 installed there would be no way to see the results.

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October 4, 2013 7:08:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The content margins adjustment for the start menu shutdown button text does not work Neil. It works in Windows 7, but not in Windows 8.

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October 4, 2013 7:25:37 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting LightStar,

The content margins adjustment for the start menu shutdown button text does not work Neil. It works in Windows 7, but not in Windows 8.

This is about Start8 themes.

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October 4, 2013 9:10:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

@ Neil: So will this MAJOR issue for skinners with the Shutdown Text displaying ever be fixed ???

ALL The skinners want/need the option to take it away

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October 4, 2013 11:04:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,
You did reboot after installing?
Yes. Several times.

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October 4, 2013 12:59:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,



Quoting gmc2,
reply 8

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

bumpty bump


The editor live edits the file and tells Start8 to reload the theme, so without Start8 installed there would be no way to see the results.

You know, it's really hard to help out around here sometimes.

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October 4, 2013 1:54:49 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting gmc2,

Quoting Neil Banfield, reply 10


Quoting gmc2,
reply 8

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

bumpty bump


The editor live edits the file and tells Start8 to reload the theme, so without Start8 installed there would be no way to see the results.


You know, it's really hard to help out around here sometimes.

The general concept of the sections are very similar to WB, so in theory we could put the editor as a download and you can make them blind.  But it has no preview.

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October 4, 2013 2:13:46 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

@ Neil: So will this MAJOR issue for skinners with the Shutdown Text displaying ever be fixed ???

ALL The skinners want/need the option to take it away

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October 4, 2013 2:34:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,


Quoting gmc2, reply 15
Quoting Neil Banfield, reply 10


Quoting gmc2,
reply 8

Is there a way  for someone (like me for instance) to create start menus without any version 8 programs?

bumpty bump


The editor live edits the file and tells Start8 to reload the theme, so without Start8 installed there would be no way to see the results.


You know, it's really hard to help out around here sometimes.

The general concept of the sections are very similar to WB, so in theory we could put the editor as a download and you can make them blind.  But it has no preview.

without a way to verify it would seem tough. I'll volunteer if decide to give it a go.

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October 5, 2013 6:31:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

@ Neil: So will this MAJOR issue for skinners with the Shutdown Text displaying ever be fixed ??? ALL The skinners want/need the option to take it away
Comon...It´s not like it´s the Million dollar question 

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October 5, 2013 11:30:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Neil Banfield,

You did reboot after installing?

As if you didn't then it will not work until it has been rebooted.

Neil, I reinstalled Start8 and all is well.

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