I think Stardock missed the boat in the gadgets market. I just can't see customers flocking to pay for Desktop X to run gadgets/widgets when there are free sidebar gadgets/ yahoo for almost everything. I think the Market is in full blown themes and noone has really done anything revolutionary in quite sometime. Look at Gef's work. He makes arguably the better themes out there and they are basically the same thing just reworked with new graphics.
There is nothing more frustrating than findingan attrative DX theme and installing it only to find out it doesn't match your resolution. If there is a way to make it easier for Authors to make resoltuion independaent themes Stardock should look into that. Making it mandadory might not be a bad idea.
DX is what got me started skinning but I lost interest in it fast as new verions were buggy at the time and unless it works perfectly the bad press will easily outweigh the good. I would have never even got into skinning WB had DX been a more user friendly program.
I haven't tried in in quite sometime and to be honest I don't care to until something revoltionary with the program happens.
When I started using DX it was very simple for someone to make a theme. I relied on Martin's scripts to do everything. I was as compuiter illiterate as anyone could be yet I made some pretty cool themes that at the time I was embarrassed to share. Now I look back and I see how original some of the things I was doing were.
I have the themes saved on cd but we are going back to version 1 so the themes stopped working a long time ago. The coding quickly got way over my head and I switched to skinning WB.
Just emptying my mind on the mattter as I enjoyed making DX themes more than anything else so far. I really did make some original stuff for myself, and that was on Win ME so I am sure some of the high taxing themes I made would work much smoother on todays systems. The freedom involved in the graphics and what you could do was the attraction for me. I guess when I lost interest I just could never get it back. Especially when I see all this coding talk. It scares the crap out of me. Obviously the more advanced it gets, the more knowledge of DX coding you need. There are only a couple of people that take it seriously and it just seems like it isn't enough to support the product. I could be wrong and DX hasn't been a loss in a lucrative sense but over the years it just seems to me that Stardock has fumbled it's way through DX.
Last thin is that Desktop X developer should have a free versio to help people get started making their own themes. Maybe there is now and I spoke without doing my homework but that's where I am at. I simply ignore the program like thousands of other apps out there.
I know too long didn't read. LOL