Time for another update... it has been slow going. SkinStudio is very difficult to learn I must say and my hour or so per day to work on this doesn't go as far as I'd lilke it. I had anticipated making the graphics would be the hard part, how wrong I have been! Anyway, I've got the main parts of the interface skinned now, but still a long way to go with controls and misc. items all over the place to do. However, the main components are usable and seem to work pretty well.
I do have one question if anyone knows the answer... if you look at the start menu, the top item on the right side disappears fairly regularly. I believe this may have something to do with the user icon (which I turned off) overwriting it with nothing. Anyone have an idea of how to fix this?