Well, I wanted to test... but here I am totally disapointed.
Sure, I must miss something, cause I can't see a real utility to this software. Nothing really works and permits to custtomize anything.
I try to recolor the taskbar, it works better if I do it with the windows options.
I try to recolor the start10 menu... well we are far from windowblinds...
I check if I can put any special button like my must have "always on top"... well maybe it will come one day
I try to use the 3 colors we can configure... no luck anything I do as 0 result.
I searched a way to recolor texts or windows color in windows (like the text selection color (windows blue horrible color)... well again I guess it will (maybe) come later... or never.
Also, the interface is terrible... (by terrible I mean horrible, without any indication of what we can do)
Tbh, windowblinds is 1000% better. Someone can point me to something that can proove me that I did not wasted just 10 € ? cause actually I can't see anything that curtains can do that I cannot do with windows.
Oh yeah... I understood that we can add layers... something I can also do with windowblinds... but better.
Edit: I uninstalled it as I cannot do something with... this. I returned to windowblinds, I just hope stardock won't give up windowblinds for... this.
I am sorry you are finding the software confusing. I assume the confusion is with creating styles vs actually using them.
Given the only OS option to alter the taskbar are the colour I cannot see why you would think you can achieve more with that than with Curtains. The taskbar support is almost as much as with WindowBlinds. If you look at the XP luna theme you can see how the taskbar can look different.
The Start10 support is designed to me much simpler to use than the WindowBlinds one as a common complaint with making skins was the time needed to make all those parts. It actually makes life easier to achieve certain effects as well.
We do not support additional buttons on the titlebar and will not do so in the future. That is not the purpose of the software which is to provide maximum compatibility.
I think you may have misunderstood the colouring system. Each layer has the option to be recoloured using one of those three colours. As recolouring usually uses hue shifting, the colour you set in the editing page for colours is the base colour. Then when the user picks a colour the difference between the new colour and the old is used to hue shift the layer. Some of the included styles have support for this.
The purpose of offering three colours like this on a per layer basis is to offer greater control to the end user of the style. A style could expose one colour for the titlebar buttons, and another for the taskbar, or start button or anything in between. With WindowBlinds you have just one colour which is far more limited. There is also no need for mask images with curtains as you can control it on a per layer basis.
We do not expose changing system colours currently as system colour changes tend to cause application slowness on style change and some applications handle these poorly using the wrong colours on the wrong parts. It is possible this is an area we will revisit in the future though.
The purpose of the product is not to replace WindowBlinds, but to provide a nice simple to use entry level product for those who want simple changes to their UI. It is therefore of concern that you seem to have had such trouble with the interface.