Sneak-peek at NEW WindowBlinds skins

Thursday, June 3, 2021 by Tatiora | Discussion: Stardock Blog

WindowBlinds is one of our software products that has been around for quite a long time - longer than I've been at Stardock, at any rate! If you're unfamiliar with it, WindowBlinds allows you to customize the look and feel of your taskbar, window frames, and more. You can make your desktop look unique by choosing from several different styles and skins and adjusting them to suit your personal tastes.

I think one of my absolute favorite features of WindowBlinds 10 is the randomization. If I like a bunch of skins, I can use this option to have my computer cycle through them at random intervals, giving me a fresh look and a bit of a surprise every time I boot up. The per-application skinning is great for variety, too - I can use one skin for my word processing software, and use a different skin for something like Premiere.

But, I digress! Recently, we've been developing some new skins for WindowBlinds and today I get to give you a little sneak peek of what's coming. PLEASE NOTE: These are not 100% final and some aspects of these may change before they are available.

Let's have a look!

Aero Executive

 

NeXTSTEP

 

Open Windows

 

AbraCadabra

 

Aero Metal

 

Aquarium

 

Dragon

 

Elegance

 

Aero Midnight

 

Airframe

 

Driftwood

 

Parchment

 

PlasticXP

Whew! That's a lot of new skins. They'll be available soon, but in the meantime, let me ask you this: which one is your favorite? Share with me!

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MichaelWagner
Reply #1 Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:28 PM

NextStep ist My favourite. Looking Forward to them

Narusegawa Naru
Reply #2 Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:10 PM

While they all look phenomenal I'm looking at PlasticXP. Just have a thing for the iCandy/plastic toy look. Plus the coloring is spot on.

Jeff T
Reply #3 Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:59 PM

AbraCadabra was a favorite of mine.

The Aero skins too...and the rest!

Dcrew57
Reply #4 Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:29 PM

Air Frame was a fav of mine.  

SamEVO
Reply #5 Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:42 PM

any luck contacting Mike Bryant about updating his skins? Plus, you have skins by Boxxi, Hippy, VoodooFreak (Voo), Tiggz, and many others that deserve to be updated as well. I'm sure I'm not the only person who would like to see this happen. Don't get me wrong. I'm very appreciative of the skins you've shown being available soon. I also appreciate Ton (LightStar) updating many of his older skins along with some of John's (vStyler) skins as often as he releases a new skin. Tom is a machine! Anyway, I'm fully aware that only a finite number of older skins can be updated but Mike Bryant's (MikeB314) skins are what got me to purchase Windowblinds in the first place back in the Win95 days. I think the name of the first skin I installed was Tan and Green. There was also a blue version. I'd have to look thru Mike's library to find it to be sure of the name though. Carry on the great work, everyone! ALL of you skinners are appreciated by non-skinners and consumers like me. And then there's Adam (who was working on WB back then) and now Neil. I REALLY APPRECIATE you guys for developing WB to what it is so we can alter the appearance of our desktops. 

starkers
Reply #6 Friday, June 4, 2021 6:42 AM

The most important skin to me is the one I'm wrapped up in, as wrinkled as it may be, but I would also love to see updated works from Mike Bryant, IR Brainiac and other great skinners of the past.  It's not that I dislike recent skins from current artist, but I'm sure that I'm not alone when it comes to classic skins from yesteryear being revived for Win 10.

Whether that's always possible or not I don't know, but it'd be nice to see some of the great themes of the past given a face-lift for more modern times.

SamEVO
Reply #7 Friday, June 4, 2021 7:34 AM

starkers

The most important skin to me is the one I'm wrapped up in, as wrinkled as it may be

the mental pic i got from this line will be the cause of numerous nightmares for months to come, i'm sure.  i blame you, starkers.

2of3
Reply #8 Friday, June 4, 2021 7:45 AM

Nice to see updates to some classics!

Victechnical
Reply #9 Friday, June 4, 2021 9:04 AM

Great to know these skins are coming.  I remember Airframe and Driftwood ( Dangeruss )   

RedneckDude
Reply #10 Friday, June 4, 2021 12:06 PM

SamEVO

any luck contacting Mike Bryant about updating his skins?
He can be reached on Facebook. I see him there all the time.

Any chance the Dragon animation works?

JanOscar
Reply #11 Friday, June 4, 2021 12:27 PM

RedneckDude

Any chance the Dragon animation works?
It works on the old one (from 2008, I think), so I don't see why not.

IAMTHEMACHINE
Reply #12 Friday, June 4, 2021 12:59 PM

these are all skins that have been released before correct? just updated for the new windowblinds and windows 10?

DaveRI
Reply #13 Friday, June 4, 2021 2:20 PM

I suppose my favorite was Aero Midnight, closely followed by Aero Executive and Dragon.

RedneckDude
Reply #14 Friday, June 4, 2021 3:29 PM

JanOscar


Quoting RedneckDude,

Any chance the Dragon animation works?

It works on the old one (from 2008, I think), so I don't see why not.

Oh yes, I see. It does. I think I was thinking of Molten. It is FUBAR.

Chasbo
Reply #15 Friday, June 4, 2021 4:15 PM

Some of these are skins that you had to buy. If you bought the original are you going to have to buy the new ones?

AceMatrix
Reply #16 Friday, June 4, 2021 7:25 PM

Chasbo

Some of these are skins that you had to buy. If you bought the original are you going to have to buy the new ones?

Good question. I bought Aero Midnight from Stardock back in the day,  It's still in my downloads list at Stardock.

-- Ace --

alphabyte
Reply #17 Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:11 AM

Wonderful news and very thankful for the updates to these themes! I, too, would love to see classic themes from Mike Bryant, Tiggz, Essorant, danilloOc, ^^Gabriel, treetog, Apocalypse_67, Z71, and many other artists to receive Windows 10 upgrades!  

delve-miller
Reply #18 Monday, June 21, 2021 4:02 PM

looking forward to these. esp dragon

The-Avatar-of-Virtues
Reply #19 Saturday, June 26, 2021 4:06 PM

 I love Mr.Folden's "NeXTSTEP" skin.

I have used this skin over 20 years on "MS-Windows" since Mar. 2001.

So, I'm really looking forward to seeing your NeXTSTEP Style Skin!

 

This comment is abridged edition of my post to you, which is here below URL:

 https://forums.stardock.com/505645/a-long-comment-onto-mstatioras-post-on-stardock-blog .

 

the Post has a screenshot of my "Windows 10 desktop".

 

My rebuited "Mr. Folden's NeXTSTEP" as MsStyle file is almost perfectly working on

"Windows 10 Pro ver.1909(Build 18363.959)".

 

tonne
Reply #20 Monday, June 28, 2021 5:36 PM

Abracadabra is my favo

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