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Updated Nov 22, 2004 by WickedP

Comment #1 Tuesday, October 26, 2004 8:41 PM
For your first skin, this is a pretty good skin. The titlebar inset is elegant looking, as are the titlebar buttons. The window frames are clean and neat, if minimalistic.

That said, there are a few issues that need some work. The inactive titlebar *loses* the close button. Scrolled up state looks a little funny, as if it were unfinished rolling up. Also, the All Programs flyout on the StartMenu has borders on both the left and the right - making the top and bottom borders stand out as missing.

Overall, a good skin with a lot of potential.
Comment #2 Tuesday, October 26, 2004 8:52 PM
Thanks, Byron!

The close button "feature" has been fixed. I'll take look at the rolled state. The All Programs "feature" is a math problem thanks to a MS bug. I'll spend some time getting it to work correctly.

Comment #3 Tuesday, October 26, 2004 10:21 PM
Ok, I think I have th All Programs problem fixed...Let me know what you think.

Comment #4 Tuesday, October 26, 2004 10:54 PM
You're right, WickedP this is a mellow skin. I do like it and will give it a spin in the AM. Nice job.
Comment #5 Wednesday, October 27, 2004 12:12 AM
Byron, I think I have a good solution to the Roll-up issue. Download the updated file and give it a look.

Comment #6 Wednesday, October 27, 2004 12:49 PM
Ah! The All Programs fly-out of the StartMenu looks *much* better. I really like the complete framing of each flyout. The rolled up state looks complete too.

Heck of a job for your first skin, WickedP. Keep it up!
Comment #7 Thursday, October 28, 2004 12:32 PM
This is nice. The menu color is not too "bright," and the pop-out menus are legible. I find the "selection" highlight to be clean and the task bar items elegant.
Comment #8 Thursday, October 28, 2004 7:00 PM
Thanks, Tony!

I created a couple of diffent sub-styles that change what I call the green "goo" area of the title bars to different colors and patterns. I'll upload a new preview and .wba file today.

Comment #9 Thursday, October 28, 2004 7:56 PM
You know, after about 1000 downloads, you'd think someone would have said "Dude, what's with the ugly blue MS flag on the Shutdown and Switch User Panels?" Well, my son finally did. Anywhoo, the evil blue MS flag has been removed.

Comment #10 Monday, November 8, 2004 9:03 AM
I really like this skin, however I do NOT like the raspberry status bar that it has. How do I get rid of that?
Comment #11 Monday, November 8, 2004 11:22 AM

Glad you like the skin...can you grab a screenshot of the raspberry status bar and e-mail it to me.

Comment #12 Thursday, November 11, 2004 6:04 PM
Buddy Keister
Comment #13 Tuesday, November 23, 2004 12:32 AM
This is your first skin? Wow!
There's an awful lot to like about it...
The design is graphically rich, but even at hi-res, it's majorly easy on the eyes... it also seems to be lightweight, making it ideal for everyday use. To me, this is exactly what a good WB skin needs to have going for it. Solid, stable design, splashes of color and texture without going overboard, and most importantly a sort of universal feel to its' graphics...

What I mean by that, is that it looks waaay different than, say, the Windows XP skin... but has clean enough lines, and thorough enough design, where it COULD've come as part of the OS, and appealed to a broad enough userbase to be a great alternative to the traditional look. I like it when a skin has that kind of elegance to it. It means its' creator isn't over eager to stamp their personality all over it. When that happens, I can't get away from always being reminded that I'm using someone elses' skin, and that kind of feels like I'm wearing someone elses' clothes... eerie.

You've managed to overcome those obstacles, and with the roll up feature, well... it's a winner.

So what's on my wish list? Hmmm... customized toolbars would be cool... but I'm sure I'll find this plenty useful, just as it is!

Comment #14 Tuesday, November 23, 2004 1:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words...I think you summed exactly what I was trying to create with the skin. Ahhh, toolbars and animations...I'm finding I have a long ways to go with my graphics skills before I can create a set of icons and animations.

In the mean time I suggest you give Tiggz's Killer Animations a look, and the XP Charcoal Toolbar Icons from Koasati also work well.

Comment #15 Tuesday, November 23, 2004 8:49 AM
its very nice

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