Date: October 13th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Stardock
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON SOFTWARE IN THE UNITED STATES
<--CLICK FOR DEALS ON SOFTWARE IN CANADA
PRODUCT FEATURES & WALKTHROUGH
So here we have a completed skin. I chose brushed aluminium that matches my Lian-Li. I just thought that was too damn cool. The skin is inspired by the Mac Panther OS, and it took some time to get used to the min/max/close button location (it is shifted to the left).
I was quite pleased with this skin, but knew that I'd still have some work to do on it before I'd adopt it as my permanent desktop. So I decided to browse through some more skins.
Here we have a fantastic skin called Seer. I slapped my Taskbar on top and ran Object Dock (which you can see on the bottom). A few custom icons later, I was pretty happy with the soft colours and chill'axing feel of this new desktop.
Can't stop there though.
Here we've got a fairly dark skin. The glossy look is pimpin', and I loved the way my bevelled icons looked within the black background, however, I found that some fonts were hard to read in this skin (the colours were off).
Not a problem!
Time to open up WindowBlinds again, and within a few clicks, I had changed the font colours. The end result was that I could see all of the options in my menus again.
Here is another dark skin… the blue hue is very nice and relaxing. There is however, a problem which I have found with darker skins. Icons within certain applications develop a halo effect. This is in no way the fault of WindowBlinds, but rather the application developers (actually, the graphic artists). Some icons are not cut properly and as such, some of the white background which should have been erased, bleeds through.
Here is an example of what I mean.
Finally, let's show you some completed skins.
<--CLICK FOR GREAT PRICES ON COMPUTER SOFTWARE