Recent Articles In OS Customization
September 14, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
As we've done in the past, I get emailed and read blogs about design and a couple times of year various sites put out their seasonal colors, and the latest is from Creative Market. They have Cosmic Iris as their "Color of the Season". "Iris: a flower with sword-shaped leaves, the Greek goddess of rainbows, the part of your eye that lets light in. As we discover what this new normal can look like, here’s a color that captures our quest for the unknown. The curiosity in exp...
June 19, 2021 by GAIAStevef on GAIAStevef
Saw these on Neowin in a screenshot for the new WIndowblinds 10.89 version.   What blinds are these?         
June 16, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I used to enjoy changing the login or lock screen on Windows. We had LogonStudio which was a great tool for customization, but as Windows progressed versions the ability to customize it was pretty much gone. In Windows 10 you can set to your selected image or slideshow or use the Windows Spotlight feature which picks a daily image for you to display. You can also select certain apps that will show a quick status on the screen such as your calendar or mail app. I usually don't pay much attenti...
May 7, 2021 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
Hey guys. I hope someone out there has multiple taskbars and can confirm this.   Also I hope Stardock can fix it.  Although I think it's a Microsoft thing.   I have triple monitors with a taskbar on all monitors.  The main monitor gets a different context menu than the others when right clicking the taskbar.   Yall seeing the same? Main monitor:   Secondaries:  
April 7, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I get a lot of emails from creative and design websites, but this one caught my eye because orange is a favorite color of mine and I like this one. Creative Market is calling this the "color of season" for spring, and I think it would be a nice choice for some skins and themes.  HEX: #FF825C RGB: 255, 130, 92 "A mid-century revival with a bright red undertone and high chroma, Electric Tangerine feels both vintage and futuristic. Nostalgic and hopeful. This punchy hue captures the ren...
February 16, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I have been looking at the 2020 data for WinCustomize regarding the top downloads and galleries for last year. I always find it very interesting to see what other people are downloading. Sometimes it's skins you might have missed or didn't expect to be popular. Everyone has a different style they like, so it's also a good way to keep up on any trends that might be happening. So, let's take a look at the most downloaded skins on WinCustomize in 2020! Top 10 Overall Downloads CREATION was...
How does WindowBlinds 10 handle older skins on the latest version of Windows 10? The answer: Inconsistently.  There are some apps, like Notepad, where it always works fine.  Others, like an Explorer window it sometimes works fine.  And then there’s Edge where it rarely works fine.  Look at the results yourselves. For the next version of WindowBlinds we are looking to either update ...
December 11, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy December! The holiday season is here, and we've been talking about holiday skins for the past couple of months. Now that many of us have our holiday desktops in order, let's find out what the favorite holiday skins of our community are! What's my favorite? There are many wonderful holiday WindowBlinds skin out there, but I always appreciate the design of Christmas Holidays by adni18.  Post a link or image of your favorite holiday skin or theme in the comments below and lets ...
November 27, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I was searching through WinCustomize looking at some Christmas skins and I came across what I think is one of the most classic skins of Christmas. That of course would be ChristmasTime by mormegil! The WindowBlinds skin was first released way back in 2003 for the Stardock 2003 Christmas Suite.  At that time, WindowBlinds 4 was the latest version and it was later updated to support WindowBlinds 5 which brought support for per-pixel alpha blending, toolbar button changing, progres...
October 22, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Do you skin on Turkey day? Get it.... Turkeys....skins......oh never mind. As we have discussed before, Halloween and Christmas are the two biggest skinning holidays of the year, but we do have one more between that, and that would be Thanksgiving. It hasn't been a big skinning holiday and there's only about two pages worth of uploads.  My question is though, is it something you skin your desktop for? Just wondering if we should be looking out for more or just focusing on the next big...
October 2, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
This week's question we'll focus on something that doesn't get talked about as much.......and that would be icons. We have a couple of different categories for icons here on WinCustomize. Icon packs for use with IconPackager Icon category for general icon uploads. ObjectDock icons for icons that are meant to be used with OD.We have been curious on how the community uses icons in their desktop setups. Do you change the entire icon set with IconPackager, or do you just change individual i...
September 24, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
This week's community question is focusing on desktop skinning, WindowBlinds in particular! There are so many WindowBlinds skins available and I probably couldn't describe all the styles and colors available.  I personally like more of a minimal style skin, but more "wild" skins have also been popular. If you have no preference that's certainly great, but I wanted to put out the question to our community.  Do you prefer more minimal type skins, more "wild" designs, or does it mat...
July 31, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
The holidays we celebrate throughout the year have always been a popular occasion to apply some cool skins and themes to your desktop. Out of all the holidays during the year, a few stand out for skinning. ChristmasHalloweenValentine's DayNew YearsI think Christmas and Halloween are the two favorites, and they are definitely mine! Do you have a favorite skinning "holiday"? Let me know in the comments if any of these area favorite, or if I missed one.    
July 20, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
I'm working on types of content people like and want more of on WinCustomize. Something I'm looking at now is triggered .dreams for DeskScapes. A triggered .dream is basically an animated wallpapers that changes at a designed point. Blissful Dream was always one of my favorites. So my question to the community is do you use any triggered .dreams? If so, what specifically do you like and what themes would you like to see. For example, .dreams that switch from day to night. If you ha...
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