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#61 +devHead

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:34

Something I did notice: there is a slight transparency to the taskbar in the RTM. But no chrome. Not even the hint of it.


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:14

Yeah, the taskbar transparency is new to the RTM build. It was completely opaque in the previous public betas, unless you ran the old Glass theme.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:02

Oh god,that monitor icon is still there?I could somehow lets say handle the vista icons on desktop and explorer but this...
Is there a petition we can sign somewhere to get Microsoft's (lazy?) designers to actually design some new icons?

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 16:12

ok. so, you can enable Aero Glass in the leaked RTM... but it doesn't draw correctly. simply change ColorizationGlassAttribute to 2 in regedit.


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the window will distort the moment you move it. screenshots don't capture this. so, I took a photo: http://i45.tinypic.com/28jzn20.jpg

(I added entries ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity ColorizationOpaqueBlend to the DWM directory in regedit, but they aren't necessary to replicate this result.)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 16:17

Yeah, it's just borked with the changes to the DWM that they've done it seems. That said I'm fine without glass, I think getting some chrome back that was taken away by "glass" will let us have some better theming going forward and also you can do some transparency without having glass which I think is a better option as well.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 22:07

ok. so, you can enable Aero Glass in the leaked RTM... but it doesn't draw correctly. simply change ColorizationGlassAttribute to 2 in regedit.





the window will distort the moment you move it. screenshots don't capture this. so, I took a photo: http://i45.tinypic.com/28jzn20.jpg

(I added entries ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity ColorizationOpaqueBlend to the DWM directory in regedit, but they aren't necessary to replicate this result.)


Ha, the way I was doing it was a pain in the ass, a simple reg edit to do so is much better. It's still awful tough.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:18

ok. so, you can enable Aero Glass in the leaked RTM... but it doesn't draw correctly. simply change ColorizationGlassAttribute to 2 in regedit.

Without blur it also becomes next to unusable.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 19:13

Unlike in Windows Vista and 7, YOU CANNOT EVEN TURN OFF AERO in Windows 8.
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Unlike Windows 7 or Vista, you cannot turn off Aero in Windows 8.
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FWIW on that front, and depending upon what you're trying to do: you can switch to a high contrast theme.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:37

FWIW on that front, and depending upon what you're trying to do: you can switch to a high contrast theme.


Sigh...

I will say it once again, even the high contrast themes in Windows 8 is running through Aero (Desktop Windows Manager to be technical). This is a good thing. I am totally happy that DWM is always on. This is just an experiment to see if it can be turned off.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 18:52

Sigh...

I will say it once again, even the high contrast themes in Windows 8 is running through Aero (Desktop Windows Manager to be technical). This is a good thing. I am totally happy that DWM is always on. This is just an experiment to see if it can be turned off.


That's why he said "depending what you're trying to do" :-)

If what you're trying to do is run without DWM, you cannot do that in Windows 8.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 22:49

I have always liked Aero Glass since Vista - seems futuristic.

I was disappointed to see the transparency removed in Win 8.

#72 BeerFan

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 22:53

I have always liked Aero Glass since Vista - seems futuristic.

I was disappointed to see the transparency removed in Win 8.


Same here. I love the transparent look - sleek and clean. The tiles / Metro / "modern" look feels to me like reverting back to Fisher Price era, but with less sense.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:18

I see that in fact there is a slight transparency to the taskbar in the RTM build.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:52

I love the RTM theme way more than the Aero Glass in Windows 7 and Vista. I think the new theme looks clean and unintrusive. You get to appreciate the cleanness of it and the fact that it doesn't distract you from productivity. As much as Microsoft claim that Aero was designed to be faded away in the background, Aero glass was, in actuality, a "hey look at me and see how cool I look" UI. Windows 8's UI does try to blend in the background and be nodistracting.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:33

I love the RTM theme way more than the Aero Glass in Windows 7 and Vista. I think the new theme looks clean and unintrusive. You get to appreciate the cleanness of it and the fact that it doesn't distract you from productivity. As much as Microsoft claim that Aero was designed to be faded away in the background, Aero glass was, in actuality, a "hey look at me and see how cool I look" UI. Windows 8's UI does try to blend in the background and be nodistracting.

I agree. I've always felt that flat, minimal UIs were the way to go when it comes to operating systems.