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Posted 08 November 2012 - 21:32

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#2 CentralDogma

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 21:35

$5 :/

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 21:43

$5 :/


Free 30 day Beta trial, but tbh, I reckon I might buy this, the stock backgrounds are hideous and after playing with this for the past 10 minutes, custom backgrounds look sweet

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 21:50

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Interesting collection of trial backgrounds.

While I passed on Start8 (unlike some, I have no problems with the Start menu going bye-bye), I'm liking Decor8.

(The reason for the I-word is that the collection of trial backgrounds looks like an archive of Wallpaper From Windows Past - is there a specific file format for the backgrounds, so you can add your own?)

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 21:52

Interesting collection of trial backgrounds.

While I passed on Start8 (unlike some, I have no problems with the Start menu going bye-bye), I'm liking Decor8.

(The reason for the I-word is that the collection of trial backgrounds looks like an archive of Wallpaper From Windows Past - is there a specific file format for the backgrounds, so you can add your own?)


Just hit the "Select Folder" button under the backgrounds, you can pick a folder, it seems to allow everything I have thrown at it so far

#6 CentralDogma

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 22:07

Can you set the background as transparent?

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 22:12

Can you set the background as transparent?


Yep, theres a slider, you can also change custom accent colours, tiles colours, background colours, text colours

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:37

Interesting collection of trial backgrounds.

While I passed on Start8 (unlike some, I have no problems with the Start menu going bye-bye), I'm liking Decor8.

(The reason for the I-word is that the collection of trial backgrounds looks like an archive of Wallpaper From Windows Past - is there a specific file format for the backgrounds, so you can add your own?)

The backgrounds are included as samples for the beta and I suspect we will replace most of them in 1.0 or at least include some non photographic images as well.

You can use your own bmp, jpg and png graphics as well.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:06

Neat app! One item of functionality I'd love to see is a gaussian blur effect that could automatically be applied to the chosen background picture.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:13

Neat app! One item of functionality I'd love to see is a gaussian blur effect that could automatically be applied to the chosen background picture.


Nice !

Care to share the 2 backgrounds ?

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:21

i wonder if this works in server 2012. might give it a try when i can fire up the vm or when i get my new system since it will be my main OS on there.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:27

i wonder if this works in server 2012. might give it a try when i can fire up the vm or when i get my new system since it will be my main OS on there.


If you add the Desktop Experience feature set, it certainly should (it's not a ModernUI/RT app, but a ModernUI/Win32 app, like the early versions of MetroTwit).

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:28

If you add the Desktop Experience feature set, it certainly should (it's not a ModernUI/RT app, but a ModernUI/Win32 app, like the early versions of MetroTwit).


I do have that enabled on the VM and the physical system will as well ;-)

#14 CJEric

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 15:22

Nice !

Care to share the 2 backgrounds ?

Here you go! :) Not sure the amount of blur is ideal at this point. That could probably still be tweaked a bit. It would be ideal if the app let you adjust the exact amount of course...

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 15:24

Here you go! :) Not sure the amount of blur is ideal at this point. That could probably still be tweaked a bit. It would be ideal if the app let you adjust the exact amount of course...


I think the blur amount looks great, thanks a lot :)



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