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Hey fellow Neowin members,

I'm currently making a new VS for Windows 8 called [b]Metro+[/b]. The idea of this theme is to combine the Aero and Metro UI together in a way that is simple, but not too simple. Take a look for yourself:
[img]http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/314/a/6/metro__by_link6155-d5jy3h9.png[/img]
One of the first thing you'll probably notice is that the window is [u]transparent[/u], however there is no blur. (The image is an animated PNG image, use a browser that supports APNG to see a better preview)

[img]http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/318/4/7/metro__ie_substyle_by_link6155-d5l0sqh.png[/img]
There will also be an IE-Esque subtheme included once released

Wallpapers are made by [url="http://bo0xvn.deviantart.com"]bo0xvn[/url]

I hope to have this theme released by the end of this year. If you think the transparency is a hoax, check this video out (shows an older version of the theme):
[media]http://youtu.be/PWj74nRua9A[/media]

Feedback would be nice :)

More info and developement here: [url="http://link6155.deviantart.com/art/Metro-335834397"]http://link6155.devi...Metro-335834397[/url]
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Ah yes, another person who types in Nopepad but doesn't speak. All that video was missing was some really bad loud music. :yes:
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I personally don't like the look of the address bar and search bar connected

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The back button in IE is way, way, way too large compared to the forward button.

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So it's just the default vs with more pronounced borders, looks ok. I would stick with the default theme though.

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[quote name='LAMj' timestamp='1352873074' post='595318946']
So it's just the default vs with more pronounced borders, looks ok. I would stick with the default theme though.
[/quote] No, the default theme is nontransparent and is very different. The location bar icons are the same, however, the other buttons and borders are completely made from scratch. Here's a comparison:

The default window style (with ribbon disabled)
[img]http://imageshack.us/a/img443/4362/metrocomparison2.png[/img]
As you can see, there is a clear blue border around and the icons are monotone

Here's Metro+:
[img]http://imageshack.us/a/img6/8725/metrocomparison1.png[/img]
The whole top part of explorer is transparent. The back/forward button active state is blue. Also, the Location and Search bar are unified.

[quote name='Panda X' timestamp='1352873023' post='595318944']
The back button in IE is way, way, way too large compared to the forward button.
[/quote] I think you're right there, I'll make the button a bit smaller :)

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Ah yes, with this theme people are going to learn very quickly why Microsoft never wanted full transparency on their windows (see: Windows Vista maximized opaque title bar, Windows 7 blurring of window background, Windows 8 transparency removed).

Hint: Seeing the window content behind, in as full clarity as the current window, is really distracting!

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LOVE IT. Can't wait for this to release. :D Keep up the good work!

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[quote name='billyea' timestamp='1352874835' post='595318966']
Ah yes, with this theme people are going to learn very quickly why Microsoft never wanted full transparency on their windows (see: Windows Vista maximized opaque title bar, Windows 7 blurring of window background, Windows 8 transparency removed).

Hint: Seeing the window content behind, in as full clarity as the current window, is really distracting!
[/quote] Well, I could not find a way to have the blur effect. As an alternative however, the window coloring should improve readability/focus. It's a problem that I am currently trying to resolve.

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The transparency is nice, but I don't like the unification of the search and location fields. I hope you release both separately or at least make the components optional during installation.
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It would be nice if you update your theme with start menu skin for StartIsBack. I give themers license keys for free, just ask me via email.

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Not sure if it would end up as a total confusing mess with the transparency, yet no blur when loads of windows are open, it does look nice though. I'd personally make the borders a little softer, soften the shadow and kill the reflection though.

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How did you get transparancy O.o
I'd pay for knowing it :p

Because this means I can make 0px borders (atleast I think so) :p

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Like it, it looks nice and clean

[quote name='Seahorsepip' timestamp='1353942546' post='595350070']
How did you get transparancy O.o
I'd pay for knowing it :p

Because this means I can make 0px borders (atleast I think so) :p
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[quote name='Detection' timestamp='1353943299' post='595350090']
Like it, it looks nice and clean



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[quote name='Seahorsepip' timestamp='1353943469' post='595350098']
That trick doesn't work in RTM and the other trick with high contrast is very buggy compared to this...
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Ah, I'm fairly sure I read a few posts on MDL explaining how to get transparency back in the RTM, I`ll link to it if I come across it again

EDIT - Found it but looks like the guy used build 8888 not RTM but might still work as 8888 was going to be RTM afaik before a last minute bug was found
[url="http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/36931-Aero-Glass-in-Windows-8-RTM-by-re-instating-the-Aero-Source-Codes"]http://forums.mydigi...ro-Source-Codes[/url]

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[quote name='Detection' timestamp='1353943766' post='595350104']
Ah, I'm fairly sure I read a few posts on MDL explaining how to get transparency back in the RTM, I`ll link to it if I come across it again

EDIT - Found it but looks like the guy used build 8888 not RTM but might still work as 8888 was going to be RTM afaik before a last minute bug was found
[url="http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/36931-Aero-Glass-in-Windows-8-RTM-by-re-instating-the-Aero-Source-Codes"]http://forums.mydigi...ro-Source-Codes[/url]
[/quote]
Nope that's with a system files hack...
This way above is just a msstyles, I'm quite sure about that :p

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[quote name='Seahorsepip' timestamp='1353945049' post='595350136'] Nope that's with a system files hack... This way above is just a msstyles, I'm quite sure about that :p [/quote]

I'd think it would have to be a system files hack if MS removed it from 8 RTM

But saying that, the taskbar is still transparent so it must be partially there

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