MyColors goes public

Stardock has released MyColors to the general public. MyColors is a program that reverses the traditional way users change their desktop.

Rather than users going out and finding/buying various programs to change some aspect of Windows, MyColors includes everything needed to completely change the desktop experience for free and instead allows users to purchase professionally designed premium themes.

The public launch of MyColors includes Aero Diamond. For users of Windows XP, Diamond can transform the OS to look virtually identical to Vista. For Windows Vista users, Aero Diamond offers a glimpse at a concept Microsoft considered prior to going with Aero Glass (Aero Diamond has been much discussed, requested in the Neowin customization forums).

Download: MyColors
Screenshot: XP with Aero Diamond
Screenshot: MyColors UI

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Looks interesting but not even being considered. Still waiting on that update for WindowsFX that never came......

The idea behind MyColors is for people who aren't interested in buying WindowBlinds + IconPackager + DesktopX + whatever and then having to go out and hunt for skins and themes.

Instead, the user finds a theme they want and just buys that and doesn't have to worry about how gets applied.

I still dont understand the purpose of this program... what kind of gap it fills within Stardocks offering? isn't all that achieved better with windowsblinds?

MyColors is more of an "all-in-one" solution, which is good for people who don't want to buy or use several skinning applications to achieve a specific look.

It's not designed to replace WindowBlinds, just a great way to distribute specialized themes.

Does applying Aero Diamond as a theme change the Windows start button for the Stardock one displayed in the picture? If so, no thanks!

Want style or a theme? Decorate your computer room or office. Put a poster up.
I prefer the classic Windows 2000 theme. Looks "professional".

Theme looks like garbage. Why have extra processes running on your computer? Just patch your uxtheme and there are hundreds if not thousands of free themes for XP.

(tsupersonic said @ #7)
Theme looks like garbage. Why have extra processes running on your computer? Just patch your uxtheme and there are hundreds if not thousands of free themes for XP.

What do you think is doing the skinning in the "stock" version of XP? It's a variant of Windowblinds that Stardock and Microsoft worked together to create. If you disable the themes service and run Windowblinds, you are running the same processes, plus you get themes with much more features, and you don't have to hack system files to do it.

(tsupersonic said @ #7)
Theme looks like garbage. Why have extra processes running on your computer? Just patch your uxtheme and there are hundreds if not thousands of free themes for XP.

The new Windowblinds has almost no footprint on Vista..the resource/process thing is not an argument against it anymore.

In windows XP :

The transparency does not show....
Can not choose to apply or not icons....

As always with Stardock, free things dont let you have full features !

(buzz99 said @ #2)
In windows XP :

The transparency does not show....
Can not choose to apply or not icons....

As always with Stardock, free things dont let you have full features !

Shock! A company that tries to make money on their well developed products!

(Marshalus said @ #2.1)

Shock! A company that tries to make money on their well developed products!

But on the download page it states "no limitations"

(metallithrax said @ #2.2)

But on the download page it states "no limitations"

So the program not having features you've imagined it should have means it has limitations? Is there some "Registered" version of MyColors we should be aware of?

(Frogboy said @ #2.3)

So the program not having features you've imagined it should have means it has limitations? Is there some "Registered" version of MyColors we should be aware of?

I've never imagined it to have any features. I haven't looked at it before, but thought I would try it.

In the screenshot above it says "XP with aero diamond" and shows window transparency. Yet in the version I and apparently buzz99 downloaded, there is no transparency. Therefore I and buzz99 assume that it is a feature limited version. If it isn't feature limited, then please explain to us how we can get the transparency like in the screenshot.

(Marshalus said @ #2.1)

Shock! A company that tries to make money on their well developed products!


IMHO it's already a trimed down version of window blinds...

(Frogboy said @ #2.3)
So the program not having features you've imagined it should have means it has limitations? Is there some "Registered" version of MyColors we should be aware of?

I paid for WindowsBlinds 5 and 6.

I have the "real" Diamond skin. It has its glass/transparency effects and other stuff that are NOT available in the "free" MyColors version.

Then again, the included Diamond skin may support transparency, its just the stripped down WindowBlinds included (wbload.exe) has those features disabled / removed.

The features are there, its just MyColors has them gimped.