WindowBlinds 6 Released

Stardock has released the highly anticipated WindowBlinds 6 today. WindowBlinds is a utility that allows users to change the look and feel of the Windows desktop experience by applying skins to the user interface.

WindowBlinds 6 adds the ability to have "blurred glass" window borders on Windows XP which allows artists to make skins that could make Windows XP look virtually identical to Windows Vista. WindowBlinds 6 adds full support for customizing Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system.

The new version also adds a host of other features including advanced animation support in skins, adjustable transparency, user-creatable skin sub-styles, a new, easy to use configuration program, user customization options of fonts and colors in skins and much more.

Users who purchased WindowBlinds 5 after February 1, 2007 receive WindowBlinds 6 for free. The enhanced registered version is $19.95 or can be purchased as part of Object Desktop.

Download: WindowBlinds 6
Screenshot: WindowBlinds 6 on Vista
Screenshot: WindowBlinds 6 on XP
Screenshot: WindowBlinds 6 Configuration

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Vettetech said,
Windowsblinds is awesome. Those you disagree obviously haven't tried it.

I've used it ever since it's been around.

It's promoted "artists" to make ugly skins that distract from the OS. They draw your attention away from what you're doing.

Xenomorph said,

I've used it ever since it's been around.

It's promoted "artists" to make ugly skins that distract from the OS. They draw your attention away from what you're doing.

Then I guess you have A.D.D

Seriously no winning with people here. Nobody realizes that the uxtheme is nothing but a crippled version of wb3. Guess people don't like change.

WB6 is outstanding, especially on vista. People should really try the sexy vista skin, it really spiffy ups vista.

The thing is - most WindowBlinds skins are crap.

The authors go nuts in their design. You end up with ugly, tacky skins.

Normal UXTheme Styles are usually a lot better.

WindowBlinds' own skinning engine isn't that great. Sometimes when moving windows, you'll see "cracks" where the skin separates from the window itself. It makes it feel so un-natural.

The skins included in WB6 are junk.

Dude do you use Windowblinds at all? I have been using it over a year now and I love it. I dont see any "cracks". Sure you dont need glasses? Windowblinds is one of the best programs I have ever purchased. My XP home pc looks like Vista. I have about 100 different themes and switch from week to week. Right now I am using Biowindows and it looks great.

Normal UXTheme styles are static. They do nothing but sit and stare at you... and besides, with about an hour's worth of additional work, any uxtheme can become a WB theme. Not the other way around...

If you're still stuck in the past, then your comments certainly don't reflect WB since v5.1.

My comments towards WB skinning art, hopefully reflect in such a way as to provide information for the artist to become better at the art each time they proceed to make another skin... I for one think that if you say they all pretty much suck, by all means.... show them how to do it.

xMorpheousx416 said,
I for one think that if you say they all pretty much suck, by all means.... show them how to do it.

Oh right... :rolleyes:

If the movie suck, show them how to act, do a movie yourself... Right? :rolleyes:
If an app sucks, do an app yourself... Right? :rolleyes:
If an OS sucks, then do an OS yourself... Right? :rolleyes:

Since when has criticism become a no no? If he doesn't like the skins, he's entitled to state his opinion without some jerk saying he should do it better himself or stfu.

I agree with the OP. WB is bloated, slow, buggy and almost all skins are either too cluttered or too minimalist (the ones that are good are ports of other, non-WB based skins, like Vista skins, etc).

Leo Natan said,

Oh right... :rolleyes:

If the movie suck, show them how to act, do a movie yourself... Right? :rolleyes:
If an app sucks, do an app yourself... Right? :rolleyes:
If an OS sucks, then do an OS yourself... Right? :rolleyes:

Since when has criticism become a no no? If he doesn't like the skins, he's entitled to state his opinion without some jerk saying he should do it better himself or stfu.

I agree with the OP. WB is bloated, slow, buggy and almost all skins are either too cluttered or too minimalist (the ones that are good are ports of other, non-WB based skins, like Vista skins, etc).

I'd say the performance of WB depends on the machine it's running on. I know on my plain Jane 2.4 p4 desktop with a gig of ram and a 128mb gf6600 it runs just fine with no more performance hit than running any visual style. As for the skins themselves, there is such a huge selection to choose from, everything from minimalist to extravagant.

Shane Pitman said,

I'd say the performance of WB depends on the machine it's running on. I know on my plain Jane 2.4 p4 desktop with a gig of ram and a 128mb gf6600 it runs just fine with no more performance hit than running any visual style. As for the skins themselves, there is such a huge selection to choose from, everything from minimalist to extravagant.

You dont need it running in the backround either.Disable the taskbar.

Vettetech said,
Dude do you use Windowblinds at all? I have been using it over a year now and I love it. I dont see any "cracks". Sure you dont need glasses? Windowblinds is one of the best programs I have ever purchased. My XP home pc looks like Vista. I have about 100 different themes and switch from week to week. Right now I am using Biowindows and it looks great.

I have a dual core system with a radeon 9800 pro. my system should be quick enough to handle WindowBlinds. with XP, Vista, and standrd UXtheme skins, the skin is part of the window. performance is great on my system, and the drawing of the skin is flawless.

WindowBlinds seems to be a pretty poor memory/graphics hack that tries to draw a skin around a window instead of actually skinning the window.

If you want to see the cracks, if you have "full window drag" enabled, just drag any window up and down real quick, and look where the skin meets the actual window.

Here's my guess on why that happens: the window and the border may split apart because Windowblinds 5+ sets a window to be borderless, then draws a second window right on top of the parent window to give the alpha-blended borders in XP.

I've had a few cases where a new window comes up frameless (i.e. clicking on forum image thumbnails in Firefox ).

(Feel free to correct me on this.)

I tend to agree with Xenomorph. While not every skin for Windowblinds is bad (in fact there are some very good ones) there has always been a tendency for WB authors to make big,bulky skins with pseudo 3D effects etc while Visual Styles tend to be more minimal and stylish...sometimes less is more.

Even with the last version of WB you still got Apps that didn't skin properly and as has been stated before,a lot of the time you feel like it's not an integrated skin but a painted on one.

Personally I think screenshots of WB6 on XP are more impressive, since it now correctly does glass effects.

WB6 + Windows XP SP3 when it's out, and you have a pretty neat and mature version of Windows XP if you don't want to move to Vista.