Windows 8 ''auto-colourization'' already possible on Windows 7

If uncoordinated window and wallpaper colours have you feeling desperate for Windows 8 in 2012, help is at hand - so called ''Auto-Colorization'' is already available for Windows 7 via a small utility.

Dubbed ''Aura'' the 250kb download was written in C# using WPF and Visual Studio 2010 by a user known only as ''Stealth2009'' and uses either the user's wallpaper or taskbar icons to automatically set the colour of Aero Glass elements.

Aura is a free download and works with Windows 7 and Windows Vista with Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 or higher installed. An example of how the utility works is below.

Neowin reported earlier today that Microsoft plans to allow the next version of Windows to automatically configure the colour of UI elements like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper.

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Why the heck was my comment deleted?

All I said was:

Nothing like some eye candy for our daily-use OS

Or something similar... it wasn't offensive by any means!

Totally sensless - and I love it! (First time I'm not using the blue design on Win7, though I'm still using the Betta-Fish^^)

Haha. The only problem is Aura is broken as all hell. But don't worry guys, I'm actually in the process of working out something much much better for you guys! And it will work on x64 (I'm using it right now already). Check the forums in the next few days. The fundamentals are already up in place; i'm just working on user configuration so you can tweak what colors it gives you.

Buzz99 said,
That's nice, but kind of useless...

Not every feature has to add percentage points to your work efficiency. There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel at home on your computer.

Buzz99 said,
That's nice, but kind of useless...

Not every feature has to add percentage points to your work efficiency. There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel at home on your computer.

Doesn't play well with Metrotwit when "Aero glass colour" in the Display settings is enabled. Had to disable it in Metrotwit.

jwil1 said,
Am I the only one who this doesn't work for?

I can't get it to work even if I change the colour/brightness amount first instead of just the clear-glass I usually use.
Win7 64-bit, SP1

Why the MS Win team not talk with the MS Office team first? In MS Office the color theme works very well. But in Windows? E.g. this baby blue? This new feature will not change this.

MrGriggs said,
Changing only the windows relevant to the application would be more effective and eye-friendly.

Can you elaborate? I may take a stab at it considering that I am good at C# and have already had a look at the source code.

winlonghorn said,

Can you elaborate? I may take a stab at it considering that I am good at C# and have already had a look at the source code.

All applications independent of super bar.

E.G.

MSN = is green
FIREFOX = orange i assume

Having both in unison would not change the overall, but their relevant window pane.

winlonghorn said,

Can you elaborate? I may take a stab at it considering that I am good at C# and have already had a look at the source code.


Changing only the relevant window pane to the relevant application, rather than all application's panes.

MrGriggs said,
Changing only the relevant window pane to the relevant application, rather than all application's panes.

I'm afraid the DWM doesn't have an API to do that.

Aethec said,

I'm afraid the DWM doesn't have an API to do that.

I didn't think it did, I was just staying i thought it would look better, not that it's feasible.

Flatval said,
I'm already confused by the change of colour every time I switch programs

It is an experimental feature. If you right click the system tray icon and click show/hide, it will show you the options. It says experimental right by the option.

winlonghorn said,

It is an experimental feature. If you right click the system tray icon and click show/hide, it will show you the options. It says experimental right by the option.

When I right-click the system tray icon all I get is a small menu with one item: "close". =/

Edit: And it was because I for some reason had the Preview 1 and not Beta 1 version... much better now ty:)

Flatval said,

When I right-click the system tray icon all I get is a small menu with one item: "close". =/

Edit: And it was because I for some reason had the Preview 1 and not Beta 1 version... much better now ty:)

No problem.

Would be nice if was modified to change the color upon just the wallpaper change. Changing color when switching active window icon would be far too frequent.

I cannot even begin to explain how happy I am about this right now! Not for the features of the program, but for the source code revealing to me something that I have been trying to figure out for a very long time (How to change the color of Aero Glass programmatically). Now my work can proceed on my SunDial project. Whoever it was that wrote this code, I have one thing to say. Thank you!

winlonghorn said,
Now my work can proceed on my SunDial project.

now this sounds interesting... changes throughout the day im assuming?

Brian Miller said,
That is a usability nightmare! What kind of research monkeys are they hiring at Microsoft?
How is it a usability nightmare?

Brian Miller said,
That is a usability nightmare! What kind of research monkeys are they hiring at Microsoft?

This isn't from Microsoft....

/- Razorfold said,

This isn't from Microsoft....

"Neowin reported earlier today that Microsoft plans to allow the next version of Windows to automatically configure the colour of UI elements like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper."

Just sayin'

schubb2003 said,

"Neowin reported earlier today that Microsoft plans to allow the next version of Windows to automatically configure the colour of UI elements like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper."

Just sayin'


Yes but this changes the color of the UI based on what the primary color of the running program is.

Slightly different.

cleverclogs said,
ALSO this doesn't work on 64-bit?

Yes it does. I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate x64, I just downloaded it and ran it, and it works brilliantly.

cleverclogs said,
duplicate post ftw.
ALSO this doesn't work on 64-bit?

You may need to go in and bump up the window colour intensity to full under your personalise settings. I didn't think it was working either and then I realised it was because my taskbar had hardly any colour to begin with.

Baines said,

You may need to go in and bump up the window colour intensity to full under your personalise settings. I didn't think it was working either and then I realised it was because my taskbar had hardly any colour to begin with.


Cheers Sir

Baines said,

You may need to go in and bump up the window colour intensity to full under your personalise settings. I didn't think it was working either and then I realised it was because my taskbar had hardly any colour to begin with.

Cheers mate.

On the contrary, I like to keep my glass pretty clear, with just a small nudge of colour in the direction of my wallpaper.

No, this does it ALSO by active window icon, hence why you see all those colour changes when different pinned browsers are activated.