Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.
Draginol's Articles In OS Customization » Page 4
September 25, 2008 by Draginol
One of the new features of Object Desktop 2009 is the rewrite of Theme Manager.

Here are some screenshots:



September 3, 2008 by Draginol
The bad news is that Google's recently released web browser, Google Chrome doesn't play well with WindowBlinds. It works but it's visually messed up looking.

The good news is that we have it it working internally but are working through some remaining issues. 

I love the new browser though I'm not sure I'm in love with their coding implementation.



The upcoming WindowBlinds 6.3 will support Google Chrome. Right now, changing skins while it's loaded still has to be dea...
July 22, 2008 by Draginol


For those of you interested in what my desktop looks like, I'm running Aero Frost with the "Think Green" weather gadget.
May 14, 2008 by Draginol
  Rafael from WithinWindows visited us this past week and took some great pictures. I'm stealing this from his site.. Rafael is best known as the world's leading expert on uxtheme patching (XP and Vista).  But he's not just a great developer, he's a great guy too.

 

The wetlands on the Stardock property.



Bee hives

 



 

inside the hives

 

 

Outside the Stardock building



Rafael inside

...
May 5, 2008 by Draginol
Jeff Schader, the CEO of his home-based art contracting company "The Skins Factory" has decided to write about me (again).  Now, normally I try not to get involved in this kind of thing. Life is short and all that.  But what Jeff is doing is obnoxious enough that I've decided to do the one thing that I think will stop it: Write about it.

Here's the deal, Jeff will write some post or comment about me that's incredibly vile. When people naturally become outraged about what he's writte...
May 2, 2008 by Draginol
When it comes to skinning the OS, I'm a fanatic. I've been into changing the look and feel of the OS for nearly 15 years now.  From Object Desktop on OS/2 to working on the very first GUI skinning program on Windows, skinning is a passion of mine.

Over the years, I've seen a lot of programs, companies, and ideas come and go.  On the software side, there's been great programs like eFX and Chroma (to name two) along with the ubiquitous WindowBlinds.  On the content side, there'...
April 22, 2008 by Draginol

 

image
Take Windows to the next level

A look at how to completely transform your Windows experience.

April 22, 2008 by Draginol

MyColors (Stacked)  

After a full year of effort, Stardock has officially launched MyColors to the general public.

February 20, 2008 by Draginol

image

MyColors Theme Manager in action.

February 11, 2008 by Draginol
Skinning first started getting popular around 1999. Back then, it was mostly about skinning Winamp and WindowBlinds.  Today, people expect to be able to customize virtually every aspect of their PC experience. From the moment someone boots to the time they shut down, everything a user sees they now anticipate the ability to personalize somehow if they choose to.

In the beginning, the content came from the community. The software itself was developed within the community as well. A given ...
February 5, 2008 by Draginol
       
January 30, 2008 by Draginol
Aura was a WindowBlinds skin originally created for WindowBlinds 5 on Windows XP awhile back. It was actually one of the first skins that Stardock itself actually was involved in the design.

Until recently, Stardock focused strictly on the software. It made WindowBlinds and left it to skin authors to make skins.  The the feature set of WindowBlinds became more rich, it became increasingly difficult for skin authors to make full use of all the new features.

Moreover, Stardock wanted t...
January 17, 2008 by Draginol


I like the look of Aero on Windows Vista but I can imagine skins that look better.  And even if my taste differs from yours, the important thing here is choice. That's what WindowBlinds delivers.
January 16, 2008 by Draginol
One of the best and most underused features of WindowBlinds 6 is the colorizing feature.

With WindowBlinds, you can color certain parts of the skin but not others in order to create multiple new styles that you can save for later.

Here are two screenshots to show what I mean:



Above is Elegance but with a more golden hue to it. Note that the close button is still red. It's not just a brute force hue shift.


Here is Aero Executive changed to be grassy.
January 7, 2008 by Draginol
Once upon a time there was a collection of programs called Object Desktop. The most popular of these programs were WindowBlinds, IconPackager and DesktopX.

Millions of people around the world tried these programs and for the most part liked them. But users also often found it difficult to get a consistent look across their desktop since the different programs worked on different parts of the computer.

In time, a number of skinners helped popularize the concept of "Suites". A suite is a col...