We’ve had a bunch of new and updated WindowBlinds skins submitted over the past few weeks. Since we have started a new month, lets take a look back and feature some of these fantastic skins.

You can see all the latest WindowBlinds skins here: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds

Pinpoint by DaveBax

 

True Classic by codewar65

 

Blue Sapphire by don5318

 

Black Sails by LightStar


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on Mar 08, 2017


I am content to use published skins now, but I'd be interested in a tool that can update old skins with little fuss, if that's indeed possible.

Actually if I remember correctly you made your last skin in 2007. You want to start the hobby again just PM me and I will be there to help. 

As far as a program to update old skins. From what I know that can't be done. Really comes to knowing SKS and where an image is required and not required. Of course finding all the text settings are another story. lol. 

starbucksphreaq

I realize that everyone gets the source to a skin but they DON'T get the permission to buff old stuff up and post it, so they don't try

Most old skinners can't even be found. If a old skin is going to only be buffed up as you say that is to what? Another OS it works on or just a few added images. To do that one needs to know SKS in and out. I say buff one up for yourself and see how you like it. My opinion is say it doesn't work well on win7. Buffing isn't what is needed. Reconstruction is required. Hence knowing SKS very well. You're though process isn't bad but SD can't get those permissions. You try and send a PM to an non active Skinner stating what you would like to do and see what happens. 

More skinners are needed and welcome, so lets get started. 

on Mar 08, 2017

Neil -

Thanks for that and for all you've done to keep WB alive and kicking.

 

DaveBax -

You are correct (Granulated, I think).  Long enough ago that I don't think I could recreate the images if I was so inclined (was a complicated & tedious bit of work using PSP8).

Appreciate the offer of help.  Now that I'm not as busy as I used to be I have no time for anything it seems, but you never know.

on Mar 08, 2017

Well, I appreciate your consideration, for sure.

I will get off this soapbox with one last possibility... could you just upgrade the pictures that show the older blinds to the current resolutions? That shouldn't take somebody more than a couple of days. It looks to me like we need more users WAY more than we need more skinners and maybe this little tweak would help.

I think we are seeing yet another revolution in user demand for a WOW experience. Neil and the crew are now competing with VR/Hi Def/Real Time/Surround Everything.....you get the idea.

I think the fact is, that the UI market moved to touchscreen Boxland because that was what was being offered by the Biggies. I think that market is now moving back to more highly rendered sub-environments because the horsepower for such graphical embellishments is now getting cheaper and smaller.

If you guys can keep a customer base interested in SOME kind of graphical sparkle that changes easily there may still be hope that a swing in the User Interface Canvas will regenerate a growing market for a Windowblinds/Start approach.

Boy, would that be nice!

on Mar 08, 2017

I can confirm from first-hand experience that it is possible to get 'permission to use' from old skinners. 

Only requirement might be public attribution of the IP to the original skinner.  Some, maybe a bunch, may still be reachable by PM here.

on Mar 08, 2017

DaveBax

Of course finding all the text settings are another story. lol.

Oh, really? ... ...

on Mar 08, 2017



Quoting DaveBax,

Of course finding all the text settings are another story. lol.



Oh, really? ... ...

I knew someone would enjoy some truth.

on Mar 09, 2017

starbucksphreaq

I will get off this soapbox with one last possibility... could you just upgrade the pictures that show the older blinds to the current resolutions? That shouldn't take somebody more than a couple of days. It looks to me like we need more users WAY more than we need more skinners and maybe this little tweak would help.

What pictures?

on Mar 09, 2017

Island Dog


Quoting starbucksphreaq,

I will get off this soapbox with one last possibility... could you just upgrade the pictures that show the older blinds to the current resolutions? That shouldn't take somebody more than a couple of days. It looks to me like we need more users WAY more than we need more skinners and maybe this little tweak would help.



What pictures?

 

I think they are talking about the preview pictures on the site ID, some of the older ones are really tiny, or don't show enough of the skin to make a decision on whether or not to even download it.

on Mar 09, 2017

Yep! What LightStar said! I would like things on the site to look a little more like what we see on our screens at home. Take LightStar's stuff for instance........ just kidding! EVERYBODY has lots of creativity in their work.

If it is a matter of resources, I have a 3 screen 2560x1440 setup and I have over 1200 Windowblinds all installed, tuned up, graded, ID'd to author, etc. in an Excel spreadsheet. I could supply some and see how you like them. Just give the me the parameters!

on Mar 09, 2017

starbucksphreaq

Yep! What LightStar said! I would like things on the site to look a little more like what we see on our screens at home.

How is that going to work. I tried some of the very old skins and trust me they have issues no matter what anyone else says. 

So doing what you want isn't so cut and dry. The WB would have to be downloaded and installed. Now say it looks at least good enough to do a new SS. So the SS is done but who is going to upload it. It has to stay with the authors (uploaders) name. Example someone just can't download one of my skin, make a new SS and upload it. It would be uploaded under their name and that isn't allowed. 

So I don't see this as even possible.

 

on Mar 09, 2017

That would be something the individual authors would need to address. We wouldn't be able to change the screenshots the original author uploaded.

on Mar 09, 2017

I just figured I could batch up a bunch at a time and send them (JUST the pic) to Island Dog. He could review and send to the WEB guys for substitution for the old ones.

I think I am pushing on a string here. Don't want to irritate anyone. Just some thoughts.

on Mar 09, 2017

I appreciate the ideas and I think it would be great if authors would update their older skins, but there are over 5,000 WindowBlinds skins on this site. Most of them were not created by us, they were created by individual skinners. Some might not appreciate having their work altered for whatever the reason.

on Mar 09, 2017

Understood. Thanks for listening.

on May 03, 2017

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