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A new Master WindowBlinds skin called Simpel was released by LightStar today.  Designed for Windows 8 and Windows 8, this skin takes inspiration from the color of Fall, and it’s simple design makes it great for everyday use.  WinCustomize Subscribers be sure to get it with your 20% discount.

Simpel by LightStar

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Master skinner basj has released a new Master WindowBlinds skin called Memopad.  This is a unique and clean design that will fit perfectly on many desktops, and it is compatible with Windows 8 and 7.  If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, don’t forget your 20% discount.

Memopad by basj

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We have had a good amount of new backgrounds for ObjectDock submitted lately.  Some of these fantastic looking docks are from WebGizmos, Richard Mohler, Uvah…..just to name a few.  Changing the dock background is a fairly easy task, but if you haven’t done it before, we have a tutorial here to get you started.

Take a look at the full ObjectDock Background gallery here.

Lets take a look at some of the recent submissions.

Grunge Tabbed & Side Docks

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Extrand docks and tiles

StacksPassion Docks

Wood Tabbed & Side Docks

Plastic Tabbed & Side Docks

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If you have an iOS device this is an app I recommend getting.  It lets you create logins to save, generate secure passwords, and more.  They released the new version today and made the iOS version a freemium model.  It has all the basic features for free, but it’s $9.99 for the Pro features.

They have mobile and desktop version available as well, although those are paid apps which can all sync together.


1P iOS v5 Categories and Pro

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Sep 17, 2014 7:37 PM by Discussion: OS Customization

ShadowFX is the newest desktop customization app from Stardock that gives you the ability to add drop shadows to your windows in Windows 8.  It’s very easy to use, just select which shadow you want from the drop-down list, and you’re good to go. 

ShadowFX is also easy to customize, and making your own shadows is very simple.  You can create your own shadows to use for yourself, and you can submit them and share with others on

Learn more about ShadowFX  |  Get ShadowFX for just $4.99



There’s only a few files needed to put your own shadow together.  Most of them are the actual graphics files and one is the theme.sfx file.  I recommend taking a look at the default skin directory and see the files that are included for yourself.  The default directory should be here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\ShadowFX\skins\skins

The four graphic files needed are for the left, right, top, and bottom shadows.  Each image you create should have an active/inactive state.  The theme.sfx file (open with a text editor), lets you define the parameters of the shadow.  Here you can define things like the shadow name, image names, and image offsets.


Once have everything together in a folder, you can make a .zip file from that and rename it as a .shadowfxtheme file so it will install to ShadowFX when double-clicked.  That covers the basics of creating your very own shadows for ShadowFX, and be sure to share your shadows with others on

Learn more about ShadowFX  |  Get ShadowFX for just $4.99

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Sep 15, 2014 4:15 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

I hope you had a great weekend and the transition to Monday is going at least fairly well.  Today is also a great time to do a quick recap of skins and themes that came in over the past few days.  We had a nice selection of skins, so here’s a few I’d like to highlight.

Glass Xreme


Have a seat


Little White Lies


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start8 full logo flat2This week we released a new customization app called ShadowFX.  This allows you to add customizable drop shadows to windows in Windows 8.  The ShadowFX gallery on WinCustomize is now open, so people can now create their own shadows and share with others to download and use.

I will have an article up soon on how to create a shadow, but it’s actually very simple.  It’s just the graphic files and editing the theme.sfx file.  Take a look at the default shadow in the ShadowFX directory and you’ll get an idea of how it works.

Danioc already has the first shadow available, and you can see the gallery here.

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Today we updated Object Desktop™ with ShadowFX™ our latest desktop customization product. Now you can easily focus on your most important desktop work spaces by adding distinctive drop shadows to your window frame in Windows® 8.

ShadowFX is also available to try as a free 30-day trial and can be purchased for only $4.99.

Visit Windows 8 Drop Shadows to learn more.

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Home Depot is the latest to have a security breach of customer data.  In response Home Depot if offering a free year of credit monitoring if you shopped at a Home Depot since April.

"The Home Depot is truly sorry for any inconvenience caused by this incident and we are committed to taking steps to protect your payment card information.

If you need identity repair assistance during the next 12 months, starting on September 8, 2014, the team at AllClear ID is ready and standing by to assist you. There is no action required on your part at this time. If a problem arises, simply call 1-855-252-0908 and a dedicated investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore your credit, and make sure your identity is returned to its proper condition.

For additional protection, affected U.S. customers may enroll in the AllClear PRO service and affected Canadian customers may enroll in the Equifax Premier service at no cost to them at any time during the next 12 months. These services are available through September 8, 2015, and include credit monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy.

You are eligible to receive these services if you used a payment card at one of The Home Depot’s stores in 2014, from April on."


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- Instantly Add Drop Shadows to Microsoft's Latest Desktop User Interface -

Sep 8, 2014 8:17 PM by Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

Plymouth, Michigan - September 9, 2014 - Stardock announced today the availability of ShadowFX, its new Windows 8 desktop customization utility. ShadowFX enables users to add distinctive drop shadows to the windows of Microsoft's Windows 8 user interface. ShadowFX immediately personalizes the user experience by offering a choice of standard or colored drop shadows that add dimension and visual separation to the desktop. Nearly a dozen drop shadow styles are included with each ShadowFX download and more will be available for download soon at Stardock's community site.

"ShadowFX lets our customers visually separate multiple windows from one another, making it easy to single out the most important work spaces on their desktops," said Stardock president and CEO Brad Wardell. "Stardock's customers have relied on the attention to detail we pay to the Windows user experience, and ShadowFX reinforces our track record of creating high quality customizations for the platform."

ShadowFX joins the lineup of great desktop customization enhancements available through Stardock's comprehensive Object Desktop product, where consumers can gain access to all of the company's award-winning software like Start8, Fences and WindowBlinds. ShadowFX supports Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 and is available to download now for $4.99.  To learn more about ShadowFX please visit


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Stardock is a leading developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire and the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Start8, Fences, WindowBlinds, ModernMix, and more. Learn more at

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