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These are all the entries for the WinCustomize Fun Halloween Contest 2014 we received.  Not bad at all!

I went through all the galleries and I'm pretty sure I linked all of them, but if you see anything missing please let me know as soon as possible.  We'll start judging  soon and get the winners announced.

Thanks for everyone who contributed.  It was fun and we got some more great skins in the galleries for everyone to use and enjoy.  That is the best part!

 

Dreams:

Halloween - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/5959/

Burning pumpkin - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/5935/

Halloween Night - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/5930/

Bela Halloween - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/5929/

Graveyard Ghosts - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/5901/

 

ObjectDock:

HalloweenFun docks - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/objectdock_backgrounds/535/

 

WindowBlinds:

Bat O Ween - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8166/

Dresdenx - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8165/

Halloween BoO - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8164/

Crazynightmare(shopping) - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8162/

 

Wallpaper:

Bat O Ween - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/wallpapers/49432/

Busy Night - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/wallpapers/49431/

Malecifent_wallpak - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/wallpapers/49426/

BELA_wallpak - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/wallpapers/49422/

 

Xion:

Viola - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/xion/767/

Grave yard Xion - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/xion/766/

 

Screensavers:

Burning Pumpkin - http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/screensavers/1579/

 

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– Customize the Windows user interface with the features of the future right now –

Yesterday, 2:09 PM by Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

Plymouth, Michigan – October, 21, 2014 – Stardock announced today the availability of Object Desktop Infinite, a new service that grants users access to a growing library of Windows user interface enhancements for only $9.99 to start and then $3.99 per month thereafter. Each purchase includes full access to the company’s already-popular enhancements. Among other utilities, Start8 returns the start menu to Windows 8, ModernMix runs Modern UI (Metro) apps in resizable windows on the desktop, Fences automatically organizes icons into shaded areas on the desktop, Launch8 adds a dock to the Windows 8 Start screen, and many others.

 "We have a lot of new apps in the pipeline for Windows 10 users," said Stardock President and CEO Brad Wardell. "With each version of Windows, we’ve always been able to add features and improvements that were often later implemented into future versions of the OS."

Stardock pioneered treating ZIP files like folders, which is now a standard feature of Windows. GUI skinning as in Stardock's WindowBlinds was later incorporated into Windows XP and Aero in Windows 7. DesktopX, another one of its customization utilities, introduced Mac and Windows users to the concept of widgets and gadgets on the desktop.

"Rather than users having to pay for our programs piecemeal or buy a large bundle with yearly upgrades, we wanted to give them a simple and affordable option to keep up with the latest features as soon as we release them.  It's like getting the future version of Windows right now!" said Wardell.

Object Desktop continues to evolve alongside users' needs and changes to Windows. ShadowFX, a recent addition to Object Desktop, adds drop shadows to active windows in Windows 8 and will continue to be supported on Windows 10. Stardock is currently developing a Start8 update for Windows 10, called Start10, and all-new software that will make applications work better with High-DPI displays, enhance virtual desktop environments, improve Win32-to-Modern-UI unity and more. These projects will be added to Object Desktop Infinite at no additional charge once they are complete.

Object Desktop Infinite is available now for $9.99 plus $3.99 per month. To learn more, visit http://www.objectdesktop.com.

Media Assets:
Object Desktop Screenshot:
http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/images/odnt_ss.png

Facebook Image:
http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/images/ODI/str_odi_timeline_10.15_ng.png

Twitter image:
http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/images/ODI/str_odi_twitter_10.17_ng.png

Logo:
http://www.stardock.com/products/odnt/images/ODI/ObjectDesktopInfinite-horzlogo.png

 

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About Stardock: 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, Object Desktop and more.  Learn more at www.stardock.com.

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Introducing Object Desktop Infinite our new service that gets you access to our growing library of customization software for only $3.99* per month. Now it's easier than ever to get our latest customization features before they're added to future versions Windows.

In addition to popular products like, Start8, Fences, ModernMix and WindowBlinds, Object Desktop Infinite includes free updates and exclusive invitations to try out new software betas first.

Object Desktop Infinite is available now for $9.99 plus $3.99 per month. To learn more visit: http://goo.gl/kx2MvD



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This was from last week, but I didn’t get a chance to post about it until now.  Xenium is the latest Master WindowBlinds skin from LightStar, and it’s available for Windows 8 and Windows 7.  A great overall design and a worthy addition to your WindowBlinds collection.  If you’re a WinCustomize Subscriber, don’t forget your 20% discount.

Xenium by LightStar

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The latest Master WindowBlinds skin to hit the WinCustomize galleries is the 8 Plus Skins by adni18.  This comes with two WindowBlinds skins, a red one and a blue one.  The design is simple and minimal, and the quality can’t get much higher.  It also includes wallpapers and an ObjectDock background.  If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, don’t forget your 20% discount on Master skins.

8 Plus Skins by adni18

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There’s just a couple of days left to get submissions in for the WinCustomize Fun Halloween Contest 2014.  We’ve already had some great submissions so far, and I’m pretty sure some of you are waiting until the last minute.  I just wanted to take a moment and show some examples of some contest entries that have been submitted so far.

Bat O Ween

DRESDENX

Halloween BoO

Halloween Night

Graveyard Ghosts

Busy Night

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Back in 2012, I wrote an article called Lumia 920–Best Smartphone I Have Owned.  It’s gotten a nice amount of views and several pages of comments since then, mostly about Windows Phone 8. That was my second time trying a Windows Phone, and after a couple of years with it, I’ve gone back to the iPhone with the iPhone 6 and will most likely stay with that going forward.  I still stand by most of what I said in that article.  The Lumia 920 is a great piece of hardware, and Windows Phone 8 is a nice mobile OS, but it isn’t for everyone and I needed a platform that’s going forward, so I ordered the iPhone 6 once it was available.

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Windows Phone 8 has made some decent improvements in the app ecosystem over the years, but it’s still lagging behind and in all honestly, developers just don’t care much about it.  It has roughly a 3% market share, so priority for developing or updating apps just isn’t there.  Many long-awaited apps like Instagram finally made their way to Windows Phone, but are slapped with a Beta in the title, and then they go back to working on the iOS and Android versions of their apps.  When something new comes out, you can guarantee it will available for iOS/Android.  Windows Phone might get it eventually, and usually a dumbed-down version.  Latest example: Flipboard (which doesn’t flip on Windows Phone).

Outside of the home or office, my mobile device is key for my music collection.  I’ve really tried to like Xbox Music, but it’s a huge embarrassment not only on Windows Phone, but in Windows itself.  It’s slow, clunky UI, playlist feature is just horrible, and syncing with Windows is frustrating.  Being branded with Xbox, these apps should be top-notch, but they feel like they were put together by people who don’t even use it.

I do still like the Live Tiles concept.  It’s a big part of what sets Windows Phone apart, although I really haven’t missed the feature much when using the iPhone. As far as hardware goes, wireless charging was a neat feature on the Lumia phones, but again, I really haven’t found myself missing it.  Yeah, it would be nice to have, but not something that’s a deciding factor for purchase now.

So overall I’m happy I switched, and I don’t see myself going back to Windows Phone again.  For me, it’s just not worth the hassle.

Let me mention though that I’m not trying to sell iOS 8 or the iPhone 6 here.  I recommend you use and purchase whatever mobile device works for you regardless of the OS or hardware brand.  As I said, Windows Phone is a good mobile OS, it’s just no longer working for my needs and wants. 

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Oct 13, 2014 5:45 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

Taking a look through the galleries it seems many of you were busy over the past few days.  It’s nice seeing some Halloween skins coming in, and just a nice selection of skins overall.  Lets take a look at some of the latest and be sure to check the galleries for all the latest skins.

http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/all

Halloween BoO

V8Racer  Xtreme

Phobia

Busy Night

B-true SMX

Maya

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The newest Master WindowBlinds skin from LightStar is called V8 Racer, and it’s available now on WinCustomize.  This is another cool and unique design, and one of my favorite parts is the buttons on the titlebars that are animated.  Overall, this skin has great design and use of color.  Made for Windows 8 and Windows 7, there’s a light and dark sub-style included. 

If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, don’t forget your 20% discount.

V8 Racer by LightStar

 

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We’re several day into October, but we already have our monthly desktop screenshot thread up and filled with some awesome desktops.  Since it’s October we have lots of Halloween desktops being shown, so take a minute and show us what skins and themes you are using on  your desktop.

Post your desktop screenshots to this thread - http://forums.wincustomize.com/458068/

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