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Jan 18, 2017 4:26 PM by Discussion: OS Customization

Since we don't have a wiki any longer, I wanted to at least have a place where tutorials and guides can be listed for easy reference.

More will be added.

 

Object Desktop

Object Desktop: The Benefits of Subscribing

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!

 

Object Desktop Manager

Using Object Desktop Manager

 

WindowBlinds

WindowBlinds 10 Walkthrough: Changing your Desktop Theme

WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: Changing and Applying Skins

WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: The New User Interface

WindowBlinds 8: Colors, Textures, and Backgrounds

 

DeskScapes

DeskScapes 8: How to Have Animated Wallpapers on Your Windows Desktop

Animated Wallpapers for Windows 8 with DeskScapes 8

How to Create an Animated Wallpaper Using Stardock’s DreamMaker

DeskScapes: Using Random Wallpapers on Your Desktop



ObjectDock

 

Start8 

 

ModernMix 

 

Decor8 

 

Fences 

Stardock Central 

 

WindowFX 

 

Tiles 

  

Stardock Store 

 

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WindowBlinds 10 gives Windows users the ability to change the look and feel of the desktop by applying custom skins to the user interface. There are thousands of skins available to create a truly custom feel. WindowBlinds has an interface that is very easy to use, but I wanted to go over the basics of the app and how to get started with changing your desktop theme.

Get WindowBlinds here.


WindowBlinds Overview
When you first open WindowBlinds, the main ‘Style’ configuration screen will pop up. Here you’ll see the main window which displays all of your installed WindowBlinds skins. On the left side you have links to other features in WindowBlinds such as wallpaper management and settings. Clicking the WinCustomize logo at the bottom will take you directly to the WindowBlinds skin gallery where you can browse and download thousands of skins to use.

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Applying a desktop skin
WindowBlinds includes several skins that you can immediately start using. If you don't find anything you like in the defaults, you can download more at WinCustomize.com. To install a skin that you've downloaded, just double-click the .wba file and it will automatically install into WindowBlinds. Click any skin in the WindowBlinds window and you’ll get a preview of the skin with additional options shown at the top of the WindowBlinds window. These options include the ability to color the skin, adjust transparency, apply textures, and more.

Some skins will have a substyle that can be chosen by using the drop-down menu. Substyles are the same skin, but with different options such as different color options or substyles that are made for a particular version of Windows.

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Once you have selected the skin you want to use, either double-click the WindowBlinds window or select ‘apply style to desktop’ to apply the skin. You desktop should now be skinned!

Examples of WindowBlinds skins: 

 

Wallpapers
Another cool feature in WindowBlinds is being able to manage your desktop wallpaper right from the app. In the wallpaper section you’ll see all your specified wallpapers in one place. Click the setting button and choose wallpaper locations. Here you can tell WindowBlinds where to look for your wallpapers so they’ll be included.

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Once you have your folder locations setup, you can easily browse through your wallpaper collections and apply them by double-clicking or hitting the apply button.

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WindowBlinds Settings
Here you will find all the settings that you can adjust in WindowBlinds. I won’t go into much of what these do, but if you need to adjust any settings or set specific app-specific settings this is where you will be able to do that.

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So that was just a basic overview of the WindowBlinds configuration and how to apply a skin and wallpaper to your desktop. This should help any new users get started, and be sure to check back for more articles as we will take a look more at some of the features in WindowBlinds.

Learn more about WindowBlinds here.

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Jan 11, 2017 7:11 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

We have released Start10 v1.53 today with various fixes and improvements.

Changelog:

  • Misc bug fixes
  • Prevent "Desktop" menu item from having menu options (with Fences)
  • Allow remote desktop shutdown options (with registry key)

Start10 v1.53 can be downloaded from your Stardock account here.

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There are beta releases available for both WindowBlinds 10.51 and SkinStudio 10.1 today.

WindowBlinds update includes:

  • Fix for Hyper-V
  • Fix for Systray Anniversary edition
  • Win7 fix caused my DPI changes
  • Fix for part of config turning black over time

SkinStudio update includes:

  • Support for the new modern app titlebar buttons (back and menu)
     

Please note that this beta has not been tested with Insider build 15002 and will likely cause issues.

Current WindowBlinds 10 users and Object Desktop members can download the betas from your Stardock account.

 

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There are beta releases available for both WindowBlinds 10.51 and SkinStudio 10.1 today.

WindowBlinds update includes:

  • Fix for Hyper-V
  • Fix for Systray Anniversary edition
  • Win7 fix caused my DPI changes
  • Fix for part of config turning black over time

SkinStudio update includes:

  • Support for the new modern app titlebar buttons (back and menu)
     

Please note that this beta has not been tested with Insider build 15002 and will likely cause issues.

Current WindowBlinds 10 users and Object Desktop members can download the betas from your Stardock account.

 

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Fences drives down desktop clutter leaving more space for creativity

Jan 5, 2017 8:00 PM by Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

Plymouth, MI. – January 5, 2017 – Stardock is collaborating with Dell to offer an exclusive version of their popular desktop organization product, Fences, at CES 2017 for the new Dell Canvas. This pairing creates a one-of-a-kind experience for users that clears desktop distractions from Canvas’ 27-inch QHD Adobe RGB display, offering a clutter-free workspace for creating.

"We are excited to be a part of this new collaboration product for Dell," said Chris Kowal, VP Business Development, Stardock. "Fences will make it possible for users to hide and organize all of their desktop icons, which will give them more creative space to work on."

Stardock’s Fences tucks files and folders away in plain sight within designated portals while also providing the functionality of pulling specific content into the creative workspace. Based on preference rules, users can customize how icons are viewed and where files originate from.

Over 5 million users around the world rely on Fences every day to keep their PC desktops organized for quick and easy access to the programs and files they use most. The new Fences v3.0 features places frequently used folders visible and organized on the desktop by creating a fence from any folder. Buy Fences for your PC today.

Fences will be featured on the Canvas product at CES 2017, which is hosted January 5-8 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendees of the show will see the integration of Stardock’s custom Fences with Dell’s Canvas firsthand at the Venetian Palazzo Hospitality Suites.

Follow live updates using socials for Dell at the #DellExperience and the liveblog located on Twitter @Direct2Dell, and @CES or use #CES2017 for the event.
 

Screenshots:
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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more.

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Please contact press@stardock.com for all media inquiries.

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The holiday season is here, and aside from decorating your home and Christmas tree, your desktop deserves the same type of attention. There are lots of ways to decorate your desktop for the Christmas season, but today we’ll focus on one of the favorites…..animated wallpapers!

To get animated wallpapers, also called Dreams, on your desktop you will need to use Stardock’s DeskScapes.

Get DeskScapes here. 

Once you have DeskScapes, then check out some of the holiday animated wallpapers on WinCustomize. Here are some favorites to get started with!

TIP: If you have a favorite holiday wallpaper you already are using, try the included Winter Snow dream to add animated snowflakes to it!

 

Christmas Trees

 

Here Comes Santa

 

Holiday Tree

 

Christmas Cottage

 

Christmas Fireplace

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Nov 3, 2016 7:32 PM by Discussion: Fences

Fences v3.03 update is available today for current customers and Object Desktop members.

Update includes:

  • Updates /startup robustness & reliability
  • R-clicking anywhere on Titlebar opens the menu
  • Resolves issue where icons covered by other fences on general-desktop (not in fence) could still be clicked
  • Disables "escape" button from triggering autohide
  • Fixes bug where rollup/rolldown timer can get stuck, breaking rollup for a specific fence until reboot
  • Resolves issue where if Fence has too many icons, its column count reduces by 1

You can download the latest update from your Stardock account here.

For more information about Fences, please visit www.stardock.com/products/fences.

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WindowBlinds v10.5 Update Introduces
Universal App Skinning and More

 

Make your desktop uniquely yours with lots of new options in v10.5 of WindowBlinds! Customize the taskbar, window frames and control buttons! WindowBlinds enables users to customize desktop interface themes called skins to personalize the look and feel of their desktop.

What's new in 10.5:
  • Apply skins to universal applications!
  • Blur the area behind skinned areas (Windows 10 Anniversary [and later])
  • Taskbar preview skinning on Windows 10
  • Skin OS ribbon controls and blend in better with titlebars
  • Completely hide the Windows Explorer ribbon
  • Improved handling of high and mixed DPI settings
 
  • Option for using standard Windows menus which skin better on desktop
  • Option for applying system accent color based on theskin selected (either auto generated or via AccentColour setting under System Colours)
  • Improved skinning for Mozilla applications

Get WindowBlinds 10 for just $9.99!
For more information about WindowBlinds, please visit www.windowblinds.net 

 
Object Desktop owners get WindowBlinds 10 for free!
Get WindowBlinds along with other popular Stardock apps like Fences and DeskScapes
by joining the Object Desktop service. Learn more here.
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Plymouth, MI. – November 2, 2016 - Today, Stardock announced the release of WindowBlinds 10.5, the latest iteration of its popular desktop customization software. WindowBlinds allows users to completely customize their desktop interface by choosing from unique skin options for their Start panel, taskbar, window frames, control buttons, and more.

What’s new in 10.5:

  • Apply skins to universal applications!

  • Blur the area behind skinned areas (Windows 10 Anniversary [and later])

  • Taskbar preview skinning on Windows 10

  • Skin OS ribbon controls and blend in better with titlebars

  • Completely hide the Windows Explorer ribbon

  • Improved handling of high and mixed DPI settings

  • Option for using standard Windows menus which skin better on desktop

  • Option for applying system accent color based on the skin selected (either auto generated or via AccentColour setting under System Colours)

  • Improved skinning for Mozilla applications

"We are excited to be able to create a more seamless desktop environment for our users," said Angela Marshall, Stardock COO and Vice President of Software. "We are always looking for ways to improve WindowBlinds so skinning Universal applications was a natural fit.  We are also happy to bring back blurring for users with the Anniversary Update of Windows 10."

WindowBlinds is available as a standalone application or through Stardock's comprehensive Object Desktop service. Through Object Desktop, users will be able to access the latest versions of WindowBlinds, Start10, Fences, Deskscapes, and more.

WindowBlinds supports Microsoft Windows 10 and is available to download now for $9.99, and those who own a previous version can upgrade for just $4.99.

For more information about WindowBlinds 10, please visit www.windowblinds.net.  

Screenshots:
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Please contact press@stardock.com for all media inquiries.

About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more at www.stardock.com.


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