Black Vista Basic v3.0
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Black Vista Basic v3.0

Updated May 24, 2007 by unclerob

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Comment #1 Wednesday, December 20, 2006 12:33 PM
I'm just so impressed that my first windowblind project has reached 3700+ downloads in 7 days!
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded my first windowblinds project,

I have another windowblinds theme that has been submitted and is awaiting moderation, I hope you enjoy it as much!

Thanks again & Merry Christmas!
Comment #2 Monday, February 05, 2007 4:29 PM
Downloaded the skin and it is working fine. What Icons and Cursor are you using or recommend? Looking forward to seeing your next skin. I'm sure it won't be long before people ask your permission to make additional skins based on your design to turn this into a suite.   
Comment #3 Monday, February 05, 2007 5:15 PM
To tell you the truth, I'm plain that way, I haven't downloaded any custom cursors or icons yet - I'm so new at this that it's really overwhelming how many facets of windows customization there is.
I started out bootskinning, and I have a bit of clue (not much more than that) using macromedia fireworks as a graphics design/editing application and now that I've figured out a few more in's & out's of skinstudio, I'll strive to continue developing half-decent windowblinds themes like this one. If you have an icon or cursor set that you would recommend to go with this suite, let me know and I'll try it out. The credit for the elements used in this theme have to go to Microsoft and Windows Vista, I think Vista really does have great look to it, I'm just not that impressed that I have to install Vista to get it. My theme, along with windowblinds, skinstudio and fireworks goes to show you that you can have some of vista's look & feel without having to install a new os to get it. I'm not sure if my next theme will be Vista centric, I'm kind of hearing that people are tired of these vista themes (which I can kind of understand, quite a few other authors on this site have released a vista theme) but I do look forward to releasing more windowblinds themes, especially when I hear that great people like yourself look forward to seeing my next skin - that's a great compliment to receive, thank you very much for the kind words!   
Comment #4 Monday, February 05, 2007 10:53 PM
Thanks unclerob. I have wb5 but I did what you said and it works! Thanks again!
Comment #5 Monday, February 05, 2007 11:05 PM
No problemo, I'm glad you got it to work!   
Comment #6 Tuesday, February 06, 2007 12:22 AM
congrats my friend....this is good work especially for a first blind!
Comment #7 Tuesday, February 06, 2007 1:13 AM
Thanks skinhit,
I appreciate the great feedback!   
Sam Santiago
Comment #8 Wednesday, February 07, 2007 12:08 PM
I'll be looking foward to the UPDATED version!
Comment #9 Thursday, February 08, 2007 7:40 PM
Great skin
Comment #10 Friday, February 09, 2007 9:11 AM
Thanks ("Mr") Drengin, I appreciate the positive feedback!
Comment #11 Monday, February 05, 2007 7:51 AM
thanks Jason & Jamoman, I'm glad you like this skin.
No transparency in the task bar, maybe down the road when I learn some more about transparency and making it look good. I originally added transparency to the start panel but seeing everything behind the panel made me dizzy so I changed my mind and made it opaque, maybe some users like that feature though?
Comment #12 Monday, February 05, 2007 7:49 AM
I have experienced the same problem with other skins sometimes,
in wb, delete the original skin (in this case black vista basic v1.0), and apply another skin or change back to windows classic theme, download this skin (black vista basic v2.0) and the update should then appear. Also take into account this is for wb5, older versions may not support this skin.

chris ballard123
Comment #13 Saturday, February 10, 2007 4:29 AM
I have been a lurker for YEARS!!

I singed-up just so I could tell you how BAD_ASS!! this blind is.

Yoo Da man cuz!!!

Keep slingin the ill skins!!
Comment #14 Saturday, February 10, 2007 7:01 AM
You're right unclerob. I don't know how I missed that check box to not use any supplied wallpaper. It works now, so thanks!

The only other thing I noticed, and don't know if it's related to this build, is that you have to delete this skin to go back to version 1. Similarly, you have to delete version 1 to install version 2 (instead of being able to just install either one).
Comment #15 Saturday, February 10, 2007 10:49 AM
Hi Chris, thanks for the "mad props"   (I'm an old fart so I hope I said that right),
I appreciate you lurkin' around and leaving great feedback!
Comment #16 Saturday, February 10, 2007 10:53 AM
Hi Explorer,
I've noticed the same thing you just mentioned, actually someone posted a similar comment on this skin. I've noticed that with other wb updates, they don't apply correctly if you don't delete the original and then download & install the new update. When these wb's are downloaded & installed, they all get installed in the same directory (in a subfolder for each wb theme), I guess the problem with the updated wb themes is that instead of deleting the original folder, it just installs on top of it and alot of the updates/graphics don't get updated that way). I guess to circumvent that problem, the next wb update I release for this or any other wb that I work on, I'll save the wb update as a different name so that it gets it's own folder instead of occupying the original folder - that way you can install the update and it should take properly because it's installed in it's own directory instead of updating/overwriting a new one. (I think that's how it works - I'm such a noob concerning this stuff that could be wrong but it seems that's how it works). Thanks for pointing that out, it will help others who experience the same problem.

Comment #17 Sunday, February 18, 2007 10:11 PM
This looks like a really groovy skin but i cant seem to get it to download, although 1 time it did then pc locked up and had to reboot to BSOD. then rebooted again came back and tried redownload. but to no avail. perhaps there is an issue with the site because all other links work perfectly. any positive feedback is welcomed.
Comment #18 Sunday, February 18, 2007 11:46 PM
This skin is awesome. It looks very similar to Vista. Only one problem that I found. When I mouse over an icon, I get a white window and no text: The tooltip is missing text. If this could be corrected or if you can show me how to correct it myself, that would make this skin absolutely spectacular. Let me know. Thanks a million and great job!!!

Comment #19 Tuesday, February 20, 2007 11:12 PM
Hi GPFender, I experienced the same problem. However, the tooltip text corrected itself when I applied the built-in windows classic or windows xp style theme, once that was done I then applied this wb theme and the tooltip text corrected itself. I will continue looking into this though to see if this is a fault of this particular wb theme or if windowblinds (the application) is not properly clearing settings from a previously applied wb theme.

Hi Savthmaall, it may have been a site issue when you attempted to download the skin and had problems. Based on the 36000+ downloads to date, others have successfully downloaded this skin.
If you still can't download it from the site, check out my profile and send me an email to the email address shown there and I will email you this wb theme personally.

Thanks to both of you for the great comments!
Comment #20 Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:09 AM
I have the theme successfully installed, but I get arabic characters in some cases on my mapped drives, and in the Control Panel options for Windows Defender and my Wireless Card. Any suggestions on how to correct this? Besides those issues the theme is great. I should also add I am using it under WindowsBlind. Thanks

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