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Public beta released

Mar 15, 2006 9:56 AM by Discussion: New Releases
WinStep has released a new public beta — Winstep Xtreme. The main new feature for me is that WorkShelf can now support PNG files. It's sexy
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More skinning news you've missed

Nov 27, 2005 9:13 PM by Discussion: Customization Software
For all the lucky WinStep users out there, new beta versions of both NextSTART and WorkShelf have just been released. Plenty of new features, changes and fixes to enjoy. Go grab some desktop goodness today!
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NextSTART v3.4 Public Beta 6 and WorkShelf v1.90 Public Beta 5 released

Oct 21, 2005 8:16 PM by Discussion: New Releases
WinStep have released NextSTART v3.4 Public Beta 6 and WorkShelf v1.90 Public Beta 5 for all to enjoy. Plenty of enhancements and it installs right over the existing installation

NextStart Enhancements:

- Automatic Updates

- Tip of the Day

- Improved drag & drop capability

- New sound effects

- The ability to capture WorkShelf modules as icons into the NextSTART Startbar

- Automatic refresh of the Startbar Quick Launch area

- And more!

WorkShelf Enhancements:

- View task icons as snapshots of the actual windows

- Task icon customization by simple drag & drop

- New icon grow/shrink effect on mouse over

- Preview button in the Advanced Skinning dialogs of desktop modules

- Redesigned Preferences windows

- New Show Themes shelf type from where you can quickly visualize and apply themes

- Browse In NextSTART context menu option for browsing folders using NextSTART menus

- New Desktop Module effects

- And more!
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Build 1425 is released

Sep 7, 2005 11:17 PM by Discussion: New Releases
WikMail - the skinnable email client - has been updated with a heap of new features and improvements. And it's fairly easy to convert any WindowBlinds skin to a WikMail skin
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What free services are there?

Sep 7, 2005 3:41 AM by Discussion: Internet
I'm wondering what free site ranking services are out there? I know of Alexa (http://www.alexa.com/) and Netcraft (http://www.netcraft.com/). Are there other free services out there?

Just as an interesting piece of information, here are the stats today for WinCustomize

Alexa: Traffic Rank - 2,743
Netcraft: Site Rank - 544

A bit of difference there (but both impressive!). It would be nice to have another to compare with.
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Woo Hoo! :)

Aug 16, 2005 12:12 AM by Discussion: Customization Software
WinStep users rejoice! NextSTART has been upgraded again with a new public beta.

Short version:

Enhancements - Automatic Updates, Tip of the Day, improved drag & drop capability...

Long version:

Read it at the official source

http://www.winstep.net/news.asp
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Collection of funny stories

Jan 30, 2005 7:36 AM by Discussion: Personal Computing
I don't know how many people have already seen this, but it was shown to me recently and I've had quite a few laughs reading the stories on this site. So I thought I'd share for others who also get a laugh out of such stories
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What happened to them?

Jan 6, 2005 2:16 AM by Discussion: Skinning
I've been going through some of my older skins as I update my own website and I've come to realise a few things. Firstly, I've skinned quite a few different applications over the years and have had fun at the same time. Secondly, I don't skin many applications now as I find myself only really skinning what I use on a regular basis (I'm still having fun though ). And thirdly, I don't believe there are as many skinnable applications being actively developed now as there was a few years ago. I know times change, but has this made it any easier for people to be introduced to the world of skinning?

It doesn't seem that long ago to me when skinners would create skin suites that covered quite a few different applications. Skin suites used to often include skins for applications such as WindowBlinds, ColorPad, Winamp, QuickNotes, WinStep's WorkShelf and/or NextStart, CoolPlayer, eNotes, EzPop, HoverDesk, Sysmetrix, Rainlender, ICQ+, Wallpaper, IconPackager, XXLog, XXCalc and more. I remember seeing skinners release themes that included LiteStep, WinStep's WorkShelf and/or NextStart and HoverDesk so they were catering for as many user's tastes as possible. I'm sure there are many people skinning today that haven't even heard of some of these applications.

I know that personally I don't have the time to create the full suites I'd like to. I'm sure this is the case for many skinners. I do however miss seeing large skin suites released. And it was probably only because of many large skin suites that some applications got any attention at all. I'm curious if people had the time and/or ability to create a skin suite of their own, how many applications would they include?
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When, if ever, should it be done?

Dec 16, 2004 8:10 PM by Discussion: OS Customization
I don't have any wallpapers on this site (or any site for that matter) as the only wallpapers I ever make are intended to go with my WindowBlinds creations. On the occasion that I forget to include the wallpaper with my WindowBlinds file when I upload it here I can quite often get requests for the wallpaper and that has got me thinking.

What is the best way to please everybody when it comes to wallpapers? Should you include the wallpaper with the WindowBlinds file as I currently do, or upload it seperately and link to it from the WindowBlinds skin for those interested in it? Or should you include it in the WindowBlinds file and upload it seperately for the people only interested in the wallpapers? Is this last method seen as overkill and looked upon poorly?

I'd be interested to know what people think is the best option.
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