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October 28, 2015 by Frogboy
While it's been awhile since we've been able to focus on WinCustomize's front-end, I wanted to give you a head's up that WinCustomize just got a major hardware upgrade on the backend.

 

Hopefully the site, the galleries and elsewhere feel snappier. Let us know.
January 4, 2014 by Frogboy
Greetings and Happy New Years!

Over the years the time and effort to create quality skins has increased and so effective January 1, 2014, the royalty split between the skinner and WinCustomize is now 70% for the skinner and 30% for WinCustomize (it was previously a 50/50 split).  

We hope that this will the first of many positive improvements that WinCustomize will be seeing this year.

Cheers!
January 4, 2012 by Frogboy
Greetings!

I just wanted to give all skinners fair warning that we WILL be having a GUI Championships competition in Fall of 2012.

The categories will include:

* WindowBlinds skins

* IconPackager themes

* DeskScapes animated backgrounds

* Static Desktop backgrounds (traditional windows wallpapers)

* And Possibly, depending on when Windows 8 ships, skins for a new, unannounced, Object Desktop program

 
September 2, 2011 by Frogboy
Greetings! Long time no see!

So what’s going on with Object Desktop these days?  The answer: A lot. Much of what we’ve worked on for the past year hasn’t gotten communicated very well to our consumers and I apologize for that. 

As some of you may know, we sold Impulse to Gamestop last year.  A lot of people couldn’t believe that we would sell our most profitable business unit. But I suspect some of you will understand why.  It was consuming us.  In another yea...
April 20, 2010 by Frogboy
Over a year in the making, the new WinCustomize has launched!

Welcome everyone!
March 25, 2010 by Frogboy
We had planned to launch the new WinCustomize today (the 9th birthday of WinCustomize.com) but we had go back to the existing site after we ran into a lot of DNS issues that we’ll work out during the subsequent week or so.

I expect to launch to be as smooth at the launch of the current site which means, not very smooth at all.   That said, let me walk you through the things we’re excited about in the new site and solicit feedback on what things you guys would like to see.

The Main...
October 22, 2009 by Frogboy
 Possibly the most significant update to WindowBlinds in years has occurred today.  WindowBlinds 7's new beta on Object Desktop can skin Aero itself.View: YouTube VideoVisit: www.objectdesktop.com 
November 9, 2008 by Frogboy
One of the things coming up for next March is a complete re-design of WinCustomize.  The site is going to be radically different from what we have today.

For one thing, WinCustomize 2K9 will be written more like an application (ala Facebook) than as a website.  What that means is that the development team at Stardock Software will work on the platform and then a seperate team at Stardock Media will work on the presentation. 

In the past, WinCustomize was developed and ...
November 8, 2008 by Frogboy
Impulse work from the weekend. Let us know what you think.[See details]
November 3, 2008 by Frogboy
I'm a bit late in getting this out but check out the October FrogBlog to find out what's been going on around here. Lots of good Vista 7 stuff, Object Desktop stuff, GUI Champs and beyond!

View: FrogBlog October 2008
October 31, 2008 by Frogboy
Windows 7 is introducing the biggest change to the Windows taskbar ever... Learn more about it.
October 8, 2008 by Frogboy
Apple has been granted a patent for the MacOS dock.

Read the whole thing here.

Besides the general idea of a userbar with "a plurality of item representations" that consolidates features like "launching and managing running applications," the patent focuses particularly on the Dock's magnification feature that makes icons bigger as you sweep by them with a cursor.

Some may recall this article that points out that not only have docks been seen in operating systems for decades but th...
July 16, 2008 by Frogboy
The world's most powerful, easy to use desktop customization program gets a major update: DesktopX 3.5.

DesktopX is a program that lets users extend their Windows desktop to support true objects (as opposed to just icons).  These objects can be cosmetic in nature or using a plugin or some scripting a user can make a desktop object do virtually anything. These objects can then be combined together to make widgets or used to build an entirely new desktop.

DesktopX 3.5 has been in de...
June 17, 2008 by Frogboy
Stardock Launches Impulse: The PC's Next-Generation Distribution PlatformPLYMOUTH, MI – June 17, 2008 – With the backing of industry powerhouse games and software developers and publishers, Stardock today announced the launch of its next-generation digital distribution platform, Impulse (www.impulsedriven.com). Impulse is a cohesive, integrated virtual platform for consumers and developers that is designed to simplify buying, supporting, and developing PC games and applications for Windows XP an...
June 16, 2008 by Frogboy
Impulse is the greatest thing since sliced bread...yada yada yada.

But how good is it really? Ultimately, only you will be able to decide.  What I'm going to do here is give my personal opinion on how Impulse stands on the eve of its launch.

The ComparisonsLet's just get this out of the way, Impulse is not Steam or Direct2Drive or Xfire or whatever.  It's has a very different design philosophy.  So let me just say this: You would have to pry Steam out of my cold dead hands.&...