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November 5, 2016 by Frogboy

If you're noticing a big speed boost, it's not your imagination.  We have upgraded a big chunk of WinCustomize's infrastructure.

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.

January 4, 2012 by Frogboy

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...
September 13, 2010 by Frogboy
The Windows "ecosystem" is complex these days. There's Windows XP users, Windows Vista users and Windows 7 users both in 32 and 64 bit versions which require their own versions believe it or not if you want to fully support it.

Our question to you, what would YOU like to see in the next major revision of Object Desktop?

If you don't have Object Desktop already, what are you waiting for?!

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 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...
January 21, 2010 by Frogboy
We’re pretty excited about the new WinCustomize.  Here’s a video demo I did today during lunch (literally):

January 19, 2010 by Frogboy
We are pleased to invite you to participate on the new WinCustomize BETA site. The actual launch of WinCustomize 2K10 is not due until mid March but we want to let users on to start getting feedback on the new site. There’s still much work to be done but this should give you an idea of what we’re going for in terms of design.

The main new design features are:

Web 2.0. The goal is to greatly reduce page views and instead make the site much more interacti...
December 31, 2009 by Frogboy
As we approach the New Year, we end the first 10 years of the 2000’s. And what a decade it has been. Let’s take a quick look at the decade in skinning.

>> The Decade in Skinning
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: 
December 7, 2008 by Frogboy
The judges are going through the various icon packages this weekend to rate each one.  You can see the public discussion at the link below.  See the editorial judging on every icon package as we load them up.

View: Icon Judging
November 23, 2008 by Frogboy
[Great Microsoft article on the Windows 7 taskbar] 
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 ...