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Published on November 13, 2019 By Frogboy In Object Desktop

Object Desktop

This past year we've been recruiting developers to begin doing some major updates to Object Desktop over the next year.  

First, I'm going to post what our thoughts are on what to focus on but then we want to hear what you would like to see updated.  As always, our choices are determined by a combination of factors including technical challenge and market demand.

Definitely getting big updates next year

Fences

CursorFX

SoundPackager

Keyboard LaunchPad

DeskScapes

New Apps

We have three new programs for Object Desktop slated for release next year

Maybe getting big updates IF there's demand

Multiplicity

Tiles

Start10

On the bubble (for getting major update)

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning  has gotten more and more complicated). What would go into v11?

IconPackager (making icons today is a lot of work due to resolution and most people don't bother changing them anymore)

What are your thoughts?

What do you use Object Desktop for and what sorts of things do you want to see updated as well as what new things do you think people would like to see?

Let us know in the comments area.

 


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on Nov 14, 2019

I'm no WB skinner, per se, but without WindowBlinds I would likely give up windows customization as a whole. 

 

I run WindowBlinds

WinFX

CursorFX

Start 10

Icon Packager

Fences

daily.  I use Groupy sometimes, even tho it is ugly.  And I use DeskScapes some, even with it's bugs.

 

 

WindowBlinds holds it all together for me. No WB, no customization. 

 

I have 3 ObjectDesktop subscriptions because I have a lot of computers.  But with any talk of possibly losing windowblinds, I am afraid to renew my subs.  One of which expires in a few days.

on Nov 14, 2019


On the bubble

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning  has gotten more and more complicated)
I can agree with the first part that it is less common.


skinning  has gotten more and more complicated)

I don't agree with this part at all. It is true SKS could be worked on and greatly improved. However there have been 100's or 1,000's of /WindowBlinds made over lets just say 10 years. Of course we know it's even much higher then that if you want to go way back. There are still enough people here that will help. One situation I got a lot was the lack of which the help was asked. As far as given I would give the entire path to where one had to go.

So if it comes down to anything it comes down to the first part. Also there is a lot of time required to earn but it can be done. In the beginning stages most of what I did was make complete Startmenu parts and Taskbar with explanation for the people. If one gets their mind into it they would be shocked how quickly all the basics would be done.

So if anyone reading this really wants to make a WB it can be done.

I am sorry I won't be able to help except for simple things at this time because of my situation. I'm even having a big problem using PhotoShop. Seems I can't remember most of the short cuts anymore. It's like I have to start over just using the menus. That's just to hard and much to time consuming which I don't have enough of left.

I love you all out there and can only wish I could help to resolve this situation. You can all do it don't give up. If we just keep going what works now WB's can be around for a long time yet.

One more thing please. I'm tending to write way to much lately when I'm able to get on here, for that I'm sorry. But anyone active here has been part of my family for many years. Harder to let go then one may think. Love you all and save what can be saved here.

Dave

 

on Nov 14, 2019

DaveBax

So if anyone reading this really wants to make a WB it can be done.
True. Even I have made a few over the years and had my first two shared here at WC back in 2005. I think there are quite a few people skinning for themselves.

on Nov 14, 2019

ALMonty

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning has gotten more and more complicated)

SkinStudio should be updated and be more user friendly and maybe there will be more skinners. 

I agree with AlMonty, I have stayed away from skinning WB cause it is so challenging. A little more user friendly UI would help. As for Object Desktop, i use cursor FX, WB, Icon Developer, I do use SKS to make some minor alterations. Thats my input.  

on Nov 14, 2019

I dropped KLP for Autohotkey. You'd have to do magic things to have me switch back. 

SkinStudio needs to be easier. Look to Xion. 

Send me some ObjecrBar and I'd love you forever. (ObjectDock would be nice in the suite and could use an update.) 

I've not changed my WB skin in more than a year. I loved so many skins. Remember the fish swimming along the title bar? It wasn't a skin I used regularly but it was a skin I showed off and sold ODNT subs with.

Fences - make it skinable. 

on Nov 14, 2019

Oh, yes, make Groupy make better use of the windowblind titlebar. As is, it is very ugly.

 

 

on Nov 14, 2019

Is there another program where you can run mp4 videos as a desktop? Since DS 10 is still buggy.

on Nov 15, 2019


SkinStudio needs to be easier. Look to Xion. 

I agree 100%, would be a perfect way of skinning, drag and drop into a skin, a little bit of coding, I'd love to have SKS working on the premise of Xion!    

on Nov 15, 2019

don5318


Quoting ZubaZ,

SkinStudio needs to be easier. Look to Xion. 



I agree 100%, would be a perfect way of skinning, drag and drop into a skin, a little bit of coding, I'd love to have SKS working on the premise of Xion!    

Well that would be very nice. This way will take away all the frustrations of finding where to put an adjust things. 

The maker will still have to come up with designs and make graphics. That will bring out the talent which is what it's all about. Not the extra hours figuring out SKS. I mean those who do it now or have tried it knows the real enjoyment is making the design and graphics and having other people like it. Rest time for a bit, later.

on Nov 15, 2019

The reason Windowblinds died for me was the big change to SkinStudio which happened a few years ago.

I spent years learning how to skin and overnight that knowledge was gone. I quit at that point.

Making the creation of skins easier would go a long way to restoring some of these struggling and lost programs.

on Nov 15, 2019

Hey guys, I have been a big fan here for awhile. I love my Windowblinds, my Start10, my Icon Packager and CursorFX. I am a big fan of customizing my monitor! I sometimes reset my monitor 2-3 times a week. I'm a great fan of all you guys hard work. For myself, I was wondering why I need to disconnect CursorFX when I  play my Sims games. Sims 4 does not work with CursorFX on. But that's just me, and a very small problem. I also still love the fun of putting Rainmeter on, especially the neat clocks. Almost forgot---big fan of Winstep!!!

   Thanks for all you do!!!

on Nov 15, 2019

couldn't say..

I do know that the last time I used IP that it was a known issue at that time. Never tried it again after that as I had to wipe my system to fix the issue.

Glad to hear it's ok now

on Nov 15, 2019

Fuzzy Logic

The reason Windowblinds died for me was the big change to SkinStudio which happened a few years ago.

I spent years learning how to skin and overnight that knowledge was gone. I quit at that point.

Making the creation of skins easier would go a long way to restoring some of these struggling and lost programs.

Whilst the app changed (due to loss of developer), the skinning format remained exactly the same.  I would be interested in knowing what the change was exactly that caused the most issues.

on Nov 15, 2019

I use:

Groupy (limited to file explorer atm)

Cursorfx - Like, but still learning. I use icofx to convert pngs to icons, pretty easy.

Deskscapes - Must have!

Start10 - Irreplaceable

Please keep Windowblinds! Work on the skinner, I'd love to give skinning a try.

Windowfx is also very nice.

I like Fences, but using it totally slows my system down.

 

I think my personal priority is Deskscapes. One improvement I'd like to see is being able to have different wallpapers on different virtual desktops in Windows.

on Nov 15, 2019

I'm a major modder too. Windows should not be boring.

 

3 monitor early stage

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