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December 9, 2019 by Frogboy
With screen resolutions getting higher and higher there are many people who would like to have a bit more control over their mouse cursor. If you don't already have CursorFX, try it out.  Stardock is currently working on a major new version of it but it will be compatible with the existing cursors here. Here are a few of the most popular cursors here on WinCustomize: Visit to check out the CursorF...
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
We are looking for some volunteers to help improve WinCustomize's news delivery. Our mission is to bring you the latest, greatest news on everything related to the Windows user experience.   Back when we were starting, what we now call "UX designers" were called "skinners" (not surprising that as what we do here got more respectable a more refined name would be used). What are the kind of things we want to cover? Here are 3 examples. Interesting designs created around the n...
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you're interested in UX design, you will definitely want to keep up with what Microsoft is update to.  Fluent is the name of Microsoft's new design language for Windows. Here is an example of Fluent design in action. As we get up for a major WinCustomize revamp, we are going to be taking cues from this design language to make the site more accessible, faster (much faster) and more modern.  Stay tuned.
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you like animated backgrounds we have good news for you.  Stardock is in the process of updating its DeskScapes dream files to support MP4 (previously MPEG2) which should result in far lower CPU use and no additional codec downloading for Windows 10. You will be able to see the updates here:  
November 5, 2016 by Frogboy
Greetings! If you're noticing a big speed boost, it's not your imagination.  We have upgraded a big chunk of WinCustomize's infrastructure. Cheers!
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...
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