Island Dog's Articles In OS Customization
January 18, 2017 by Island Dog
WindowBlinds 10 gives Windows users the ability to change the look and feel of the desktop by applying custom skins to the user interface. There are thousands of skins available to create a truly custom feel. WindowBlinds has an interface that is very easy to use, but I wanted to go over the basics of the app and how to get started with changing your desktop theme.

Get WindowBlinds here.


WindowBlinds Overview
When you first open WindowBlinds, the main ‘Style’ configuration s...
October 14, 2016 by Island Dog
DeskScapes is a great way to mange your wallpapers, whether they are animated or static wallpapers. If you are not familiar with DeskScapes, it allows you to have animated wallpapers on your Windows desktop, and even lets you apply effects to those wallpapers for even more customization.

One of the questions I get asked the most about DeskScapes is how you can have wallpapers change randomly. It’s a cool feature but it seems not everyone is aware how to enable it, so I wanted to focus o...
September 28, 2016 by Island Dog
Object Desktop is a suite of desktop enhancements that lets you change the look and functionality of Windows. Being an Object Desktop member gives a lot of great value with full access to many popular Stardock applications, betas, and any new or updated apps.

Check out some of the apps that are included with your Object Desktop membership:

WindowBlindsDeskScapesFencesStart10MultiplicityIconPackagerand more! Learn more about Object Desktop here

As long as your membership is active, you ...
September 17, 2014 by Island Dog
ShadowFX is the newest desktop customization app from Stardock that gives you the ability to add drop shadows to your windows in Windows 8.  It’s very easy to use, just select which shadow you want from the drop-down list, and you’re good to go. 

ShadowFX is also easy to customize, and making your own shadows is very simple.  You can create your own shadows to use for yourself, and you can submit them and share with others on WinCustomize.com.

Learn more about Sh...
July 9, 2014 by Island Dog
We have completed our server-side changes to relax the activation limits for Fences and Object Desktop subscriptions.

You can continue to use Fences version 2.13. If you have any issues or concerns, please contact support at support@stardock.com.

Thank you for your patience!
June 18, 2014 by Island Dog
I’ve had some questions come in from Facebook and the WinCustomize forums about some of the additional features of WindowBlinds regarding textures and backgrounds, so I wanted to write a post going into more detail about it.  These are all features that aren’t really difficult to use, but if you are a new user you just might not be familiar with where everything is and how they work.

If you are completely new to WindowBlinds 8, let me recommend you also take a read through th...
May 15, 2014 by Island Dog
Animated wallpapers were introduced to Windows back in the Vista days, and has since been continued with the DeskScapes app created by Stardock.  By using DeskScapes, you can have beautiful animated wallpapers on your Windows 8 and Windows 7 desktops.  DeskScapes also lets users manage both animated and static wallpapers, add effects, and more.  You can get a more detailed of what DeskScapes does with this article found here.

There are thousands of animated wallpapers, also cal...
March 14, 2014 by Island Dog
The ability to customize your Windows desktop has been around for quite some time now, and there's never been a better time to jump in and start making Windows look and work how you want it to.  We've previously talked about how Stardock has several $5 apps to make Windows 8 more usable, and today we're going to take it a step further with some other customization and enhancement apps that are just $10.

Lets take a look at some of the best and most popular desktop customizati...
February 5, 2014 by Island Dog
There are a lot of Object Desktop users out there, and while there are some great resources available for skins and themes like WinCustomize.com, but some people just want a custom theme pack that can give them a new desktop look.  We have a bunch of premium themes designed and built by the top skin artists available, and they include a premium WindowBlinds skin, icon package, wallpapers, and useful desktop gadget.  When you purchase a premium theme, you will receive a .zip file t...
December 3, 2013 by Island Dog
The holiday season is here!  Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, or just like to give your desktop a winter inspired look, I wanted to give some tips on how to achieve a festive look.  There are thousands and thousands of skins and themes available here on WinCustomize, and the holiday season is one that has a lot of skins available.  Whether you want just a festive wallpaper, or a complete theme for your desktop, we have it covered.


Holiday WindowBlinds Skins

If ...
November 21, 2013 by Island Dog
Since we’re spending this month celebrating 15 years of skinning WindowBlinds, I wanted to find out what was the most popular download on WinCustomize.com.  From the best I can tell and confirm, Vista Plus Version 3 comes in with over 900,000 downloads since it was released in 2006.

Vista Plus Version 3 by adni18

It’s a little funny a Vista skin has been one of the most downloaded, but as some of you might remember the glassy look was really popular and many skinners created a bun...
August 29, 2013 by Island Dog
Stardock's CursorFX is an application that allows users to easily and safely change the Windows cursor to one of the thousands available on sites like WinCustomize.com.  CursorFX works with Windows 7, Vista, and XP.  There is a free version, and a Plus version which offers features like cursor colorization, cursor sizing, transparency, and much more.

Purchase CursorFX for just $9.99

Try CursorFX for free

 




Creating the graphics I'm going to show ...
August 29, 2013 by Island Dog
This is a detailed tutorial for SkinStudio which shows you step-by-step with images on how to create a WindowBlinds skin.  It was created by Master Skinner Vampothika and we give her a big thanks for helping out the community with this.  Also, another big thanks to gmc2 for getting the resources for this so we could share it with the community.

There’s a lot of images with this tutorial, and it’s broken up into 3 directories.  I wanted to make it easy to view, so I ...
August 29, 2017 by Island Dog
Since we don't have a wiki any longer, I wanted to at least have a place where tutorials and guides can be listed for easy reference.

More will be added.

 

Object Desktop

Object Desktop: The Benefits of Membership

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!

Using Object Desktop Manager

 

Stardock Store Gift Purchasing from the Stardock Store  Stardock Store: Downloading Your PurchasesManaging your Stardock account 

Fences 

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August 24, 2012 by Island Dog
This is just a real quick video demo showing WindowFX 5.1 running on Windows 8.  Nothing new if you are familiar with Windows 8, the same fun animations and effects are just now available on Win8.

http://www.screencast.com/t/MRuDLHjFf