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Offline noons

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Option disable skins
« on: December 07, 2009, 01:33:09 am »
It would be great if there was an option to disable skins in the new version. Not that skins are bad, but I am on windows 7 so the windows already look great and best of all have aero effects, however now with the skins even the "Windows 7" skin doesnt look right because it doesnt match.

Offline chewie4u

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 02:17:22 am »
+1

Offline Rdl

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 09:13:23 am »
err I don't think it's that easy :)

However you now only see borders on the main form. RSS tab -> add button to see how the rest of the form will look like in next versions

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 03:09:37 pm »
This is a work in progress, as you've said, and I'm sure it will be great when all done.  At the moment, though, as an all-or-nothing skin it overrides all local settings including text font & sizes, and it's somewhat difficult to use at low res as a result (text is too small to read in places).  Perhaps these might be settable in future, along with other customizations?  And can we have a vanilla XP template if there is one, ta. ;)

P.S. The close button = minimize to tray doesn't work atm.

Offline wolver1ne

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 09:59:58 pm »
I don't really mind skinning, the app is in the tray most of the time anyway, but what is wrong with making use of the native Windows theme in the first place. It looks so much better when it just blends in with the rest of the apps.

Offline Crular

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2009, 02:17:10 pm »
I second that request, as I am using another app in Windows 7 named Actual Windows Manager, which blends in several buttons in the window title bar. With the new skins in Alt.Binz those buttons overlap with the standard buttons in Alt.Binz, making it not only ugly but impossible to use them.

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 02:50:34 pm »
I'll add option to remove form border skin effect.

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009, 10:22:42 pm »
Thank you, Rdl. We all appreciate how responsive you are to the community here!
I'm sure many users will like skin capabilities but, for myself, I want alt.binz to be an efficient utility that blends into the rest of my computing environment. Adding the ability to opt out of using skins would be nice.

Offline driver8

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 11:21:47 pm »
I use a Windows XP theme that I like very much, so I don't need programs to try to do their own skinning.  Please allow us to just use the native look of the OS.  It was perfect before!

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2009, 11:30:05 pm »
I use XP with all the effects disabled (I prefer square windows, like W98) and the option to completely disable the skin would be most welcome but if it isn't possible... after all, the program works and that is what matters :)

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2009, 11:30:58 pm »
I use a Windows XP theme that I like very much, so I don't need programs to try to do their own skinning.  Please allow us to just use the native look of the OS.  It was perfect before!

Well, Alt.Binz has never used the native OS controls, it's always had its  own themes (just like MS apps :P) ... but the good news is that, just a few posts above yours, Rdl suggested he would "add option to remove form border skin effect".
« Last Edit: December 08, 2009, 11:33:41 pm by Hecks »

Offline noons

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2009, 01:37:12 am »
Awesome RDL!!!! Thanks! Also sorry to complain about your new addition I do feel guilty, but imho the window borders and min/max/close buttons should be left to windows native skinning.

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2009, 06:44:05 pm »


P.S. The close button = minimize to tray doesn't work atm.


Same issue here, closing to tray doesnt work just closes the entire program now. Also in Win7, dragging the application to the top of the screen doesnt maximise anymore, and dragging away from the top doesnt un-maximise it.

Appreciate the support

Offline pieman

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2009, 03:46:48 pm »
I also would like a way (or special skin) that makes it act like it did back in v0.31.2. I always move my cursor fast to the very top right or top left corner and double click to exit the program (can do this in a micro flick of the hand), but with the new skins if you click in the very (extreme) top left or right it will not quite hit the menus (in the extreme top left) or the X close sign (in the extreme top right).

Its only a tiny bit away from the very corners but still its takes more consentration for me to line up my cursor with them instead of knowing just to flick it to the extreme top left/right. (if anyone gets my drift).

Only a tiny niggle (that plus the minimize by clicking taskbar not working, but I know you already know about that from another post).

Thanks, i love Alt.Binz ^_^

Offline paulbrannan

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Re: Option disable skins
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2009, 10:55:12 pm »


P.S. The close button = minimize to tray doesn't work atm.


Same issue here, closing to tray doesnt work just closes the entire program now. Also in Win7, dragging the application to the top of the screen doesnt maximise anymore, and dragging away from the top doesnt un-maximise it.

Appreciate the support

Yeah, +1 on the minimize to tray. Not overly concerned about skins, but nice idea still.I'd prefer custom tray icons.