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Blackcomb by greenreaper Blackcomb by greenreaper
**Latest additions - tab page backgrounds and new tabs for Dark subskin, menu ticks/icons, more visible alert button, numerous tweaks. Has full support for WB 4.0 with XP shellstyle additions (left panel of explorer, control panel and logoff/shutdown windows).

A WB skin by TheGreenReaper and AJCrowley. Original concept by Michael K Ter Louw, additional graphics by Ian Black, used with permission. Designed above all to be a usable skin, Blackcomb uses the UIS1 format for top performance and compatability (UIS2 backup included).

Fully supports user colourisation and XP features - click the squares to reveal rollup and ontop. Includes "Blackcomb Dark" subskin, start panel mouseover, flashing XP taskbar alert, treeview buttons and radio/checkbox mouseover. WB 3.2 or later recommended on XP for large panel support, 4.x for all features.

Run iefix.reg in Blackcomb directory if white text appears in IE. Comments and suggestions welcome!
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shockerteam3d Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004   Interface Designer
Wow you made this skin !? Excellent work i found that on wincustomize long time ago :nod: excellent work
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greenreaper Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hehe, thanks! I must admit I didn't make it alone - I was mainly responsible for the technical side of porting it from Michael K Ter Louw's original msstyle, with AJCrowley doing the the butterfly (which was a b*** trying to get to work - it broke WB at one point ;-)). Was a lot of fun, though. *grin*
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sirethomas Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
any 4.2 update comming?
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greenreaper Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Alas, I'm in my last year of my degree, and I don't have much time for skinning. There may be an update to change the truly bad My music/pictures/movies etc images, but only because another person has kindly donated some. I'm just not a sufficiently good artist to want to do things like toolbar icons or folder animations by myself in limited time. :-\
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sirethomas Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2004  Professional General Artist
Icons have allways been something I've never gotten the hang over. Trying to figure out an icontheme for my new skin. Think I won't bother doinf a new icon set, but I'll try to do some toolbaricons to fit the theme. animations are even worse.

btw, know of any good utillity to adjust the screen brightness and contrast? I made my new skin on my old computer back in norway (normal 17";), but on my 17" flatscreen on my new comuter here in england it's suddenly a bit dull. the colors aren't as clear I they where on my other monotor. (perhaps it was my old monitor that was missadjusted...)
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greenreaper Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2004  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't, offhand - if I needed to do that I'd probably use the features in my driver. If you're talking about a WindowBlinds skin, note that the registered version has features to boost gamma and otherwise change the colour (the middle button on the Appearance tab in Display properties). You can also change stuff in SkinStudio.
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starlyte Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
idk. saw the pic and i like it... gotta test it out and see. but so far... i LIKE!
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s15jesusfreak Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
oops its not a wallpaper haha! Ok...anyway this theme i like it ok...
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s15jesusfreak Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually used this blackcomb wallpaper b4 and its awesome!! Here's a kiss for you, my love!
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tyranno6 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2002
Yay! I've been using this skin for ages, 'cause i't comes with WB, but I didn't know who the author was. Thanks!
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greenreaper Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2002  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You have to have WB 3.4 installed. The alert was only enabled in that version (after a bit of prodding the programmer on my part ;-) (Wink) .
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shakes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2002
This theme is amazing!! I've been looking for the "right" one for a while, and this is the closest I've found! I'll be using this for a loooong time!

One question to the author, or anyone who may know... For apps like MSN, where, when minimized, the task flashes to signal an incoming message, how do I keep that effect? Is there a setting I need to enable?

Any help would be appreciated.

Again... Loving it! So does everyone who sees it... hehehe!
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eleetas Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2002
nice and smooth, i hate blocky skins or ones with too many things poking out everywhere..
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i love girls
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unphased Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2002
Like the skin, that's a given. One small request for a future version/remake; could you lose the butterfly on the taskbar? It's still very clean and useable though!
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elysium Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2002
Sweet thing, a shame I don't have Window Blinds, doesn't matter, the Visual Style will do!!! Keep up the good work!
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samizdata Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2002
Love it. As they said, clean, fast, and works beautifully. I also like the fact that it's designed with good contrast (but no eye pain ) and colors are that are easy on the eyes day after day. In fact, my wife (frequently sick of my frequent reskins) walked by the first day I used this and stopped to look and remark how much she liked it (and this from a dedicated NON-skinner).
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westonhack Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2002
Very nice looking, but its a little too colorful for me
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expunge Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2002
The cleanest most useable skin I'v seen.
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mterlouw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2002
It's too bad when people flood the community with half-assed look-alikes of a well done theme, and make it harder for themes like this one to be taken seriously. Like the author says there is room for _one_ Blackcomb theme at least, and this one is the best, IMO.

The best things about this theme is 1) It's very clean. 2) It works well with all applications. 3) It doesn't waste space (i.e. thick, crazy window borders, etc.). 4) You can use it for a long time and not get sick of it. 5) It's _fast_.

There are not very many themes out there that can say that. Hell, there aren't that many that can claim three out of the five. Add to this that the theme is professional quality. It looks like something M$ might even have included in Plus!.

If you have one Blackcomb theme installed, this should be it. If Blackcomb is not your thing, that's ok :) (Smile) Just don't put this into the same category you would another Luna-like as this one clearly stands out from it's peers.
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greenreaper Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2002  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Perhaps true (though there are a lot more wallpapers than skins), but AFAIK, they're all for .msstyles, not for WindowBlinds. We thought the platform needed at least one, and people do like them. I know it's not *hugely* original (although AJ did construct that butterfly all by himself ;-) (Wink) . It's not meant to be. It's a fast, colourable skin that you can use anywhere on just about any program and not confuse anyone who happens to come across your computer.
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surferflames Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2002
no...more...blackcombs.....


it looks good and all but everyone makes them. there are like 7 available between blackcombs and longhorns.
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