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Sanctimonia VS - WIP by x1z0r Sanctimonia VS - WIP by x1z0r
Working on a new visual style for Windows. I've never really found a nice clean and professional skin before, well.. there are a couple of really good ones like Luna Element and Gui.Air but they aren't quite what I'm looking for - so I've decided to start work on my own theme. Aiming for something similar to OS X style here, although adapted to Windows. This is a WIP shot and obviously elements will be changed/tweaked, but I would just like to get some feedback at this stage - is this a theme you might use yourself if I release it? Is it too cold - lacks color perhaps? If you like the theme - is there any element you would change/improve? Feedback most welcome - thanks :)
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aebruner Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
beautiful colors, everything is visible... perfect sizes. could go with any wallpaper. perfect for large screen res. only thing i dislike is the start menu icon :(

otherwise i love it! great work man.
Aukon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
el-ko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Would be time to release it! I cannot wait anymore! :D
hensan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
i'll keep an eye on you, can't wait for this to be out..
really great
edit-dsn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
when are you going to release it? I'd love to try it out
freythman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
So far, I like what I'm seeing. Can't wait for the release. One small change I would personally make is to make the bottom left corner of the Start button square, and not round, as round ones usually look strange on my LCD.

Keep up the good work!
MrMan1989 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
I LOVE it, it's just what I've been looking for! Keep up the good work, nothing should be changed
Lantic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006
Looks fantastic! Cant wait for it to come out :)
godsloth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
Could use some color highlights. Def. blue or red. I like what dissembled said about making a version in black. Either black or a black & deep gray gradient. If you do, def. don't touch the window controls. Leave them silver for contrast. Then it would be badass.

Should also un-round the edges on the taskbar.

I LOVE the way you rounded the task buttons. It's like clicking tabs on Firefox. If I had any graphical talent I would have used a similar technique.
dissembled59 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
i recommend making the theme black. or maybe giving us a verision where black is an alternate substyle? black with the minimize/close buttons enclosed within the white box creates contrast, which imo, makes it very eyepleasing indeed. :cool:
ravster Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
Superb VS. Like you said, there aren't many professional looking v.styles. This is clean and the grey works. For use at the office, brighter colours wouldn't be suitable. A more compact task bar option would be good but not essential.

Excellent work!
harkrank Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
I would really like to get a note when you release this, or is that asking too much?

It looks great, I would use it for sure.
x1z0r Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
There's an early beta out, check it out in my gallery or the visual styles browser :)
vlad-saul Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
No need in any minimalistic.
Do what you like. Don't listen anybody.
iiss22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
Is it ready, is it ready..? :drool:
RAY16 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
Looks good, I eagerly await its release.
karnakhan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
Wondefull !
jordygreen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006  Student
woah i love it alredy release quickly!!!!
xonecas Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
don't make all the fonts bold ;)
masray Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006  Student
hope also a slim version created .THX!
x1z0r Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
Thanks for comments nextmario - interesting idea about getting rid of separators, I'll have a look :)
jughead64 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006   Photographer
maybe if you had it in a black too?!

either than that i think its stupendous
nextmario Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
we both have the same goal. read the comments on my WB skin.


a skin for professional needs. luna element and XPMC are my favorites but you're right, not really what I was looking for neither. i made a very flat skin and most windows look like apple hardware when in use. WB gives nice shadows, etc something you can't achieve with just a plain style. you might get some ideas from my skin and i'd welcome the feedback as we both think alike. in fact, my next theme was going to focus on the warm grays much like you are.

i think the key to an apple look is to get rid of all the separators in menus, toolbars, etc. can't wait to try out your work and i'll post constructive criticism :)
abhimanyughoshal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Professional Photographer
looks fabulous! I'd love the button highlights to be in a nice led blue or something. can't wait for this to release!
Vegas-Underground Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Its excellent, very well done, cant wait for the final product.
x1z0r Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Thanks for the comments Roehrenlotzer :) There are still a bunch of images to do like little buttons and progress bars and such and I would also like to make a few tweaks - I'll do my best to get this done in the next few days.
Roehrenglotzer Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I even registered just to tell you: I'd like to use your style!!

I have been searching for a nice but simple style and finally found it here. Most of the other styles are so bloated. I need a nice style which sets the frame for working with windows. I don't need a style that irritates my eyes all the time. Therefor I used the original XP Luna style in silver. But over the years I can't stand it anymore.

Important: You brought a suggestion that obviously matched your imagination. So keep going your way and release it as we can already see it. There'll be enough people telling you "do this, do that...". Finally we'd have another pink style with another thousand buttons, exclusive fonts, unhandy menus etc. Simply spoken: that would just be another useless theme. We've got enough of that. So please release what you've shown us! That would be my theme. Simple, nice, clean. It's a perfect environment! That's what it makes it unique. Not another thousand useless "gimmicks". Greetings!
novohodonosor Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice work :) keep walk... by this way ;)
DL7 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Hobbyist Interface Designer
shoot me down and run me over with a truck, looks pretty damn good to me. i'm really looking for ward to this. I don't see anything wrong with it at the moment, i'd really like to see how the final release will look like.
thespacecadetglo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006   Photographer
i would definitely use this. release it!
Cueballz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Very nice work, looking forward for the final version!
grafik000 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006   Interface Designer
I like it! I like big start bars and love the min-max buttons. Good work!
PeNr1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I totally agree with you! The overall quality of the visual styles is just so low. I also thought of making my own windows vs, but I guess you're making the ultimate one ;).

I hope you'll also include some other color schemes. Grey is just so emotionless and really overdone, I think. The design is truely nice, altough I like a little thinner taskbar better. Those upper right buttons are really dope! They give the VS life and seem more dynamic/natural.

Great job, I'm looking forward to see the result!
x1z0r Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Thanks for all the feedback, it's very useful to me - I'll do my best to tweak this in the right direction :)
Shebuka Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
It's too huge for me, too wide titles panel and too wide start bar
Kaspers Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006   Interface Designer
If you could normalize the upper-right window buttons in the window-bar, it would be a very nice VS.
pkuwyc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I like this VS, especially the min/max buttons.;)
However, in my opinion, the Windows logo is a little too large for the start button. And more colors will certainly be greater! :D
Franky8688 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I like it good work ;)
Zaxy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I agree with the other posters..a bit of colour would make it so much more usable, and the start button needs to be longer i think.

Also, im not a fan of that font, at all.

What happens to the taskbar windows when they are updated? do they flash a different colour or just "pop" in and out?

I find that styles where they change colour last longer with me, because i cant always notice when the tabs are updated if they stay the same colour.

Good Work! :)
Menino25SP Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I agree! the taskbar buttons must flash on another color, like the original Luna theme and many others vista clones. :D
ulyses Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Looking good so far, more colours would be nice, and i would definately use it :)
iiss22 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Awesome! If you could add other colorschemes(perhaps later when finished?) and some alternative to that older than old winflag on startbutton, it would be near perfect.
marqsjr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Continue your work man. VS seems to be very nice. I would like to use it.
jeejam Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
i like it, it's very nice``
download try`...
Boyoungirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
awesome work!!!
thefunnelweaver Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
I really like this VS, but as Chipalsa said, I would also like to see a minimal version with a thin taskbar, etc. Another color theme would be nice, too, maybe with some red. All in all, though, very good looking theme. Nice to see something other than Vista for a change.
bangboombang Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Beautiyful VS ...
toyne42 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Looks like you're putting togther exactly what I've been looking for. I love OS X but don't want Windows to look too much like it, just to look cleaner than it currently does. I'd also change the start button... maybe to fit in more with the close/minimise buttons?? So many themes skimp on the deeper OS dialogues (control panel, search dialogue etc.) so it would be awesome to see this style right through the OS. Can't wait to try this one out... beautiful work.
polus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
change the start button
deadeyesopen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
very, very usable. only tip i have is to add a 2nd color, perhaps a dark blue/purple like the vista color.
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