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Clearscreen Basic for Vista by K-Johnson Clearscreen Basic for Vista by K-Johnson

Hey all,


I've been working on these themes since last year. I redid 99% of the images in the .msstyles, and left the ones I didn't know alone. Lots of little details and hackish (but working) implementations... which 99% of it you won't notice :P (alignment, for instance). I'm not satisfied with it yet, but I figured I might as well upload them for you guys who are still enjoying Windows Vista (me included). Windows 7 is supposed to be released soon, and I will likely upgrade and update the theme whenever I get the time to.

Remember that this theme is in the BETA phase. Only two others have used it, and neither reported anything back to me, so I suppose it works well enough? I played around with lots of apps while using this theme to ensure that the theme doesn't break the usability of your programs -- pleased to say that it worked well with all my programs! :D




INFO & DOWNLOAD


Clearscreen Round is the darker and rounder version of Clearscreen Sharp.


This is the first of three themes.

* You can download all the versions in one easy link: *Uploading

* Or download the currently viewed theme by clicking "Download" to your top left.

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Installation: Check out this great guide at WinMatrix -> [link]

You can also apply the themes without messing with any of your files by downloading StyleSelector (32-bit OS only), AveStyler (Shareware), Tuneup Utilities 2009 (Shareware), or UXStyle (Free & Shareware).





BUGS


You can go ahead and report any bugs you find -- I already know of a few but haven't figured up a solution for them, yet. The main issue is that many of the text colors and images are shared, so altering one will often screw with the other. It becomes a game of whac-a-mole. :( Except that it's all tedious, and no fun.


Known Bugs


  • Resource Monitor shares with the titlebar text color (white) -- becomes difficult to read on the gray gradient it sits on. This will have to be fixed outside the theme by hacking the Resource Monitor (maybe hexing the gradient or replacing the image)... wouldn't know where to look.




  • PERSONAL NOTE


    This is not a 'designer' theme. I wanted this theme to be usable, functional and accessible. I had originally started doing the *.dll mods but it became very time consuming and confusing for me -- if you would like to help me on this part, please send me a message! I will credit you here :) Anyway, I omitted the *.dll which is why the navigation and shutdown buttons are the same (they are located in another DLL file), but would like to continue on these parts.

    Thanks to: PandaX, Ave, ~ZEUSosX, =Satukoro, ~sweatyfish, ~invaderjohn, and anyone else I missed.

    /etc: I used Photoshop CS3 and Vista Style Builder to create these themes.




    CHANGELOG


    V3.5 (MORE BUG FIXES & POLISHING):

    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Swapped solid bordering on buttons with transparent ones
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in menu's for longer/wide-character languages (like Chinese)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping in Windows Security Center
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed text clipping with Toolbar button text
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed CommandLink button to retain fidelity on its bottom edge when stretched vertically
    [Round/Basic] Fixed gradient banding on the gloss of the Start menu & Taskbar on clsRound and clsBasic, much thanks to ~sweatyfish
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed unreadable Help window and Alternate Toolbar area ([link]) to match the other toolbars for a consistent look
    [Round/Basic] Aligned group menu icons with the icon on the grouped taskbar button
    [Sharp/Basic] Added matching vertical progressbars
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed x64 graphical glitches (seperator, indeterminate progress bar, explorer navigation pane, disabled button, commandlink)!

    Hopefully these are the last of the major bugs. Perfection and compatability with everything is an impossible task with custom msstyles on Vista, but I want to get as close to it as possible! :) The reason why it is impossible: Some programs use their own code along with code pulled from the msstyles -- that can spawn problems as the programmer created the program to work with the default Vista Aero theme. Also, because Vista msstyles does a lot of sharing with global properties. I had to implement many properties in many different parts and states for custom styling! xD So let's hope this version goes smoothly so we can get some variations going for V4!



    V3 (BUG FIXES & POLISHING):

    [Sharp] Fixed Breadcrumb bar vertical seperators to match Round (how it was originally supposed to be)
    [Sharp] Changed TreeItem hot state to match the sharp corners of others
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Redid Scrollbars for better contrast, redid slider trackbars for a sharper look.
    [Sharp] Changed Padded Border Width to 1 from 0 to prevent dialog window frames from breaking.
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Placeslist images reworked (truesize value now set to stretched to fit other languages with more/wider characters)
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed taskbar 1px bottom row of inactivity
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Fixed start menu program name clipping
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made Folderband/Communications/Media/Toolbar buttons transparent -- Help menu now visible
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Recolored indeterminate progress bar to match normal progressbar and saved as 32-bit PNG
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Centered Scrollbar Gripper on bottom scrollbar
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Darkened disabled checkboxes and radio buttons a bit
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made flashing taskbar window button's orange glow more vibrant
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Made transparent tab area solid -- no more black gaps in some apps in the filter sort
    [Sharp/Round/Basic] Changed contentmargins to fit the icons within the addressbar and searchbar (seen in FireFox default skin), thanks to Sweatyfish


    V2:

    - No more third party theme changer needed (hopefully)!
    - Packed in "No Folderband Autohide" shellstyle





    COMING SOON

    - Smaller Taskbar (Next Version)
    - Optional Full Transparency on Maximize (Next Version)
    - Userpicture Option (Next Version)
    - ... and eventually Windows 7 port :P




    Clearscreen Basic (currently viewing)
    Clearscreen Sharp
    Clearscreen Round
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    :iconishfwilf:
    Ishfwilf Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
    Hey, thanks for this.
    Reply
    :iconfarukdgn:
    farukdgn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
    I love the theme, it's best but I would be happy to see ClearCursors. So it would be better than the best :D
    Reply
    :iconsamystic:
    Samystic Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
    i need your help with 3 things:
    i m using Vista Style Builder... i want to edit the default Vista theme 1) explorer titlebar and make it same as this one 2) edit explorer borders and make it like this one 3) menu highlight should be bold

    assistance will be greatly appreciated
    Reply
    :icontheespen1996:
    TheEspen1996 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
    Hello, I love your VS!!! :)
    But... I will now inform you, it's a bugg!!
    In clsSharp_Basic: when you open any folder in full size, you can see it!!
    Reply
    :iconzappernodle:
    ZapperNodle Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
    I love it!
    Reply
    :iconpat20105:
    Pat20105 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
    Awesome, every windows 7 computer should have this theme ;)
    Reply
    :iconducktape33:
    DuckTape33 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
    Please fix the big preview image, because its broken and only the smaller one works. Why? Because I want to compare round vs sharp vs basic. Oh and only the big preview version for basic is broken, the other two work fine. Thanks.
    Reply
    :iconluisaceituno:
    LuisAceituno Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    no, it's not...
    Reply
    :iconducktape33:
    DuckTape33 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
    lol it fixed it self, maybe I should of have just cleared the cache :P
    Reply
    :iconnuclearblasshole:
    NuclearBlasshole Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    You said in your comments that you may recreate this orange preview wall into a wallpaper, is it true?
    Reply
    :iconyojo2:
    yojo2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
    Awesome! It'd be more than great to have this masterpiece in XP. :)
    Reply
    :icondijimucks:
    dijimucks Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Very nice theme. Any chance of seeing it aeroized one day? (glass effect)
    Reply
    :icondualcoreinside:
    Dualcoreinside Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
    Hey,
    I`d love to see this background as a wallpaper.

    Oh, and really nice theme, using it right now ;)
    Reply
    :iconspiffyc:
    SpiffyC Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
    May I port to Win7?
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
    Its been ported, just polishing things up. Should be released by next weekend :)
    Reply
    :iconspiffyc:
    SpiffyC Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
    ok=D I CANT WAIT!
    Reply
    :iconpddeluxe:
    pddeluxe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Student General Artist
    is there any version with a smaller taskbar ? it would be very nice to create this :)
    Reply
    :iconpddeluxe:
    pddeluxe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Student General Artist
    HEY WO NICE WONDERFUL !!!
    Reply
    :iconr1p:
    R1P Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    bug, had problems with maximized windows, the title/address bar would go all crazy when i maximized another window in front of it. cant wait for this one to be finished btw :)
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
    That's odd, does it happen each time?
    Reply
    :iconr1p:
    R1P Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    ive rechecked again and it seems to working fine again :confused: odd. the only thing i still notice though is the white higlight box on the start menu. apart from that everything seems to fine :)
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
    That's good :) Yeah, I'll have to fix that bug. It must've slipped through :(
    Reply
    :iconjmlane:
    jmlane Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
    Great work!

    Small bug with clsRound_Basic: Start menu items on the left (black background, white font) have a white oval background on hover, making the very light coloured text impossible to read. Since the hover on those items is a black glossy oval in clsSharp_Basic, I assumed this was a bug worth reporting.

    Thanks for all your hard work to make Vista look good!
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
    Aw man, you're right. I'll get to fixing that and one other issue I forgot to fix.
    Thanks for the bug report!
    Reply
    :iconsupersonicgiga:
    SuperSonicGiga Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
    Transparent! On basic :D See...
    [link]
    Reply
    :iconelbareca:
    elbareca Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
    I will always be grateful for this theme!
    all of them!
    they are awesome!
    I tried thousands and I always went back to the vista basic theme... till now!
    thank you! and sorry for my english :P

    voy a estar siempre agradecido por este tema!
    todos ellos!
    son geniales!
    probe miles y siempre volvia al tema basico de vista... hasta ahora!
    gracias!
    Reply
    :iconelbareca:
    elbareca Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
    finally I found one that I like!!!!!
    thanks!!!!

    finalmente encuentro uno que me gusta!!!
    gracias!!!!
    Reply
    :iconwuntunrmoot:
    wuntunrmoot Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
    This theme is almost exactly what I want. A bit of downsizing on everything would be lovely. (I see a smaller taskbar is on the way.)

    Thank you.
    Reply
    :iconld86:
    LD86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
    Hello,

    I am using the round version without any problems on my PC but on my Tablet PC the Basic version is not usable because of this bug:
    [link]
    Below you see the classic skin and above yours with the non-visible letter-suggestion menu.

    Please, can you fix this bug?

    btw: Just cosmetic but the close button in the upper right doesn't look that well.
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
    I don't know if I replied to you, yet, but I'm a DA noob and don't know how to check.

    Anyway, I will fix the menu bug, but the close button I can't change. For some reason Microsoft decided to use Basic close button and hardcoded the Aero look there instead of relying on DWM! :S

    Thanks for your bug reports!
    Reply
    :iconld86:
    LD86 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
    Hello,

    yes, you already replied to me. :) Please just fix the menu bug. The close button doesn't matter, but without the menu it is hard to use your theme.
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
    It has been fixed :)
    Reply
    :iconld86:
    LD86 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
    Hi,

    is there any date, where you are planning to release the Clearscreen Basic version with the menu fix? Or will you release it together with the big v4 update?
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
    If all goes well, it'll be on the 29th. :)
    All three variations will be released on the same date.

    Sorry for the wait!
    Reply
    :iconrenn-louie:
    Renn-Louie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    All these 3 versions are very nice indeed. Thank you for the effort!
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    Thanks for trying it out :)
    Reply
    :iconpeanutroo:
    Peanutroo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    Maybe I didn't get your point.

    1.the 'cut off' problem don't happen here

    I tested to make a long name and when it be highlighted,
    the extra-part be omited by '...'

    p1 [link]
    p2 [link]

    2.(maybe after I make some change at the menu
    or change the vs theme.)
    when I press the button of the list,

    it doesn't make any work and the menu disappear...
    (like state in p2)

    even the 'close command menu' in start menu couldn't be highlighted —— after press , it disappear...|p3|[link]
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    1. Thanks!

    2. Hmm, I can't see the picture. Link seems to be broken :(
    Reply
    :iconpeanutroo:
    Peanutroo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    sorry for a leave...
    ——————
    tested and ——

    great~! you made it!it works!
    :woohoo:

    ——————
    could u plz
    port this effect to your 'Clearscreen Round for Vista' v3 to make a special version ?

    Loving the round effect~

    (though on Basic ,but the vs theme can give a transparent caption when setting to the standard)

    ——————
    Thanks indeed.
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    Hi, thanks for testing. Glad to hear it works :)
    I'll make one for you after I sleep... in V4 will be officially fixed :)

    You must have problem here too?

    [link]

    Good night xD
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    :iconpeanutroo:
    Peanutroo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    if it 'll be fixed officially,
    then I can wait for it.

    hope for perfect.NICE
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    :iconpeanutroo:
    Peanutroo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
    NICE.Love for this.

    ————
    A little problem happened——

    Using Vista Basic with Chinese

    the Highlight listitem in some menu
    make the text cut off at the end.

    before:[link]
    highlight:[link]

    same problem occur in the Explorer and somewhere 2.

    hope that I've make my point.

    Although I know that u design mainly for English OS,
    I want 2 get some help from u ——
    how could i fix it? how 2 make a slightly change?

    ————
    Thx anyway for this beautiful theme~
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    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
    Hi, is there a way I can change my OS language to match yours? Or do I need to have Chinese Vista?

    Can you tell me if your Properties tabs are OK? ([link])

    If no, I don't think I can fix it. I can try, but I already had to fix English version to allow it. :(

    Thanks for your report.
    Reply
    :iconpeanutroo:
    Peanutroo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
    properties tabs is OK |[link]

    my view——
    Maybe the bold style of chinese make itself wider then normal

    but the fixed width of menu just match the origin width

    So some of the menu text occur this problem
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    Hello, please test this theme: [link]

    I made changes to it, it should work now! If not, :(
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
    Yes, you are correct. It happens in English, too. I will see if I can fix it quickly. Will you be here?
    Reply
    :iconk-johnson:
    K-Johnson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
    Just incase you missed the above (the reply system makes it look like the message is old):

    Hello, please test this theme: [link]

    I made changes to it, it should work now! If not, :(
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    :iconxsv:
    XSV Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    Hey K,

    Great skin so far!

    I think there was a mixup in the upload. ClearSkin Basic is the one that has the aero style, and ClearSkin Round and Sharp are only the standard non-aero styles.

    Also, Round and Sharp are both called "Default" in the Appearance Settings.

    Overall it's a very sleek style. I think it might work really well with a slim taskbar.

    Looking forward to your next iteration :)
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    b23 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
    n1! +1 for the win 7 port :D
    Reply
    :iconlittleoatesy:
    LittleOatesy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
    it'll be great if you could
    Reply
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