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2007-04-23, 18:18:32 #2 | TOP
Last year was another great year for skinning. Users from around the world created some incredibly fantastic skins. Culturally, skinning is a great deal different today than it was back in the late 90s. Back then, a popular skin might get a 1000 downloads. I remember when the first "Aqua" skins came out and the infamous "WinAqua" from Dangeruss managed to get 5 THOUSAND downloads total which was, back 2000 or so, a real milestone. Now, downloads of 50,000 are common and most of the top skins can expect to be reaching towards 100,000 downloads.
The popularity of skins has altered the way skins are made. Designs tend to be much more mainstream. While programs such as WindowBlinds and Winamp allow for pretty free-form skin designs, the trend has been to make them conservative and "clean" to appeal to the widest audience.
In this article, we look at some of the best skins of last year. This article is, by no means, the end all be all list, we do try to include a good selection of the best creations from the past year.


WindowBlinds

WindowBlinds is a 3rd party program developed by Stardock (whom I work for) that lets users apply GUI skins (often called visual styles) that change the overall look and feel of the Windows interface (title bars, push buttons, Start bar, etc.).
To use WindowBlinds skins you will need to download .
Last year was a great year for skinning. Not counting the great skins that came out of the , here are ten of the best (there were so many great ones to choose from so apologies to all the other great skinners we didn't include).

danill0c's 5imple skin was one of the first WindowBlinds skins to really show off what WindowBlinds 5 could do. Both a practical skin and very polished at the same time. The subtle shadow effect is part of the skin (WindowBlinds 5's engine supports alpha blending effects like shadows and glass). A terrific design all together.



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Kol's Thallos was one of the best skins of last year without a doubt. Clean, smooth, and useful, its subtle shadows and polish made it a favorite for users. Thallos is unique in that Kol created both WindowBlinds and msstyles versions of it and hence won in both categories. The two are virtually identical. The WindowBlinds version adds toolbar icons, and a progress animation.



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Josephs's Live Suite was one of the highlights of last year. Some argued that this is the look they wish they'd updated Windows 2003 Server to look like. A good step between Windows XP and Windows Vista.



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[align=center]ChaNinja's MotoXP B1 was one of the most beautiful skins created last year. Both highly stylish and very usable. It comes in multiple styles, supports animation, and is very fast.



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