Aqua for Windows

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by mmcneil, Jan 16, 2002.

  1. mmcneil macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    Not sure if anyone has posted this previously

    Window Blinds is a tool that Stardock makes that "skins" the windows desktop. This example shows a Mac OS X-look "blind" on a windows desktop.

    It really does make windows look good :). I may try this for VPC :)
  2. tw9876z macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2002
    cool, ill put it on my old pc, but can you turn it off and change it around some more? also do you have to buy it?
  3. strngwys macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2002
    take that NT

    i'm putting it on the horrible NT station i have to slave over at work all day. Just to make me feel a bit more at home.
  4. ipiloot macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2001
    I use it every day

    Well. If we talk about WindowBlinds, it just replaces the bitmaps, that Windows uses for the buttons, menus, scrollbars etc. with other ones (whatever they are). Therefore You can change Windows to look like a Next machine or BeOS or Mac or whatever other operating system (or some fantasy system).

    Therefore, using Windowblinds alone doesn't make Your computer behave like MacOSX. It makes it to look like one. Eaven worse. As Windows uses many sets of the graphics and some apps use their own, windowblinds isn't capable skinning them all.
    So. Some bad habits remain (windowing the maximized screen for excample). And some functionality cannot be there (transparent menus, Dock).

    What You see on the screenshot is a replaced shell of Windows using all the Stardock's packages. I tried it, but as it took helluva configuration time, I left it behind. Also Dock did look ugly (as the bitmap icon's can't be scaled the way vector icons do.). And the Dock wasn't really alive (the content of the dock wasn't dependent of what programs do I open) Stardock has many packages. You need at least DesktopX to do this.

    Below is the picture with the windowblinds and IconPackager as it looks on my desktop.

    Attached Files:

  5. dantec macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2001
    I found...

    an aqua skin for Win Xp... on a site once... but I notified Apple's legal department.

    I wonder if they reacted... :)
  6. atomwork macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2001
    Miami Beach

    That's weird guys. The link from mmcneil looks so much like a deformed Apple system that it would be redicoulos from them to put on any PC. Every windows looks so like OS X. Isn't that too dangerous for themself in terms of lawsuits here in the US?

    But if this is no joke from someone just to blind us then its a poor statement from them to copy so direct our lovely system:)
  7. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
  8. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    that's friggin' cool! I'll have to install that on the company PC....

    he he he.... :p
  9. dantec macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2001
    It actually...

    looks really good... (excluding the dock)... Will it run on anything else besides Win XP?

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