With the launch of WinCustomize 2007, we introduced the Master Skins program. It was a way for some of our most senior and talented artists to sell their work directly through WinCustomize. It was our way of giving back to the individuals who have given us so much over the years and helped make skinning and WinCustomize what it is today.
In just a little over half a year, the program has been a resounding success with more and more master skinners posting their outstanding work. And as the year has progressed we've promoted a number of Journeyman users to Master as well, so the ranks continue to swell.
Up until 2007, skinners wishing to sell their work often had to develop and maintain their own websites, and find ways to market themselves and spread the word to attract customers. That's a tall order considering how much noise there is out there on the web. By providing these skinners a space at WinCustomize to sell their work, we were able to provide millions of potential customers every month.
As I said, the program has been an amazing success, with many skinners selling hundreds of units in just a few months. Some of these folks have made skinning a full-time job, and we've been helping support that decision through the Master Skins program.
We hope to see more master skinners step up to the plate with more of these outstanding skins in the future. Already we have seen WindowBlinds skins, full suites, Dreams, DesktopX Themes and Gadgets. I'm personally looking forward to IconPackages, and new WindowBlinds 6 skins with all the bells and whistles. There's a lot out there that's yet to be skinned, and a big opportunity with Vista slowly gaining acceptance. The skins we've already seen are just the tip of the iceberg I'm sure.
In case you haven't been keeping up with releases, here are all of the community Master Skins uploaded to-date. These really represent some of the best skins ever uploaded to the site. There's no question that the folks making these deserve the title of Master.
Also, remember that if you're a WinCustomize Subscriber, you get a 20% discount on all Master Skin purchases.