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January 19, 2009 by Zoomba
General Announcement:

Cogent will be conducting network maintenance at several of it's datacenters overnight tonight, including ones where some Stardock Servers are housed.  Between 10:00pm on 1/19 and 6:00am on 1/20 there will be brief periods of down-time and slow connections over the course of the maintenance.  This down-time will affect all Stardock sites & servers including (but not limited to):

December 1, 2008 by Zoomba
We are in the final stretch folks.  This Friday, December 5th is the deadline to submit Icons and WB Skins for the Most Usable & Most Unique events in both categories.  At 11:59pm EST on the 5th, we will lock the ability to upload new skins/icons, as well as the ability to modify already posted ones, so if you have any last-minute updates, get them in soon.

Judging will happen next Monday, and user voting will begin on Tuesday. 

The IconPackager event is absolutely insan...
November 17, 2008 by Zoomba
Attention all Dream-Makers, you only have a few more days to tweak and upload your Dreams for consideration in the Most Original and Most Usable Dream events!

Friday, November 21st 11:59pm EST is the cut-off for those two events.  Dreams submitted, or updated, after that point will NOT be elligible for the public voting round.  So if you have any changes to get in, time is running out.

Just to remind everyone, here's what we have up for grabs in these two events:

2 Sapphire Ra...
October 24, 2008 by Zoomba
The 2008 GUI Champs have been underway for just under two weeks now and already we have some absolutely fantastic skins in the library.  Today we have a mix of Skins, Icons and Dreams already vying for the top spots when we pick the winners in November/December.  As was the case last year, we already have two outstanding Icon sets, some killer skins and great dreams, some of the best content of the entire year so far!

Below are the latest entries.  Be sure to check back regular...
October 23, 2008 by Zoomba
We have covered quite a few Halloween skin categories over the last couple of weeks.  By now, you should be able to get a Halloween inspired desktop put together rather quickly.  Continuing on, this time we wanted to feature some WindowBlinds skins with a spooktacular look and feel.

Dont forget if you are a WinCustomize or Object Desktop subscriber, you get the Halloween theme free. 

If we missed any, please post the links to the skins.

October 13, 2008 by Zoomba
Welcome to the fourth bi-annual GUI Championships!  The GUI's is the ultimate Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) competition.  Graphics designers from around the world will be competing in three primary GUI categories; WindowBlinds, Icons and Animated Wallpapers.  This year's competition has a prize pool of nearly $15,000 with prizes from AMD/ATI, Wacom, Corel, TechSmith, DeviantArt and WinCustomize!

Starting today, October 14th, 2008, skinners will be able to submit their ...
September 29, 2008 by Zoomba
Alright, we're about two weeks away from the start of the 2008 GUI Championships and the launch of the brand new GUI Champs website.  We're seeing teams form up, and I know some of you out there have been working very hard on your entries for months now.  With the contest so close though, I wanted to make sure that everyone was clear on the rules, the technical requirements etc.

So now's your chance.  Ask away!  Any burning questions or nagging doubts?  Want to know i...
July 15, 2008 by Zoomba
Of course, if you've ever used a J. Aroche skin, you already knew he was a master at his craft.  His CursorFX skins, dock icons and Icon Packs are some of the best work you'll find here at WinCustomize.  So in recognition of his immense talent and contributions to the community, we've named J. Aroche our newest Master Skinner.Yes, that last one is a Beatnik skin, his first upload to WinCustomize.

Congrats to J. Aroche on his promotion to the most elite ranks of the skinning communit...
July 14, 2008 by Zoomba
Last week we talked about the first details surrounding the 2008 GUI Champs.  You now know the events, and when the whole competition kicks off.  Armed with that knowledge, skinners can now begin their work in earnest to make sure they have their masterpiece skin ready for the big day.  This week's question is whether or not you're going to participate in this year's competition.

Results posted next week (for real this time!)
July 14, 2008 by Zoomba
Ok, so we left the Impulse poll up for a full month (as opposed to our normal weekly schedule) to give people as much time as possible to think about switching, make the switch and then cast their vote.  The poll originally went up several days before the full launch of Impulse and has been up for the first month of it's public life.  So now, a month later we feel we have a pretty good sampling of our userbase.  Turns out that a huge number of you have already made the switch with...
July 14, 2008 by Zoomba
Welcome back to the work week!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and had some time to relax and catch up on all the nothing you can't get around to doing during the week.  Personally, I could use a weekend to just sleep I've been so busy.  But I guess that's what summer is all about; spending weekends traveling, visiting with friends, going to festivals etc.  Now that it's Monday again though it's back to the grindstone.  And to keep with our normal Monday programming...
July 11, 2008 by Zoomba
As a community of digital artists, I figured everyone might be interested in some of the graphics tools we've been releasing through Impulse, our next-generation digital distribution platform. 

We've been very fortunate to have a great partner in Corel, one of the leaders in graphic design tools.  Since the release of Impulse, we've been working to release many Corel applications.

We now have the two major Corel graphics applications available via Impulse: CorelDRAW X4 and ...
July 11, 2008 by Zoomba
Last month, Seabass of Stardock Support took the initiative and started what is intended to be a monthly newsletter covering common issues people are encountering with their software, and some simple fixes to try.  The idea is to give users more information, get problems resolved quickly and hopefully reduce the number of identical tickets support has to wade through, leaving them free to respond to other issues.

Yesterday, a new Panic Button went up, specifically focusing on Impulse iss...
July 9, 2008 by Zoomba
Summer has been in full-swing for a few weeks now, but the number of skins haven't slowed down at all it seems.  Obviously you folks aren't letting something like good weather get in the way of building and uploading some killer skins!

So if you're still skinning this summer, what's your summer project?  Is it a light and sunny skin, or prep work for the 2008 GUI Champs starting in just a few months (I just got off the phone with our first major sponsor, should have the first prize ...
July 9, 2008 by Zoomba
The last few weeks we've seen a bunch of great new WindowBlinds skins uploaded to the site.  Normally we see one every few weeks, this week alone we've had 4 either new skins, or updates to existing skins.  Every single one of these skins deserves a download and a run around the block.  So get to downloading and let the skinners know how much you enjoy and appreciate their work.

17 WindowBlinds skins in June!  Wow!