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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2022 7:56 am 
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DogmaX4 port [Classic 1,2 and 7 styles]

I borrowed menu parts of an old WindowBlinds theme called DogmaX4

The main menu has smoky transparent borders. There is no glass color or blur.
I used the floating variation images from the theme that have built-in shadows.

I hope the author "Brewman" doesn't mind, but in order for the menu skin to work on Classic Shell,
and to simplify it as well, I stripped away most of the blue bottom part of the main menu.

This is a mostly off-white start menu except for the blue bottom area,
the original blue submenu, blue scroll, and the blue selector button options.

The blue-grey selector is not part of the DogmaX4 theme. I made a screenshot of them.
What happened was the theme showed square-cornered blue-grey selectors at first,
because I didn't restart the computer to refresh the WindowBlinds program.
When I restarted XP, the menu showed the correct white gradient button type.
I liked that fallback blue-grey color that matches the main menu's bottom blue area,
so I included it along with rounded corners.
Took the explorer blue gradient selector and added another selector option.

I borrowed the theme's strong off-white gradient context menu image to use as an extra submenu option.
Made another submenu with slightly smaller transparent borders similar to the main menu.

In order to stop the gridline texture from stretch distorting on CSM, I used a separate grid pattern image.
It's never going to line up symmetrically as on the original theme. It's as good as it gets.
Added an option to disable the grid pattern for a cleaner brighter look.
The original menu didn't have main menu separators, so I added an option to disable them.

There was some talk about Brewman making a Vista version, but it never happened.
So, I made a 7 style version of it. All Tahoma XP font though, not Segoe.
The default skin font size is set at 10 with the Large font size option at 12.
I copied over the "Text size" option from the Metallic skin. It does a straight text size override.
It's good in that it can make small incremental pixel sizes.
I believe one can input points (-9) or pixels (12), and also works with a decimal point (11.5)

There is one slight annoyance I have with the menu floating so high.
The shutdown submenu would normally open up higher than the shutdown button.
But now in some cases, the submenu goes south to the taskbar. It's just how Windows works.

There was no user image in the original start menu. There is not much room for one.
I added it anyway on the 7 style, and the Classic 2 style menus only. It looks kind of odd sticking out so far.

The Corner flag at the bottom of the menu was added as an option. No penalty if the corner flag is removed. :)

I skipped copying over the start button and taskbar.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2022 10:56 am 

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Wassup juniper,
Gawdamn!! it's a beautiful skin.
And you are also more gorgeous than ever !wink !wink profile pic.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:21 pm 
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Hi meetHG.
I can't believe Classic Shell is still up. I notice every now and then,
this site does go down for a few days, for maintenance or something.

Brewman's skin is another unique one.

Better to have a Googled profile picture of a smiling lady than my ugly bearded face. :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2022 1:57 pm 
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Ivo should have hired you for making the official skins or added some of the best skins when it was still alive. :P

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I am a Windows enthusiast and helped a little with Classic Shell's testing and usability/UX feedback.

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