There are a few caveats to using this software, however. Windows 7 has a feature that lets you easily find a particular window by making all other windows “invisible” but keeping their outline. This can be easily demonstrated by hovering your mouse over the bottom right of the taskbar to “show desktop”. When using a skin that has textures, all of these windows show the texture rather than becoming invisible.
Additionally, there are a few applications that just do not play nice with WindowBlinds 7. I noticed that Microsoft Excel’s window disappeared. Once I switched back to Windows Aero then Excel worked just fine. Other applications already have their own skin, such as Steam and iTunes, which is just fine and probably wouldn’t work well with a custom skin anyway.
These caveats are really small, and really aren’t deterrents from using WindowBlinds 7. Like the Excel issue, you may find some applications that just do not work well with being skinned. There are hundreds of user-generated skins at Win-Customize.com, so any compatibility issues you encounter may be due to an immature skin. Stardock also makes some professional-looking addon skins, and they cost about $5 each. If you want to create your own skin (or edit existing ones), then it will cost you an extra $20 to purchase Stardock’s SkinStudio.
It appears that the WindowBlinds 7 technology has finally matured enough to truly enhance your desktop experience. You can finally make Windows your own without sacrificing performance. There are a few minor issues that still need to be worked out, but this is the best version of skinning software I’ve seen, as it works with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and finally supports 64-bit Operating Systems. If you’re a customization junkie, then hop on over to Impulse (Stardock’s online software and game distribution platform) and download it now.