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VECTRA WB5 by vStyler VECTRA WB5 by vStyler
UPDATED - Here is the link for a non english Substyle [link]

FInalized ! After adding upper taskbar support substyles i believe this theme is finally complete. EVERYthing is skinned !

UPDATED Ive just updated Vectra with Substyles containing clear start panels as opposed to the ones with the Vectra branding.

preview.. here --> [link]


My Entry for the 2006 GUI Championships @ [link]


When I first decided to create this theme, I was going to try and make something that no one has attempted before, a real 'SPLASH', so I racked my brains (and I do mean racked..) for some ways to really take advantage of the capabilities that WB5 offers. Most noticeably I suppose are the taskbar\taskbar buttons combination. Make sure you lock your taskbar to take full advantage of how I designed it. Also try using some different walls, you'll see what i mean if you do. Secondly I designed it so that the close button is the entire Windows flag, you can click anywhere on the flag to close a window. I find it pretty intuitive once you get used to it. Special thanks to my friends Lightstar, Meshugga, Bob, Mike, Zoomba, GreenReaper and last but NOT least Adam Najmanowicz for helping me through these past weeks, without whose help I would never have made it. ALL that said... Enjoy ..VECTRA! I've enjoyed making it. Visit my site to see some of my previous work at [link] .

Thanks

Includes ALL WB5 Extras including a substyle for use with lighter wallpapers.

You can grab the matching wall here ----> [link]


DONT FORGET TO VOTE.... if you enjoy the theme.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-10-21
Here's Windows all polished and shiny! Presenting VECTRA WB5 by ~vStyler! ( Featured by abhimanyughoshal )
:iconzeolyte:
zeolyte Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
I remember seeing this from the GUI Champs... really great work!
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:iconsonic4000:
SoNiC4000 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WTF O_o your theme is great :]
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:iconthe1blur:
The1Blur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man..that is so hott....but i dont have blinds...:(
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:iconmilanioom:
milanioom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow!!
love the taskbar man,so original! :D
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:icondobee:
dobee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ah man, u beat me to it...
tab like taskbar was my next WB skin idea, anyway good luck with the GUI Champs

Awesome work
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks bro, and..umm.. sorry about that.. if it makes you feel better, i have great admiration for your work, one of the best overall IMO.

In particular the grey and orange theme you did, cant for the life of me remember the name of it right now tho but very good work.
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:icondobee:
dobee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
no worries mate,
u must be speaking bout Half-life 2 VS?... thanks :)
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:iconrohver:
rohver Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
*bleeeeep!!* This is an awesome theme!
*adds to favs*
thanks a lot
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:iconsiebenzehn:
siebenzehn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
any chance to get this as something that can be used with just a hacked uxtheme.dll?
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry, transparency wont work with that. mores the pity.
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:iconmareth:
Mareth Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Student General Artist
Slick and gorgeous to boot! Great job! :D
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
thx, but what about the theme?

:giggle:

by the way your sketches are great, i checked em out, hope u voted for me too!
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:iconmareth:
Mareth Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Student General Artist
I like the theme a lot too! ;DDDD It's all good. ^^

Aww, thanks a bunch! :love: I did vote for you too. ~_~ Hope you win!
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:iconbman06:
bman06 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
LOVE IT!
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:icon2leinlovewithart:
2leInLoveWithART Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
you are cool
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:iconflorence-nightingale:
This is amazing! I adore the color scheme and overall design. Definitely deserved a DD! :D

I would really like to download this skin, but I've never done anything like that before, so... I have a few questions, lol:

1.) I have Windows XP v. 5.1 - will this skin work with that platform...?

2.) If it does work... how do I download this skin and all of its goodies and then make it so that it's my laptop's skin...? I hope that makes sense, lol. I would really like to use this skin, I've just never done anything like this before! :(
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Well, This is a Windowblinds skin, you would need to have WindowBlinds 5 Available at [link]

howEVER, because it is a Transparent theme you would have to have the full version of Windowblinds,

its 20 bucks, but in my opinion, worth every penny.

Once you have it installed, you can just click ADD NEW SKIN.. and Apply it to your computers interface.

Voila, just that easy. But dont blame me if you get addicted to customizing, its becomeing increasingly more popular as people spend more time at their comps. Think of it as Adorning your computers look just like you would your living room .

Hope this helps, If you get a chance please go vote for me at the link listed in Description.!

Thx.
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:iconflorence-nightingale:
Thank you! If I DL your skin, will I get those whale icons, too? x)

I'll be sure to vote for you :)
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:iconpickupjojo:
pickupjojo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
OH MY GOD! :D
Absolutly gorgeous, I need it in .msstyles! ;)
Plz, do it for StyleXP, I'll thank you how you want. :)
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Not possible to port this to StyleXP and it look the same im afraid, it doesnt handle transparency..wish i could.

thx for the great comment and fav tho.
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:iconpickupjojo:
pickupjojo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Oh nooo... :(
Yes, wish you could! :D

Or I'll download WindowBlinds, but it's a shareware. :(
Thanks for your answer and your awesome work. :)
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:icongabrielxavier:
gabrielxavier Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
:wow:.

I think thats the only thing I can say is :wow:.
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:iconaker:
aker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
holy shit man!
incredible design here
I especially like the windows logo for the start button
the transperancy is crisp and clear :thumbsup:
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the Daily Deviation and all the superb comments everyone.!
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:icona-s-continued:
a-s-continued Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
it looks complicated but i like the transparent menu bar.
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:iconnhurtley:
nhurtley Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Photographer
Personally I would never use this (I prefer minimalistic themes) but you've done an extraordinary job.
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:iconjarofjuice:
jarofjuice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
This is great - although sadly I don't use WB anymore since it is always showing abnormalities in the taskbar :(
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:iconrjupiter:
rjupiter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006   Photographer
its a great looking skin. just wish I could figure out how you got the taskbar to work/look like that. it doesn't do it for me.
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Try Using the substyles included, and dont forget to lock your taskbar!!

:D
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:iconrjupiter:
rjupiter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006   Photographer
yeah, I tried that and I always keep my tb locked but for some reason whatever sub I choose nothing changes. must be a wb5 bug?
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Perhaps a System specific Wb5 bug, it seems to be working perfectly on other systems, wish there was more ui could suggest to help you my friend.
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:iconrjupiter:
rjupiter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006   Photographer
its ok, I got it workin I had to upgraded to v5.1 so it all works now, yay! hey can you recommend (or do you have) an icon set for iconpackager to go with?
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah its blue Whales also available at the contest, do me a favor, shoot me a vote while ur over there plz !
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:iconrjupiter:
rjupiter Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006   Photographer
thanks. took me a bit to remember my mem/pass for that site (old stuff from 6 years ago) but I got and voted. cheers.
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:icondctoe:
dctoe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
How it should look. Great work!
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:iconarchann:
archanN Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
stunning theme. love it
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:iconinamorata-smile:
inamorata-smile Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great scheme of colours :heart:
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:iconpopc0rn:
Popc0rn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
So cool :) Congrats on the DD
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:icontourqeglare:
TourqeGlare Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Student Digital Artist
got it in black?
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:iconvstyler:
vStyler Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
You can recolor it with Windowblinds recolor feature, dunn how great that will look but u can .
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:iconneooki:
neooki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Interface Designer
This is simply amazing!!! This is how themes should be made. And I give you props, for being Original... and doing a damn good job of it..
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:iconarchius:
Archius Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
I love the blue. I dislike the bad shade of beige. I wish you would use the shade that the original windows xp skin uses or use a clean white.

Other than that it's a very nice change. Great work.
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:iconvahnroi:
VahnRoi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006   Interface Designer
Fanastic skin. Very original Taskbar style.
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:iconbangboombang:
bangboombang Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Fantastic, itīs hot !!!
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:icongigabitx2:
gigabitx2 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
wow, is all i got to say. props to you sir.
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:iconpepei:
PEPEi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Very interesting taskbar. Really good!
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:iconrazor1985:
RAZOR1985 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Finally, someone who's intelligent enough to use WB5's capabilities to make something other than a Vista style.
This theme is perfect in every way! Congrats on a genuis idea! [link]
Wow!
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:icontectraxx:
tectraxx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Oh my god... awesome...
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:iconjaykraz:
JAYKRAZ Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
Great stuff, if you don,t win, you still a winner, all the best. Jim
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:iconmenno1963:
menno1963 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
the best I've seen so far! an absolute winner for the GUI championships
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