I'm not a big fan of "windows skinning" apps because they're all too bloated and busy... I don't really have anything against the plain old Windows look except for one thing: the ugly title bars.
I'd like to see a module that lets you skin the titlebars -- possibly also the min/max/close buttons. It should let you use a tiled or stretched skin and have the usual font settings (typeface, color, shadow/shadow color, bold/italic, alignment etc). And of course a switch !bang that lets you change the skin on the fly.
Does this sound completely demented? =)
ShellWM is nice, but aside from that it's very buggy you have to switch skins manually (i.e. you cant integrate it into your LS theme). Also, with "the extended skinning" support added ShellWM seems to be heading down the bloated path of WB and StyleXp... I'd like a light little module, not another stand-alone.
in the words of fat comic-store guy in the Simpsons: most requested litestep module ever ;)
Every titlebar skinner app available is pure crap because it's a hack.. I don't imagine that they will EVER be reliable..
If you're using WindowsXP, you should check out StyleXP. It lets you not only change the titlebars and titlebar buttons, but also every aspect of the Windows UI (skinnable scrollbars, buttons, lists, menus, you name it) and it is _not_ a hack.. it is _not_ slow.. and it does _not_ suck..
Unlike every other window-skinning app.. because it simply uses Windows XP's visualstyle system.
You might even be able to call stylexp to change a theme from the command line. not sure..
actually, styleXP _does_ suck.
try using a uxtheme.dll patcher, and you'll find yourself using one less useless app to do what should've been an OS feature by default.
shellwm is in dire need of an update... it is buggy as hell but is super easy to skin. doesn't work with miranda or foobar or firefox.... ugh.