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Wannabe 9 or 10 or something
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Published: September 25, 2014
I've been working on different mockups of what I'd like for Windows 9, but since we now have a better view of what it would actually look like, I've made a new one.

On the menu : tabs ! no search box (a similar system as Ubuntu, you just type when the window is selected, or use ctrl+F if you prefer), only one option button (with "new folder", "copy", "paste", ... all that good stuff), but icons can be added between the adress box and the file button (just like in Firefox), new icons more "flat", borderless windows with good shadows, and a new overall friendly appearance.

I hope you like it. And as always, don't hesitate to share your thoughts on what's good or not, it's always appreciated :)
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nvidiot's avatar
I've been a long time fan of your Soft7 theme since the Windows 7 days. I hope you will release a true successor to Soft7 on windows 10 someday. Best wishes and good luck for the future.
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AlexandrePh's avatar
Thanks for the comment and sorry for the looong time to answer ^^
I'm afraid I won't be working on any new theme, especially not for an OS when there's a lot of work involve. Soft7 was also trully based on Aero, transparency, volume, and all that, and Windows 10 is a lot different. I also really enjoy the new flat style (I know, we're not many ^^) all the work they've done to enhance the OS. And I actually don't have a lot of ideas to make the appearance better, I love the black taskbar, the white window, the new caption buttons. With Insiders builds I love the new Windows Ink Workspace. My only wish would be to place the Action Center icon back on the left of the clock, delete the "all programs" list from the start menu, and get rid of the Ribbon to have one single option button like in every web browsers. And this is more coding than design, which I'm not good at :)
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nexttjme's avatar
really nice ;). can you plz share the wall?
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AlexandrePh's avatar
It's actually one of the wallpaper included in Windows 8 ;) Here you go : 10wallpaper.com/fr/view/Window…
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nexttjme's avatar
ya, i miss this pic ;). Hey, do you have any plans for Soft 8???
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agtiger1's avatar
agtiger1|Hobbyist Interface Designer
I like it but I'd need to have a search box because I use it so much.
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martinmyrvold|Professional Interface Designer
Nice work ap-graphik. The icons for folders and devices/drives seems a bit inconsistent though.
Also,  what´s your thought on how OS X is moving forward design wise? With the windows controls and navigation controls now integrated into a single bar on most of the applications? Looking at this mockup, I think combining the two could make for a more simpler and clutter-free interface.
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Thwack01's avatar
Tabs... i've always missed that on windows
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ToRTeEnEdited |Hobbyist Interface Designer
I really like this mockup man! ,-)
It has a really great flat feel to it and it's really clean & likeable for eyes .-)

I'm still waiting for the day, when Windows will have UI/UX design which can compete with Mac OS X, because now, it's just plain and boring as hell (I'm talking about Win 8.1 and 10 right now). I was thinking too many times about switching to Mac OS X, because it has everything (in design aspect) what I've always wanted from OS to look like, but there are more important reasons to stay with Windows OS at the moment (there are just a lot of things which Windows has and Mac OS X doesn't have, unfortunately...)

I just hope that someday, they will take an inspiration from designers on the Internet and make something beautiful like this (-:
We can only hope!
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nahrizulashraf's avatar
omg please please please let this theme be real :)
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GossipLife's avatar
just installed windows 10 preview, still looks shit ;(
why microsoft dont hire some better designer like you ;(
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ABS96's avatar
ABS96|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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cookies2011's avatar
I like the icons.
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AlexandrePh's avatar
Thanks, I'll try to put more work into them and make a release
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DogeMan22's avatar
That would be really cool  :O
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cookies2011's avatar
Thank you. Waiting on release then! :)
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LukasKokoska|Professional Interface Designer
Best W9 concept yet for sure. Embodies most of the things I'd do being in Microsoft's shoes, and it doesn't try to be flat, it is (in a sense of capitalizing on the flat design and taking advantage of it's positives, rather than showing it's negatives like I saw in other conepts). Also digging some of the folder icons, good work mate!
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geoogle's avatar
windows 8 should be like this!
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Skrell's avatar
This looks friggin AWESOME!!!  Is there any chance the icons are real?  I'd love to get the ones from the "Favorites" bar you have !
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AlexandrePh's avatar
I do wish to make them real, the one in the window (colored) are 48px anyway, and the one on the navigation pane are 16px, so they would easily be usable (the color wouldn't change on hover of course).
But I may change them, I did not bother for this mockup, but here the music and download icon are not exactly the same in 16 and 48px, it's especially true for the music icon. But this music icn (16px) is very common anyway, so I'm sure something similar could be found somewhere.

And if all goes well I'll do an iPack to be able to install them all at once.

Since Windows Style Builder doesn't help me doing my theme (under Windows 8), I may switch to the icons instead. All there is to do is at least the 32px version and maybe 64px, not I'm used to but I'll do my best ^^
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hammer85|Hobbyist General Artist
I wish! Win 8/9 developers should go jump of a cliff. This is that good. Will you create a soft7 type theme for win 8/9?
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Thanks :)
I'm being asked about Soft7 a lot and I think about it each time. But the main motivation behind Soft7 was Aero and the transparency, I know many people also liked the gray command bar, but that was really not something I liked that much myself. The theme was based on transparency, simplicity, and make everything without a too high contrast like the default Aero of Vista / 7.
And this is why I really don't know what I could do with that under Windows 8 or 9... And the only way to get a proper aero effect under these OS is with a paid software (Aero Glass), and I don't want to release something on dA that would require to pay for something, and I'd also not recommend at all to download or hack the thing illegally.

I also don't feel comfortable on working on something for dA (the place where I do things for fun) where I don't have that much motivation, because I'm not into transparency anymore. Right now it feels as a thing of the past.

But, even if I've got some difficulty with Windows Style Builder under Windows 8 (...), I still have some themes in the work and ideas for others. I just wish I'll have the possibility to finish them before Windows 9 will be out (sooner than we expect I think).
I think I'll finish the one I'm working on these days, then maybe release mockups of my ideas and see the one people like the most (hoping it won't finish like my Lumi project...).
And my current theme will be all dark ^^ so I'm not sure if you (and everyone that's following me on dA) will like it or not, all square, dark and flat... we'll see :)
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hammer85|Hobbyist General Artist
Truthfully, you have so much (well-earned) hype due to soft7 that many people watching you are waiting for any kind of theme from you. Even the above mockup with its off-white color looks stunning.
Your concept of home & file button is epic compared to the trash that is ribbon bar & it's small ugly buttons.  Aero time has gone sadly. As for me I keep switching between soft7 & shine 2.0 themes.

> And my current theme will be all dark ^^ so I'm not sure if you (and everyone that's following me on dA) will like it or not, all square, dark and flat... we'll see.

Just add a light option :) I hope you can create another masterpiece for windows 8 or 9.
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