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Deviants! If you're running one of the previous alphas of Sentinel...here are alternate links to Beta 1 ...

Sentinel_B1

If not then I think I'd better introduce it properly. Get ready for a long one =) (Smile)

You gotta try it! It may be a bit uncomfortable at first but please give it a day at least, bit of a change is good for you =) (Smile)

Some quick mentions...
- It was originally inspired by "The Sentinel" Windows Media Player skin by the The Skins Factory, I trust you all know where that is.
- Big thanks to all those Neowin(.net)ians, HardwareGeeks(.com) and others who've helped and encouraged me!!!
- The wallpaper was HEAVILY inspired by that wicked sphere at [link] and by Hugo Boss (InMotion cologne) (not that I use it =) (Smile)



Some Facts:

- I think I've spent the longest time ever on this one!
- Sorry vertical taskbar users, it didn't make it to beta-1. Next release, promise!
- There are 14 color schemes most of them are based on a light color but a few, namely 'Black2', 'Deviant' and 'Graphite' are dark, greta at night but I don't recommend using them for too long...it'll affect your mood =) (Smile) !
- Some of the color schemes from the MMD3 Winamp3 skin match some of these color schemes really well
- The visual style is just about complete, still need to do vertical taskbar, logonUI cursors, shell32 animations and icons
- All the images have been optimized so don't worry about performance


Installation:

I had to split the .msstyle into two cos my StyleBuilder compiles a max of 10 color schemes per .msstyle file.
You need to first install the 'Bank Gothic Medium BT' font (included)

There are two ways to run it,

1 - You can extract everything to a folder and go double-clicking all the .msstyle files and manually change color schemes and matching wallpapers or you can

2 - Extract all the .theme files and 'Sentinel_A' and 'Sentinel_B' folders to your %WINDIR%\Resources\themes\ folder and select the color schemes from Display Properties, this way is quicker but it takes up a lot of space on your themes list and you'll most probably loose your cursor and the default desktop icon settings


Here are the Commandments to obey when using Sentinel:

- Though shallt use ONLY Normal Size fonts
- Though shallt NOT use large icons in the quick launch area
- Use ClearType font smoothing, otherwise titlebar fonts look blocky
- Disable the 'Address' Toolbar from your taskbar cos it throws it off sync when you're using multiple-line taskbars.
- Disable the 'Language Bar' from the taskbar (ugly)

Thats it!

I really like it and I hope that you will too! Please post your opinions and be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or bug reports.

ChaNinja
chaninja@yahoo.co.uk

btw
If you're willing and able, any donations would be GREATLY appreciated! - [link] -> "chaninja@yahoo.co.uk"
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PhantomDEV2018's avatar
PhantomDEV2018|Hobbyist Interface Designer
would love to see this for windows 10 rs5 =D
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azumangaa-daiohh's avatar
this looks so early 2000s and i love it
definitely usin this on my vm
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profesorxxx's avatar
why can download? or where i can download for innosetup skin?
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GrayhorseRetired's avatar
Great Job!
I am a NUT for Orange and black and can tolerate red and yellow.
You have done a great design and offered colors too.
I have enjoyed a lot of your work and hope you continue.
thank you for this one!
Grayhorse Retired
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DeMoNBL4dE|Hobbyist Interface Designer
good job!
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7dudes's avatar
great work ...please make this theme for win 7
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7dudes's avatar
great job...please make this theme for win7
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kkarllos's avatar
Great job....
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mcwurth|Hobbyist General Artist
great visual style but: and this is probably my system: when i reboot my system it comes up without this VS except the colorscheme is set to this style. any idea why this could be?
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ISigh's avatar
dont know how to instal it + only have Sentinel_B1 not Sentinel_A [link]
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samsmudpucker's avatar
I like sentinel (red) very much and use it in XP-32
Now also have XP-64 but doesn't work, but will keep trying.
Sam
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adni18|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Excellent work! :thumbsup:
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M5000's avatar
M5000|Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I love this style, like no lie. I had it installed on my older XP computer but I don't use that anymore, is there ANY way you can somehow adapt this to be a Vista theme? If you do, I will worship you forever. This is like the only theme I can find that's even close to my current aspirations for my visual style: Dark with blue accents. And if you can't adapt it, that's fine I'm just saying that a Vista adaptation would be greatly enjoyed.
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tomasse|Hobbyist General Artist
great theme dude.
on my XP era, this was the one i used the most.
I even made a wallpaper to match back then, here is the link [link] , yeah i know, kinda late for compliments, but i just bumped on your gallery by pure luck, so i thought i mention it.
Again, very nice...keep up the good work.
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5Seven's avatar
Hello,
Wonderful, great job. I've installed it.
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and-reas's avatar
I'm using it right now, great theme! Also very complete.
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Zeentch's avatar
Hey chaninja i've been a fan of your work for a long time altho i have never known you could be found on dArt and now when i have found you i just wish that i'd have found a updated Sentinel style but seems i have to use this one for a couple of more years, im glad u did the style and im happy i found ya, keep up the good work =)
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and-reas's avatar
Im using this theme right now, and it's the best one made! Really professional
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mribeiro's avatar
WOW!!! At first glance, this theme is absolutely amazing. However, I do have a few issues:

1. Toolbars in Firefox are HUGE (like unbelievably huge). Is there any way to correct this?
2. I am using an iconized toolbar ([link]), but the icons look really strange. Why does it do this?

Other than this, I love this theme. I'm using Sentinel_B--Black2 and I just love the gray backgrounds in explorer as well as the amazing taskbar (even though there are a few issues).
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IronLeviathan's avatar
Awesome! Just downloaded it (First custom theme I've ever set up) And I love it.
Thanks
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rng72's avatar
Wow by far one of the best, I like the fact you not only changed the colors but really changed the look and shape I can see you put tons of work into this KUDOS!
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XxSoulHunterxX's avatar
This is an amazing theme.

:thumbsup:=)
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qizemli's avatar
Hmmm, I've been needing a new Visual Style. Congrats on the DD BTW...
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