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


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'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


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.


If you're willing and able, any donations would be GREATLY appreciated! - [link] -> ""
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Daily Deviation

Given 2002-11-17
Sentinel Beta - 1 by chaninja is one of the best, and most original, Visual Styles for Windows XP that I have ever seen. I really dig the stylish start menu and the metallic tones. chaninja is definitely one of the best of the breed in the Visual Style category and this shows why! (Selected by $jark) ( Featured by jark )
Darksev Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2003
Very sharp looking, Almost replaced RC5 for me, but I discovered that it does not like Mozilla Firebird 0.7 (web Browser) in the least. when opening firebird, the screen will jitter up and down until the page is reloaded. Everything works fine until you resize the firebird window, or open a tab, then the jitter starts over again. The tab line in firebird is usually small as well, but with sentinel as the theme, it becomes massive, larger than the entire window header+controls+url bar combined. Can't wait for the full version of Sentinal, by then most all the little bugs should be worked out :)
jupitercore Featured By Owner May 29, 2003
I want to test out your other stuff first, but I will definately be giving this one a try as well.

It looks slick man. :D (Big Grin)
endlessdreamer Featured By Owner May 29, 2003
ooooh!!! this is amazin +fav
ore Featured By Owner May 6, 2003
amazing!!! i love the layout....very clean!!!

definately +fav
maracz Featured By Owner May 6, 2003   Interface Designer
cool it :) (Smile)
thlayli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great style. I love the feel. Looking forward to further revisions. Right now I'm most upset at the unfinished dialog tabs. ;) (Wink)
deepdose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2003
Yea this is real nice......been using it for a while.....especially enjoy the black and graphite color schemes, they are key........looking forward to more releases.........
nonstandardized Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2003
whoo! cool!
ksilebo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT! Then again, I love all of your work! Keep it up. You'll see a donation from me sometime!
pseudoman Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2003
Another file for my "Ultimate Desktop Enhancements Compilation CD"! Thanks Chaninja!
flysony Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2003
I like it,well done.
mergatroid Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2002   Photographer

...but thats nothing unusual ;) (Wink)
djisas Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2002
Wow, this is reaaaaaaaally better than the alpha 1, im gona use it...
merlin-tbd Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2002
well ive used this for a while now and i kept forgetting to come back to fav it really nice work man keep it up :) (Smile)
olog-hai Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2002
Excellent work as always Cha

However I will stick with tallyhawk :) (Smile) - any plans to update your older styles/themes and finish them?
xhale Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2002   Photographer
f'n rocks ddue, been using it since it was featured.
gnome9er Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2002  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Otaku: styleXP works fine. and ninja, i love it, keep up the good work!
gilliam Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2002
looks good. how to use it tho? styleXP here, does that work :? (Confused)
cheesecow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2002
This is sooooo good! The color schemes are well thought through, even a "deviant" color! Great work ChaNinja! =D (Big Grin)

Clippy: You need to have a patched(cracked) uxtheme.dll in your C:\windows\system32 directory. Do a Google search, or have a look at the [link] webpage, they have a free utility. :P (Lick)

clip Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
DO I need any special programs to use this or does it just run from WinXP???

Note me with the answer:D (Big Grin)

petecee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
I've seen some good visual styles but this beats them all. Superb work here chaninja. +FAV :FAV: :D (Big Grin)
timbo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
I absolutely love it :D (Big Grin)

but i wouldnt use i for 2 main reasons:

the font is cool but takes up too much space/not easly readable

and also i use two layers of taskbar instead of the usual one, and the line down the middle when you do that is really distracting (it looks good for one layer tho)

not whinging, just making suggestions to an already great skin :) (Smile)
crazinessisay Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
Took me a few to figure out that I needed to download StyleXP, but I did and I really like this theme
Tis very bonne...
Great job
I shall most likely use it for a long time
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
Alrighty then, i figured it out.. good ol' [link] comes through again with WinRar 3.0... this is an awesome VS.. keep it up!!
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
i think i need WinRar... what is it exactly and where can i find it..?
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
disregard that 3rd post, the one beginning 'Alright' (IE crashed on me, didn know if it submitted the 1st time, so i did it again)
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
Alright, i got StyeXP and have learned a little more about xp styles... i got your sentinel a1 to work just fine, since the zip contained the nessecary files (good work there, btw, and b1 looks to be awesome too, if i could figure it out). anybody that could give a hint or 3 or 10 is welcome to comment..
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
alright, i think i figured out some of it.. one question though, what is Winrar? do i need it? because i still cant get sentinel b1 to extract... only the sentinel_b1.rar file. anybody that could give me a pointer or 3 or 10 is welcome to comment..
trodden Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002  Professional Interface Designer
wow...very nice! excellent work Nod :D (Big Grin)
dominyx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Digital Artist
Best ever. Honestly, this is gonna be hard to beat. Great, great job.
graphix101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002   Interface Designer
I would really like to try this out on my machine, but when i downloaded the .zip, all that was contained in it was a file called sentinel_b1.rar, none of the .msstyles files or anything else you talked about where in the .zip. could ya tell me if somethings wrong of if im just a complete moron when it comes to this... i'd appreciate it
pariahdecss Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
U da man now dog . . .

Exceptional work - great attention to detail
breid Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002  Professional Artist
Very nice. Clean, stylish and very usable.
astracom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
awesome work man... very nice....
dinik Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
omg due you are the god of skins! yee dude this skin RULEZ!!! now i just cant wait to see the FINAL versision! +fav
daylesoares Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
kicks all other vs' ass ;-) (Wink)
narishma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
I installed stylexp just to try this skin. So far it's sinister. Thanks man.
khadijali Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
y cant i extract it ?? :| (Blank Stare)
inferion Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
makes me wish i had xp :p (Lick) good job though ;) (Wink)
dark-angel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2002
you make the best visual themes bro, love them all.
paroxysm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
congrats on the daily feature - well deserved for an original take on XP themes!
cranial-bore Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost makes me wish I had Win XP :) (Smile)

Looks excellent from here though !
brianf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
I'm retarted... this is my first look at a visual-styles screenshot. Does this "styles" work for win2k?
udha Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002  Hobbyist General Artist
love this will try it now .... vroom
islandtalker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
argh.. this looks good, but it wont extract correctly for me..

yes, Im using winrar.. nothing :-( (Sad)
thelambofgod Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002   Writer
windowblinds port *cough*
burstnibbler Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002   Digital Artist
looks absolutley amazing but as i use a alternative shell i need to see the windows as well. Oh well will down load it anyway and hava aplay with it when i get home!

very smooth
phlezk Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002

that's the sexiest XP theme ive seen in a while

khoa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
hmm, been waiting for someone to make a theme so clean and sexy like this one =D (Big Grin)
necromanzer Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
gotta use this =D (Big Grin)
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