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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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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 )
bartibartman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002   Interface Designer
clean and smooth..... I love it...
aeriyn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
Awesome! Will download later on when I have time! *+fav*
kelt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002  Professional Photographer
great work. I have been using ChaNinja for awhile and enjoy using it. I like this new theme and am using it now.
thanks for making it.
keltSkull and Crossbones
chosenone- Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
That start menu is amazing, but the background could use some work. But that's a minor fault, since the chrome surfaces are just pure ownage.
jmulder Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002   Interface Designer
HB's sphere indeedy Thumbs Up
zulwarn-forever Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
theres isnt a word that can show how much am happy to see a new style from u ... ive been waiting for a neww style like a women waiting to born her first baby ....... .... but hey y didnt u complete the talihawk its amazing but all it needs is a shell ^_^
winter Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
hugo boss' new Sphere ? ;) (Wink) rox..
contra Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
start menu looks great
spacefr0g Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
WooooooooooooW .... Amazing ... but took a lot time to download ... ( shitty 56k ;( )
memnoc Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
this is truly kickass.. ever since your original ChaNinja and all the betas and RC's, ive been rockin your work.. truly amazing.. and given the fact that there have been no eye-catching VS skins in recent time, i decided to switch to WindowBlinds (which btw is REALLY underrated).. but this just might make me switch right back.. while were at it, any chance of you, or anyone else for that matter, porting this to WindowBlinds XP? many cool things can be done to it during the switch (not that it doesnt have cool things now.. hehe).. argh.. id have to whip out my hacked uxtheme.dll for SP1 and reboot.. :D (Big Grin)

so whaddya say about that WB version? :) (Smile)
andyhutchinson Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
l33t ... probably your best VS yet m8 ... looking forward to more funkiness
moondrape Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
One of my fave skins in XP, Nice work
zkreso Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
Oh my god that's some funky shit!
fucku Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
great work chaThumbs Up
viper007bond Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2002
Hmmm, I've been needing a new Visual Style. Congrats on the DD BTW...
shadowfuri Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2002
liltiff9: you need to have styleXP installed to use this skin.
liltiff9 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2002
Nevermind my previous comment (I got WinRar). But now that I unzipped everything, and I have all of the '.theme' files, they don't work for me. I open the '.theme' file, and it brings me to the properties box for my desktop, but nothing is changed. Also, all of the '.theme' files have a gray/black background. Please help.
liltiff9 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2002
I like the look of it, so I tried to download it. However, only 'sentinel_b1.rar' came up and I don't know what to do with it. Please help, as I really am looking forward to using this VS.
slow-pc Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2002
WOw, thank you for the update. Been running the alphas and stuff before, and i love to see this version out! It style is so smooth and everything works so well. Great work!
abh0rsen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
fuggin amazing...finally something that gives me reason to quit using SWing ;-) (Wink) Very clean and smooth and functional indeed. Great to see something new, we just need more skinners of your calibur working on Visual Styles, great stuff. Will be using it for a time to come i imagine. Keep the grand work coming mate.
bikerboy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
oh this is nice, green but more of a royal touch to it, I like the value and the way the color contrast is, it's not to bad on the eye's either +FAV
shadowfuri Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
All I can say is amazing. I've been looking for a new visual style and you come with another amazing one, the best so far. I just love this one. The different color choices and overall design is great. I love the start menu, how it just has the name up there and the design. I will be using this for a long time.
billyb Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
I'm a big fan of your earlier Vis Styles. This is the best Vis Style ever!
p0ptart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
I really just can't praise this VS enough... It's absolutely FANTASTIC. All your hard work has paid off in spades. Thank you Thank you Thank you!
ardentsoul Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
Excellent work and display of creativity. you redefine the term "eye-candy".

Good Job Sensei.
chaninja Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
Thanks a mil Parash! :D (Big Grin) I really appreciate it!

Whoops! I said 'wallpaper links' in the above post but I meant SCREENSHOTS
parash Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
CHA you rule.. and i mean it.... one after another supa dupa visuals... kudos mate
tho already got if from neowin.. thanx again for this...
you rock =D (Big Grin)

chaninja Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
Thank you! :D (Big Grin)

Here are some additional wallpaper links of different color schemes from previous versions...

Blue 2
Blue 3
Black 2

duris Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002  Hobbyist
very smooth and clean
great job :D (Big Grin)
dornenreich Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2002
looks cool! great work man!!!
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