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BootSkin Buddy by hypknotic BootSkin Buddy by hypknotic
This is a gadget I made a few months back and submitted to Desktop Gadgets. I thought I'd also post it here. You don't need anything special to run the gadget.

BootSkin Buddy is a mini-application created with DesktopX which manipulates *.bootskin archives and their contents for use with Stardock's freeware BootSkin Software.

Considered by many in the Windows OS customizing community as an entry level project for new skinners, *.bootskin files available online nevertheless frequently contain errors, and creating quality bootskins takes skill and patience.

BootSkin Buddy can be used by skin creators to make high-quality, error-free *.bootskin files, and by skin consumers to check downloaded BootSkins for errors before using them.

Features include a full screen preview, complete GUI for creating bootskins, thorough error checking of imported bootskins, and palette editing options allowing the key slot-zero to be set.
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pikachu000000000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Uhm... When i opened this i got a virus, and it said it was BootSkinBuddy.exe...
zubaz25 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Saw a post referencing BSB adn thought I'd drop you a line.
greyhaven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Hey I was wondering if you might give me a step by step information on how to use your program? You didn't include any directions on what to do and I have no idea what I am doing wrong. :( Also I would like to create a Progress Bar, but it tells me Required Spex: 22, 9, 16? I understand BMP or bmp part. What re the numbers? Sorry to bother you with this, but I am not skin savvy. :)
hypknotic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Heya, sorry for not replying, I don't get by here much. Unfortunately I can't help much with Bootskin Buddy anymore, except to say that the little bar image should be 9pixels high and 22pixels wide, and as with the larger image have a 16bit depth. Search the forums at for bootskin tutorials, or Bootskin Buddy.
Have fun!
greyhaven Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
I don't go to Wincustomize anymore... they make you pay now for a subscription and downloads. They used to be a great website, now they have conformed to a basic greedy service like most sites nowadays. I will stick with at least until they get greedy too. If it is all about bandwith usage and needing support to maintain their site, they should have realized this at the beginning, not make something free for a while and then all of a sudden now make people pay for a wallpaper. I find it sad. The Bible does say that the love of money is the root of all evil. How true that is :(
Xure7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
woah nice, Ill get right on it :)
QUENTIN94 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah it's really great the fullscreen wow :+fav: for me
Bichur Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
yep, it's been here a while.

seen posts referring to this at DA/WC but since I never got BS to work.....

but I was reading the WC post on quality control and this go posted to again so I figured what the hey, I'll go look... and while I haven't goBS to work, I do like playing with DTX stuff.

maybe having this baby running will scare BS into compliance, who knows ;)
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Submitted on
March 22, 2006
File Size
1.6 MB


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