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First this build has no difference from the 0.2.4 version except for removing the themes

anyway this build was particularity released as a "Test" to test the fix for the bug that happens for some users causes the window to jump from it's position, and also for fixing the maximization thing which had to be manually configured through "Active Windows Height", but the main reason is that 0.2.4 contains many new features which may that has been developed at the same time, which i am afraid may cause problems between each other or with old features.
anyway here's the changelog for 0.2.4

ChangeLog For Border Skin 0.2.4 :
- Add : Fully new Exclusion Manager that allows the user to add, edit and remove exclusions
- Add : MaximizedTopLeft & MaximizedTopRight images in the skin
- Add : New Aero Explorer Maximize Border which has the full look of windows 7
- Add : Option "Maximum Speed" which remove the laggy of windows movement
- Add : Option "Transparency" which enables and disables transparency with white background
- Add : "Hide MenuBar" to hide the menu bar of explorer but will be restored on exit
- Add : Word, Excel, Acces, Powerpoint, Realplayer, Windows Media Player to the list the exclusion list
- Add : Option to specify reflection opacity on inactive windows instead of hiding it at all (value from 0 to 255)
- Add : Option to determine corner and top border sizing in the skin .
- Add : a working addressbar but will have the look of vista breadcrumbs
- Add : a working refresh button
- Add : a working Down arrow button which show the list in the address bar
- Add : support for blurring borders under each other.
- Add : fade in and out animation when hovering on buttons
- Add : current skin is checked in the skins menu to determine which skin is loaded

- Changed : "Use Border Skin Title Rendering" is enabled by default
- Changed : "FullBlur" is disabled by default
- Changed : minmum requirnments to .NET Framework 2.0 but 3.5 will have better speed

- Improved : mamory usage, you will notice it in the task manager
- Improved : font when using borderskin title rendering to a better quality
- Improved : ExcludeList.ini is saved with a line between each exclusion to organize it well
- Improved : navigation buttons speed
'- Improved : all themes has corner sizing and an upgraded reflection image

- Fixed : Wronge exclusion to windows live messanger caused only the main window to be excluded
- Fixed : Maximized position and size bug had to be adjust manually from "Active Window Height"
- Fixed : Classic shutdown box doesn't show up when border skin running
- Fixed : Sizing mouse show on non sizeable borders
- Fixed : QTTabbar momentary border flicker issue
- Fixed : again misbehaving of windows position on entering moving state

And other things i might forgotten .

Notes
- Applications like window live messenger has to be add to exclusion list using the "Exclusion Manager"
- "Down Arrow" button will cause the explorer address bar width to change (resize the window and it will return to it's size )

Download the test build :
Mediafire : www.mediafire.com/download.php…
This a 7Z file, you will need 7Zip www.7-zip.org/
Update : new test build, just fixed the trannsparency and the Address Bar flash,  replace the file with one in the program's folder www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=ea…

All I need from you guys :
1 - Download the test
2 - report if you faced particularity any of those two bugs ( the jumping and the maximizing thing) or any bugs

THIS RELEASE IS INTENDED TO BE USED AS A TEST BUILD, DON'T PUT IT ON OTHER WEBSITES AS THE MAIN VERSION, ONLY PUT THE 0.2.4, DON'T UPDATE IT ON OTHER FORUMS EXCEPT WHEN YOU SPECIFY THE USERS TO REPORT THE BUGS BACK, DON'T PUT AS A DEVIANT, THE 0.2.4 WILL HAVE IT'S OWN PREVIEW ON THE MAIN DEVIANT

BTW, i can't be online on the next two days, but your feedback would be very helpful for me
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:iconaleem121:
Aleem121 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
why explorer is not working like glass????
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luhadia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
link not working...
it shows that the files u r searchin fr r deleted...
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
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:iconjackhh42:
jackhh42 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
ya i got a bug.the program would really lag after a while even when i turned the blur off and the maximize and minimize button and exit button would slow down when my mouse was over.
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komalo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
don't understand, you mean the mouse hover has big time
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dennis96411 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need help! I clicked on the "Hide MenuBar" thing, then I went and check in the explorer. I right clicked the top part, then selected the address bar or something like that. Now, my action buttons are missing and I can't change anything! I can't get it back! Help!
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
relax, anything can be fixed, your can use Vishal's registry codes to get back to the default toolbars setup
[link]
just download the regcodes, double click on the "Default.reg" file and click yes

please let me know of the result and i am sorry if the "Hide Menubar" option resulted in that unexpected behavior
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dennis96411 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NVM I enabled the HideMenu option again, and I did something and blah blah and I got it back. Thx for ur help! This program is pretty cool! One thing though, can you add Aero snap feature like in the new TrueTransparency? Maybe if ur advanced enough, or have some time to waste, you can add a little nice Aero effect, not to be exactly the same, but just to look a bit like it :D
Anyways, nice work!
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
i will try but the problem is school, anyway i am glad that it worked for you
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hoangbv15 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Wow, i've just tried the 0.2.4 test version and I have to say.... fantastic! The blur seemed to be as fast as the real thing, (although it took almost 50% of my Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz CPU cycles when moving).
The explorer navigation buttons are extremely good now.
A small hint: could you find a way to make the search box live? i mean like the search box in QT Toolbar, I think that is achievable, though is just a small idea of mine.
There are some bugs, like windows borders don't maximize, or sometimes the blur's background isn't accurate.
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komalo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
i am so sorry for being late that long in reply, anyway the current problem in live searching is the function it self, to control the icons that shows up in the list view, because i can't hide or show those icons, i can only delete it (not the file itself but only it's item in the folder view)
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hoangbv15 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
These are the screenshots:
This is the maximizing bug
[link]
And this is the disappearing addressbar bug:
[link]
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SEMU-Design Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Interface Designer
When IE8 is maximized and I click on the right frame the title bar moves to the right and it nearly disappears:

Lol I cannot even make a screenshot .. don't know why .. omg everything sucks right now xD

I think I activate 0.2.3 again :P
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
oh crap, i see it, i am going to fix it, but what do you mean that you can't make any screen shot, anyway, 0.2.3 is probably more stable than the test build, so it would be more comfortable to use :)
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SEMU-Design Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009   Interface Designer
I couldn't make any screenshot from the window with the title bar problem, I don't know why :S

I want to help with the test build so bad, but it disturbs my everyday work when suddenly the title bars disappear :P

But I will look for newer updated version of your nice S/W and will try all of them :)
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
don't worry, it would an honor to try my newer versions :)
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:iconsemu-design:
SEMU-Design Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Interface Designer
Is it possible that Windows Task-Manager doesn't work with BS ?
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
it suppose to work with any program, why ?
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SEMU-Design Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Interface Designer
When I open Windows Task Manager with 0.2.4, the BS effect isn't there, just the installed non-aero theme style.

I also detected that suddenly all title bars disappear while using BS. After a restart of BS everything works fine again. I didn't have this problem with 0.2.3.
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
the disappearing borders is really a wired problem :o, it happens to some users and randomly occurs, i am still investigating in it
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bogas04 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Photographer
Frnd , im again trying it and again found it fast enough :D

Moreover it now support animations , lol i could check it last time

hehe

Anyways , plz add White Gradient light on text , as it is unreadable when background is black...

And lastly plz fix that focus problem

i mean when , as i gave the example of deleting a file , the focus is not on Ok when Dialog appears...

I can see what future releases can bring ...[link] (Not in slow lol)
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
hehe I've always wanted to make this effect but I want to make a program that all works on all the systems (including vista with Aero) you know that effect on closing the window on Linux and the window get fired, i want to implement it on windows os,anyway about the White Gradient light i am still thinking for a way to get it, not to mention i am stopping any new feature until i fix and tweak the code, don't worry about the focus problem, it is not hard to fix
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bogas04 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student Photographer
Gr8 , thats why i said in "future versions"

Anyways , Best of Best Luck... :D :D :D :D
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:iconermacdr:
ERMaCDR Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Can you see this please..[link]
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
i am fixing it, this happens because i was depending on the address bar to set and get the path, but now i am working on a new and very stable implementation which will make me able to support the disabled navigation,but i am currently only tweaking and organizing the code because it is a full mess so i am not going to rush for any new features until most of the famous bugs are fixed , the extended address bar issue is just a theme bug that i missed when i was adjusting the position and forget the adjust the size again
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LeZaar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009   Interface Designer
[link]

whats that?
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
i am fixing it, this happens because i was depending on the address bar to set and get the path, but now i am working on a new and very stable implementation, that's a very nice skin, But just from curiosity why do you use Border Skin if you already have window blinds that apparently supports blur :o?
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:iconlezaar:
LeZaar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Interface Designer
no reflection on wb and no possibility to get cool aero explorer :D
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
never thought that the Aero explorer and reflection can do that :D, i thought in the beginning that making the "Aero Explorer" won't make any difference .
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:iconlezaar:
LeZaar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009   Interface Designer
aero explorer is the deciding reason of using it :)
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
then i am glad that i implemented it :)
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:iconiareruss:
iareruss Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat, however... I can't test it out if I can't find a download link. I might be confused, I don't know... is it on the original deviation, or is it on something else?
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komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
sorry about it, it is unorganized ,any way, this beta 1 : [link]
and this just a little exe update to fix the trannsparency and the Address Bar flash, replace the file with one in the program's folder [link]
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iareruss Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I tried it out, and the glitchiness is better, but it's still there. The disappearing part, is no longer there now. It's just a tad glitchy when moving it around, or resizing it.

But the second link you just gave me, here: [link] when I download that, and try to run it, it errors, and bugs me so bad, I had to restart my computer... I don't know why it did that. I tried to open it a bunch of times, maybe that's what did it. But opening it once, doesn't do anything but error. It says it can't find the hook.dll or whatever it is. But it's in the folder of the application.
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
well you have to make sure that there's a file named "Hook Dll.dll" with that name, in the application folder, but if there isn't then your anti virus probably deleted it, and will all the other files and folders that were with first test build, i know that is sucks to have all this unorganized but i couldn't upload it all again, anyway i will organize in the next testbuild
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iareruss Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No my Anti-Virus didn't delete it, without my permission. I know how to manage it. The Hook DLL is there actually. It just kept saying it isn't. That yellow B iconned file, was already inside the folder with it, but the one that was downloaded seperately, I don't know what it is. I can't replace the other with it, and I can't run it, so I don't know. It's not Un-organized actually. It's all in a folder.
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komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
the first folder is the main application folder, the update file contain an Exe file that has to be replaced with the exe file in the main application folder, so simply replace the file that you downloaded separately with the one that is inside the program :)
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iareruss Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot do that, it errors and says that that same dll file is missing, when I try to run it, (even if I do replace it).
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
so you are saying what's in the main application right now is :
1 - Border Skin.exe (the file you downloaded separately)
2 - Hook DLL.dll
3 - Settings.ini
4 - ExcludeList.ini
5 - Themes Folder
weird, anyway the update doesn't have so much fixes, it only fix the address bar flash and a conflict bug with QTTabbar
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ERMaCDR Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I like how you hide the menubar :) but can you add an option to hide the little windows flag from explorer, will be nice. BTW nice job, for now is working good here.
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
i am working on it, just the toolbar registry key is so hard to understand, but thanks for the idea :).
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:iconermacdr:
ERMaCDR Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thanks to you too for your hard work. Oops I remember you are the kinG!! :D
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
hehe, and you are the MAN :D
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:iconlezaar:
LeZaar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009   Interface Designer
looks at fediafedias aero ultimate there is a patch to hide the flag included :)
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
i know that patch, i saw all the patches which are from AskVG, the problem is i am keeping the current toolbar layout and only hide the menu bar, not modify the whole toolbar layout, so i am comparing the default layout with the one after the menu bar is hidden
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know if it is helpful, but i will tell you. I have installed 0.2.4 two days ago on a virtual machine. There is absolutely no prob with your prog. It works perfect. Not a single exception in this time. Perfect windows resizing, perfect look. On the host machine (my main pc) the windows are often to big and i get a lot of exceptions.
Why do i write this?
It is exactly the same hardware and the same OS: XP MCE 2005 SP3.
The difference is:
In a virtual machine the graphicscard is emulated as standard VGA card. Maybe there is a conflict with Nvidia drivers?
second thing: On the host every version of BorderSkin was installed right from the beginning. Does BorderSkin leaves anything in the registry which may conflict with newer versions? Because on the virtual machine 0.2.4 this was the first install of BS and it works unbelievable good.
I am not a programmer, so i don`t know if this helps you in any way.
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komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
first, what are those exceptions ?
well since that Border Skin doesn't use any kind hardware rendering in blur and doesn't leave any registry keys (except for the running at the startup), i don't think it's a Nvidia Drivers, or a conflicting in a previous version, i think that's because it is a virtual machine which means no other programs (or a few) is installed, you see, any program can work in a normal system without any problems if it is the only one, so i think that's the reason, but the good program is the one that can naturalize in any system with any program
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot reproduce the messages at the moment.I only know when it happens, i can move the window but the borders stand still.It is like moving a layer. Than i get a message if i will determine BS or resume. But if i don't end BS it will not work any more.
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:iconkomalo:
komalo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
well if it happens again, please copy the Exception text and send it to me, and does it happens randomly with any application or with a specific one ?
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:iconpeterrollar:
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems there is a magic of selfhealing. No exceptions the last three days.Only problem still: After starting BorderSkin the maximized window appears in the right size. But only one times. This happens after each start of BS. Seems it cannot resize the window a second time on my pc.
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