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Albook extended VS V2.0

For Window$ Vi$ta 32 bits with SP2 (64 bits SP1 system files are avaiable in my galery here [link])
It's my first visual style, and it's the fruit of a lot of work, so please be lenient :-)

- Many changes in the visual style
Comfortaa Albook Mod font inspired by Aajohan ([link])'s Comfortaa font([link]), Albook mod is not recommended for any use with font sizes over 18, Comfortaa does the work far better for those uses)
Smoothed caption buttons
New start button
New transparent start menu
New taskband buttons
Clearer popups
Improved rightclick menus
Many other slight changes).
- New animated shellstyle (version: 6.0.6000.16386, following RajTheeban95 ([link]) 's tutorial ([link])
- New Windows Photo Gallery skin with PhotoLibraryResources.dll version (6.0.6000.16386 & PhotoViewer.dll version 6.0.6002.18005)
- New windows clock (timedate.cpl)
- Cursror pack, Kaspersky 2009 and Opera (for Opera 9 or 10) skins added
- Improved WMP skin (version: 11.0.6002.18065)
- Related deviation links added
- New easier way to install visual styles (V2.0 & V1.6) with folders containing shellstyle.dll & [link]. Now all you have to do is to follow the link to Sweatyfish ([link]) 's tutorial here [link]
- some other stuffs, but I can't remember everything!

- Updated to correspond to the latest windows updates (8/14/2009):
wmp version: 11.0.6002.18065
browseui version: 6.0.6002.18005
explorer version: 6.0.6002.18005
imageres version: 6.0.6000.16386
shell32 version: 6.0.6002.18005
shellstyle version: 6.0.6000.16386
- Firefox skin updated for being 3.5.x compatible

- Now compatible with Service Pack 2 (browseui.dll & shell32.dll updated to version 6.0.6002.18005)
- WMP skin also compatible with Service Pack 2
- Improved transparency, extended to the taskbar

UPDATE 1,3: What's up?
- New aero transparency effect for window frames
- Updated file version for the windows media player skin, according to the recent updates of vista

- New skin for Mozilla Firefox 3
- New Boot Screen for TuneUp Utilities
- Fixed "How to install" file for giving an easier way to install the .msstyle

- updated system32 files according to the recent updates of vista which has changed some of them
- Smoother start/browsing/caption buttons reacting on mouseover
- cleaned browser, cleaner with less stripes
- Radio buttons reacting when they're pressed
- Control panel shell changed with a color gradient making it look more harmonious
- Rightclick popups and start menu places list looking clearer when mouseover
- Taskband buttons corrected for a better look
- Preview changed
- Bonus shortcuts for system lock/restart/shutdown/sleep
- Changed background of the file transfer window
- A better "how to install" for installing the .msstyles files

Well, first of all, I've got to say a big thank you to some particular persons:
- Kereight007 [link] for all his work, his support, his beta-testing, and his sympathy, I consider him like a real friend :-)
- Invaderjohn [link] the "boiling brain" ;-), for all his tips, advices and brilliant suggestions
- Sweatyfish [link] for having allowed me to use his famous Vega [link] visual style as a point for starting this work, he's a very kind person, and to my mind one of the best VS creators (with invadrejohn, vathanx, dimage and few others...)
- saarineames [link] for all his little usefull tools which gave me some ideas for this update
- ukintel [link] for all his so usefull tutorials!
- Andreas Verhoeven for his marvelous and fully functionnal application "VistaStyleBuilder", and all his work about customization
- Killermole23 [link] for all his tips and advices (particularly for aero compatibility). His help has been very precious, many times!
- RajTheeban95 ([link]) for all his kindness, his mine of good ideas (particularly for the font of the visual style and the marvelous animated shellstyle!)
- Aajohan ([link]) who made one of the greatest fonts I've ever seen: Comfortaa ([link]). He allowed me to make a mod of it in order to adapt his work to the visual style.
- Poulnyrup and Otisbee for...hmmmm... being themselves ;-)

This package contains:
- Albook extended visual style with two different styles: V1.6 (if you prefer the older version) and V2.0
- System 32 files:
- 2 fonts: Comfortaa Albook Mod regular & Comfortaa Albook Mod bold (and also a link to Comfortaa original font by Aajohan)
- 8 wallpapers (1920x1200), some made by Kereight007
- Albook extended cursor set
- Albook extended for iconpackager
- Albook extended for tuneup utilities
- links to Albook extended 782 icon packs (.ico & .png) and other related deviations
- Shortcuts to system lock, restart, shutdown and sleep
- Skins for:
Firefox 3.5.x
Opera 9 or 10
Kaspersky 2009
Windows Media Player
Windows Photo Gallery
Windows clock
- Instruction files for installing most of the things included

To complete this package, you can download the full icon set here [link] for .ico, and here [link]

Links to other works which would greatly math the theme:
- AlbookExtended for XWDock [link] by BurntAsafoetida [link]
- Albook Extended Docks [link] for objectdock by kereight007 [link]
- Greyhound for Objectbar [link] by PoulNyrup [link]
- Milk Unified-MobyDockDX [link] by grusic [link]
- Taskbar Drop Shadow [link] by Sweatyfish [link]
- Albook for Y'z toolbar [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Albook for Rainlendar [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Albook for Miranda [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Latte__Miranda Protocol Icons_ [link] by odioART [link]
- Latte for CD Art Display [link] by odioART [link]
- Milk Unified-VLC [link] by Grusic [link]

Wallpapers on the preview:

- All the system files are made to work together (for example, if you install the visual style without the shell32.dll, the left part of your control panel will look like shit!).
- The folder band toolbar is in auto-hide mode, I don't use it at all, so a simple mouse over will make it appear.
- Don't try to change things if you have doubts about the manipulation needed, bad manipulations would damage your program or your system.
- The original Albook concept is from Laurent Baumann ([link] or [link]).
He is the creator of 357 albook icons and the UNIQUE owner of the albook icon project.
- I am not the owner of Comfortaa font, I have just been allowed by Aajohan ([link]) to make some mods of his work in order to adapt it to the visual style.
- Please not that his work is under a Creative Common Licence 2.5 ([link]).
It means that you are free:
to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to Remix — to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author, Laurent Baumann [link] (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Comments and bug reports are welcome, enjoy! :-)
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Raziel017's avatar
is this compatible with windows 7??id like to try it out.
Raziel017's avatar
is this compatible with windows 7?
Dsoul95's avatar
Awesome. too bad it is not for windows se7en :(
Ishfwilf's avatar
Wait sorry for double post
I forgot to say Thank You!
Ishfwilf's avatar
I'm not a fan of White themes but....
Wow!... I'm using it and it really looks Awesome!
LaBerlue's avatar
A quick question: I have more than one profile on my computer (share with family)
If I install it will it affect the whole computer or just my profile? Thanks!
Xarive's avatar
Hi, Can I get back the old Calibri fonts? I love that instead of Comfortaa Albook of this
heltongalina's avatar
the Best___tks cuz
First of all thank you for sharing this master piece! One question though, I am trying to change the color of the small screen, which appears when moving the files. What file and which bitmap do I have to change? Thanks!
SoundLife2's avatar
Also chiming in for a Windows 7 port :). Is there any possibility of this? Thanks!
dekjia's avatar
Oceansolei's avatar
emule skin of the right file for the program so it read:
" Albook.eMuleToolbar.kad02.png "
Oceansolei's avatar
I have to put your skin albook on emule and I do not remember how I did: (
as explained by you not acting, help me...
iBreathe's avatar
i can't install the fonts. there is this paper with the old windows symbol and it seems to be broken? it doesn't say "install" when i right click it.
ironcobraart570's avatar
verry nice, wish it was for xp =(
RazielSnake's avatar
Great Work man ! Any chance to port this theme to Win 7 ? Just Asking. :)
eaves's avatar
Hallo, cheeky comment, but I need some brains to mine. "Now compatible with Service Pack 2 (browseui.dll & shell32.dll updated to version 6.0.6002.18005)" - I've got Vista SP2 and am really struggling with the dlls in some other themes. ResHack isn't showing up any obvious answers. Could you throw out a hint on what needs doing to browseui and shell32 in general to make them work with SP2?

Really admire your dedication to detail! Good eye too - I might come back to this theme in a while when I'm looking for a change.
eaves's avatar
Forgot to say that it's 32bit I'm having trouble with, which is important.
413East's avatar
What is the program running right above the taskbar? I've probably seen it before, but jw...
ZaYeR's avatar
I don't like window buttons (minimize, maximize and close), but that's only thing. Everything else is just great and awesome! Great work
downtheory's avatar

This almost makes me want to go back to Vista :D.

High quality work here. :)
lollybun's avatar
why every theme and every icon set is in .rar ?!!!! what do i have to dooooo!!!
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