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Black Mesa v2
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Published: October 10, 2005
© 2005 - 2019 valkyre
Black Mesa v2 has arrived. ;)

All bugs that were reported in the original have been fixed, and many aesthetic tweaks or changes to the overall design have been implemented. Both a normal, and compact version is included, for those wondering but too lazy to download and try it out first. I'd like to thank KoL for his help fixing many of the bugs, as well as curran for giving me feedback along the way. Enjoy the new release, bitches.

Note: The resource files for version 2 were lost near it's completion, so there won't be a VSRK for v2. However, the VSRK for v1 still exists and since most of the design stayed the same it should still prove useful for anyone hoping to make a mod for v2.

VERSION 1 IS AVAILABLE HERE
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ThinkHarder's avatar
What a fantastic theme, the best I've found. Very well done.

I have found just one problem with it. As you can see below, there are some display issues when these blocks are used. This is taken from the EVE Online tool "EVE Fitting Tool", but it happens in other programs that use it too.

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valkyre| Interface Designer
I have never found out what causes that, it's consistent in all of my themes.
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urkforever's avatar
Great visual style. Love it. This style made me use visual styles instead of the Classic look. One point i have with the style.

When i have multiple grouped items in my taskbar there are no begin and end markers for the grouped items. So it appears as 1 massive button when it should be several buttons. See this image:

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valkyre| Interface Designer
That should be fixed in v3.
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urkforever's avatar
Is v3 already available? If not, do you have any indication on when it will be? Or perhaps you can point me to where i can fix it, so i can fix it for myself??

I switched to NormalColor for this :(
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valkyre| Interface Designer
v3 will be for Windowbinds 5.5 / Windows Vista msstyles engine. A port for Windows XP will most likely be made sometime after that.

v3 is on hold at the moment, as I'm working straight 10 hour shifts at my job.
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d37nu1l's avatar
Inspired by your excellent work I made this cell phone theme. Hope you don't mind. ;)
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valkyre| Interface Designer
Not at all. That's what I like to see. :)

I wish my Helio supported themes. :(
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FL4K's avatar
I can't tell you how long I've been using this theme. Awesome Job, I love it.
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s33m33's avatar
i love it. thanx.
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Ngamer01's avatar
This was one of the first VS's that I ever downloaded to my computer and was the one that got me into looking for more VS's to add.

Great VS.
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Smurfx9's avatar
What happened to the one where the start menu button was different colored boxes rather than just the same colors. I liked that one.
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valkyre| Interface Designer
That's in version 1.
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WarZard's avatar
Best theme I've ever had. Definate +fav to you! ^__^
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dahri|Hobbyist Interface Designer
another version of black mesa, another fav.
this offers quite a choice, now i have another theme beside black mesa, it's black mesa v2.
i like the compact start menu.

thank you.
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kheng|Hobbyist Digital Artist
great theme. I have never used a darkish theme before, yours is the first :D
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sierkac's avatar
This theme looks very interesting but I have a problem with dawnloading it. It says that file not found 404 ... lol :(
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valkyre| Interface Designer
Strange, worked for me. Try it again. :confused:
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sierkac's avatar
Yes today it works great and it is an amazing theme thanx man .. :)
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valkyre| Interface Designer
No problem. :)
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Iletys's avatar
Yes! Thank you! I once used the verson one of this for LONG time and got bored, changed, and now I realized how much I missed it... And now it's better than ever! Thank you.
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blackdoom's avatar
I adore this skin!
And I currently use it on my system! As I did with the previous version of it!
Great job!

The only think I hate about it: please, redesign the "selected" resource for buttons in an dialog with system-folders! To point it out:

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Sorry - I am not allowed to alter the system at work... That's why the screenshot is in Olive.

Other than that... Great visual style!
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Tob3z's avatar
Just wanted to say well done on the awesome theme. My 2 cents.

Where did the colour start button go :(
Wasn't a fan of the fonts so I wrote down all the font settings for version 1 and changed them on v2.
Also is my uxtheme patch screwed up? I can't select them from the drop down box. I have to click the style file in /Resorces/Themes/. Strangely it's only the blackmesa themes that wont show up in the drop down box :s

Other than that it's great. The closest thing I can get to a black compact theme :)
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lafitte's avatar
I think I'll use it ! Very cool theme.
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