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    sorry to 1 up you Volvogga but there is an easy and free way. download a program called window blinds and you can go to a site where you can find skins for xp and you might find what you want there but there is also a program that will let you make skins fast. they are free for like 7 days but if you dont delete it the skin wont go away and if you dont click on the program you wont have to pay for the extra time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReiKGT
    sorry to 1 up you Volvogga but there is an easy and free way. download a program called window blinds and you can go to a site where you can find skins for xp and you might find what you want there but there is also a program that will let you make skins fast. they are free for like 7 days but if you dont delete it the skin wont go away and if you dont click on the program you wont have to pay for the extra time.
    Thanks for just saying what I posted. The free version of windows blinds doesn't skin alot of stuff especially scrollbars which right there puts it off, and not only that it uses the windows class scrollbar..ugh..

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    Heh. I have no problem with anyone adding more information to a problem, so don't appologize for that. You are right about the theme makers though, I have yet to run across a completely free one of them.

    As for windows blinds that both of you were mentioning, I would assume that the program works the same way as StyleXP, in that it patches that system file with a Terminate and Stay Resident program. So you still face the problem of losing some memory. That is the reason that I recomend the slightly harder method for applying themes (that and I have only seen the pay version of windows blinds, didn't know there was a free one :P , thanks for that guys).

    If anyone does know of a compleatly free theme maker (I hate trial ware, always feel like it is leaving something in my system), please post it. I would be interested in that. If it had a login screen maker, I would really be psyched. I gave up on that project. Too much of a pain in the ass for something that has a good chace of crashing your system.
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    just to say i found all the images i needed volvogga

    i'll see if there is a way to export the images and then reimport them easily.. and i'll see for the purple rectangle too later ^^

    ps to zero ans reik : i don't want to use sharewares, and to just apply new themes, there is no need for a software running, as volvogga have mentionned before ^^

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    [quote="Volvogga"]I don't use photoshop (GIMP & Inkscape), but I would think that the easiest thing to do would be to place a rectange that is slightly larger than the image you want to edit over the image, color the rectangle purple, make it semi-transparent (so you can see the origonal image through the purple rectangle, might be called opacity), and then save/export only the area that is the origonal bitmap. That way, you should get an image that looks like it has a purple piece of plastic wrap over the top of it.
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    There is a simple way to do that and it is a lot easier: go to image -> adjustments-> hue/saturation
    remember to check the "colorize" box, and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pres
    There is a simple way to do that and it is a lot easier: go to image -> adjustments-> hue/saturation
    i know it's been some time, but thanks anyway

    i've begun to modify all the images, but now i have a little problem.. (again ? ^^)
    with ressource hacker there is something really practical which is "save [ bitmap ] ressources"... with that i was able to save all the bitmaps in one time.. but now i would like to do the same in the other way and can't find how to do it

    i'd like to replace the bitmaps with the ones i have modified, all in a row and not one by one >.>

    ps : when you exports all the bitmaps, it creates a .rc file.... couldn't RH use it to import the bitmaps afterwards ?

    if anyone have a solution

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    I don't think so...

    I am looking at it, and I really don't see a way to do it, unless it is that 'Update All Resources' selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    I don't think so...

    I am looking at it, and I really don't see a way to do it, unless it is that 'Update All Resources' selection.
    i've tried that, but it asks for a .res file (ressource file) while the export thingy created a .rc file

    i will be really thankful if you or someone could find a way to do it, because i don't feel like updating 150 images or so one by one ^^"
    i'll also look into it after i eat, and i'll update this if i find any solutions

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    I found two possible ways to do it, but unless you plan to do this sort of thing often, then I think you would be better off just adding them by hand.

    The first.

    You make a .rc file with a text editor (or some program I don't know about) and use the Borland Resorce C Compiler (brcc32.exe, and I have no idea if you can get this for free of not) to make a .res file. Your update command will work then. See this for more details..
    http://www.advanceis.com/delphitechn...criptions.html

    The second.

    You make a script file containing the replacement pictures, and where they belong to go on the tree. Staright from the Resource Hacker Help:
    [code]
    Multiple Commands:

    syntax: ResHacker.exe -script ScriptFile
    ScriptFile is a text file with the following layout:

    //comments are preceeded by double slashes
    [FILENAMES]
    Exe=
    SaveAs=
    Log=

    [COMMANDS]
    -add ResourceSrc, ResourceMask
    -addskip ResourceSrc, ResourceMask
    -addoverwrite ResourceSrc, ResourceMask
    -addoverwrite ResourceSrc, ResourceMask
    -modify ResourceSrc, ResourceMask

    -extract ResourceTgt, ResourceMask
    -delete ResourceMask

    rh_script_myprog_upd_images.txt -

    //This script updates 2 bitmaps and an
    //icon in MyProg.exe ...

    [FILENAMES]
    Exe= MyProg.exe

    SaveAs= MyProg_Updated.exe

    [COMMANDS]
    -addoverwrite Bitmap128.bmp, BITMAP,128,
    -addoverwrite Bitmap129.bmp, BITMAP,129,0
    -addoverwrite MainIcon.ico, ICONGROUP,MAINICON,0


    [/code]

    Either way, looks like you have to have some fun with the command line. If you know this stuff, great. If not, then it will probably take you longer than the 150 hand additions.
    Vol~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga
    I found two possible ways to do it, but unless you plan to do this sort of thing often, then I think you would be better off just adding them by hand.

    The first.

    You make a .rc file with a text editor (or some program I don't know about) and use the Borland Resorce C Compiler (brcc32.exe, and I have no idea if you can get this for free of not) to make a .res file. Your update command will work then. See this for more details..
    http://www.advanceis.com/delphitechn...criptions.html

    ------

    Either way, looks like you have to have some fun with the command line. If you know this stuff, great. If not, then it will probably take you longer than the 150 hand additions.
    thanks a lot

    i'm hesitating between the 1st and the last solution...
    .... i'll try the 1st, but borland is not free i think ... (wondering if it's doable with other compilers ..)
    anyway, if it works i'll only have to type "BRCC32 -r AISUPC.RC" then (if i understood things well -_-)

    if not i'll do it manually ^^"
    (i'll only upgrade the images that seem "important" .. and anyway i didn't touch a lot of images because a lot of them had a pink color (0xFF00FF) which i'm assuming is used to indicate transparence..)


    i'll keep you up to date and i'll post my new theme as soon as it's finished
    (hope it won't be too ugly )

 

 
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