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Artist's Note

First of all a big thanks to , something totally unexpected.

Second, most of the skins have now been released.

If you would like to add anything to this opensource suite, then you are more than welcome. Let me know if you do so I can add it to the Myriad Suite page.

Myriad on Windows Vista SP1

I ventured into the realm of desktop customization while I was on 98se and stumbled across the invaluable resource of WinT's forums. He was king of the smooth minimal look, and would hack everything that he could. Ever since them I've always tried to make my desktop look as least "default" as possible. I like change, and I can't resist a nice minimal, yet useable look. With Vista came a whole set of new challenges though as I myself haven't yet tried to make my own Visual Style. Thankfully there is some great work being done some very clever people. The artists that come to mind are invaderjohn, sweatyfish, nindijin, dimage, and MANNiEmedic.

This theme came about when I was looking back at a when I was on XP, I was using Mirev2 - a fantastic dark minimal opensource XP Visual Style. Not long after that I discovered the BASIC (non-aero) version of MANNiEmedic's Antar VS. It was fairly close to what I was looking for. It was the first Vista VS that effectively pulled off a dark explorer window background. Invaderjohn had featured several screenshots of WIP's but he was encountering a few color issues so they got out of beta. This however did the job, just needed a good dose of the 3dcc to fix up some of the colors.

All the skins details are below, but I would like to especially give credit to MANNiEmedic for his great work on the VS, and to pepijnnuland & asuraci for their work on the mirev2 suite. Lastly to WinT, possibly the father of windows desktop customization.

Borrowed Skins
Wallpaper //
Icons //

Modified Skins
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// (loosely based on
// - (code borrowed from and )

Original Skins
// changed program icons to blank icon, changed power and network status icons in the systray

Other little apps running hidden to improve functionality & productivity
// mapped winkey + (letter) to launch all my favourite little apps (skincalc, colorpad, codepad, notepad2, shutoff, console2)
// creates a shortcut on the desktop whenever a USB drive / cd is inserted.
// the best clipboard catcher I've used
// checks my Pop3 account
// adds tabs and a whole lot more to Explorer

Licensing: the artist has specified that ports and mods are allowed.

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Comments (9)

kowic says:

This is the best vista desk I´ve seen.
Great work there : )

Mon, Jan 12th at 07:00am (9 years ago)

Very nice :)

Mon, Jan 12th at 08:29am (9 years ago)

kowic: woah thanks mate, theres still alot that could be better, thanks for the compliments though

mizu: glad you like it =)

Mon, Jan 12th at 08:37am (9 years ago)

Dude. THIS is sweet.

Mon, Jan 12th at 01:34pm (9 years ago)
reb70 says:

Small pink lights ;)
I like it.

Tue, Jan 13th at 10:14am (9 years ago)
nosphere says:

wow, loved the whole customization enviroment...

Tue, Jan 13th at 05:02pm (9 years ago)

This is a hella sweet Vista setup. Nice work.

Thu, Jan 15th at 08:35am (9 years ago)

that calculator is SEX

Thu, Jan 15th at 07:49pm (9 years ago)

thanks everyone,

feel free to join in the skinning fun =)

Mon, Jan 19th at 04:08am (9 years ago)

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Created by AlbinoAsian
on January 12th, 2009


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