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yeah another aqua theme, but this one is awesome

A MacOSX theme original made by Max Rudberg and ported to WindowsXP by KoL.

I would like to thanks Max for letting me port one of his great designs and azazel and G0LD for the screenshots.

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Comments (51)


Wow that gloss effect raises the bar. This is what I call extreme quality.

Sat, Feb 15th at 12:15am (14 years ago)
LTD says:


Beautiful job as always, KoL....


OH MY GOD KoL - Your smooth stripes has a GLOSS effect option - that is SOOO killer!!!!! WOWOW.

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:26pm (14 years ago)
HeNNy says:

im running it right now, and all i can do is drool... theres a whole bunch of osx themes out there, but then theres smoothstripes

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:35pm (14 years ago)

I am not gonna rate it because it's obviously a good piece, but it's just not me. I don't know about anyone else out there, but the round buttons for close, maximize, etc. really turn me off as soon as I see it. I do think KOL is quite awesome for all he puts out.. especially Hacker's Classic v3... brilliant.

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:37pm (14 years ago)
Dokt says:

Utter class.

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:38pm (14 years ago)
MaRZ says:

I LOVE IT...KoL i truly respect ur work..EXCELLENT!!!!!

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:46pm (14 years ago)
OddFox says:

Hmmm... If I used XP...

Fri, Feb 14th at 06:46pm (14 years ago)
DrGamez says:


Fri, Feb 14th at 07:30pm (14 years ago)
VictorC says:

been using the gloss on my mac since max updated it, glad to see it on my pc now :)

Fri, Feb 14th at 09:35pm (14 years ago)

i agree with oddfox...hmmmmmm .. if i used xp hehehehe great work dude..

Fri, Feb 14th at 10:24pm (14 years ago)
jawaab says:

its a great theme, i loved the aqua effect and colors, but i have Q?
i am new to Xp how can i apply the downloaded theme it doestn seem to come on my sys please suggest, i looked in the help not helpful :(

Sat, Feb 15th at 02:11am (14 years ago)
woodehall says:

Whatever!, Mr. Perfect...Thank you for your guidance Obi-Wan.

Sat, Feb 15th at 06:38am (14 years ago)
mors3 says:

absolutely spot on

Sat, Feb 15th at 09:40am (14 years ago)
hermik says:

one might say: "It's JUST a port!" ... well, it's one hell of a port!

Sat, Feb 15th at 09:58am (14 years ago)

u know what would be really COOl if u made this in a windowblinds xp format....=)

Sat, Feb 15th at 10:47am (14 years ago)
PeteCee says:

Had to start using this as soon as I downloaded it. LOVE the gloss effect, superb work Kol, amazing.

Sat, Feb 15th at 12:39pm (14 years ago)
Aspenth says:

Wow, amazing, incredable, perfect I can go on forever with words to praise this masterpiece

Sun, Feb 16th at 02:59am (14 years ago)

Is it just me, or is there no place to resize the windows from the title bar on this skin? --- Update -- didn't want to sound like I'm complaining, was just curious if that was intentional. I'm still using this skin until I can make my own that I'm happy with.

Sun, Feb 16th at 07:01am (14 years ago)

Gee... Thats familiar... Why don't you just buy a Mac?

Sun, Feb 16th at 09:03am (14 years ago)
nully says:

very good - kol has his very own folder on my machine now, as untiled.psd mentioned there is no resize on the title of windows, no biggie though. The 1st thing i do when i install a new theme is load photoshop and illustrator too see how they look - only prob is the minimize and close buttons are distorted.

Sun, Feb 16th at 02:23pm (14 years ago)

this is NOT another Mac skin... this is THE Mac skin... it just took the creator a long time to post here to custo.

Mon, Feb 17th at 11:01am (14 years ago)
l-courni says:

haha, who cares if that "another mac theme" ? this one is brilliant :)

at least it seems so, but custo won't let me download, the server seems down ...hmm... i'll make sure to come back later ! :)

the next thing i'd like to see, would be colors change for those "red-green-yellow" buttons, i'd like pink-purple-yellow or somthing...

[....an update to say that 5 mins after my post...it works]

Sat, Mar 22nd at 07:57am (14 years ago)

Wow, I'm amazed to find so many positive reviews here! Most of you are even more excited than the mac people :)
That might be because they are already used to Aqua.
Btw, be sure to checkout - he is my offical porter and has ported Rhapsodized and BBX Mercury X to Windowsblinds format.

Thu, Apr 10th at 09:10am (14 years ago)

that is hot dude u rock

Wed, Jun 18th at 05:30pm (14 years ago)
Anatomy says:

yo it wont install, says the .theme file is missing. grr

Thu, Jul 3rd at 03:33pm (14 years ago)

it looks good but i have no idea how to install it

Wed, Aug 20th at 05:27pm (14 years ago)
fou says:

Perfect...I Love it.
The only think I noticed, at photoshop the little vclose buttons are OK but the little minimize buttons has problems.
Thank you for you great theme....!!!!!!

Thu, Oct 30th at 08:00am (14 years ago)
NobleArc says:

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
I the 'gloss' effect, It really brings out the taskbar.

Great Job :D

Wed, Nov 12th at 06:52pm (14 years ago)
Shibby says:

so sick!!

Tue, Apr 13th at 02:46pm (13 years ago)
MattyC says:

Well, as far as originality, its awful. Just another Mac skin (like the 10,000 others). BUT as far as execution its probably the best one to date. Massive kudos on that. Its awesome work! However, I just wanted to report a bug - if you use Mozilla or Firebird/Fox the scroll bar will go crazy with this theme. I can't figure out why, but it does. Other than that, GJ!

Fri, May 14th at 02:36pm (13 years ago)
fromIiI says:

awsome it is so cool

Tue, Jun 15th at 05:43pm (13 years ago)
templest says:

Cleanest Glossy Mac theme I've seen.

Originality, well, It's just another trend whore, but I have to say, the quality of the work, amazing.

Thu, Sep 2nd at 05:48pm (13 years ago)

This is by far, the best replica of Mac OS X that I've seen for Windows. So Glossy. The only deal is, how the heck do I install this on my machine?

Sun, Sep 12th at 01:19pm (13 years ago)

Cool, but the taskbar is kind of small.

Wed, Dec 8th at 08:13pm (13 years ago)
pranabell says:

I am unsure how to install and activate this shell... :( please help...

Thu, Dec 9th at 06:44pm (13 years ago)

I really want to see it in my computer. Pls help me on how to install it. I'm very excited to view it... my email add is

Thu, Dec 23rd at 09:16am (12 years ago)
Lt_Nuke says:

Email -

Wed, Feb 16th at 11:09pm (12 years ago)
kotoko says:

Great work overall. There's a bug however, whenever you're downloading something and you cover the download bar with another window or program, the download percentage bar changes..its weird.

Mon, Mar 21st at 04:03pm (12 years ago)
network says:

This one is really awesome but i got a problem with this, the font in my firefox browser becomes weird when a apply this theme but it remains the same in the internet explorer..

Sun, Apr 10th at 05:54am (12 years ago)
alterion says:

booring.. do something esle except mac ports.., still you get a decnt mark as it is nice
@snow man i belive it takes about 20 seconds to import a msstyles file into styleskin.... and convert it to .wb format

Sat, Apr 16th at 01:44am (12 years ago)
lshelper says:

help me.. plz
HOW TO CREATE ".msstyles" files!!!!

Thu, May 26th at 05:23am (12 years ago)
kevinlau7 says:


Sun, Oct 16th at 08:49pm (12 years ago)
tequanne says:

Not so bad.

Wed, Jan 25th at 02:01am (11 years ago)
Chrish16 says:

I give it 100 even when i can't experience it :(. How do you install? could some1 plz post? and i suggest a little help link put on the website with instructions for these things.

Thu, Jul 6th at 08:04pm (11 years ago)

me to how do you install

Wed, Aug 2nd at 09:07pm (11 years ago)
SmoG says:

And Me too... I want install it but I dont know how :(

Just install program-Style XP 2.0 And than click on it :P

Sat, Nov 25th at 09:00am (11 years ago)
ZAKIR says:

HOW DO YOU INSTALL THIS ??????????????????????????????

Wed, Apr 18th at 07:20pm (10 years ago)
ZAKIR says:

HOW DO YOU INSTALL THIS????????????????????????????????????

Wed, Apr 18th at 07:21pm (10 years ago)
rouqe says:

to all who need to know how to use this i have posted a link in this comment it will download program styler you will have toe extract files from zip file smooth stripes and for the styler program once its unziped take the file u just extraced for smooth stripes and drag it into themes of styler and you have it done in no way am i trying to advertise a site im just here to help

Tue, Sep 9th at 07:29pm (9 years ago)
aaawanggg says:

can someone help me install this? and give me instructions... i exttracted it and everything but... yea lol email me at if you can plz..//

Mon, Mar 16th at 10:30pm (8 years ago)
aaawanggg says:

yea im a nube but i really need help............lol email me plz plz!! again really neeed help

Mon, Mar 16th at 10:32pm (8 years ago)

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