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1  Main / Announcements / Open Sourcing Tools on: July 31, 2015, 08:35:59 pm
Hi All,

I've been recovering code from a crashed HDD and in the process, have been putting a lot of my Windows related tools on GitHub as open source / free code:

2  Other / Other / Re: To Ave: Glass Toasts! on: January 23, 2011, 05:34:07 pm
Someone back in the days ported it to 64 bit. The code is completely free to use non-commercially (see the link from Panda).
3  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: Testing Bug on: September 29, 2010, 04:52:21 pm
The bug got introduced after a couple of Microsoft libraries got updated - it's hard stuff to track into Microsoft libraries to see what exactly is triggering this issue.
4  Other / Other / Re: Forum Dying on: September 21, 2010, 11:49:58 am
It's coming! As promised, 1.x updates will always be free.
5  Main / Announcements / Re: Resource Spy on: August 24, 2010, 03:19:54 am
It's an experimental tool for the hardcore modders Smiley Basically, everyone replying in this thread.
6  Other / Other / Re: FOR AVE'S on: August 12, 2010, 12:12:11 am
Well, waiting for deviantart's reply... Massive thanks, guys Smiley
7  Other / Other / Re: FOR AVE'S on: August 11, 2010, 09:54:26 pm
Sent takedown notice - hope deviantart responds quickly (they usually are really slow).

What's the second link exactly?
8  Other / Other / Re: FOR AVE'S on: August 11, 2010, 09:42:26 pm
Thanks, will sent a take down notice tonight.
9  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB Search Box Border on: August 04, 2010, 01:45:48 pm
it's on my list  Smiley
10  Other / Other / Re: Forum Dying on: August 01, 2010, 06:42:20 pm
ResourceSpy, the Caption Button editor have all disappeared without a word of explanation.
ResourceSpy and the Caption Button changer are all research projects:
 + caption button changer depends on changing hardcoded offsets in memory, something which is potentially dangerous.
 + I think we can release ResourceSpy as freeware for the windows-modding community, soon.

11  Other / Other / Re: Forum Dying on: August 01, 2010, 06:40:21 pm
VistaStyleBuilder 1.6 is being worked upon:
 + fixes to the XMLs by Panda X
 + dialog bug still researching
 + several other small fixes
 + re-engineering the MSStyles compiler engine to be ready for future additions (this takes quite some time)

Over time, there have been several new features and even Windows 7 compatibility, for free. You have to understand that to make a normal living, we have to invest into multiple products - especially since piracy rates on Windows Style Builder has sky rocketed lately (for every sale we make, we see about 200 pirated copies, most of which (50%) are used on a regular basis still).

About AveStyler: the AveStyler product has been sold to a 3rd party which I'm not allowed to name yet due to contractual obligations. Existing AveStyler installs and activation keys will continue to work, of course.

I'm aiming for a september release for 1.6.
12  Main / Announcements / Re: Downtime on: July 18, 2010, 07:37:34 pm
13  Main / Announcements / Downtime on: July 18, 2010, 06:29:33 pm
The forum and site experienced some downtime, because of a server failure.

Everything should be recovered now, but if you find some weirdness in the forum (e.g. missing posts), let me know and I'll see what I can do.

I'm investing in a new server to replace the current dying one.

Sorry for the inconvenience,
14  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB Search bar on: June 17, 2010, 10:58:08 am
that searchbar has hardcoded color values. Sorry, my mistake!
15  Other / Other / Re: WSB Beginners Guide on: May 31, 2010, 08:05:15 pm
A beginnersguide written by a non-programmer sounds really great. I usually describe stuff way too technical, but, I'm a software engineer ;-)

AtlasRect:Rect is a rectangle (top, left, width, height) which describes where a DWM image is located in the big STREAM image. The stream image - actually called "atlas" - is a big image composed of many smaller DWM images. Since DWM window frames are rendered in DirectX by your videocard, it's much more efficient and faster to only load one big image and tell the videocard to draw only (2,3,10,10) of the big image, than, instead, loading 100 small images.

Since VSB allows full customization of the stream/atlas image, it must and will re-layout the whole atlas image when a change is made. In that case ,the AtlasRect:Rect properties will also change (because images are located at a different position in VSBs created atlas), so VSB will update those.

In short: AtlasRect:Rect properties are actually DWM images and are fully handled by VSB :-)

16  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: I figured out what causes the dialog bug. on: May 14, 2010, 09:08:26 am
Yes, 1.6 is in the works.
17  Help / Windows 7 / Re: Deleting TextGlow on ClearScreen Win7 Theme [REQUEST, PLEASE HELP] on: May 10, 2010, 01:06:21 pm
He signed up using a warezed key.
18  Help / Windows 7 / Re: Deleting TextGlow on ClearScreen Win7 Theme [REQUEST, PLEASE HELP] on: May 10, 2010, 08:24:58 am
Hi, we do not support warezed versions of VSB - thanks!
19  Help / Windows 7 / Re: Lost Email on: May 05, 2010, 12:09:56 am
Sent an email to with your Paypal transaction id.
20  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: Dialogs. on: May 02, 2010, 03:03:05 pm
This is such a strange bug... seems to only  occur on certain conditions
21  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: VSB Just died on me. on: March 31, 2010, 09:08:06 pm
I suspect a problem in the XML handling code in VSB, can you e-mail me the XMLs Panda?
22  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: VSB Just died on me. on: March 30, 2010, 04:04:52 am
Hmmm... might be an XML problem I guess.. I'll debug it tomorrow!
23  Help / Windows Vista / Re: Problem with transparent png: color value get messed up... bug? on: February 15, 2010, 03:40:32 pm
We are working on 1.6 features... This bug is particularly hard, since the current version uses a smart filter for the alpha fix which sometimes fails unfortunately.
24  Help / Windows 7 / Re: where is this png located? on: January 31, 2010, 07:06:50 pm
VSB uses an ownerdrawn searchbox (I know, could have been done better).
25  Main / Announcements / Integrated Documentation/Wiki Down on: January 30, 2010, 11:15:09 pm
Due to a DoS I had to disable the built-in wiki system. The requests are still coming in at large, but the webserver seems to be able to handle the 404's pretty well...  Time to do some firewalling of russian and chinese IPs  Sad
26  Main / Announcements / Re: Forum Account Validation on: January 23, 2010, 11:07:21 pm
We've done some maintenance work the last 15 minutes and the serial validation has been enabled for everyone. When you browse to the forum now, you'll be asked to enter your serial if you did not already entered it.

Hopefully, this will keep the bogus accounts out Smiley
27  Help / Windows 7 / Re: not running on: January 20, 2010, 02:30:12 pm
Did you happen to have a warezed version installed previously?
28  Other / Other / Re: silent install VSB on: January 20, 2010, 10:39:48 am
Should be possible. You can actually simply copy the files in c:\program files\VistaStyleBuilder and the %appdata%\VistaStyleBuilder\licenseinfo files. Maybe the MSI has some options to do a silent install also, but I'm far from an expert on MSI installers.
29  Main / Announcements / Forum Account Validation on: January 19, 2010, 01:04:17 pm
Hi all,

Really soon, we will start to validate all forum accounts with your vsb activation details (serialcode). For new registrations, this is already the case...
30  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: Bug: on: November 26, 2009, 02:08:01 pm
Can you try again? I resetted the permissions for all pages.

About the IP: you can create an account in the wiki, then your IP will be not shown.
31  Other / Other / Re: The future of replacing resources... on: November 22, 2009, 06:31:58 pm
Some more details

What is it?
Right now, this is a tool to analyze and replace system resources you would normally replace using ResHacker, without actually modifying the files on disk.

No idea yet, it's very much a research project right now. I'm looking into a way to make it easier to use to end-users as well as power-users.
32  Main / Announcements / Re: No support for pirated copies on: November 22, 2009, 06:25:30 pm seems to be a good example I think Smiley
33  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:56:48 pm
thanks for pirating my software  Smiley
34  Main / Announcements / No support for pirated copies on: November 22, 2009, 02:53:56 pm
It might be obvious to state, but recently I've seen a rise the number of support questions for pirated copies of VSB. We happily provide support for paying customers of course.

35  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:49:31 pm
What username do you use to activate it?
36  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:40:03 pm
We need the Paypal transaction id for it - try to contact the competition to send it to us for you.
37  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:35:35 pm
Which competition would that be?
38  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:24:15 pm
Can you e-mail your paypal transaction-id to Thanks
39  Help / Windows 7 / Re: WSB wont open :S on: November 22, 2009, 02:21:02 pm
Did you happen to have a pirated copy of VSB installed once?
40  Windows Style Builder / Bug Reports / Re: ZIP (no installer) on: November 20, 2009, 09:29:22 am
VSB does not write anything to the registry, you should be able to copy its folder with all its contents to another location. The only thing needed is %AppData%/VistaStyleBuilder/licenseinfo which contains your activation details.
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