This post is my long comment onto Ms.Tatiora's post.
The post link it here:
Tatiora (2021), “Sneak-peek at NEW WindowBlinds skins”, Discussion: Stardock Blog, WinCustomize.com, Thursday, June 3, 2021
( https://www.wincustomize.com/article/505121/sneak-peek-at-new-windowblinds-skins ).
§1. I love Mr.Folden's "NeXTSTEP".
So, I'm really looking forward to seeing your NeXTSTEP Style Skin!
I have used this skin over 20 years on "MS-Windows" since Mar. 2001.
★The Classic theme "NeXTSTEP" created by John T. Folden.
[WinCustomize] ( https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/460/ ),
still keeps the description of the first Published Date as "Mar 2, 2001".
[DeviantArt] ( https://www.deviantart.com/jtfolden/art/NeXTSTEP-18859 ),
has the Last Updated date as "Dec 29, 2001".
★Mr. John T. Folden
*Note: On almost all his works in DeviantArt,
downloadable file was deleted or the download URL are not on service.
I have also been forking the Skin since 13 years ago.
But, I haven't yet released the forked one in an Public URL.
Coz, Mr.Folden is the original author (developer) of the skin.
For my convenience' sake,
I'm treating his works under the License of "GPL",
which is the abbreviation of "GNU General Public License",
or under one of "LGPL" (GNU Lesser General Public License).
On GPL, see here ( https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html ),
and LGPL ( https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-3.0.en.html ).
But, I haven't planed to release this branch for long years.
I haven't kept the record of all activities on this skin.
§2. To Ms. Tatiora and Guys in here, Recall your memories.
Probably you, Ms. Tatiora, know that here is the related
and most newest post to your this post.
cf. Frogboy "WindowBlinds skin contracting", Stardock Forums, February 8th, 2021, 2:37:08 PM
The Tatiora's post obviously uses "Folden's NeXTSTEP skin".
But, well..., You, guys know the other NeXTSTEP style skin
It is the "NeXTSTep" by Chris Apers before June 6th, 1999.
Coz, it's the last update was "Jun 02, 1999".
★Chris Apers's "NeXTStep"
"Ms. Tatiora" said “Recently, we've been developing some new skins for WindowBlinds
and today I get to give you a little sneak peek of what's coming.
PLEASE NOTE: These are not 100% final and some aspects of these
may change before they are available”(Tatiora 2021).
I don’t know, will she recreate her own “NeXTSTEP” skin from the first as full scratch, with no base of Folden's or Aper's skin,
or will she just edit one of their skins,
for the latest version of “WindowBlinds”and "MS-Windows".
But, I can see it clearly, that
you had made "Arrow Navigation Button" Newly by yourself.
I repeart, "So, I'm realy looking forward to seeing your NeXTSTEP Style Skin"!
§3. On the License
Mr."Folden" made "Readme.txt" in "NeXTSTEP.wba".
But, he didn’t write any description as License.
When we release some fork or branch project, we should show it at least,
to protect the Feme of original creator and developer.
I think many themes and skins for some computer apps,
which has no any written lisence , are in an gray zone about the lisence.
It's like the same problem within some other "Abandonware"s.
More saying, in the case, which the software was released under the treatment as "Freeware" of "Open source",
someone make branch and update it,
with an apt explanatory notes about the original author.
To release those kind of things,
as it is obviously other's work,
under the different one's name,
to take a certain permission from the original author.
If it was technically in some difficulties,
to show appropriate credits of each authors on their works.
So, on the "NeXTSTEP" skin by Mr.Folden, it is in the difficulty.
Mr. Folden take a distance from his works on the Internet for long years.
And His E-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in his works is out of service,
also for long terms and at the present too.
Besides this, His account on "DeviantArt" won't reply to my message.
I sent message to his "Stardock account" too.
In worse case, He just don't like me.
So, well You know, Ms.Tatiora,
If you want to update of other's work,
you should send some message to the original author, at the first.
I believe you had already done it.
Then, I should have not need to say it.
So, please accept my apology.
But, for my saying on the "NeXTSTEP" skin, probably,
Mr. Folden haven't noticed my sending messages, among 13 years,
because of his taking the distances from his works.
On the URL of "NeXTSTEP" skin on "WinCustomize",
Mr. Folden replied to the question by "snowleopard77", which is...
"Any Plans on updating this for Windows 7 and Windows 8 ?"
on Monday, December 10, 2012 1:05 PM
( https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/460/ ).
At there and in his reply, Mr. Folden had said
" Sadly, while I probably still have all the graphic sources,
I ceased using Windows as my promary OS long ago and
no longer have an active subscription to OD...
I'm glad to see there is still some interest though"
(sic erat scriptum, op sit., Tuesday, September 3, 2013 4:49 AM).
But, My reading on Her (Tatiora's) posts,
She is working in "Stardock Corporaton".
So, I think that She had already cleared this problem.
§4. Rewards for the reader on this Post.
I don't use "Winstep".
And for last 5 years, I left "LiteStep".
About my controlling the interface design of "MS-Windows",
I' been going back and forth between
"MsStyle theme(Customized John's "NeXTSTEP" Skin with "UXThemePatcher")" and "Litestep"
The reason will be shown later as Appendix.
That's why, on every time there is a glitch since A.D.2008,
I have kept on fixing and editing Mr. Folden's "NeXTSTEP" skin.
If you, Ms.Tatiora wanna try or branch my skin, tell me.
I added the screenshot of my desktop of "Windows10" on this post.
After making appropriate "ReadMe.txt" and "License" files,
rebuilding My "MsStyle theme" as "WindowBlinds Skin"(wba file)
I will release it on "Github".
§5. Appendix -LiteStep-
You knows the Alternative shell "LiteStep"
( http://litestep.net/ ).
For many people's eyes. it looks already abandoned.
And I felt heavy tiredness for the relation between
"Windows under developping" and "LiteStep already abandoned".
Therefore, I quit to use it.
If you wanna use LiteStep now, see below URLs.
§6. Appendix2 -Winstep Nexus-
No need to say, My personal interests and matters are none of every other's business.
You know, John made also great work on "Winstep".
The "Winstep Nexus" has fatal problem on showing "dual-bytes character",
for example on Japanese language etc.
It has the strict limitation of number of showing characters on it's interface.
I said this matter to the developer several times in the past.
But, It still exists in the latest version "Winstep Nexus 20.10".
So, I don't use "Winstep Nexus".
And honestly saying, I prefer the classic Winstep up to "Winstep Xtreme ver.4.0"
( https://www.winstep.net/help/ns3/nextstart.htm ).
Coz, I feel that the later version had lost the "Good old and best NeXTSTEP-ness".
Thank you for reading.