I have begun my review series on several Stardock software packages, starting with Curtains, then WindowBlinds, and wrapping it up with Object Desktop.
The reviews will be published on most social media sites, as well as my own tech platform. They will be pushed out over the course of the next 60 days.
This is a request for your reply regarding the following Cons I will be publishing on Curtains.
Curtains is an enthusiast product and could have the Taskbar Skinning market cornered, and thus worthy of a premium price. Among all competitors, it comes closest to allowing users to recreate a true Windows Classic Taskbar theme, but lacks a few major skinning abilities.
If the features below are added, no other software would come close to being as complete as Curtains.
Con 1. Inability to change inactive titlebar glyphs. Four states needed: Normal, Mouseover, Pressed and Disabled.
Required for a true classic theme.
Con 2. Taskbar buttons need one additional state: Pressed.
Currently there is no feedback when clicking taskbar buttons.
Con 3. Inability to skin the system tray. One state needed: Normal.
Required for the classic system tray border.
Con 4. Inability to skin the taskbar rebar grippers. One state needed: Normal.
A basic requirement for all themes when toolbars are used.
Con 5. Inability to skin the toolbar Chevron Buttons and glyphs. Two states needed: Mouseover and Pressed.
Required for a true Classic theme.
Con 6. Inability to skin Qucklaunch buttons. Two states needed: Mouseover and Pressed.
Hovering quicklaunch buttons would complete Curtains as a top-tier piece of software, and make it #1 in the space.
I welcome your feedback on the (constructive) criticism above. If you have any of these features planned, please let me know directly in this thread or via direct email (using this forum account's email address). Publishing happens on Monday, June 5, 2023.
Editor's note: All of the above features are available in WindowBlinds, but come with a large performance hit and premium price. Curtains is the sweet spot for power users with attention to detail who want to skin their taskbar.