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Albook extended VS V2.0 by StopDreaming Albook extended VS V2.0 by StopDreaming
For Window$ Vi$ta 32 bits with SP2 (64 bits SP1 system files are avaiable in my galery here [link])
It's my first visual style, and it's the fruit of a lot of work, so please be lenient :-)

- Many changes in the visual style
Comfortaa Albook Mod font inspired by Aajohan ([link])'s Comfortaa font([link]), Albook mod is not recommended for any use with font sizes over 18, Comfortaa does the work far better for those uses)
Smoothed caption buttons
New start button
New transparent start menu
New taskband buttons
Clearer popups
Improved rightclick menus
Many other slight changes).
- New animated shellstyle (version: 6.0.6000.16386, following RajTheeban95 ([link]) 's tutorial ([link])
- New Windows Photo Gallery skin with PhotoLibraryResources.dll version (6.0.6000.16386 & PhotoViewer.dll version 6.0.6002.18005)
- New windows clock (timedate.cpl)
- Cursror pack, Kaspersky 2009 and Opera (for Opera 9 or 10) skins added
- Improved WMP skin (version: 11.0.6002.18065)
- Related deviation links added
- New easier way to install visual styles (V2.0 & V1.6) with folders containing shellstyle.dll & [link]. Now all you have to do is to follow the link to Sweatyfish ([link]) 's tutorial here [link]
- some other stuffs, but I can't remember everything!

- Updated to correspond to the latest windows updates (8/14/2009):
wmp version: 11.0.6002.18065
browseui version: 6.0.6002.18005
explorer version: 6.0.6002.18005
imageres version: 6.0.6000.16386
shell32 version: 6.0.6002.18005
shellstyle version: 6.0.6000.16386
- Firefox skin updated for being 3.5.x compatible

- Now compatible with Service Pack 2 (browseui.dll & shell32.dll updated to version 6.0.6002.18005)
- WMP skin also compatible with Service Pack 2
- Improved transparency, extended to the taskbar

UPDATE 1,3: What's up?
- New aero transparency effect for window frames
- Updated file version for the windows media player skin, according to the recent updates of vista

- New skin for Mozilla Firefox 3
- New Boot Screen for TuneUp Utilities
- Fixed "How to install" file for giving an easier way to install the .msstyle

- updated system32 files according to the recent updates of vista which has changed some of them
- Smoother start/browsing/caption buttons reacting on mouseover
- cleaned browser, cleaner with less stripes
- Radio buttons reacting when they're pressed
- Control panel shell changed with a color gradient making it look more harmonious
- Rightclick popups and start menu places list looking clearer when mouseover
- Taskband buttons corrected for a better look
- Preview changed
- Bonus shortcuts for system lock/restart/shutdown/sleep
- Changed background of the file transfer window
- A better "how to install" for installing the .msstyles files

Well, first of all, I've got to say a big thank you to some particular persons:
- Kereight007 [link] for all his work, his support, his beta-testing, and his sympathy, I consider him like a real friend :-)
- Invaderjohn [link] the "boiling brain" ;-), for all his tips, advices and brilliant suggestions
- Sweatyfish [link] for having allowed me to use his famous Vega [link] visual style as a point for starting this work, he's a very kind person, and to my mind one of the best VS creators (with invadrejohn, vathanx, dimage and few others...)
- saarineames [link] for all his little usefull tools which gave me some ideas for this update
- ukintel [link] for all his so usefull tutorials!
- Andreas Verhoeven for his marvelous and fully functionnal application "VistaStyleBuilder", and all his work about customization
- Killermole23 [link] for all his tips and advices (particularly for aero compatibility). His help has been very precious, many times!
- RajTheeban95 ([link]) for all his kindness, his mine of good ideas (particularly for the font of the visual style and the marvelous animated shellstyle!)
- Aajohan ([link]) who made one of the greatest fonts I've ever seen: Comfortaa ([link]). He allowed me to make a mod of it in order to adapt his work to the visual style.
- Poulnyrup and Otisbee for...hmmmm... being themselves ;-)

This package contains:
- Albook extended visual style with two different styles: V1.6 (if you prefer the older version) and V2.0
- System 32 files:
- 2 fonts: Comfortaa Albook Mod regular & Comfortaa Albook Mod bold (and also a link to Comfortaa original font by Aajohan)
- 8 wallpapers (1920x1200), some made by Kereight007
- Albook extended cursor set
- Albook extended for iconpackager
- Albook extended for tuneup utilities
- links to Albook extended 782 icon packs (.ico & .png) and other related deviations
- Shortcuts to system lock, restart, shutdown and sleep
- Skins for:
Firefox 3.5.x
Opera 9 or 10
Kaspersky 2009
Windows Media Player
Windows Photo Gallery
Windows clock
- Instruction files for installing most of the things included

To complete this package, you can download the full icon set here [link] for .ico, and here [link]

Links to other works which would greatly math the theme:
- AlbookExtended for XWDock [link] by BurntAsafoetida [link]
- Albook Extended Docks [link] for objectdock by kereight007 [link]
- Greyhound for Objectbar [link] by PoulNyrup [link]
- Milk Unified-MobyDockDX [link] by grusic [link]
- Taskbar Drop Shadow [link] by Sweatyfish [link]
- Albook for Y'z toolbar [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Albook for Rainlendar [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Albook for Miranda [link] by Benijamino [link]
- Latte__Miranda Protocol Icons_ [link] by odioART [link]
- Latte for CD Art Display [link] by odioART [link]
- Milk Unified-VLC [link] by Grusic [link]

Wallpapers on the preview:

- All the system files are made to work together (for example, if you install the visual style without the shell32.dll, the left part of your control panel will look like shit!).
- The folder band toolbar is in auto-hide mode, I don't use it at all, so a simple mouse over will make it appear.
- Don't try to change things if you have doubts about the manipulation needed, bad manipulations would damage your program or your system.
- The original Albook concept is from Laurent Baumann ([link] or [link]).
He is the creator of 357 albook icons and the UNIQUE owner of the albook icon project.
- I am not the owner of Comfortaa font, I have just been allowed by Aajohan ([link]) to make some mods of his work in order to adapt it to the visual style.
- Please not that his work is under a Creative Common Licence 2.5 ([link]).
It means that you are free:
to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to Remix — to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author, Laurent Baumann [link] (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Comments and bug reports are welcome, enjoy! :-)
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ggraciela Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Raziel017 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this compatible with windows 7??id like to try it out.
Raziel017 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this compatible with windows 7?
Dsoul95 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Awesome. too bad it is not for windows se7en :(
Ishfwilf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Wait sorry for double post
I forgot to say Thank You!
Ishfwilf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I'm not a fan of White themes but....
Wow!... I'm using it and it really looks Awesome!
LaBerlue Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
A quick question: I have more than one profile on my computer (share with family)
If I install it will it affect the whole computer or just my profile? Thanks!
Xarive Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Hi, Can I get back the old Calibri fonts? I love that instead of Comfortaa Albook of this
heltongalina Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
the Best___tks cuz
rmcshuu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
First of all thank you for sharing this master piece! One question though, I am trying to change the color of the small screen, which appears when moving the files. What file and which bitmap do I have to change? Thanks!
SoundLife2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Also chiming in for a Windows 7 port :). Is there any possibility of this? Thanks!
dekjia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
love this~
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
emule skin of the right file for the program so it read:
" Albook.eMuleToolbar.kad02.png "
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
I have to put your skin albook on emule and I do not remember how I did: (
as explained by you not acting, help me...
iBreathe Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
i can't install the fonts. there is this paper with the old windows symbol and it seems to be broken? it doesn't say "install" when i right click it.
ironcobraart570 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
verry nice, wish it was for xp =(
RazielSnake Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great Work man ! Any chance to port this theme to Win 7 ? Just Asking. :)
eaves Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Hallo, cheeky comment, but I need some brains to mine. "Now compatible with Service Pack 2 (browseui.dll & shell32.dll updated to version 6.0.6002.18005)" - I've got Vista SP2 and am really struggling with the dlls in some other themes. ResHack isn't showing up any obvious answers. Could you throw out a hint on what needs doing to browseui and shell32 in general to make them work with SP2?

Really admire your dedication to detail! Good eye too - I might come back to this theme in a while when I'm looking for a change.
eaves Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Forgot to say that it's 32bit I'm having trouble with, which is important.
413East Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the program running right above the taskbar? I've probably seen it before, but jw...
ZaYeR Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't like window buttons (minimize, maximize and close), but that's only thing. Everything else is just great and awesome! Great work
killermole23 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
downtheory Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Interface Designer

This almost makes me want to go back to Vista :D.

High quality work here. :)
lollybun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student
why every theme and every icon set is in .rar ?!!!! what do i have to dooooo!!!
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Hi :-)
.rar is a compressed format, you can unpack them with 7zip (freeware), winrar or winzip.
Why are we using this file format? 'cause it's reducing the global size of the folders and what they contain. Less place taken, it means less time spent uploading and downloading. Also, deviantART's limit of upload for files added is 50Mo.
If you need more help, send me a note :-)
lollybun Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student
oh man....thank you very much for the i am happy downloading things. THANKs! and your icons look so good on my laptop!!
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Tanks a lot :-)
Well, my PC is actually out of order, but when it'll be ok again, I'll work again on icons. If you have requests for new ones, don't hesitate to ask :-)
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
wow, compliments ;)

hel me:
One thing, I have a problem with the skin bar emule, I ran your recommendations files.txt, but I can not apply your own skin on emule. I put the file on C: \ Program Files \ eMule \ skins then on step 2. the right button on the toolbar emule there's no way to apply it. :? Where the error?
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I'm really sorry for the disturbance, but the watercooling of my system leaked at the level of my graphic card... so, even after having cleaned everything and moved back to aircooling, my graphic card is dead.
I'm actually typing on my mom's computer so I can't make a lot of things on it, and I can't help you in order to install the emule skin.
But I don't forget you, when I'll get a new GPU (I still have to buy it but I'm mixed up concerning the choice of the new one), I'll help you :-)
Also, I was testing a new Albook extended V2 visual style with more goodies:
new font, new taskbar buttons, new start orb, new animated shellstyle(thx to my pal Raj), improved wmp skin, new Picture viewer skin, new sytem clock, and some more stuffs :-)
Thx for your kindness!
Btw... have you tried to move the uncompressed folder in skin folder of emule? Not only the picture or the compressed file (hard to help without being able to test).
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Friend, I fully understand your situation, no problem.
Regarding your suggestion does not work, emule accept skin only format .ini file, and not .png (your skin is in PNG file).
Good work for your new Albook Stiles, anxious to see him. :)
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
be carefull, it's a toolbar skin, not a full skin...
So, in order to activate it, I think that it's a right click on the toolbar that you've got to do when the .png is placed.
Well, the command is sent, and I've chosen the fastest delivery!
(lol but it's oftenly faster when I send to than when I send the same to french sellers!)
If you want some previews or to test it before a release, here's my hotmail adress:
(I also use WLM)
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I solved with your skin for emule, everything ok ;)
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Cool :-)
Can you tell me what was wrong with it?
If the tutorial needs to be changed, it would help me to improve it :-)
Oceansolei Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Basically the skin the law only if the file is set like this: if you [link]
to your original file if the points are 4 instead of three and should only be made in this way, as above.
PoulNyrup Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Trust the French to make classy visual styles... :p

I'm sorry for not sending you a note on your 30th birthday dude, hope you had a great day... :hug:
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
Trust the Dane to make classy comments... :p
Don't worry for my birthday, as we say here, you had other cats to whip (you had other things to do). And now, I'm old enough to forget that I'm old. Where's the "Send" button?
PoulNyrup Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
"Gawd damn it! Ewery twime I twy to swend a cwomment to PwoulNwyrup, the scween turns bwlack!"

"Put your teeth in, Grandpa Jean-Marc, otherwise no one can understand you..."

{Gurgle}... "I said - "

"That's not the "send" button, grandpa, that's the "off" button..."

"Ehh?? Back in my day, we used to make our own computers - why, I had a Intel Core i7 EX 965 processor with a Noctua NH-U12P..."

"You can take your teeth out again, grandpa..."

MyDogJake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
This is gorgeous!

Unfortunately I cannot convert visual styles in Vista 64.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I have Windowblinds.

Is this available in a Windowblinds file (.wba) :love:
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Thanks! :-)
Hmmmmm there's not windowblinds file in the package, I've made a "classic" visual style.
The".msstyle" visual style file will work with 64 bits, but the system ".dll" files and the explorer.exe will not work with 64 bits OS... I've only made the 64 bits files for SP1, and don't have the new files corresponding to SP2. Someone should send them to me:s
JimField Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Do you think this will work in Windows 7?
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I'm sorry but it'll not work with 7. Although, when this OS will officialy be released, I'll update this VS with all it's system files :-) (It represents too much work for the moment!).
Hematic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wish I knew how to install it all :P
Runzu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I might be changing my theme very soon. :D :joy: :D
TORApanthera Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
This. Is. Incredible! I totally love this theme. It's classy, sophisticated, and it in one of my favorite colors! Great job!
smotpoke Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
I installed everything and lost sound on my computer. Then I realized I had forgot to put the explorer.exe in my system32 folder. Could that have been the problem for the loss of sound?
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Normally not, it shouldn't have an influence on sounds, just graphical appearance! You should try a system restoration (that what I would do if I were you).
bakukang Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
can you make a XP version of the VS?, because i still have XP, i can't use the VS, but i have already use the icons for Iconpackager and dock, and other skins for some apps.
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Hi, and sorry for this late answer 'cause I've been very busy with work lately.
Desperately, I don't have windows xp anymore, so I can't develop a skin for it. Although, I'll make one for Seven later, and you still have a good option for having a nice visual style matching with the icons: [link]
mondo74 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
the wmp skin does not work in sp2 :(
StopDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Now, it works with sp2 :-)
Sorry, I forgot to change this file when I updated everything
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