Anyway, last night I decided to install the software and see how it performs. First I downloaded their latest version to make sure all would be ok.
WindowBlinds comes with a few skins, but you can download more from their site. Some are free, some are premium. One of the default ones that come with the software is quite cool anyway and I am using it to demo the animation effects in the following video:
One of the themes makes my Windows Vista laptop look completely like a Mac OS X machine, except that minimise works on Windows.
This will modify the most common elements on your desktop - the themes. This includes buttons, scroll bars, fonts, the Windows Orb, taskbar, etc.
I did not notice any performance impact on my laptop with those modifications.
If you want to go a step further you can use other software from Stardock to customise the experience even more, including icons, a full taskbar replacement, etc.
I found only one program didn't work quite well with WindowBlinds, and that was SnagIt, for screen capture. SnagIt would crash every time I right-clicked its icon in the system tray - the only program to do this. So now I am divided between keeping WindowBlinds and limiting SnagIt usability or remove it from the system and stop having fun.
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