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WLM Ixtli Skin v4.5 by HaydenM WLM Ixtli Skin v4.5 by HaydenM
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This skin is no longer compatible with any usable version of WLM. Microsoft decided to change their recources which would make critical code change impossible.

this submission exists for historical purposes.
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otiosedude Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I really miss this skin a lot! Isn't there anyway you could re-code it to work with MSN plus? They have pretty awesome theming support. I would really love seeing this usable again.
HaydenM Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(excuse delayed reply-)
I would only work on a skin if it was possible in the old fashioned way. Plus's skinning doesn't offer the level of control I really like to have; like mouseover and animation effects (which appeared in the 2011 version anyway). I think MS wised up a bit and did well to allow a generous amount of control over the look of the client, but there's still the charm of using something sleek and skinned, something I miss.

It is actually possible to use realllly old clients by hexediting file version numbers. But I end up missing just a handful of the newer features (like animated display pics) which aren't possible in the old clients. I've also discarded all the resources I had for all my skinning, so I'd be re-learning and remaking anything from scratch, almost.
hemagoku Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
aa nice ,just question ,how to make my own skin ? xD
HaydenM Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The basic idea is to use a resource editor/hacker to extract images and layout information. make changes you like, then add them back. Hopefully you get what you want to work.
Any previous experience with making windows visual styles is great, as they are similar in many ways. It takes a lot of knowledge, patience, and experimentation.
hemagoku Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i do have experience in visual styles xD ,but what files to i edit ?
HaydenM Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if a .msstyles file is the core of a visual style, then the WLM equivalent is msgsres.dll. since version 7 I think, they moved all the UI files to there. The formatting of all the UI elements uses the same code as the text files found in the .msstyles files. But not all features/tags are interchangeable... e.g you won't be able to get text glowing with a specified color like the Window titles. But many things can be made to slide, change, and fade with mouseover images in much the same way.

and I don't specifically remember how to do those.. I'd need to study again to offer any more advice. There will be plenty of resources on the net.
englandfx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
This skin was sure awesome while it lasted =(
HaydenM Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those were good times indeed..
I feel less motivated to do wlm skinning, the ability to customize 'out of the box' has really improved in new versions.
And, endless other projects are begging for attention. :cries:
krono6 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
All the luck to your newer projects.
We still have the memory of this awesome skin, I haven't seen a single skin that comes close to matching it :(
clandren Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
i still think this is one of the best looking ones out there
Mygith Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
idd.. i would do anything to get it to work again :(
jteekj Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I like it
clandren Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
i'm hoping it will be re-released or updated =/
antnkrlz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Works for 8.5???

btw, pretty cool!
Rawjava Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this skin is too god not to be available. is there anyone you can ask to update this for 8.1?
HaydenM Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for this incredible delay, but working on skins is impossible for now. I don't have internet at home to test as I run them (as I used to) neither the most recent versions of WLM to use as the code base. When the conditions are right, I might revive them.
ZephyReaver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
There's actually a way to retain wlm 8.0


there's the link
so do make the download working again!

And yes, tbh, your skin is far the best msn skin I have seen!
Sweetalexiel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any possibility of having the download working? *_* I'm in love with this skin :(
KMelissa Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
RoxZy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
very good : )
SylAileen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Student Artist
I can't >.< the messenger is all color black =(
HaydenM Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This skin won't work on any new releases... And I don't have a computer to use to make one which can. :cries:
ifiwasu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
oh i love it so much!!
would it be a chance to make another one for 8.1?
HaydenM Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
l don't have access to a working computer to make that possible right nou, but I did start something classy for 8.1 which would certainly be better than default ;D. Ugh.. I'd do anything to get working on technical stuff again!
marc123 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Aww my heart crys for a new version which works with the 8.1 live messenger .. this is still be best skin i've found after 2 hours of searching (for sure, im borred on my free days!).

pleeeease oh please figure out how to use it on 8.1 .. that would be awesome!

greets, marc
jonteno Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
you cant use this skin anymore they force you to use a version of live messenger that this skin dosnt work on
chiipyo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007
wow.... OÔ
Eludis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Professional Artist
T-T Still no 8.1 version? Just assuming, since it's August you don't plan to make one, hahaha. Ah well, I've been using 8 this whole time with your skin, it's too nice to simply get 8.1 and forget about it. Kudos bud.
FerdiCildiz Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thanks mate i love this skin and using in my pc thanks again
otiosedude Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Will this be updated to work on WLM's latest version?
venus-in-tears Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
it's superb :clap:
Reiodrake Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
Nice i really like it. it was hard trying to get 8.0 because my computer is like nuu your a noob and your not saposta get old stuff @__@ . tho it's making me want to learn how to make my own skin and crap lol. oh and i have a questions for the secret button :O so message me or something because idk if i'm alowed to talk about it here ^^"
Mozmanson Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
I love it but it doesn't work =(.
I have WLM 8.1.0178.00 and when I start WLM with the new skin it's black :

koiishi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
its beautiful but sadly i got 8.1..:(
NoFearFrench Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Thank very much, i love it !!!
MRT-Designs Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007   Interface Designer
Great skin, I love it! Don't let the persistent "why don't youse guys hurry up with my free skins for 8.1" get ya down tho :p

Keep up the good work!
Coby17 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ tnx its soo nice :D
xXKurosakiIchigoxX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Sweet theme
focuswater Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
wow that is an awesome skin. i love it!
hkmlcps Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
8.1 final was released, why don't you make your skin about 8.1?
HaydenM Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've known about it for a long long time. I'm working on a second skin which should be completed before I update this one.
ArchangelX2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Make one for 8.1 version, it's great!
Chuchkit Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Wow, cool one!
How did you make it?
Is there any programm or something?

tnx. :hug:
Squex Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Really nice one! I may use it :)
spacyg1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
hmmmmm i wonder how you made the pics on there tho~ i would love to know how to~ xD
AuronGothica Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007
awesome skin even though i can yse it since i have messenger 8.1
NocturnalRose Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
amazing skin, love it....unfortunatley i have 8.1 -_-;;
mylifestylepr Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
whn will you guys update its compability?
HaydenM Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"you guys?" =/ It's only one person, me - working on this. I won't update this for a while, because I'm still developing a second skin which requires a lot of work, and then I'll have to get that working on 8.1 aswell.
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