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May 4, 2006
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WLM Ixtli Skin v4.5 by HaydenM WLM Ixtli Skin v4.5 by HaydenM
The file for this skin has been removed.

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
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