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[Preview] Introducing Vize

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Description

Vize Basic is a GUI enhancer for Windows Vista. It replaces most of the non-Vista icons, animations and bitmaps that Microsoft is still overlooking.

Vize automates the process of replacing resources in system files, applying the real fit and finish to Windows Vista.

The patching process will not disable Vista's built-in security features. Vize will automatically restore all files and folder permissions, making your Vista experience nicer without sacrificing security.

Screenshots

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Additional Information

Vize will update almost all the old resources left in Vista, including the famous "Previous Versions" icon.

Availability

First Beta version due to mid September.

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Wow!

I can't wait to get Vize :) Fantastic work XPero :)

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Very nice job man, hope that it will be as great as the xpize franchize...

i cant believe that m$ still does not fix that s***, i mean... come on man

its like 2007 now, why the old icons huh?

oh well, good luck with it XPero, and if you need help, i have vista too man.

damian666

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I appreciate your efforts with Vise... As I’m sure once I go over to Vista (not anytime soon, I hasten to add) I’ll benefit from it, as indeed I am doing now, with your XPize efforts.

However, surely the main reason for the need for XPize (rather ironically), in the first place, was because Microsoft decided to concentrate their efforts on Vista, and thus leave parts of the GUI side of XP un-XPized... Indeed, as they now also seem to be doing again, with Vista – and hence the need for Vize...

As I see it, XPize is not completely finished just yet.... As I, at least, have several icons/pictures (and probably many more, that I’m yet to come across) remaining from the pre XP days, that still need to be dealt with via XPize...

Therefore... wouldn't it be a good idea, to concentrate all your efforts on XPize, getting it finished completely... Unlike Microsoft, who left XP incomplete (GUI wise), for someone else to deal with (i.e., you)...

Just a thought...

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"concentrate all your efforts on XPize":

I've been doing that for 3 years now :)

"getting it finished completely":

I think that XPize is the example of a program that cannot be finished. I always have to deal with new old resources, new updated MS software, new 3rd party apps, etc...

Anyway, who said XPize is gonna die? I plan rewritting it in C#, to be more versatile and powerfull without all the limitations of NSIS.

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I plan rewritting it in C#, to be more versatile and powerfull without all the limitations of NSIS.

:thumbup Wow! :thumbup

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I plan rewritting it in C#, to be more versatile and powerfull without all the limitations of NSIS.

i just hope that both 32bit AND 64bit versions with include the same patcher so all versions will work the same way...

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"concentrate all your efforts on XPize":

I've been doing that for 3 years now :)

"getting it finished completely":

I think that XPize is the example of a program that cannot be finished. I always have to deal with new old resources, new updated MS software, new 3rd party apps, etc...

Anyway, who said XPize is gonna die? I plan rewritting it in C#, to be more versatile and powerfull without all the limitations of NSIS.

Knew it would be controversial, when I posted it, but I still think it needed to be said – as much as I appreciate XPize, believe it, or not...

Many here probably agree with my post, and indeed, wished they’d had the balls to say it...

Never said it was going to die... although, you’re the only one that really knows/knew that... which I’m very glad to hear, of course...

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It is not controversial at all. I just wanted to be direct in my answers (without wanting to be controversial either). Your post makes a lot of sense, and I know many people here agree.

The thing is that the XPize code has reached a state that it is a pain to maintain. So I started Vize to see how well a shell pack written in C# would work. For now, Vize is working like a charm, so I will be soon porting XPize to C# too. XPize in NSIS is not fun anymore for me.

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It is not controversial at all. I just wanted to be direct in my answers (without wanting to be controversial either). Your post makes a lot of sense, and I know many people here agree.

The thing is that the XPize code has reached a state that it is a pain to maintain. So I started Vize to see how well a shell pack written in C# would work. For now, Vize is working like a charm, so I will be soon porting XPize to C# too. XPize in NSIS is not fun anymore for me.

Keep up the all good work, XPero. Because despite what I said, I do support you, in everything you do - honest!

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Thank you :)

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Hello from hellas, i'm using xpize to replace the old-looking icons for a long time so after the release of Windows Vista i decided to create my own pack.

Since i didn't had any source, like XIS, i created a batch cmd file and as far as i had tested it works ok for windows resources such as basebrd, imageres, taskmgr the all these crap and for some 3rd party appz, nero, winamp, firefox and staff.

I'm telling all these cause it would be nice to open the code of Vize and to consider it as a highly customizing platform for replacing windows resources.

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doomangel, i guess you probably did not read this entire topic, so i wil sumarize if for you,

Xpize has been there for a long time now, and since became open source (hense all the other shellpacks like darkside),

now where are comming at a point where it neads to be ported to vista, (probably be ported to a better resource editor (for vista icons) and mutch more), yet since xpize no longer works really well, xpero desided to build a new app from scratch ....

im sure once this app is anyway near usable for the general publik hell release it, and im verry sure it will support other themes, or icon set just as xpize...

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first of all i'm sorry, my english are really bad. second i hadn't read the topic. i use reshacker for modifying vista resources and it's working well so far, it would be nice if xpero could create a better resource handler. He could release a beta or even an alpha of vize and vize source so the rest of us test it and/or improve it.

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You havent read the topic and youre asking for the Vize source...I dont want to be harsh but I think you like to have the things done for you without too much work. People like zedox have contributed to the XPize (and Vize) project a lot and they deserve the source to create their own packs. In my opinion, what you cant do is register the forums just to ask for the source of a software that hasnt been release yet.

Also, in what ways do you think you can improve Vize code?

Cheers

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sry, abit off topic here but, how do u achieve the "Vista" look side bar there? and are those "Path System Files" buttons buttons with images on them? i am a software student and my code is ok for me but the looks' ... if they are not images, in Windows XP it will look different?

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They are vista controls. Look in codeproject.

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so you choose who deserves the source and who does not?Think it more of a suggestion, not a request. I think that now that the project is in early state of creation, creating a community around it could enchance it further.

I don't know the foundaments of the project so i don't know how i could improve it, but i'm willing to think more are a customizing platform than a shell pack.

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I plan rewritting it in C#, to be more versatile and powerfull without all the limitations of NSIS.

i just hope that both 32bit AND 64bit versions with include the same patcher so all versions will work the same way...

unless there's been a recent update, 64bit resources cannot be modified the way reshacker does at the moment.. no freeware commandline resource tools

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creating a community around it could enchance it further.

The most used forum on msfn.org is the XPize forum... theres already a community here! :hello:

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unless there's been a recent update, 64bit resources cannot be modified the way reshacker does at the moment.. no freeware commandline resource tools
Work in Progress... just wait and see ;)

but i have just one question, as Ntcore is implementing the 64bit patcher ther is one new problem, what / how are the windows patchers like Windows File Protection, and Uxtheme .dll done and what is neaded for it... because if any aditional features on the patcher are need for that... i guess NOW is the time to ask... as well all know that we dont want to get stuck with an old version thats manually patched...

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Cool :)

EDIT: There is no need for the patcher to deal with file protection, uxtheme hacks or whatever. Thats not part of the job of the patcher.

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