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Aero Glass for Win8.1 RTM RC3

UNSTABLE TESTING VERSION ONLY

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
meanwhile I'm fixing the last important stuff in release version of Aero Glass for Win8 (it's really hot here so I'm lazy to code anything and I do now want to make any bug in last changes), I decided to provide you the first look at Aero Glass for Win8.1. This is the prototype only so it misses all additional features. It simply adds glass effect to windows frame and glow effect to windows caption. No additional settings available, every value is hardcoded.
 
The prototype is not intended for daily use nor for bug hunting.
 
It is just for showing you how the implementation for Windows 8.1 could look like and for discussing the main glitches in the glass design. This thread is not intended for any kind of support so do not ask when it is released, how to do..., how to change..., etc. Just for looking at.
 
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Simply unpack to your custom location and run attached EXE file. Already opened windows are not handled correctly for various reasons so do not report this as a bug. The glow effect is always loaded from the file C:\glass\glow.bmp (the path is currently hardcoded) and if this file is not found, it will try to use glow effect from your Windows theme (not that one in theme resource but that one which is used e.g. for ribbon windows).
 
http://glass8.berlios.de/win81.html
 
Oh yes, I would forgot, since it is prototype only, it works only for a very limited period. Do NOT ask how to extend this period, it's not sense of preview. Donators can use their keys to use this version without any limitation.

Edited by bigmuscle, 02 January 2014 - 08:26 AM.

Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu


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How long is the time limit, also the DWM symbols appear to be unable to download.


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Symbols downloading is disabled in this version, because it is not needed. It is intended for build 9431 only which is hardcoded.


Aero Glass for Win8.x --> http://www.glass8.eu

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So is it working as good as the W8 one right now? I mean feature wise. Your screenshot isn't showing much. W8 theme just doesn't do this justice :)

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Thanks bigmuscle, Just what i needed to fix Title bars IN Clear Glass with Aerolite.theme Windows 8.1 Preview.


Edited by ace2, 30 July 2013 - 11:00 AM.


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If that glow around the text in your screenshot was supposed to be present, it wasn't for me. Also, I don't know if it was me, but dragging the window wasn't really smooth. The rest, like the artifacts on all windows that were open before launching glass, looks like a prototype thing.
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Ah, sorry, I forgot about that. I edited the first post with additional glow information.


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 Also, I don't know if it was me, but dragging the window wasn't really smooth.

 

for me it is the same. This is really slow.


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 Also, I don't know if it was me, but dragging the window wasn't really smooth.

 

for me it is the same. This is really slow.

 

I must admit that I didn't optimize this build at all. I just compiled my first try to reimplement glass safety zones. But on the other side, I don't notice any visible slow down here but if there is any it is noticeable regardless AeroGlass is running (I say that DWM in Win8.1 is very slow).


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DWM in Win8.1 is very slow).

 

maybe because of the used Direct2D.

 

Here is my log:

[0x1624] Installing DWM hook...
[0x1624] DWM: 0x000000000000010C, error = 0
[0x1624] Module: C:\DWM\dwmglass.dll
[0x1624] RemoteDLLName: 0x0000008543D40000
[0x1624] WriteProcessMemory: 1, error 0
[0x1624] LoadLibrary: 0x00007FFE12127728
[0x1624] CreateRemoteThread: 0x0000000000000110 error 0
[0x1530] Creating debug console...
[0x1530] Hook (GDI32.dll!CreateRoundRectRgn from udwm.dll) installed
[0x1530] Hook (USER32.dll!DrawTextW from udwm.dll) installed
[0x1530] Hook (GDI32.dll!CreateBitmap from udwm.dll) installed
[0x1080] DBGHELP: Symbol Search Path: .;SRV*C:\DWM\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
[0x1080] CTopLevelWindow::UpdateOcclusionHints hooked successfuly
[0x53C] Uninstalling...
[0xAB8] Installing DWM hook...
[0xAB8] DWM: 0x0000000000000708, error = 0
[0xAB8] Module: C:\DWM\dwmglass.dll
[0xAB8] RemoteDLLName: 0x000000A99F200000
[0xAB8] WriteProcessMemory: 1, error 0
[0xAB8] LoadLibrary: 0x00007FFE12127728
[0xAB8] CreateRemoteThread: 0x000000000000070C error 0
[0xD24] Creating debug console...
[0xD24] Hook (GDI32.dll!CreateRoundRectRgn from udwm.dll) installed
[0xD24] Hook (USER32.dll!DrawTextW from udwm.dll) installed
[0xD24] Hook (GDI32.dll!CreateBitmap from udwm.dll) installed
[0x171C] DBGHELP: Symbol Search Path: .;SRV*C:\DWM\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
[0x171C] CTopLevelWindow::UpdateOcclusionHints hooked successfuly
[0x1088] Uninstalling...


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Well it's certainly trying to do something because I run the EXE and it just leaves this window running

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this is fine. Look a the border, there is a small glass effect.


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Seems to be working fine with no noticeable slow down, also using the RC3 Aero Glass for bypass theme signature.

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here is my debug log.
 

[0xB48] Installing DWM hook...
[0xB48] DWM: 0x000000000000030C, error = 0
[0xB48] Module: C:\Program Files\DWM\dwmglass.dll
[0xB48] RemoteDLLName: 0x000000B7B1B30000
[0xB48] WriteProcessMemory: 1, error 0
[0xB48] LoadLibrary: 0x00007FFFE5427728
[0xB48] CreateRemoteThread: 0x0000000000000310 error 0

Edited by MrGRiM, 31 July 2013 - 12:09 AM.


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MrGRiM, how have you used RC3 Aero Glass for bypass theme signature In Windows 8.1 Preview, Thanks ace2



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this is fine. Look a the border, there is a small glass effect.

 

I know, I just want to know why it keeps running with that message


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Because

The prototype is not intended for daily use nor for bug hunting.


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If you think people will benefit with your script, then make a seperate thread.

 

Yeah, that's the point. This thread is about providing the first look at implementation for Win8.1 and not about providing scripts for hardcoding the library into the system. I coded this two weeks ago (yeah, I have not much time to code currently so I just provided what I had done before) and I have not tested it at all thus running it automatically at startup is insane. It also makes no sense to start automatically something which stops working after several tens of minutes. It really does not help anyone.


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If you think people will benefit with your script, then make a seperate thread.

 

Yeah, that's the point. This thread is about providing the first look at implementation for Win8.1 and not about providing scripts for hardcoding the library into the system. I coded this two weeks ago (yeah, I have not much time to code currently so I just provided what I had done before) and I have not tested it at all thus running it automatically at startup is insane. It also makes no sense to start automatically something which stops working after several tens of minutes. It really does not help anyone.

 

 

Works Great at boot and login no problems here

 

Well done bigmuscle, For a PROTOTYPE it works Great Thanks ace2


Edited by ace2, 11 September 2013 - 09:14 AM.


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Works fine with me. Debug log: https://www.dropbox....p84n0/debug.log



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Any update news on how things are going with the 8.1 implementation BM, do you intend on adding similar features as the 8 version, like bypass theme signature, rounded corners and so on?



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The prototype also works in Build 9471, but there are some glitches and artifacts.


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The prototype also works in Build 9471, but there are some glitches and artifacts.

yeah, glass safety zone rendering requires access to some private Direct2D structure. So if they are changed, glass safety zone won't be generated correctly although blur effect will still be present.


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I noticed one more glitch, but it's not appearing consistently. When I have chrome with one tab open and open a new tab, the upper part of the transparent border turns opaque for a second, then goes back to transparency. Here is a log about a minute after it happened: click
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I finally got around to trying this.  Looks very promising.

 

I'm looking forward to the time when it can facilitate resource replacement via the CustomThemeResource registry entry, as that will take Windows 8.1 usability up another notch.

 

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I can't wait for this. When you release AG for 8.1 I might change to it, because I already have everything else I need.

 

Tihiy's StartIsBack, Xxinightxx's Rounded AG Theme, Grim's Details pane patcher, and Winaero's Ribbon Disabler.






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