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DWMColorMod by SamusAranFreak DWMColorMod by SamusAranFreak
This is a little tool for Windows 7 (afaik it doesn't work for Vista users, and I won't add compatibility for Vista, sorry guys) that allows you to change literally everything regarding Windows Aero.

New in Version 1.0.2: Replaced the Transparency slider with a checkbox. This change is for the best, I think. ;)
New in Version 1.0.3: There's now a logging feature in DWMColorMod. If you have any problems with this tool, e.g. the opacity not being set correctly, activate the "Log stuff" checkbox after starting the tool. It will automatically save a log file with some info on your desktop when you close it.
New in Version 1.1: DWMColorMod now notices when the Aero color is changed by another tool (Aero Adjuster, for example ;)), and changes the sliders according to the new color. (DWMColorMod's window mustn't be focused to make that feature work)

(The theme is the awesome "Windows 8 VS for Win7" by the equally awesome =fediaFedia, get it here -> [link] :))
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wireproof7 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Hey do you have the source code of how you were able to change the Hue, Saturation, Brightness etc? I assume you used dwmapi.dll. Thanks!
zydrius32 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
amazing app, it made my taskbar perfect :P
greedyjack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Good change for the 1.1..

Can you also change the slider/checkbox values in real time if Aero settings are changed by some other means, such as using Windows Personalization??
SamusAranFreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The sliders are not changed as long as DWMColorMod has the focus.
Don't worry about some other program disrupting your normal usage of this tool ;)
greedyjack Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
No, wait.. I meant to say "Can you make the sliders/checkbox values CHANGE in REAL TIME..?"

For example, I have DWMColorMod and the Windows Personalization Window Color adjustment screen open side by side. Focus is on the Windows Personalization windows, while DWMColorMod is out of focus. Now, adjusting the slider values in Windows Personalization changes Aero appearance, but the sliders in DWMColorMod don't update until focus is regained. My question to you is if it possible for you to catch Aero changes in real time, and update the slider values even if the tool is out of focus.
SamusAranFreak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's weird (again), because the sliders should already move in real time.
Either it's a mysterious problem with your system again or the flying spaghetti monster slipped a noodle or two into my tool. :D
I'm afraid I can't test that right now because I don't want Portal 2, which is rendering a movie atm, to crash :P
NuclearBlasshole Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I wished that this app would make every taskbar completely transparent... :(
SamusAranFreak Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Actually, that is possible.
Set the R, G and B sliders to 255, Saturation to 0, Brightness to 255, and Reflection intensity and Color intensity to 0.
Then enable the Transparency checkbox and everything should be as transparent as possible.
Miroglu-80 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
greedyjack Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Great app.. :) Nice work!

There's a small little issue though: When you click 'Revert Changes', the sliders don't go back to their original state. Ideally, they should. If you can fix this, it'd be awesome!
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