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Black Mesa v2 by valkyre Black Mesa v2 by valkyre
Black Mesa v2 has arrived. ;)

All bugs that were reported in the original have been fixed, and many aesthetic tweaks or changes to the overall design have been implemented. Both a normal, and compact version is included, for those wondering but too lazy to download and try it out first. I'd like to thank KoL for his help fixing many of the bugs, as well as curran for giving me feedback along the way. Enjoy the new release, bitches.

Note: The resource files for version 2 were lost near it's completion, so there won't be a VSRK for v2. However, the VSRK for v1 still exists and since most of the design stayed the same it should still prove useful for anyone hoping to make a mod for v2.

VERSION 1 IS AVAILABLE HERE
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:iconthinkharder:
ThinkHarder Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
What a fantastic theme, the best I've found. Very well done.

I have found just one problem with it. As you can see below, there are some display issues when these blocks are used. This is taken from the EVE Online tool "EVE Fitting Tool", but it happens in other programs that use it too.

[link]
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007   Interface Designer
I have never found out what causes that, it's consistent in all of my themes.
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:iconurkforever:
urkforever Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Great visual style. Love it. This style made me use visual styles instead of the Classic look. One point i have with the style.

When i have multiple grouped items in my taskbar there are no begin and end markers for the grouped items. So it appears as 1 massive button when it should be several buttons. See this image:

[link]
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007   Interface Designer
That should be fixed in v3.
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:iconurkforever:
urkforever Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Is v3 already available? If not, do you have any indication on when it will be? Or perhaps you can point me to where i can fix it, so i can fix it for myself??

I switched to NormalColor for this :(
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007   Interface Designer
v3 will be for Windowbinds 5.5 / Windows Vista msstyles engine. A port for Windows XP will most likely be made sometime after that.

v3 is on hold at the moment, as I'm working straight 10 hour shifts at my job.
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:iconurkforever:
urkforever Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Ok, thanks for your reply.
I might be able to fix it myself if i knew where to find the settings where the buttons are setup.
If you could tell me where this settings is, i will try to fix it myself.
At least thanks for your help, and great visual style :)
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007   Interface Designer
Honestly it's been so long, I can't remember all of StyleBuilder's settings and such.
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:iconurkforever:
urkforever Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Too bad, well i will try to find the settings myself. Thanks for your help, and off course this great theme.
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:iconurkforever:
urkforever Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Well i've found the problem and fixed it. The content sizing settings of the Taskband - Toolbar - DropDownButton where not the same as the Taskband - Toolbar - Button. So i've made them the same and it fixes the problem.

Here are my settings of the DropDownButton:

[link]

And i've uploaded a compiled msstyles file for those who want to have a fixed msstyles:

[link]

So this great has gotten even better ;)
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d37nu1l Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Inspired by your excellent work I made this cell phone theme. Hope you don't mind. ;)
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007   Interface Designer
Not at all. That's what I like to see. :)

I wish my Helio supported themes. :(
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:iconfl4k:
FL4K Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
I can't tell you how long I've been using this theme. Awesome Job, I love it.
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:icons33m33:
s33m33 Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
i love it. thanx.
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:iconngamer01:
Ngamer01 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
This was one of the first VS's that I ever downloaded to my computer and was the one that got me into looking for more VS's to add.

Great VS.
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:iconsmurfx9:
Smurfx9 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
What happened to the one where the start menu button was different colored boxes rather than just the same colors. I liked that one.
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007   Interface Designer
That's in version 1.
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:iconwarzard:
WarZard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Best theme I've ever had. Definate +fav to you! ^__^
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:icondahri:
dahri Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Hobbyist Interface Designer
another version of black mesa, another fav.
this offers quite a choice, now i have another theme beside black mesa, it's black mesa v2.
i like the compact start menu.

thank you.
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:iconkheng:
kheng Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great theme. I have never used a darkish theme before, yours is the first :D
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:iconsierkac:
sierkac Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
This theme looks very interesting but I have a problem with dawnloading it. It says that file not found 404 ... lol :(
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006   Interface Designer
Strange, worked for me. Try it again. :confused:
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:iconsierkac:
sierkac Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
Yes today it works great and it is an amazing theme thanx man .. :)
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006   Interface Designer
No problem. :)
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:iconiletys:
Iletys Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Yes! Thank you! I once used the verson one of this for LONG time and got bored, changed, and now I realized how much I missed it... And now it's better than ever! Thank you.
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blackdoom Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
I adore this skin!
And I currently use it on my system! As I did with the previous version of it!
Great job!

The only think I hate about it: please, redesign the "selected" resource for buttons in an dialog with system-folders! To point it out:

[link]
Sorry - I am not allowed to alter the system at work... That's why the screenshot is in Olive.

Other than that... Great visual style!
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Tob3z Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
Just wanted to say well done on the awesome theme. My 2 cents.

Where did the colour start button go :(
Wasn't a fan of the fonts so I wrote down all the font settings for version 1 and changed them on v2.
Also is my uxtheme patch screwed up? I can't select them from the drop down box. I have to click the style file in /Resorces/Themes/. Strangely it's only the blackmesa themes that wont show up in the drop down box :s

Other than that it's great. The closest thing I can get to a black compact theme :)
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:iconlafitte:
lafitte Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006
I think I'll use it ! Very cool theme.
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:iconblazemonkey:
blazemonkey Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
beautiful vs. have been using it for a long time despite the fact that i cant resize windows from the top corners.
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:icontorvaldur:
torvaldur Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like this theme but I'd rather have the mimimize, close buttons in grey/black also as I don't think green/orange really fits with the rest.
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Interface Designer
I lot of people have suggested that, and I would agree except I have always loved the concept of MacOS, a very neutral color tone for windows but colorful widgets and controls. :shrug:
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:icondasaniv:
dasaniv Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
awesome visual style, I think this is going to stay until Vista SP1 comes out ;)
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Fabi-FR Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Thx a lot m8! :+fav:
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:iconeilkh:
Eilkh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006   Photographer
Hello, I find your theme perfect !
Only, I have a light bug of posting with the "Start" button ... I use a French version of Windows XP and the word "Demarrer" (Start in English) appears partially by top the button...
See the image at this link for see it with your own eyes : [link]
Have you some solution for correct this bug, please ?
Great job !
;o)
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:icondregnought:
Dregnought Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Can I convert this to a yahoo messenger 7 skin? (i'm skinning my entire setup to this theme.. i love it! :D )
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006   Interface Designer
Absolutely, feel free. :)
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:iconiwantanimac:
iwantanimac Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
HA! Can't believe i forgot to +fav it! Oh well, done now!
I have created a matching (Sort of...) iTunes skin, so feel free to hop on over to my page and check it out if you're lovin' the BlackMesa!
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Gorgeousx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
When I up load it, it turns EVERYTHING black.. What's wrong with my computer?!
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orlandobloomsbabe Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Student General Artist
i'm usng black Mesa v2 and it doesn't look like it does in the screencap.
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:iconagentgolden170:
agentgolden170 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
heh this skin for windows looks great, heh as far as nit picking goes (heh and im really reaching here) you should make it so the start button is colored like it was in version one, and make the start bar a little darker like in version one. Heh, either way the most elegant skin out there for windows, well done.

-pablo
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:iconrobo-c:
robo-c Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
tbh i wish you would leave instructions on how to install it all!!!
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:iconvalkyre:
valkyre Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006   Interface Designer
Download StyleXP and install it, or if you want to hack your system to allow it natively, search google for "uxtheme.dll patch". (Careful when replacing system files though)
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:icondancing-salad:
dancing-salad Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
it's just perfect! thanks for it.
here is hw it looks on my screen [link]
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:iconnicksoni:
Nicksoni Featured By Owner May 25, 2006   Interface Designer
I love it, an instant favorite! :+fav: :)
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:iconamigo3k:
amigo3k Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
wow nice!!!
been looking for a theme in this colour.
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:iconsmalldeus:
smalldeus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
Extremely vell done! :clap: One of the best styles I ever laid my dirty little fingers on ;) And a :+fav: offcourse :nod:
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:iconbrandun:
brandun Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
Im a noob can someone tell me how to install this?
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:iconkar-ma:
Kar-ma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Run this program [link]

then unzip the folder into "c:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes"
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:iconkar-ma:
Kar-ma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wtf? the backslahes are gone...?
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:iconbrandun:
brandun Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
I'm a n00b(at themes) can someone tell me how to install it?
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