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December is here (and half way done…sorry for delay)…time for an updated Windows 7 Smashing Magazine theme pack!

Star Leaves

The December themes mostly concentrate on a lot of holiday themes.  Frankly my delay was in part because I didn’t find them all that inspiring…sorry, I just didn’t.  So here is your December 2010 Windows 7 Theme Packs for wallpapers – unfiltered and uncensored – about 50 wallpapers in all.

Special thanks to TransferBigFiles.com for hosting these wallpaper themes through their great service!

For details on these and to see past ones, visit the Smashing Magazine Windows 7 Theme information for the specifications I used for the theme pack as well as previous themes.  Want to participate and submit yours?  Join in!

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November is here…time for an updated Windows 7 Smashing Magazine theme pack!

UX Cake

Movember

The November themes mostly concentrate on a lot of fall themes.  I am particular fond of Movember and UX Cake (both shown above) as well as the Hendrix one with the lyrics – pretty cool.  So here is your November 2010 Windows 7 Theme Packs for wallpapers – unfiltered and uncensored – about 50 wallpapers in all.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The service I use to host these theme packs, drop.io, has been acquired by Facebook (weird, huh?).  They will be shutting down their service 15-Dec-2010.  If you like any of the previous theme packs, please go download them now as they will be shut down.  I have no intention of re-uploading them to another service for the past ones.  I will be switching to using TransferBigFiles.com which has a great service that you should check out.

For details on these and to see past ones, visit the Smashing Magazine Windows 7 Theme information for the specifications I used for the theme pack as well as previous themes.  Want to participate and submit yours?  Join in!

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October is here…time for an updated Windows 7 Smashing Magazine theme pack!

Alien Invaders calendar

The October themes mostly concentrate on a lot of fall and Halloween themes.  So here is your October 2010 Windows 7 Theme Packs for wallpapers – unfiltered and uncensored – about 45 wallpapers in all.

For details on these and to see past ones, visit the Smashing Magazine Windows 7 Theme information for the specifications I used for the theme pack as well as previous themes.  Want to participate and submit yours?  Join in!


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After a longer-than-should-have-been delay (you can blame me for that) allow me to introduce JetPack.

JetPack theme

I’m really excited about this theme and the work that our team put together here.  You may have see Tsitsi talk about theming in general and introduce this theme on Silverlight TV.  The challenge behind this theme was to take some of the excitement around other Silverlight themes and create a great looking overall theme that could be used for line-of-business applications, but also extended as desired by any other application.

Working with the team at Pixel Lab, our small team looked at areas of inspiration from various online and client applications that are popular and what worked well about the user interaction on those themes.  Robby and team did a great job in my opinion of creating a very well designed theme that can be used in almost any circumstance.

During this September refresh of the themes we’ve also updated the previous 3 themes: Cosmopolitan, Windows and Accent Color with some minor fixes and tweaks based on some feedback we got.  You can see a preview of the various styles in JetPack here.

We hope you enjoy JetPack as much as we do!  We’ve provided the theme pack in the same way as we have the others, as templates for Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4 and the raw assets (resource dictionaries) for you to download.  Each Visual Studio template is build for modeling the Silverlight Navigation Application template and the WCF Ria Services Business Application template.  We’ve provided the VSIX installer formats so you just need to download that, double-click and you’ll have them in your File…New Project window for selection.

Thanks for your patience through the release of JetPack, there were some moving parts in the end (mostly delays in our release management system which underwent some changes) that were human-caused [blame me] but we’re glad to finally get it out in the wild!  Download all the themes here.

Hope this helps!

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September is here (apologies for being late - in all honesty I wasn't inspired by this months' selections)…time for an updated Windows 7 Smashing Magazine theme pack!

Smashing Magazine September 2010 Windows 7 Theme

The September themes seem to be continuing the focus on 'summer' things.  So here is your September 2010 Windows 7 Theme Packs for wallpapers – unfiltered and uncensored – about 75 wallpapers in all.

For details on these and to see past ones, visit the Smashing Magazine Windows 7 Theme information for the specifications I used for the theme pack as well as previous themes.  Want to participate and submit yours?  Join in!