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Windows 8 Aero - mockup by ap-graphik Windows 8 Aero - mockup by ap-graphik
19/12/11 : small updates for inactive captions, nav buttons and the superbar

This is the way I think Aero should look like in Windows 8.

I made it willing to respect Aero (so I added a +10 in shininess on everything ^^), but trying to enhance it in the effects and spacing.

(If I made a theme for myself it will be different)

There is not 50 different colors and effects, most important navigation buttons are not hidden by other less useful buttons like in Windows Developer Preview.
Even from far away, the 2 most visible buttons are "back" and "close".

Glossy effects gives importance and means you can interact with and it will perform an action. The exceptions are the buttons that are already part of the UI, which is it, not glossy.

The top part of this Explorer is a bit smaller than the actual one (every pixels are important), without the feeling of being oppressed (less colors, less effects, no limitation and homogeneous spacing for everything.

I didn't include the help button, I strongly believe it's useless, people that actually need help to use Windows won't receive it with this function anyway, as it will remains too complex for them.
On the other hand, less buttons makes things more simple.

The Command Bar works like in Windows 7, but include the options of the ribbon.
The same way as in a web browser, a right-click on it gives the choice to make it appear or not (because most people use it rarely).

The historic of navigation also work like a web browser, it can be access with a right-click on the navigation buttons (yes we have at least 2 buttons on a mouse, lets use it ! ^^), or a left click for more than 1s.

I will explain more on the start menu later. It works pretty much like in WDP but with different options.

A right-click on the Start Orb gives access to "All Programs".

I've got more ergonomic ideas to enhance the old Windows desktop but I'll keep them to myself for now :)

As always, don't hesitate to say what you think about it !

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I find this to be an excellent vision of what Windows 8 Aero should look like. The more matte and soothing appearance far rivals anything Microsoft has done, and it is perfectly spaced, down to every pixel. The functionality of this is also just enough, without being too overbearing. Though I think the taskbar could be lightened up just a little bit, it's dark enough that it draws a little bit (really, just a little bit) too much attention to they eye. Other than that one little bit, this is excellent work as usual from AP-GRAPHIK.

Wonderful work my good sir.
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ap-graphik Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Hi, a little explanation please ?
SVaHaN Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Why not upload a theme?
ericstrd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For Windows 7*
ericstrd Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks nice. You should turn this into a VS.
link6155 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have the PSD for this? I could make this on Windows 8 RTM!

I really like this concept. It's smooth, simple, and very easy on the eyes :)
XTC-Fred Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Man, I would love to have this as a theme! I'm using the stock Windows 8 theme because I can't find any online. Would you happen to know of any working themes?
ap-graphik Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hi, there's actually one in my favourites : [link]
There's a link to the free version in the description. That's the one I'm using and the only one I've seen that was both usable and good ^^ If I had to make one myself I think it would be close from it.
Loccosa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
SVaHaN Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Does it appear as a theme for Windows 7 or not?
LMH13442 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
full glassy Aero might not fit will with the other new bits of W8....but the same kind of transparency as the task bar would look pretty good and mesh well with Metro/Modern
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