I discovered a nice Windows Vista utility to change the appearance of the Aero Glass theme a while ago on the Cybernetnews website. The normal Windows Vista style has a static color while the Vista Color Transform application enables the system to change colors over time.
The software offers a pre-defined set of colors that have names such as Patriotic, My Eyes!! and Winter displaying small preview images of the colors that are cycled through. If you take Winter for example you see white and icy colors when you click on edit.
Previewing colors used by the application is one thing, but the option to create your own color cycles is entirely different. That's great if you want to customize the colors based on the wallpaper or theme of your operating system.
The program adds more "bling" to the operating system but does not really improve your daily work routine in any way.
It does however offer an interesting option for notebook users.
You may either change the color to a darker one when you use the notebook battery only which would result in lesser power consumption or change the color according to the battery life. This would cycle the color from white to a darker color as well depending on the power level of the battery.
If you like to customize your operating system beyond what Microsoft has envisioned for it, or if you are using a mobile device running Vista, then you may find the Aero Color Transform application useful.
Update: The website the program was hosted on is no longer available. We have removed the link from this article to reflect that. It is however also available on Vista123 from where you can still download it to your local system to use it. Please note that the program is only compatible with Windows Vista and not with newer versions of Windows.
To use the program, you simply run it on your copy of Vista and either select one of the default color schemes that you want to use or use the edit option to create your own color scheme if you are not comfortable using any of the default schemes the program makes available.
Update 2: The Vista123 website is also no longer available. You can still download a copy from our own server though. Vista Color Transform
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