Hi Eugene, hi all!
I want to express my gratitude for the eSchemes software, that is reaching a quite stable status.
However, I am quite disappointed by the fact that development has been painfully slow. eCS badly needs a new face, and eSchemes could be the default scheming engine, but it is still lacking a lot of pieces.
Let me explain:
- Work on the icons is too slow, a lot of icons are still the default ones
- Third-party icons should be encouraged, but designing icons for eSchemes is still too much work. Look at the competing product WPSWizard: it uses Cairo so that you can show icons by superimposing two or more bitmaps with transparency. This makes it easy to draw - for example - application folders by taking a standard folder and superimposing the application's icon. And if you ever change the basic folder look, application folders are automatically upgraded.
- Scroll bars, borders, and other controls are still not customized after years of development
- It is nice to be able to use third-party schemes, but it is still too difficult to develop my own customized scheme. If - for example - I want to change the buttons look, or the titlebar look, there no easy way. By comparison, it was much more easy with eStyler, even if more limited.
So push development!
Use the cash from eSchemes Deluxe and other shareware to enhance eSchemes... it may seem stupid, but a fresh look will greatly enhance the chances that new users come to eComstation.
Just my two cents...