Hello everyone. It has been a while since I posted the "next revision" teaser showing off the improved Windows 8 look in Omnimo (screenshot below). I must say that I expected to release this update sooner, but I've been really busy lately. It's summer, you say? Well this could be very well my last summer in my hometown as I could be moving to Denmark for studies and there are a lot of things to take care of. The biggest burden for me so far was the driving theory exam, which I passed recently
(Still need to prepare for the hardest practical part, though).
Anyway, after that I got a little more time to work on the Omnimo update. It's a little bit more difficult as I no longer have help (~Xyrfo had to leave so he can study for his senior high school year), but I'll get there.
The planned 4.1 Update
So far the work has been going pretty smoothly. The panels are mostly done with an addition of two new panels made by Omnimo fans (to be included along with the pack). I'm thinking of dividing them into two Addon packs like I did with all installed panels to avoid the bloat (quot jsmorley: which is already measured in metric tons without the downloadable content). Of course I'll include them in the 50+, err 60+ pack too.
I'm currently not finished with the Windows 8 Shortcuts gallery, because there are quite a lot of apps to have shortcuts with...
Aside from the fixes, optimizations, new panels and other stuff, there's one thing you should be looking forward to in this next update: The Extras Gallery. That's right, the chaotic small "extras" which can only be accessed through the context menu will finally be categorized. I also added quite a few new extras which I think will be very useful.
I already addressed most of the community reported issues (although some are unresolvable), I was wondering if any of you found some issues that could be fixed in this version. Feel free to report a bug in the comments or send me an email at omnimosupport.
As usual, suggestions are welcome. New panel ideas? Some useful extra, perhaps something that isn't even related to Metro/Win8 but could be included anyway, I'm all ears. Last time I didn't get many suggestions, though...
Anything besides Omnimo...?
I'm glad you asked! The answer is yes, but not right now. Currently I chose to hold on to this project and keep enhancing it as it proved to be a incredibly useful resource for the customization community. And not only in the Windows 8/Metro UI aspect. In fact, my theory is that once Windows 8 will be released with the start screen, people will port it to windows 7 and Vista just like that. Kind of like the Windows Sidebar was ported to XP. So while Omnimo won't serve the purpose of being a Windows 8 resource, it will definitely be used by people who just want to customize their desktop regardless if it's to imitate a new OS or not. Did you know that most people who use Omnimo change the layout to something completely different? I was surprised to see that too, but I'm also glad that people make use of the customization freedom in this project we worked so hard to implement. As long as there will be demand, I'll keep this project alive. After it dies down a little, I guess I can go back to regular customization.
Now this is a project that deserves recognition for its delay. We completely halted it and turned our focus to Omnimo. Mostly because iShortcuts is nothing compared to Omnimo, and we are worried it will disappoint because feature wise, it's not that great. Who would want to replace their real-time desktop icons with a static but pretty looking Rainmeter based icons? I don't know, I wouldn't. However something tells me a lot of people would use it anyway. In fact, I get several comments per month asking about that project. If there will be demand for this project, I think I could restart it and release it. But in no way it will be a bang...
On a completely unrelated note - I recently started building a small media library for when (if) I go to Denmark. Does anyone know any awesome TV Shows and Movies which are an absolute must watch? I would appreciate if you could tell me.
Omnimo 4.1 Soon. Bugs or suggestions? Still want iShortcuts? Any good tv shows/movies?
That is all. Thanks for reading!