SkinSoft VisualStyler.Net

Links and Resources

Microsoft Visual Styles were first introduced with the Windows XP operating system and since it's launch there have been literally thousands of new visual styles produced by the skinning communities. VisualStyler.Net can render visual styles identically to Microsoft's XP native skin engine, further more VisualStyler also supports non themed platforms such as Windows 2000.

Visual Style Resources

This is a collection of external links to popular visual style resources, we've also compiled a definitive list of OS-X Aqua and Vista Aero style galleries where you can download directly from the site. These styles are  free to download and use, but you must  contact the visual style author in order to obtain permission to use them in a commercial software release.

Studio Twenty Eight ThemeXP
The PC Man Skins DeviantArt
CrystalXP.Net InterfaceLift  

Importing Visual Styles

Using you can easily import any XP visual style directly from an msstyles file or a zip archive. Your windows forms application is then skinned using the visual style skin. Your application looks the same on all platforms from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista. 

The design-time style import wizard  can import any number of new visual styles and they are automatically stored in the style gallery, so you can quickly build up a collection of your favorite styles.