Monday, June 27, 2011 6:38:10 PM
New Opera versions usually offer new possibilities or ideas for custom skins. Opera 11.50 "swordfish" is no different. Especially the new icons from project "featherweight" along with the idea to reduce clutter in the browser window let me move into a very welcome direction. After updating Z1-Glass
to v4.00 upon a complete rebuild of it's skin.ini, I felt I could go even further with the "featherweight" idea. Using only Z1-Glass for about 18 month now got me a little bored too while still loving the basic idea. So I decided to finally follow what many would have liked earlier and took out all of the solid gray textures and made the window even more transparent, minimal and naked. The result is the new Z1-Ultra
skin, now ready to download:Download from MyOpera: Z1-Ultra
Obviously that much transparency has usability drawbacks if used with a crowded desktop. You may be limited in your wallpaper choice too.
Z1-Ultra is based upon Z1-Glass 4.0. I had hoped to be able to use the same skin.ini to make updating easier, but that didn't work. So I'll have to maintain both skins in the future. As Z1-Ultra is now my skin choice, it may get updates quicker.