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Novus by Jamush Novus by Jamush
Novus, formerly known as Emendo, is a visual style for Windows XP and the successor to Watercolor Emico: Blue.

Before using this theme, you'll need to patch a system file which is called UXTheme.dll
UXTender allows you to do this. All you have to do is download the patcher and run it.
When that's done, you'll need to place the folder caleld "Novus" in "C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes".

There's a choise between a style with the userpicture and one without. The 2 styles can be found on the "Color combination" dropdown menu.
This visual style also comes with 3 font choices as seen in the teaser image. These choices can be found in the "Font size" dropdown menu.

Modifications:
For personal use only.

Ports:
Please ask before doing so.

Bugs:
If you find a bug, please report them. Before doing so, try to see and think why the bug occurs. Does it only happen in 1 application? Does it happen when you change a setting in Windows?

Changelog:
v1.0.4 - 30-07-2009:
Fixed font size for Calibri in the main style.

v1.0.3 - 28-07-2009:
Fixed toolbar button alignements in Internet Explorer.

v1.0.2 - 27-07-2009:
Fixed toolbar buttons.
Added "Undock computer" button to the startpanel.
Swapped Verdana with Segoe UI.
Changed Calibri font size from 10px to 9px.

v1.0.1 - 26-07-2009:
Fixed startbutton in Calibri substyle.

Info:
Wallpaper which I used for the teaser image: Fransisca by Julie Koesmarno.

FAQ:
Could you make a substyle with a startbutton which doesn't have the text?
- No, the startbutton design simply doesn't look as good without the text. I also don't want to go beyond 2 substyles.

Are you still going to release that black version? Or any other color mod for that matter?
- No, I'm considering this visual style my last one until further notice. I'm also quite bored of this style since I'm working on this for 2 years if you include Emico. Instead of making visual styles, I'm gonna make mockups and concepts and share them on deviantART.

I wanted to ask if you're planning to port this visual style to Windows 7.
- I know I've said that I'll be doing this in the future. But my life got busy in between when I said it would happen and what I'm writing right now. Since much time has passed since then and Windows 8 is somewhat around the corner, I don't think it's such a good idea to put time into porting over Novus to a newer version of Windows. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Novus was intended to be a Windows XP-only visual style. At the time I've never had plans of porting it. Satukoro has made a personal mod recently and I've been in contact with him about releasing his port. There are some unfortunate issues with porting the theme over to Windows that there just can't be an official release. It won't be of the same quality as this one as the issues are just simply bugs due to the way the visual style was designed for XP.

I've found a bug in Internet Explorer. The buttons on web pages appear very small when I use your visual style. Is this possible to fix?
- I haven't got a clue why this is happening. However, here's what you can do to "fix" this: Go into "Internet Options" and then click on the "Advanced" tab. Find the option called "Enable visual styles on buttons and controls in webpages" and disable this option.
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:iconpipe:
PiPE Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
PLEASE MAKE A VERSION FOR WINDOWS 8.1 OF THESE THEMES BUDDY!!
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Jamush Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
IF I'd make a new version of this it would be for Windows 10. But I probably won't make a port because these themes are made specifically with Windows XP in mind.
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:icondavischangcn:
davischangcn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Like this.Thanks very much.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Thank you for liking it! :D
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:iconlouroboros:
LOuroboros Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
With Vista Icons and Aero Cursors looks Angelical, it's totally awesome <3<3
Will you do a Black Color Version? :3
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Thanks!

Sorry, but I won't be doing a black version. I released this original in 2009 so I can't even make XP visual styles anymore now that I'm running Windows 7. Also, the theme was intended to be released as it is without any color variations.
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:iconlouroboros:
LOuroboros Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Oh.. i see..
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:iconhoolz1487:
hoolz1487 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Very nice! Thank's.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You're welcome! :)
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:icondj-maz:
Dj-Maz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome concept !
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
It's more than just a concept though, it's an actual finished product :)
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CamiloMM Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow, this theme is surely what I'll install for now. I love how almost-but-not-square, 1px-sharp it looks!

But the only thing that could improve a bit for me would be the sidebar on explorer.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks! :) The sidebar looks exactly how I wanted it to look at the time, haha. It goes pretty well with the minimalistic look of the theme, IMO.
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CamiloMM Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, it's a matter of preference, but in any case I'm using it and loving it!

The only (minor) defect is that the scrollbar handle (the middle thingie) is slightly off the center diagonally.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Could you give me a screenshot? As far as I know it's centered.
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:iconcamilomm:
CamiloMM Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh yes, here: [link]

It looks just slightly off-center, so I made the window smaller for it to be more obvious.
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Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Ah yeah, that. That's a bug that I can't do anything about. The margins are correct for normal windows. They the glyph goes off center when an app decides to do something with the scrollbars. Scrollbars with the default width look fine as far as I can tell. It might be something that I have overlooked, I don't know. I can't fix it anymore either since I don't use XP anymore :P
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CamiloMM Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hm, that's unfortunate.

Since I'll be using XP a little while longer, I may try my hand at making a theme for it (hard to beat yours though!). Which makes me ask, which software did you use?
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I used SkinStudio XP, Reshack and Notepad. I used SkinStudio to put the images in the file and set the margins, change the colors for fonts and all that. I used Reshack where SkinStudio failed in editing the resource files etc. And I used Notepad to edit the XML files.

Good luck! I might port Novus over to Windows 8 since the Windows 8 theme looks a lot like the Watercolor theme. And since Novus is based off of the Watercolor theme as well, I might as well port it. Though it's going to be tough since I won't be installing Windows 8 on my actual machine but in a virtual machine, haha. I don't like Windows 8 at all.
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ilnanny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
loks awesome!!:D
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:iconsovietdesign:
sovietdesign Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Gosh I adore Watercolor. Especially in the original Whistler form (which is sadly hadn't been ported to Win7 yet). This is awesome, thank you.
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thanks! :D
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Would I be really rude if I asked for permission to personally use Satukoro:s port of Novus? Ofc I'll come back once you release your version for windows 7 :D
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Thank you for messaging me about this. I'm going to contact him with a request myself. I'll get back in contact with you ones he's answered me :)
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Ok thanks :)
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
As it turns out he has lost his theme files in a laptop transfer. So there won't be a possibility for anyone to use his port any more.
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Ah thats to sad :(

Oh well thanks for telling :)

(I wont try to pressure you into release your own version, but I will be happy if you happen to :D)
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Satukoro told me that he's working on a new version. We'll see what comes of that :P
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:D
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:icongizmothegreen:
GizmoTheGreen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Not possible ot use this on windows 7? :(
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Nope, it's made for Windows XP back when I didn't have Windows 7 yet.
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:icongizmothegreen:
GizmoTheGreen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
no chance for a port?

I'm not even sure if it's possible to make 2d themes for win7, I mean not aero themes
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
It is possible. But I've got something else planned for Windows 8. I'll be skipping theming Windows 7 as it is now.
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:icontataarujin:
tataarujin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Dammit, I adore watercolor and hate W8. Maybe you'll reconsider your decision?
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
It probably won't ever happen, haha. Windows 7 looks good enough for me and I'm already busy with other projects :P
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:iconpziig:
pziig Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
this is great man. i hope you can do a theme for win7
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Thanks! I am currently working on my own version of Aero. A modified version of the Aero seen in Windows 7.
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r00tk1t Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Both Luna Element and Emico/Novus are the best XP themes I've ever seen in the whole WWW. They are the only ones that are not overcharged with senseless stuff. Just slim and focused on the basics, I wish there were more themes like that. I'm expectantly looking forward to seeing your first Win7 theme.
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You say, you don't want to make a black version of Novus, but can you tell me how I can make it black (only for personal use of course) by myself?
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Thanks a lot for the kind comment!

If you want to make it black yourself, you'd have to have some knowledge in Photoshop and in StyleBuilder or Resedit. Though don't think it'll look anything close to what my mockup from the black version looks like :P
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Cr7NeTwOrK Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
• I wanted to ask if you're planning to port this visual style to Windows 7.
- Yes, This'll be done later this year (2010)

:P busy much? jokin mate...i'm looking forward for this to be ported to windows 7

thanks
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Jamush Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
• I wanted to ask if you're planning to port this visual style to Windows 7.
- Yes, this'll be done in the future.

Fixed it =P Yeah, I actually am very busy with both internship and a revamped version of Aero. It'll be my version of the current Aero as seen in Windows 7. I made a mockup once based off of Aero and then used that for a IE9 mockup contest thingy on Neowin.net as I didn't feel like creating yet another Aero frame. Members on Neowin.net saw it and asked me if I was going to make it into a real visual style. Due to the popular request, I decided to make it into a real visual style just to see how Windows 7 skinning is compared with the easy way of Windows XP.
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GizmoTheGreen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Really looking forward to an eventual win7 port :D
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Thanks :) I'm gonna release a different Windows 7 skin before this port though :P
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GizmoTheGreen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Can't wait ^^
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GizmoTheGreen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
awesome, saved for my coming xp install
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks, and have fun using it :)
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Man I love this theme :) I really look forward to the win7 version and I will gladly help out if you need beta-testers!
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:iconjamush:
Jamush Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thanks a lot :) I'm not sure yet about using beta testers this time around.
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:iconillykurya:
illyKurya Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Your choice and I respect it, but ill always be here if you change your mind ;)
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aipotuDENG Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
amazing work~!
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