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My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP My Little Windows by ParallaxMLP
"...and-and I'm gonna put everything in tiles! And put them up on a big wall so it's easy to use. And you can change the colours and have pretty patterns in the background and stuff and move them around and I'm gonna make these things called live tiles - oh, they are really cool - they will, um, display data in real time so you can see what's up without opening your apps and I'm so excited, I can't wait for everyone to try it, I hope they like it..."

Aw, Metri. You were so eager to share your ideas.

Well, I like it. It's definitely pretty. :)

You really butchered the search feature though, just sayin'.

Say hello to "Aeris" and "Metri" - the two ponies representing Windows 7 and 8, respectively. Guess who is who ;)

They each adopt part of their OS logo's design parameters. In terms of logos, Windows 7 was quite colorful and flowing. Windows 8, meanwhile, was fairly monotone and quite boxy. It also made sense for Metri to be young, not unlike her OS :D

Why is the background grey when Windows 8 allows so many different colours? Mostly to make the characters pop. Also the other colour themes are all really rather vibrant which isn't really a good thing when you're trying to pop colourful characters in the foreground. Also my desktop is configured in this colour scheme because it's awesome (Since people will ask, no, my start screen doesn't look quite like this!).

I'm sort of wondering whether Aeris should have coloured wing-tips... hmm. Here's a version where she does: [link] what do you reckon? The problem for me is I was trying to keep red, green and blue separate as they don't sit too well together. Conversely, I do think coloured wing-tips make things more interesting. DISCUSS. :D

EDIT: Woa, this is a very polarising topic. Seems half of you like it one way, half the other. If you have reasons for why you reckon they should be coloured/not coloured, please elaborate :) maybe I should make a poll, haha.

Hmm. What if, they were "monotone" but a slightly lighter colour than the rest of her body? Like this: [link] ?
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MasqueRaccoon Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Any chance you'll do a "grown up" Metri, now that Windows 10 is announced? Ten is basically Win8 all grown up with most of the bugs worked out, from what I can tell.
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I like her better without wingtips.
Why? Because... it is more aesthetically pleasing to me?

But you know what, if the character is likeable (and she is), I'm gonna extend that impression to her appearance and probably overlook details like that.
Maybe the only reason I like here the way she is, well, is because she is familiar? :)

Also, I think the grey background here does make the characters here the center of attention, good work for that :)

How long did this image take, if you don't mind me asking?
(if you do feel free to ignore this bit)
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
This one? I'm not sure, it's been a while haha. An afternoon or something, maybe? There isn't actually a whole ton of drawing in this, seeing as Microsoft Windows so kindly provided most of the background image :D it's also funny as plenty of people just want that background stuff gone so they can put it as a background on their start screens with their real icons in their place.
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:icondungeonbrony:
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm proud of this for an afternoon's work and I'm not even the one who did the work haha

HAHAH that would be a awesome :D.

If it weren't for enforceable exclusive property ownership system that Copyright seems to be,
I'd say you should offer that to the people who design the interface! (I'm assuming there are people whose jobs that is)

I'm sure it would be popular (and, in this hypothetical situation, profitable)! ;)
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Zoluki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
This is perfect!
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Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Did you ever do a version of this without the tiles?  It'd be fun to use on my Surface, with the actual tiles. <_<
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:iconparallaxmlp:
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Hey, Rhiss! Yeah I did actually, not sure how well it works but it was in the comments here... believe this was the one I linked: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61…
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Rhiss Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
It was a pain to make work, but that's entirely on Windows, not you.  I got it in the end, but Windows wants to collapse the tiles left and up, and won't allow empty groups to get blank space.  If it'd just let me put them where I want them... still, it's set now and it's adorable.  Thanks! :)
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markhunger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
there is one physicly mentalisticly mention how did that guy made pictures *gaasp*.......magic.
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iWantcoal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aeris.
Windows 7 uses Windows Aero cursor set.
CONFIRMED.. wait
Windows 8 also uses aero.
HMMMMMMM
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applejack138 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Nice job up Thumbs Up 
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Antibullllseye Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Photographer
I've dealt with both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 and I like both. When it came to choosing one for my PC I went with 7 because more programs are supported and it is reliably stable. 8/8.1 is basically Windows 7 with a more graphics heavy UI and some more features. I will admit that the first time I used 8/8.1 I was completely confused, but after a few days of use I had it figured out. All I can say is that 7 is a good desktop OS and 8/8.1 is more mobile/tablet oriented. And that none will be as stable as XP and none (I hope) will ever be as terribad as Vista. (If I remember correctly somewhere around half the computers in the world are still running Windows XP.)
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EllyCoo9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WHERE DID YOU GET ADOBE ILLUSTARTOR AND PHOTOSHOP AND ART RADE STUDIO?? TEELLLLL MEEEEE
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:iconparallaxmlp:
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Art Rage Studio comes with many cheaper Wacom tablets (like the Bamboo range, although I think they're just called Intuos now).

The latest Illustrator and Photoshop you can get on monthly subscription now, with a discount if you're a student or somesuch. Alternatively you will very likely find "free" versions floating around the web -_- I'm not sure Adobe really mind the piracy since it gets more people hooked on their products and probably leads to more purchases later down the road. That's really up to you.

Alternatively there are various free programs for vector and raster art which seem to work great for people!
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EllyCoo9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can't find any... And damn, I don't have a wacom tablet! Well, I'm not good at vectors anyway, so... ^^;
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:iconparallaxmlp:
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Have a go at Inkscape: www.inkscape.org/en/

 Loads of tutorials online for MLP art as well, I think (YouTube, and here on DA).

Great thing about vector art is you don't necessarily have to BE good - just patient. You can change and edit every single line or object you draw until it looks how you really want!
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EllyCoo9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... but I'm not patient. Dx And I hate when the design is too pixelized and old, (that's why I have a mac) so I give up fast because it annoys me :/
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Roo-Gryphon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can we get this  without the interface... its really confusing with it there with windows 8.1 ;) and i really want this on my tablet
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Have a peek in the comments, I'm sure I sent something like that to someone else before (background removed), should be down here somewhere! :D
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Roo-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
found it!
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MrApo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
good

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Silverthe-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so how do you choose more than the basic themes for this screen? for the life of me I can't figure it out
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PencilPonies Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The VLC media player in the back... THAT'S HILARIOUS xD
Also, I just had a closer look at your avatar. That's one of the most adorable GIFs I've ever seen :3
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NewGhost9 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I love Win 8 and this just make me love it more.
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BurningMyElectronics Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Still don't like 8, but oh my god, she's so cute. :iconrainbowsqueeplz:
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Dakuu75 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This just inspired me to do draw something and title it "Where's my 'Start' button" lol, thanks. Nice work, I like the way it came out and it looks pretty awesome, simple as that.
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TyrannisUmbra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
... I can't hate Windows 8 anymore. Not being represented by this adorable filly.
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I felt the same way about seeing Ivy the Internet Explorer pony in this guy's comics :).
Talk about spreading love and tolerance!
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kahas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Agreed !
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TheRealCuddles Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Aeris is best pony
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Matthaius Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect for lockscreen ( i don't know how to call it correctly) in Windows 8 :)
Great work.
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swyrl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that this is a perfect representation of both os's, and I like it a lot. Maybe I'll make a rainmeter out of it someday.
I don't care for windows 8, but I think this is cool anyhow.
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SuperparadiseXfire Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Make a series about toolbar's like sweetpacks
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The564mumble Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
hey i was wondering if there is the same picture, but without the boxes, just the ponies?
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:iconparallaxmlp:
ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Hmmm... how about this? dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61…


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:iconthe564mumble:
The564mumble Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
now that i think about it.....since there is a Windows 7 and 8-8.1, why not a Mac? I haven't found one yet
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I'm sure some exist. I haven't quite decided how I would do OS X, though!
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:iconthe564mumble:
The564mumble Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I must search for OS X PONY!!!!
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:iconthe564mumble:
The564mumble Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
THAT IS AWSOME!!!! That is my new background for windows !!!! 
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AskTheStoneleaf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love them!
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Farelle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
wingtips colored similar to her mane maybe? so its not online one color but 3^^
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Aurora-Tech Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Artist
aww, they're so cute!
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Scrooples Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Has anyone told you that your ponies are adorable? CAUSE THEY ARE ADORABLE~ <3

You make them look even more marshmallowy and schwoopy woopy than the show characters. I didn't know that was possible.
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buggy715 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I honestly love Metro. I don't know why. When I get my new, shiny Windows 8 laptop on Wednesday, I'll probably make this into a wallpaper.

(I might edit it a bit though.)
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OfficialDJPON3 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
download ? ^-^
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ILIkePizza555 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Okay, you know what? I'll go ahead and ... try windows 8.

Ubuntu is still my primary OS though.
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Bugplayer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is now officially my new background! I used a link you posted in the comments, so thx!

Also, is there're a way to re-size the icons?
I mean yeah I can make them single box or double wide. But when I want them to be in 4 groups, everything is propped to the left... Like windows think that according to my resolution I was Supposed to have 5 sections.

What's your resolution? 
Mine is 1920X1089
Or is is a way to fix this so that the 4 groups can be centered?
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ParallaxMLP Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Glad you like! Mine's 1920x1200.

Unfortunately we don't seem to have control over the position of the groups. Or if we do, I haven't figured out how yet.... so this pic is not exactly accurate for us, I suppose ;)
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