DeskScapes Product Page
Stardock includes the free utility DreamMaker with DeskScapes or it can be downloaded separate from WinCustomize.com if you do not already have it installed. DreamMaker allows you to package up your own video into a .dream file for your own use, sharing with friends and family. It can also be uploaded to WinCustomize to share with the skinning community.
To run DreamMaker, click on Start, then All Programs, Stardock folder, click on the Object Desktop folder to open it and click on DreamMaker to run it.
DreamMaker consists of three tabs: Dream Information, Dream Contents, and Author Information. After completing the three tabs, clicking the button packages everything up into a DeskScapes .dream file.
This tab asks for the "Dream Name" (title), "Dream
Description", and a "Thumbnail Image" used
to identify the dream. After typing in the
first two, click on the button to locate the thumbnail image using a Windows
Explorer type window. It must be a .JPEG, .JPG or .PNG
file format. It can not be any larger than
256x256 pixels. After locating the image, click
on it, then click .
(Click or to
Next, click on the "Dream Contents" tab to add the video file(s) to your dream. You can either select a "Single Video File" or multiple "Triggered Video" files. Triggered video files include one or more files, where each is triggered to load at a given time of the day by using the computers clock. "Dynamic Content" is only created by Stardock Design in creating Dynamic Dreams which require programming.
Click on this option (if not already selected) to add one video file, then click the button to locate the file you want to use. The file must be in one of the following video formats: .MPEG, .MPG, .WMV or .AVI. After locating & selecting the file, click . (Click or to abort.)
Click on "Triggered Video" if you want multiple videos triggered by the time of day. Then click , and this will open a dialog box asking for the file & time trigger. First click to locate & select the file, then click . (Click or to abort.) Then click on each field (blue highlighted text) in the time and either type in the number or use the up/down arrows to change the time for that field. Repeat for each digit in the time fields. For AM/PM, click on that field, then type "A" or "P" (without quotes), or use the up/down arrows to change between AM and PM. When done, click to accept. (Click or to abort.)
Repeat what you just did for each additional file you want added to the dream. After you are done adding files, the screen should look something like this:
If you want to change any of the videos or times, click on the file
in the list (blue highlighted), and click to
re-open the "Add a Trigger" dialog to make
changes. Then click to
save or click or to
Now click on the "Author Information" tab to enter details about yourself. Type in your real name or alias under "Author's Name". If you have a web site, type or paste the URL into "Author's Website". Type any "Copyright Information" into the text box, and finally type any "Other / Permissions Information" into that box.
Click on each tab and review everything, then when you are ready, click the button at the bottom of the DreamMaker window to create the dream. You will see a message box tell you that the dream was created successfully and that DreamMaker will take you to the folder it was created in, click to continue.
A Windows Explorer type window will open with your dream listed with
any other installed dreams. To apply the dream,
double-click it. Click when you want
to close the window.
Once you create a dream that you want to share with the skinning community,
you can upload it at: