Hyperdesk DarkMatter: Subspace Hypersuite for Windows Vista


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One thing great, or maybe not so great, depending how you look at, is that all people are different, and we all have different personalities. We all like something different and that includes our computers themselves and the desktops we work on. The computer desktop is like your own physical desktop, it’s your workspace and it should be unique to you. We try and customize it with our own often used icons and a unique wallpaper, but beyond that most people don’t really bother to much, as changing icons and ‘skinning’ everything can be a hassle.

Tomorrow, August 27th, Hyperdesk will be releasing their newest desktop theme software for Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit operating systems, before this it was only available for Windows Xp. Today I’ll be taking a look at the DarkMatter: Subspace Hypersuite, it’s a program that will change the looks of your desktop, from wallpaper to icons, folders, and even skinning the media player as well. The design comes from the same people that created the themes for Alienware, and it actually includes 2 different themes, with four variation on them, with two different folder sets as well. It’s any easy to use and inexpensive solution for quickly and easily changing the look and feel of your desktop.


This is downloadable software only so there’s no box shots or anything like that for you.

Once you install the software you can run it as you would any other, up pops the interface on your desktop so you can start changing things.

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The interface is comprised of five basic parts, Hypertheme, Icon Set, Wallpaper, Widget and Media player Suite. A couple of them have multiple choices like the Icon Set with two choices and Hypertheme, where you’ve got four choices to choose from.

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There’s also a drop down menu as well with links and information, there’s a preferences and a how-to use section as well.

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Using it is easy, just make the selections you want an then hit the ‘Apply’ Hypersuite’’ button near the bottom, or you can hit the ‘Restore Vista’ buttons to put things back to normal.

Specifications:

DarkMatter: Subspace Hypersuite

For Windows Vista 32-bit & 64-bit with Service Pack 2.

Price: $14.95

From the artists who created Alienware’s phenomenally popular desktop themes (Invader, ALXMorph, Darkstar, Superman, Star Wars & others) comes a fresh invasion of galactically cool desktops – introducing The DarkMatter Trilogy. Three unbelievably slick hypersuites that completely transform your Windows Vista desktop into a super-futuristic environment.

DarkMatter: Subspace contains 2 distinct hyperthemes in both dark and alloy styles, a WMP/iTunes remote Yahoo! widget featuring mind-blowing animations that have to be seen to be believed, a futuristic icon set that includes multiple folder sets, a sleek Windows Media player skin that will play video (and audio) and an amazing otherworldly high-resolution wallpaper. Part of the DarkMatter Trilogy of hypersuites.  You will need to download the free application, Yahoo! Widgets to use the hyper-animated audio remote. You may install this purchased theme on as many personally owned Windows Vista machines that you own, but you may not distribute it. No license key required. Available also in The DarkMatter Trilogy Pack (buy 2 and get 1 free).


Using the Hypersuite we see that it does use a bit of resources, but that’s only when you’re actively using it to change something, once you change it and exit the program it disappears from the processes.

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Here’s my desktop skinned, with start menu showing:

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Here’s a collection of other things open to show you how the different options look, including the browser:

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All in all it does an interesting job of changing things around a bit.

There are a few things I don’t like about this program.

The first would be no multiple monitor support, I use three monitors, I don’t want all three to have the same exact wallpaper on them, that’s rather boring. Hyperdesk changes the wallpaper on all three monitors to be the same, but after applying Hyperdesk I can go and change them back to my own wallpapers easily enough, though I shouldn’t have to, there should be something in there that allows me to configure the wallpapers.

The next thing I I don’t like is the fact that it changes the font as well for things on the desktop, especially the taskbar. I use a double sized taskbar, because I’m usually doing a lot of stuff, and I need the room to see what’s going on, I don’t like having them minimized or stacked. It doesn’t bother me too much, but the date is missing, oddly enough that bothers me. I never realized just how much I paid attention to the actual date until it was gone.

Here’s an example of before and after:

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You can see the font actually appears to be smaller but yet takes up more space apparently.

The next small complaint could be that when you update a folder, change the contents, name etc, the folder reverts back to the tan Windows folder color at times, but not every time, and it also does not skin all of them. In one of my folders I’ve got folders where half are skinned and the other half are not, there’s really no difference between the folders, they’ve got pictures and text in them, so I don’t know why it didn’t change them as well.

That’s about it for the complaints, but an observation or argument could be the you could do all of this for free really, it would just require a bit of work and research on the part of the user, but it wouldn’t be all neatly packed up in a single program with the interface to change things around quickly.

There is a really big positive to this suite of software though, there’s no copy protection, in that you don’t need a key to activate it at all, just download and install. Part of that is that you can install it on as many Vista computers as you own, there’s no limit, so essentially for one price you’ve bought multiple or unlimited licenses. The only caveat is that they you don’t share or make it publically available to other people.


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Conclusion:
The Hyperdesk Hypersuite is a quick and easy way of changing  or customizing the look of your desktop, and considering for one price you can use it on multiple computers it’s not a bad deal.

There are some drawbacks of course as I noted, and of course you can do all of this for free with a little work. Still though it’s nice to be able to just launch a single program and change everything with a couple clicks.

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Pros:
+Different choices included
+Easy to use
+No key needed, and you can use it on multiple computers if you wish to
+Easy to quickly change appearance of desktop etc
+Inexpensive

Cons:
-There are free options available that do the same thing with a little work
-Seems to not change everything
-No options for multiple monitor wallpaper
-Seems to change font as well

Grades:  
Overall score-8-10
Design score-8-10
Performance score-8-10
  • Jeff

    Some of the folder issues sound like a Service Pack 1 issue. You need Service Pack 2. Which SP are you using?

    • Lokesh Jangid

       I am also suffering from the same problem i.e. only icons and wallpapers changed and nothing else.

  • Kristofer

    Yes I am sir, I run a completely up-to-date system…

  • Danish

    I have a problem.
    When i apply the theme nothing changes except icons…
    can u help me plz?

  • AC

    same problem here, only wallpaper and icons change

  • Nightfire Alien

    This is the best Theme i’ve ever seen..and have… it was worth my money

  • Patrick

    This was a “customer Support” discussion between a customer and the founder of the company;

    Jesh, Aug 31 13:11 (EDT):
    You know what? You’re a rude prick. I’ll refund your money. Don’t contact us again.

    Pjdetloff1, Aug 31 13:05 (EDT):
    Dear “Customer Support” agent. I apologize for my hasty regard to your company. Unfortunately I have had someone close to me pass away recently and it has not made me the most pleasant person to be around. This does not give me the excuse to be rude to anyone even if I feel that I may have been taken advantage of financially. Thank you for reminding me of my own personal flaws, through your lack of actual care for your company’s “pleasant” reputation of what I am sure will continue to be horrible customer support.

    In regard to your extremely rude way of asking me for my order number it is as follows, 54046016
    I did download the 64-Bit windows 7 skin, applied it as instructed and all that happened was as I stated previously, the wallpaper changed and the icons did. The widget does not seem to work on my computer, but I was not as concerned with that. Also, please inform me of that way to reach your manager, or to reach your highest supervisor it would be very much appreciated. Once again I apologize for my hasty reaction in the previous message. It was unnecessary and uncalled for, enjoy your day.

    Jesh, Aug 31 12:45 (EDT):
    Oh we try to make a habit of “ripping people off”. It’s a great business model and one that will lead our company to success. How about an order number to start? And there’s no sound fx accept for the widget and the actual application. Not for Windows itself. Did you even download the proper version? I don’t know because you were so busy asking us if we “ripped you off” you didn’t include it.

    Pjdetloff1, Aug 31 12:40 (EDT):
    Hi there, I bought your Star Trek Desktop skin and it was supposed to alter a lot of things from the advertisement including windows and such, all it altered were the desktop icons, and the wallpaper. There are no sound effects, no different windows, I was curious if this was an issue or if in fact I was ripped off. Thank you so much for your time!

  • Landor

    cool :DDD

  • http://www.facebook.com/coolcast Deden Membara

    nice look, can i get it for free.. ??

  • Ztacy1

    What follows is an unedited transcript of a conversation between a Skins Factory Customer and Jeff Schader Chief Executive Officer of The Skins Factory inc.
    CUSTOMER
    Having admired the skins factories work for a while I chose to purchase and download a Hyperdesk Theme. While installing the skin my AVG package identified a medium MALWARE threat that was quarantined C:WINDOWSINSTALLERMSIEFDF.TMP. Finishing the installation the hyperdesk would not “load selected features” I have removed and reinstalled Hyperdesk and it still shows the same errors and will not load selected features or restore windows can you please advise. Many thanks
    JEFF
    It’s a false positive. We see it occasionally with Norton too. The only thing Hyperdesk does is check back with our server to see if there is an update. The installers haven’t been updated in over a year, some even longer. Try turning off the virus while running the installer or if possible excluding Hyperdesk. Not sure how AVG works. Given the amount of themes people have purchased and how many run virus programs, it’s nothing to worry about.
    You can try downloading it again:
    CUSTOMER
    Hi Jeff
    Thanks for the reply, I turned off all security software n re-downloaded the file selecting “repair” this enabled the media player skin and changed half the visible icons. I uninstalled the program restarted the computer re-installed from new with the same effect, the background, windows, most of the icons remained Windows 7 standard. You advertising shows Windows 7 compatible then u add that there may be issues on windows 7 and now I find that your skins do not work on Windows 7.
    JEFF
    Our software does work on Windows 7. I never stated there were problems with our software on Windows 7.
    CUSTOMER
    My apologies you did not state personally that there were issues with Windows 7 but part way through the payment and download process a disclaimer is displayed stating that there are some issues with Windows 7 and that users should visit a specified page for support. Having tried repairing a failed install caused by my Virus Software and then removing and re-installing the windows skin my purchased product has replaced a couple of the visible icons and the media player skin, the background, windows edges, fonts, majority of icons have remained windows standard. I do not wish to upset you or cause you to become defensive over your product I only want for the purchased skin and overlay to work. I have previously used the alienguise skins on XP machines and was very much looking forward to using a true skins factory product. I am disabled and confined to a wheelchair my PC is my portal to friends and much of my shopping and entertainment, the appearance of my OS and my computers overall functionality is pretty important to me.
    I would very much appreciate your assistance in getting the skin to install or instructions for manually the components
    JEFF
    You install the skin by clicking the installer. That’s about it. We can’t control how another application works with ours, in this case an anti-virus program. I have no idea what AVG did/does to our theme installer. So I’m not sure how to help you to otherwise say find out if you can exclude the application, download the theme and then try again.
    CUSTOMER
    If you had read my email you would know that the last attempt to install your software was done with no other programs running. I have tried to install Hyperdesk several times using both the links you sent. With the same result a part install that does not work. Reviewing your help links on your site it seems that the same answer is offered “err well shucks if it err don’t work then err golly I just don’t know or care”. Thanks for not helping thanks for the informative and comprehensive help and assistance it’s real appreciated.
    JEFF
    I’ll be happy to refund your money. And shove your threats up your fucking ass.
    CUSTOMER
    WTF u got defensive over your product from misreading my mails, you offered repetitive flawed advice again from not having read my mails and now you responding to threats…WHAT THREATS, read your our messages I have only asked for your assistance in getting your Hyperdesk suite to work on a Windows x64 bit system. It obviously doesn’t.

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