Applies only to PopTrayU 5.0+
Give PopTrayU a Unique Look
PopTrayU now supports full skinning through VCL Styles. Similar to a windows theme, but these styles apply at the application level. A few styles are included in the core executable, however, many additional styles or themes can be downloaded and used with PopTrayU. VCL Styles are a standard format that can be used by any Delphi-based application that supports this feature, so styles can be interchanged between programs that support VCL styles.
Where Can I Get More Themes?
- Embarcadero Delphi XE4 Styles – These themes are professionally designed by the makers of Delphi. Although you could download and install a free trial version of Delphi to get copies, an easier way tould be to download the styles files individually from another open source project has copies of Delphi’s bundled styles on this page. The styles are licensed to be redistributable and may be freely downloaded and used.
- VCL Styles by Rodrigo Ruz. Contains 11 styles. 1.5mb Screenshots & Info
- VCL Styles Collection by Rodrigo Ruz. Contains 370 styles (10 base styles x 37 color variations per style). 26 mb. Screenshots & Info
- Design Your Own? Savvy individuals can create their own styles using an application called “Bitmap Style Designer” that comes bundled with trial versions of Delphi to create new styles. Further information
How To Install a Downloaded Theme
Compatible theme files use a *.VSF extension. Place the theme file(s) in any directory on your computer. You could make a sub-folder under your PopTrayU ini/settings folder for themes, or place them whereever you like. Click the Options Tab in PopTrayU’s main window, and then select the Visual Appearance category. Look for the “Theme” label, and press the “…” button next to the themes drop-down. Select your theme file (*.vsf) and press ok on the file select dialog. The theme, presuming it is valid, will be immediately applied so you can preview it. When you press “Save Options”, the path and filename of the theme will be saved in PopTray.ini so it can be reloaded every time you restart PopTrayU. If the current theme is moved or removed, the application will default back to the Windows theme (no theme).