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    Mar. 28, 2006
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    Free to try (Nag screen); $299.00 to buy
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1 stars

"Be Exceedingly Wary of this Alluring Skinning Solution"

April 16, 2008  |  By Jim500a

 |  Version: SkinCrafter 2.1


Nothing much to like. See below.



Apparently, things haven't changed. I downloaded the 3.1 version of this product for VB6 (this is the ActiveX version)-part of the suite that contains controls for VB.Net 2005.

It is still true that this product is woefully buggy! Our commercial-grade app works fine without SkinCrafter. When we run it using SkinCrafer, we notice these major issues:

1) Methods such as the textbox's SetFocus stop working and throw errors in the VB6 IDE.

2) Label controls just disappear.

3) Weird screen artifact remains when dragging a SkinCrafter form over an underlying form. The screen is not repainted properly, leaving "marks" or "trails".

4) The client area widths and heights have changed in nearly every screen, meaning that you have to size your forms differently once skinned. Worst about this: All skins are not created equal and you have to have different sizing tables for different skins if you want to offer more than one skin to your end-user!

5) We all know that third-party control CANNOT be skinned. You have to ensure your app uses only standard VB6 controls or you will end up with a real hodgepodge of a GUI.

6) The product is ridiculously expensive. These guys are incredibly arrogant to offer such a piece of sh-- for so much money. UNBELIEVABLE.

7) The VB6 IDE often quit with a GPF-shutting down the entire IDE. This never happened before adding SkinCrafter.

I agree with the previous post: DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE and test, test, test. Things change and you will be left scratching your head: "Didn't that feature used to work before SkinCrafter or did it break for some other reason?"

I have no axe to grind with the company other than to alert others to avoid this total piece of crap. I wasted HOURS of my time, held out for the 3.1 release, and have been totally and utterly disappointed.

James Elliot, MCP


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4 stars

"Good product"

March 02, 2006  |  By kim38459

 |  Version: SkinCrafter 1.7.3


I've tried this product with my VB project and it works fine, skins almost all controls (but has some bugs). Compare to the other program I've tried, this one works much better.

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5 stars

"Good skinning tool"

December 20, 2005  |  By Amit Zosovki

 |  Version: SkinCrafter 1.5.2


I'm using SkinCrafter for my dotnet projects. No bugs were met so far, maybe because my apps are not so complex, but still I love this tool.

Also a wide range of ready-to-use skins is a good thing to see.


Why don't they update the version here? The latest one offers more features!

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1 stars


June 01, 2005  |  By sov

 |  Version: SkinCrafter 1.5.2




I tried to test using vb6 and don't work. The examples provided with demo setup contains bugs. A bad product. There exists better freeware skins components including the source code.

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5 stars

"My answers can till"

November 17, 2004

 |  Version: SkinCrafter 1.4.14


Best regards

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8.2
  • ScrollBar excluding corrected
  • Accurate treeview node editing
Publisher SkinCrafter
Publisher web site http://www.skincrafter.com
Release Date March 28, 2006
Date Added March 28, 2006
Version 1.8.2
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory ActiveX
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Download Information
File Size 35.17MB
File Name SkinCrafter_Demo_2005_2008_x86.zip
Total Downloads 7,417
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations Nag screen
Price $299

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