If you’ve installed our Ares free download onto your system and read the articles on our website then you’ll probably know about the different skins you can choose to enable to make the software look more to your preference. These skins can do a variety of things to change the GUI and the look of the tool without removing any of the features that you know and love, and the software still remains fundamentally the same with all of the functionality in the same place as before. In this article, we’re going to discuss a specific one called OsThemes.
The first thing we want to talk about is how you can actually switch to this skin. This one actually comes built into the tool so you don’t need to download it from the internet or do anything really technical, you’ll find the option right there in the control panel. Simply open up the P2P client and go into the “Control Panel” tab and then into “Skin”, where you’ll find a long list of different ones available to you. Select the “OsThemes” one from the list and you should find that the design of the program changes instantly to match your preference. You can change the skin as often or as infrequently as you like.
Depending on which version of Ares you’re using, this could already be the default one which is used. In that case, when you first open the tool you’ll probably see this layout for yourself which you may or may not like, but we can say towards the bottom of the tool is a very dark area with all of the media options which makes it stand out from the rest, whereas the main part of the software uses a rather light color scheme. If you’re running on an operating system such as Windows 7, you’ll find that the menu bar at the top is also transparent which can add a nice extra touch to the tool if you’re looking for something that looks appealing and functions well.
We think that this skin would be suitable for those who want something simple that they’re going to be able to work with easily, without the GUI being too obtrusive. The colors used in it are very simplistic meaning you should be able to find your way around very quickly with next to no hassle, even if you aren’t familiar with this type of technology. Those of you who like to have a lot of color in their pieces of software should probably consider using something else, there are other skins included in the program which should cater for these needs. The average user should have no problems with sticking to the OsThemes skin as it is arguably the most generic of the skins available for the tool at the moment.
In conclusion, the OsThemes skin may have been created back in 2007 but it is still fit for purpose even today. The design still looks fairly new and whilst it isn’t perfect, it provides you with everything you could ask for with a tool of this type. We’ve told you above about who should use this skin and who shouldn’t so now you just need to make the decision for yourself, our personal preference is to just stick to this theme as the others don’t really provide a great benefit. If you haven’t done so already, using our Ares download to install this great P2P client onto your system would be a great idea too.