Wherever officials have set limitations, independent developers have seen an opportunity and have taken the shot. Today we see one such case of the Windows 8 Start Screen, where the casual user can not only take advantage of a few coloring schemes and a certain set of background options, but a complete set of customization tools. Just like the Changer we saw a couple of weeks ago, Decor8 comes to increase the range of these customization options and allow owners to tweak the desktop a little more.

Although still in early beta stages, the Decor8 software can pick a background image for the Start Screen, a coloring scheme for those Windows 8 tiles and supply a simple, straight-forward method of altering tiles settings, right from the main panel. And this is just the start.


What can Decor8 do for Windows 8?

By default, Windows 8 can only provide 10 background images for the Start screen and a few pre-defined themes. Decor8 expands these options and tweaks the system, by changing the following:

  • Background images: the software comes with a wide range of its own background pictures but also allows importing personal images and even the creation of a custom slideshow, made up of several images. To obtain a fresher theme, Decor8 can randomize the selection and place and change the image at a set time interval, while fading the picture against the Start screen color (in a method similar to the transparency effect found in Windows 7).
  • Color schemes: once users have selected a background image, this software can automatically pick a coloring scheme for the rest of the elements which will surely match the background, even if this one changes from time to time. Those who do not wish a machine to pick for them can manually customize the theme, by selecting the colors of the background, accent, tiles and of the text.
  • Tile scheme: Decor8 can also modify the number, size and the placement scheme of tiles on the Start screen, giving users a better choice for space management.

At this moment, Decor8 is in a beta testing phase and can be used without paying a nickel, for 30 days. Those who still wish to use the software after this period will have to pay $4.99. The official trial can be found here.

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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.