Vista / Longhorn: Transparency Glass Effect Screenshots and Examples

Posted August 21, 2005 by AlexTheBeast in Microsoft Vista

The transparency glass effect is an example of the visual improvements made to the windows operating system in the new vista / longhorn beta. Here are some demostrations of the effects.


One of the cool new features of vista (longhorn) is the transparency or glass effects. Enabling this effect is easy if you have the right drivers.

Here are some examples of glass transparency in Vista:

The first example shows the background showing through the IE title bar… and shows the window’s drop shadow onto the background. Notice the red glowing X to terminate the window as well. (Click for full screen screenshot)



The second example shows a different background showing through the IE and display windows. Notice the glowing blue effect of the minimize button on the IE window.(Click for full screen screenshot)


This last example attempts to show how windows -=pop=- into the foreground when opened. This picture is caught mid-pop as it still has a great deal of transparency throughout the whole window.



I’ll try to keep tech-recipes up to date with the latest in longhorn and vista features… especially if the editors keep sending me all the free gifts!

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