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dA5pook - back in black by thespook dA5pook - back in black by thespook
This skin is now too buggy to use. I do not recommend you install it.

I'll be writing a new version for deviantART v6.x eventually, but these things take up so much time and effort that I'm not that motivated right now.

If someone wants to put forward a donation to motivate me to update the skin now, well, I wouldn't say no to that, but otherwise you'll just have to be patient.






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11th June 2008
I've updated the stylesheet over at userstyles.org with the work I've done towards updating the skin. It doesn't address all of the issues, but does fix most of the major ones.

The update only applies to v5 of deviantart, I plan to do a total re-write for v6.

~SGAlteran was cool enough to help me out with a whole bunch of the bug fixes, so much respect for his contributions.

UPDATE: 19th April 2007 - BACK IN BLACK!
major one being that Journal CSS is no longer interfered with by dA5pook! :D

There's a minor bug where some links or headings wont be coloured - it's rare, so don't worry - but if you spot any send me a note with a quick description and I'll fix it :thumbsup:

Hopefully `the-faun doesn't mind me using his journal in the preview image :blushes:

TO INSTALL (two steps!)
:star: STEP ONE: Visit dA5pook Black @ userstyles.org and see the section titled 'Install options'. Firefox users will see a button that reads 'Load into Stylish' or 'Update in Stylish' if you've got it installed already. If you don't have Stylish, get it.

Alternatively, if you know what you're doing, you can @import it from http://devart.koopseht.net/skins/black/

If you're a Firefox user still using DeviantSkin to install your skins - disable/uninstall any skins you have, uninstall DeviantSkin and start using Stylish instead. DeviantSkin was awesome when `bluespeed9 first published it, but to compare it to Stylish would be like comparing IE with Firefox.

If you use Opera, you can still install it, though you'll probably need to edit the skin beforehand (to remove the Firefox only @-moz-document bits. I've only tested the skin in Firefox.

If you still use IE - got cry to mommy, you're not ready to use the internet.


:star: STEP TWO: Install the following Greasemonkey script - noCSSForJournals.user.js - it's a helper script that makes sure journals look pretty. If you don't have the Greasemonkey extension installed, click the link and get it.

You could get away with not installing the script, but some journals (those without CSS) might be hard to read or look wrong. So, INSTALL IT! ;p


TO STYLE v4 PAGES (ie. message center)
I have provided a modified version of my old v4 skin so that you can install it in conjunction with the new v5 skin to have those half-baked pages styled black too.

Visit oldblack.css and copy the entire contents of the page. Then click on the Stylish icon in the bottom left of Firefox and select 'Write Style > Blank Style...'. Add a title (ie devart: oldblack) and then paste the contents of the skin into the big text area. Hit save, and you're done :)

Don't use the @import method, as I will never update oldblack.css

TO CHANGE LINK COLOURS
...new instructions to come shortly.

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If you want to read the back-story, check out my journal - skinning v5. I've also set up a mini site of sorts - [link] - where you can find a few other CSS goodies you can install in Stylish.

I hope you enjoy using it, and if there are any issues, drop me a note and i'll be right on it :thumbsup:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-08-18
Presenting the first-ever v5 skin for DA! dA5pook - for v5 - update by ^thespook looks amazing! ( Featured by abhimanyughoshal )

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:iconsaphireta:
saphireta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Is possible you'll do this for v7? It may be great!
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I've been working on it here and there, but I can't promise it'll be out any time soon.

One day, one day :0
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:iconsaphireta:
saphireta Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
Ok, understand ..and looking forward! :) (may it be with orange links.. ? or something like that.. just as little suggestion, but do it your way oc)
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
My way was already with orange links :D
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:iconinfernalord:
Infernalord Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Please update this script, please! :please:

This is like the coolest skin ever!
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I'm working on it :)

I've made enough progress to give people a preview sometime soon, but it wont be done for a while. And with Firefox 3.5 out now I'll also be able to work in some very cool CSS3 features :nod:
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:iconinfernalord:
Infernalord Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't wait to use it!
I hate this dA green color!

:D
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:icondzon65:
Dzon65 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
I can't get this to work.Somehow it changes nothing.I'm currently using daBlack and I have to say,along with firefy blue updated they are the only two working.I've posted a review on userstyles about this.Too bad cause I really like it.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
It doesn't surprise me, dA has changed a lot since I stopped updating this version of the skin. I just tested it out, and yeah, for the most part it doesn't change much anymore.

I'm working on a rewrite, but I can't promise it'll come out any time soon as I'm only working on it from time to time. I'm sure you can appreciate how much work goes into these things; I missed a lot of sleep working on the previous versions :lol: So this time I'm trying not to burn out working on it too hard.

:thumbsup:
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:iconiareruss:
iareruss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool. But damn it like you said it's buggy. I'll wait till you release the new one. If I can, I'll donate, how do I go about doing that? Buying something you sell on here?
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:iconmr-dummy:
Mr-Dummy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
its scretchet and the logo is over the header...what I done worng?
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
What did you do wrong? ...you didn't read the bold text at the top of my description where I said I'm no longer updating this version, and it will have bugs ;p

:thumbsup:
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:iconbatbeater:
batbeater Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist
wow - amazing skin :D absolutely love it
awesome job dude!!!
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:iconmrandypandy:
MrAndyPandy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Works pretty good for a v5 skin. I'll be keeping my eye out for the v6 version. :D :+fav:
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:icontavfan:
tavfan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The taskbar and the emoticon backgrounds are still original dA, just like the background of the comment box is still white (while the text is too) What did I do wrong?!
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
nothing, aside from not reading the bold writing in the description that says I'm not updating this version anymore ;p
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:icontavfan:
tavfan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:XD: sorry then, I did read over it, but obviously managed to skip that.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
I'll be writing a new version eventually, but it's a lot of work and I haven't begun yet :thumbsup:
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:icontavfan:
tavfan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm certainly looking forward to it :) I do understand that it's whole lot of work and although I do love the new dA version I am sure it must feel horrible for those who just did some skin for the old one lately ( i know yours is older, but it must also be tiring to re do it over and over)
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:iconanonymous-bot:
anonymous-bot Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Wow how I missed this skin :love:
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:iconmindcollision:
mindCollision Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm usin it, it looks amazing :D Great work. No problems with it at all :)
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thanks :)

You will start to notice the bugs eventually, there's plenty of them, and there will be more when v6 launches ;p
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:iconmindcollision:
mindCollision Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh fantastic. Something to look forward to then...
Who cares, it looks awesome heh
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:icontraediras:
Traediras Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Looking forward to the V6 upgrade dude :D
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:icongpopper:
Gpopper Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
very good! nice skin!
keep up the great work.
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:iconljvaughn:
ljvaughn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I imagine these may be some of the things you already plan on attending to in your next update, but I just wanted to put in my two cents as far as itty bitty problems with the style. The logout button is kind of obscured between the "collect" and "friends" links for me. Also, the set of links "help and faq" "random deviation" and "random deviant" are overlapping with the other main row of links at the top of the page ("browse" "shop" "collections" etc). Aside from those minor things, it works great! I love it so much.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Thanks for the feedback :)

The logout button used to be fine until they added the collections button, I've fixed that in the update already. The help and random links are giving you grief because I forgot to test the skin @ 1024x768 ;p I'll fix that in the update too, thanks for reminding me :thumbsup:
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:iconljvaughn:
ljvaughn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, yeah I forgot that is a recent addition. The collection button I mean.

No problem, I'm really enjoying using the skin. I'm using your CSS journal code too; the antique style one on parchment. Your pretty things have managed to dominate my entire web interface in one short day, sir! ^_^
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:icondijitali:
dijitali Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Also my Logout button is hidden underneath the Friends and Collect buttons. Is that just how my comp renders it or does everyone get that?

Apart from that, love it and I'm definitely gonna be using this for a while!
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:icondijitali:
dijitali Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome skin, but is there anyway to make the bar with your username and logout etc. fit the skin too? Mine's still dA green.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
All the bugs you see where introduced when deviantart made updates to the site after I last updated the skin - it's a bit of a cat and mouse game ;p

I'm working on an update, so far the bugs you mentioned have been fixed already - I'll let you know when I've published it :thumbsup:
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:icondijitali:
dijitali Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah right, I wondered if that'd be the case. No worries :)
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:iconmewmaster151:
mewmaster151 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
the [link] link doesnt do anything
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Try it now, I think my site might have been down for a while when you tried last.
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:iconbioactiv:
Bioactiv Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
..using it.. loving it.. for now.. ^^
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:iconlancea:
lancea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Salute senor Spook,

just a quick Gracias, since I've recently switched to your black DA skin, which is slickness incarnate. Knowning nothing of scripting myself *wrinkes nose in moderate aversion* I can still appreciate a professional example of it.

I've been looking for alternatives to the *yawn* default dA look for a while now, but most skins out there tend to either look even drabber than the original, have funky surprises like for instance half the buttons missing or in some cases require an epilepsy warning (try looking at this color scheme for more than 60 seconds: bright orange, bright green, dark violet and gold with a black font... brrr).

Anyways, yours is nicely balanced, smooth and - for the lack of a better word - charismatic, while still completely functional.

Well done, sir. Jolly well done.

peace
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Thanks for the comment :)

For me, these skins should never overpower the site's content, so I appreciate that you noticed that. At the moment though, my skin is not without it's share of bugs (I'm sure you've noticed!), and by chance this morning I decided that I'd start coding the update :lol: There's quite a lot for me to correct, but hopefully by tonight I'll have the most commonly occurring bugs fixed - I'll let you know when I'm done :thumbsup:
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:iconlancea:
lancea Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Will be appreciated.

Oh, and awesome. Will be awesome as well.

At any rate, very much agreed about the skin vs content issue. I mean, ingenious as a skin may be, it's still an addon for the actual thing. When the skin author forgets that, things happen - usually impractical, irritating and ultimately non functional things. Heh, I could post links, believe me. But then, let's not mock.

Bottom line, I'm loving the skin appearance wise, but just as (or perhaps more) importantly, keeping the above in mind, the layout and placement (this may be one and the same thing, my English fails me) improvements in this are precisely that - improvements. Love 'em.

peace
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:icondeuce6000:
deuce6000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Wow finally found where this skin came from.Thanks i have been using it for a while and love it.Didn't know there was more parts of it until now.Cya!
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:icontheskitzo:
theskitzo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
Hey Spook, great skin but is there a fix for the green menu bar where it displays how many messages you have etc. ?
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
There's always a fix - I just have to write it ;p

I haven't taken the time to update the skin in a long time, there's so much that needs changing that it kinda scares me a bit actually - but I think I might go through and fix the obvious stuff now, and leave the rest for another update.

I'll add your name to the list of people who have enquired and I'll update you when I've got something to show :thumbsup:
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:icontheskitzo:
theskitzo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
please do it's a lovely skin for dA ;)
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:iconehmaysink:
ehmaysink Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
:love:

not too hot on the orange, but definitely loving dA's darker side. it's like browsing a whole new site!

muchas gracias!
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:iconsardonicus-smiles:
Sardonicus-Smiles Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Just tested it out. Love everything except the link color. Can't wait til you get the steps to change it. I'm not the biggest expert on which # codes equal what color.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I guess you've overlooked most of the bugs eh? :)

When I finally work on an update I'll also fix it so it's easier to change the colours. I'm not sure when I'll get around to it, but I'll add you to a list of people to be notified :thumbsup:
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:iconlitauh:
litauh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
man, my journal anyway looks shitty. strange, cause I use your style before and it works correct.
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
They made a change to deviantart that broke the helper script, I've fixed it but you'll have to reinstall it - [link] :thumbsup:
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:iconlitauh:
litauh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
I will wait... and reinstall don't help =P
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:iconthespook:
thespook Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
try again, looks like I updated the wrong file :blushes:
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:iconlitauh:
litauh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
yep =D now everything is ok! thank you! =)
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