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Nimbus - SSC '13 by mangosango Nimbus - SSC '13 by mangosango
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Well, here it is! (finally!). My first submission in nearly 4 years that breaks the food naming scheme :P.

OS: Windows 7
Shell: Nimbus Shell
Video: Nimbus Video Player
Audio: Nimbus Audio Player
File Browser: Nimbus Shell
Browser: Nimbus Web Browser
Icons: Nimbus
Wall: 90 Mile Beach (colors edited)

You might be thinking that this is a good ol Visual Style + TT + Litestep stack, but ohohoho you'd be very wrong.

edit: sorry for wall of text :P

My goal for this shot was to re-examine the fundamentals of an OS, and really see what would be possible if you broke all the rules. So I scrapped Litestep and explorer entirety for a completely custom build. Everything you see on-screen (save for the photographs) was hand-designed and hand-coded from scratch. It's Windows underneath, but a completely different beast on top.

Nimbus is a shell replacement & app suite that I'm prototyping for large and small screens. The whole thing is scripted in javascript and styled with standard webtech (css + html). This means that everything, everything from the taskbar, to the icons, to the apps and windows themselves are built from the ground up with html, styled with css, and scripted with javascript.

Using websockets, the shell actually syncs across devices in realtime, so you can move an app running on your desktop to your mobile, just as if your laptop and smartphone were running the same operating system, connected to the same hardware. You can even set it so that your actions on the phone are mirrored (more-or-less) 1:1 on the desktop. The UI is designed so that cross-platform interactions make sense. This is especially nice when using the music & video apps (sit back, and control with your phone :D).

In terms of usability: It's a prototype shell. It breaks more often than not, especially when you have multiple devices trying to sync with each other. One great thing about this shell, however, is that it runs seamlessly alongside your existing OS, so I've been running it on its own desktop alongside my normal Windows 7 install. I was hoping to upload the mobile shot of the shell too, but I haven't been able to make it pretty yet. :P

The shell is very much pre-alpha, but it's currently running on iPhone, Android, Windows 7, Ubuntu, and (probably OSX :P). Basically, if your device can run a webkit capable browser (preferably chrome), it will run. My goal is to get litestep-levels of customization on all platforms (desktop & mobile) and most basic apps. That release is still a far from happening, but this is the real first step in showing that it's a feasible idea! I'm super happy with the way this turned out and am happy to share it with you guys first :)
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jonyhuynh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this still being worked on? I clicked on the Facebook link, but it didn't redirect me to the page.
VasiliKoslov Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this project dead? If not, is there any chance for me to get my hands on it?
I have to say, this is one of the most impressive and exciting projects i've seen in a long while.

Thanks in advance.
andredk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Great work! Could you send me the shell also? Thank you
AlexSubtle Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Very nice!)
thathafofaa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Could you create a version for windows 8? :D
amparipaa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
"The shell is...currently running on..., Ubuntu" yay! this is really sexy!
Kamiru-desu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Could you please upload the shell, I don't care if it is in an unfinished, not working, state.
mangosango Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
check notes! :la:
drpoup Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Is there any way you could forward this to me as well? 
Benguy12 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Is there any way to download this? I would love to put this onto my Windows 7 Rig
ntim007 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Nimbus browser looks similar to Opera :)
CorporateCola Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Using this theme now... wish I had the player though!! 
sszczesny Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Just got one question: can Nimbus Shell run at the same time and co-work with "Metro" interface on Windows 8 ? :)  
pk1st Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is a revolution. all my hands, legs are up for this amazing idea.
iamtheforger Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still waiting on the release, you're about a month behind and im starting to worry that the whole thing fell apart, can we get an update or even a (pre)alpha version? Im really looking forward to ditching litestep
mangosango Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sorry bout the halted development! I've been abroad for a month, and I start at a new job next week in a new city, so life has been keeping me busy :c
MenkoDany Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I'm absolutely STUNNED! Can't wait, this will be awesome for mobile device development!!!
Bibek Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
dumb question with this shell i will still be able to play mw2, farcry 3 and battlefield 3 along with upcoming titanfall, codghost, maybe bf4.., maybe the division, run photoshop, lightroom.. and chrome.. ? cause that's all that matter in life :) would love to test this out.. it looks awesome..
mangosango Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Interface Designer


I hope so, because I plan on running all those apps too :D
Bibek Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Sweet :)
g9821 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The stock shell, explorer.exe is what we generally use in Windows. I'm sure you're experienced times where it would crash and restart or crash and then you would have to manually restart it through the task manager. As with explorer.exe, if Nimbus was to crash, everything else that doesn't depend on it would still run.

So, you get back to your question. YES, you can run everything with NimbusOS that you can on stock Windows 7, assuming that there aren't any compatibility issues (which there shouldn't be).
Vanessa-Retake Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Kamiru-desu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Any plans for a beta/alpha? I would love to try this and finally abandon bblean/litestep + TT~
ganknevets Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Nimbus sounds f'g amazing. I never read the details until now. I guess it's time to learn and be ready for this! :highfive:
LordReserei Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing. Will it be Windows 8 compatible?
vanessabanessa89 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is something that I've always wanted to do! I think that it's amazing that you've achieved it. As someone who wants to learn how to develop desktop applications for a living, I'm curious what technologies you used to develop this. I know you said you used Javascript, HTML, and CSS, but what program did you use to package it all together? If that makes any sense... I researched some ways to do that, and it looks like I'm going to start with an application called TideSDK.
Pohokano Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Great work. I look forward to its release.
Pohokano Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Great work. I look forward to its release.
pjdark Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Wow that's really nice man.
Xiuvera Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holymoly, this is badass customization there. :)

did you think about running this project of yours on github and getting help to speed up the process, or do you think this will shift your work away from what you're trying to accomplish.

again, very great stuff.
PoulNyrup Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Damn that looks like some fine work dude - looking forward to see how this Nimbus project works out... :clap:

May I ask what font you're using in your Explorer/Nimbus Drive? Looks really nice. :-)
mangosango Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
M+ :
evilserge Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
love the taskbar
AlbinoAsian Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
freaking ridiculous... I LOVE IT =)
davidszoke Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Revolutionary dude. I'd love to be a beta tester if you need any :) I have a Nexus 7, Galaxy S3, Windows 7 Desktop, and Ubuntu Laptop.
nocturne99 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
ascendancyy Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can't wait to see what kind of things you'll be creating in the future.
TheDexter1111 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
fucking amazing dude!
indeedwatson Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing, I want this :(
Owltruism Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I have no idea how you did this or what you just said. Very impressive. I like the simple look :)
mangosango Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Haha thanks - there will be a website going up for the shell at some point that will explain things in plain english :)
Owltruism Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I would very much enjoy reading about that ^^
ajdip Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
beautiful work...:)
moeenn Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Looking good
MizuTaifux Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
My colors.
I need Nimbus Shell. :)
Nice work.
Frai7ty Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Dear God

It is beautiful

PLEASE let us know if you EVER release this work of art!
ATHRANZ Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
mistergorilla Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Nice! How to download this shell?
MequinoxeM Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
is absolutely incredible
takt Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
This needs to be made into a reality for everyone. Simply stunning.
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