sent along a couple of links to his blog where he's taken a much deeper look
than my "oooooooh, pretty!" reception to the new image library that is shipping with VS2005. And after taking a deeper look at these images, I've come to the same conclusion: ugh.
Like Oliver said, if you want an app that looks good (or aren't creating VS2005), then you might want to venture over to glyFX
or my favorite Glyfz
. It looks like Glyfz is even offering their alpha-blended PNG images for free when you buy the Office 2003 style image set
. That's a deal in a half. Now all I need is an excuse to throw away our UI to get my boss to buy the set...