Downloading DirectSkin 5.0 from the developer's website was possible when we last checked. We cannot confirm if there is a free download of this software available. The program is included in Development Tools. DirectSkin can be installed on 32-bit versions of Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11.
We cannot guarantee that the program is safe to download as it will be downloaded from the developer's website. Before launching the program, check it with any free antivirus software. The program's installer is commonly called DirectSkinSampleBrowser.exe. The actual developer of the program is Stardock Corporation. The following versions: 7.0 and 1.0 are the most frequently downloaded ones by the program users.
From the developer:
DirectSkin allows software developers to make their applications skinnable. A typical application can be turned into a skinnable one within a few minutes of integrating the DirectSkin OCX into the project.
It requires no special controls to implement. Simply insert the DirectSkin library into your project and in a few lines of code specify what WindowBlinds(TM) skin you would like to use.
You may want to check out more software, such as wx-devcpp, Microsoft Visual Studio.NET or CruiseControl.NET, which might be similar to DirectSkin.