but Skinner is on of the biggest junk collections on WoWAce as it includes 1 or more files for almost every AddOn even if you dont use 200 of them
To be fair individual addon skins are in a seperate folder and you have to move each addon file into the skinme folder for it to load. AFAIK WoW doesn't load every file in the addon directory, so it's not like you're loading all 200 skins. Considering how many mods people use, getting consistancy from an entire GUI change is nigh on impossible. Perhaps someone needs to design a mod like buttonfacade where people add in support into their own addons rather than the original mod supporting everything.
To post on topic, I like the updated pic. Would love to see it inserted in the UI (as that adds so many more elements). I personally liked the original background textures, including the parchment. I felt they were textured, but still fairly subtle. The new one looks a bit to uniform and somewhat too light (IMHO!). I like gradients :D
I've been doing a similar thing myself on a much smaller scale, but for the life of me I can't seem to figure out what I need to replace to change the green "equipped glow" border on equipped items displayed on bars, anyone have any idea?
The updates are very pretty, the gradient transparent borders especially so. I'm not sure about removing the parchment from the gylph and spellbook frames. You would probably want it to re-appear fairly frequently in the GUI in order for it to feel a part of the UI. If it just appeared in text n quest frames it might seem out of place.
Also the secondary text in the the spellbook doesn't show up well on black.
Finally (ref:The spellbook frame) the up/down texture on the selected/unselected tabs is very clever (and looks great) but it ruins the text offsetting (I assume you can't move the text depending on whether the tab is selected or not).
P.S. Background texture to the frames is very nice.
Edit: Since when did the proffession frame have buttons to each profession you have learnt? Is that a mod? If so please provide link, sounds very useful.