I know what you mean about the DFX4 skin. Plus it is way complicated if you want to do anything out of the norm with the skin. (Mal and I have already talked about this)
As for sliding panels, I asked for this ages ago and I am not sure if it is 100% implemented yet (well at least the way I want to have it)
I look forward to see what you come up with. Unfortunately my graphics skills aren't as good as what I would like, but that won't stop me making a skin when I get some time.
.... beam me up scotty.