[Featured Skin] Rainsweeper
Rainsweeper by ~Kaelri is another leap in making Rainmeter do things that no one ever thought possible. Through the use of a clever Lua script Rainsweeper is a clone of the classic Minesweeper game. The ingenious design allows for many features including a GUI options editor, saved high scores, and it has no images or other resource files making it light as it can be.
Thanks for the hard work on another amazing skin!
Malware Report #5There's a slew of new malware skins uploaded to the main Rainmeter Gallery in the last couple of days. All downloads in the list at the end of this post are infected.Malware Report #52 years ago in Personal More Like This
We try and check all the skins uploaded to our gallery for malware before accepting them and we try to keep this list up-to-date, but real-time interferes, so please practice safe downloading!
Some things to watch for:
- comments are usually disabled or hidden
- they are fairly new to dA, just a couple of new skins
- their profile page only has a few items on it
- they rip a skin/preview/description then upload it with malware or keyloggers
- downloads are zipped and have an .exe file which is the virus
- don't download files like Build.exe, Run.exe, FullInstall.exe, *.rmskin.exe, Full_Set_Up.pif - basically anything that ends in .exe or .pif.
How to test each download for a virus:
- Right-click 'Download File' link, choose 'Copy Link Location'
- Go to VirusTotal at http://www.virustotal.com/index
RAINMETER WORKSHOPMaking a Weather Skin or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WebparserRAINMETER WORKSHOP3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a simple weather skin that shows the current weather using MSN Weather. The other major site used is Yahoo Weather. The measures are from Poiru's upcoming Gnometer suite.
-Same old, same old
-The first three variables are used to set your location, hi or lo temperature, and what units the temperature is to be displayed in. weather.LH-valid values for this are Hi or Lo. WeatherCode is the most important variables. It is used to find your location. Go to MSN Weather, and set your location. Look for the little RSS icon on the right. The RSS url will have your WeatherCode in it. The url will look like hxxp://weather.msn.com/RSS.aspx?wealocations=wc:#WeatherCode#&weadegreetype=#TemperatureUnit#. Your WeatherCode is the string between #WeatherCode#. Lastly, TemperatureUnit displays the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celcius; valid values are C or F.
RainLexer for Notepad++ updatedAn update to RainLexer, the Rainmeter syntax highlighting plugin for Notepad++, is now available. The update fixes a few issues and adds support for new keywords introduced in Rainmeter 2.3.RainLexer for Notepad++ updated1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Download from poiru.github.com/rainlexer.
Rainmeter Workshop: Autoscaling and YouI've been beating my head against a wall working on a new suite. The hardest, and most tedious thing has been making the skins resizable. It involves a lot of simple math, and trial and error. Over the course of the next few Workshops I'm going to share some of the things that I've learned about resizing skins, as well as other cool things to do with position formulas and dynamic variables. They'll start off pretty basic and work towards more complicated topics.Rainmeter Workshop: Autoscaling and You3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I keep seeing taskbar skins that fit only one specific desktop resolution. It's possible to make a skin fit any resolution, and usually it's fairly simple. A decent grasp on simple algebra, geometry and arithmetic helps greatly though. The taskbar below fits any resolution. I'm assuming that you're somewhat familiar with Rainmet
Rainmeter Workshop - 1RAINMETER WORKSHOPRainmeter Workshop - 13 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I first started using Rainmeter I scoured Deviant Art for skins that fit what I was looking for. I didn’t find any. So I ended up dissecting skins, reading the help file, and discovered that it’s not nearly as complicated as it looks.
The goal of this series is to show how easy it is to make your own skins. I’ll be showing simple skins and code and talking about everything from basic skin creation to some of the more complicated things you can do with Rainmeter.
MAKING A NOTES SKIN
The skin I’ll be demonstrating is probably the simplest notes skin you can create. The skin is fundamentally made by combining different blocks of code. Each block as its own unique name. Each block of code is either a Measure or a Meter. Measures can be thought as a piece of code that stores information, and a Meter is one that displays something. The skin also shows the use of several different features, all of which I’m going to explain. These fea
Rainmeter Workshop - 2I'm very pleased with the encouragement that the first Rainmeter Workshop got. I'm even happier with people's questions and requests. Last time I was asked to do a Winamp skin, talk more about String meters, and elaborate on measures. If you want me to cover a topic, just ask in the comments. Without further ado:Rainmeter Workshop - 23 years ago in Personal More Like This
Winamp Skin Tutorial
I'll skip the introduction and the basics this time since I covered them pretty well last time. This skin demonstrates using Plugins, drawing circles, using Calc measures. I'll also talk more in depth about using measures and String meters. This is a much more complicated skin than last time. Every Winamp skin that displays time has a heavy emphasis on Calc measures; this one is no different.
-Nothing has changed from last time.
-SOLIDCOLOR defines the background color, in this case black, and COLOR defines the Text color and the progress bar color. HEIGHT defines the FontSize and NAME defines
Rainmeter Workshop: @includeOne of Rainmeter's most useful feature for suite creation is the @include statement. This single line allows all the skins across your future suite to share the same exact code, allowing global changes with just the edit of one file. It also cuts down on redundant code.Rainmeter Workshop: @include3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The most common use of @include is global variables. This allows a user (or developer) to customize or change the variables of the suite easily. It also works very well with RainConfigure (or similar program).
But it's more powerful than that. Styles and measures can be used too. Meters can also be used, but they are rendered last, making them on top of everything else. I wouldn't recommend using meters.
Without further ado, sample skin(s)!
DOWNLOAD TUTORIAL SKIN
Download the .rmskin file to see how everything is set up. These two very simple skins show how to use multiple @include statements and demonstrates using Variables and Styles. @include measures
Rainmeter Workshop - Orbital ClockDOWNLOAD SKINRainmeter Workshop - Orbital Clock2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Orbital Clock displays the time in the circles as well as moves the circles around an orbit like the hands of a clock.
One of the awesome things about Rainmeter is the Calc measure. It allows you to do some really cool things. In this case, move meter around the skin based off of time. The skin is a little heavy on algebra and trigonometry.
This isn't a math lesson, so I'm not going to go too terribly in depth on the equations used.
BGColor is the background color of the 'hands'.
RH is the orbit radius of the Hours. RM is the orbit radius of the Minutes, and RS is the Orbit radius of Seconds.
These are text variables. The Fontsizes determine the sizes of the string in the 'hands'.
Rainmeter Workshop - Wifi and Battery meters.DOWNLOAD SKINRainmeter Workshop - Wifi and Battery meters.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Wifi and Battery meters are a staple of laptop users and are incredibly easy to create.
ImageCrop, ImageTint, and all of the other Image related features are a very useful feature of Rainmeter opening a whole new method of creating dynamic images. We're also going to use some neat tricks with DyanamicVariables, Substitution, and Conditional Statements to make the battery indicator change color and blink when the battery is low.
Note: The big reason we're using ImageCrop instead of a Bar meter is that when using an Image with a Bar meter, the Image cannot be scaled.
We need to start by grabbing the image we're going to use.
It's grey because we're going to use ImageTint to change it's color in Rainmeter.
Lets start our code by setting up the basics and some Variables that we're going to use later on.
Name=Wifi and Battery Meter
Skin of the What?After some discussion we have decided to bring back Skin of theSkin of the What?2 months ago in Personal More Like This
QuarterSeason. This is a reincarnation of our old Skin of the Month contests, just a bit more spread out.
The plan so far is to have a one month nomination period after each quarter of the year. We will only be accepting nominations of skins that were submitted to DeviantArt within that quarter of the year. We're hoping this will encourage the creation of new skins. Because of a limitation to the number of items we can place on a single pole, we the moderators reserve the right to whittle down the competition before voting.
After nominations are closed we will have one week of voting. There may even be a prize for the winner.
As of this blog the rules are as follows:
A Skin of the
QuarterSeason must be released during the time period of the poll.
There is a technical limit of 10 suggestions per poll. Suggestions exceeding this limit may be decided upon by the moderators.
You cannot sugge
iTunes 10.5 and NowPlayingSince the release of iTunes 10.5 there have been have been numerous reports of the NowPlaying plugin no longer playing nicely with iTunes. This issue will also exist with the older iTunes plugin that is included with Rainmeter.iTunes 10.5 and NowPlaying2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to the hard work of ~poiru this issue has been fixed with NowPlaying in the latest Rainmeter 2.2 betas. Don't forget that the beta versions also include preliminary support for localization. Download at rainmeter.net.
If you are still using the older iTunes plugin now would be the perfect time to check out NowPlaying.
Rainmeter WorkshopPackaging SkinsRainmeter Workshop3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The whole purpose of Rainmeter Workshop is to get people who would not otherwise create their own skin to do just that. But some of them may ask,"But, Varelse, I have this totally awesome skin/ suite/compilation of skins (that aren't mine but I'm uploading anyway), and I don't know how to package it so others can download it."
Skin packaging is relatively easy no matter the complexity of the skin/suite.
1. Organize the skin folder.
The folder might include addons, fonts, lots of images, etc. Each should go into their own seperate folder. A common way of doing this is to use a resource folder like the one in Enigma and Omnimo. Of course, these aren't absolute rules and I've been known not to follow my own advise.
2. Package the skin into an archive file.
This is the most important step, and is easy to do. There are several ways to do this. You can zip it with Windows built in archiver, use Winrar, 7zip, or others. The main archives are .zip,.rar, or occasio
Rainmeter WorkshopiTunes CADRainmeter Workshop3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a simple iTunes controller. The coding isn't anything too different from the other tutorials and is rather straightforward, so I'm not going to go in depth on a lot of things.
Got an idea for a tutorial? Suggest it in the comments.
I'm going to start mirroring these on my user page so people don't have to sift through dozens of other blog posts to find them. They just won't have Bendenfield's awesome CSS. Also, credit to Kaelri because some of the code is 'borrowed' from enigma.
- Finds the progress of the song duration as a percentage.
- Gets the artist name of the currently playing song. You can see that it substitutes an ampersand or 'and'