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 You 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 - 1 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 - 2 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 WORKSHOPMaking a Weather Skin or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WebparserRAINMETER WORKSHOP 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.
Rainmeter Résumé Vol.1Here it is. The first news article of the new founded Rainmeter Group on deviantART. In this article we are going to try to inform you about the latest things going on inside the Rainmeter community.Rainmeter Résumé Vol.1 in Art Features More Like This
Brains started smoking about what the best way it would be to represent Rainmeter on devART. Finally we got it to manage and came up with the first Rainmeter group on devART ever.
For those of you who don't know what Rainmeter is: Well, actually we always were living side by side with you, since devART has an own category for Rainmeter deviations. By having a look into it, you will probably notice, that it has something to do with desktop customization. And that's it! With Rainmeter you can empower your desktop with an expandable library of useful tools handy notes and application launchers, weather and feeds from the web, system status and
Rainmeter Résumé Vol.4New Rainmeter 101Rainmeter Résumé Vol.4 in Art Features More Like This
A new improved Rainmeter 101 was released a few days ago. You can use it to search for help and getting started with Rainmeter. Step by step it explains you how to handle Rainmeter and all it's functions. At the end there are also some tutorials showing how to set up (mainly basic) skins. They don't leave out any detail. ↑click
Skin Of The Month
The suggestion time for November is over and passed the focus over to the voting. The poll at the forums will stay active for 14 days. After this time we will know wich skin is the most loved in November 2009. ↑click
Also the thread for the new December skin started this day. We are now open for suggestions. ↑click
Some of you active at the forums may have noticed the V.I.S.O.R for
Rainmeter Résumé Vol.2Skin Of The Month - October 2009Rainmeter Résumé Vol.2 in Art Features More Like This
The first skin of the month is online. In the first voting for a SOTM, 'Aranea' by bendenfield won. We have uploaded his suite to our account in order to increase his audience on his Halloween suite. Take your own look on it here. We are proud to call him the first winner of a SOTM ever. From what we heard from him, he is very happy and wants to thank all who voted for his 'Aranea' (and believe us, we stay very close to him (: ).
Skin Of The Month - November 2009
While the voting for the first SOTM has ended only a few hours ago, the current SOTM has passed the half of it's suggestions phase. There are currently only three suites/skins listed, but as we saw in the first one, the most suggestions are made in the last quarter of the suggestions time, so we have no reason to panic. Just take a look over
Rainmeter Résumé Vol.2The new Rainmeter.Rainmeter Résumé Vol.2 in Art Features More Like This
We all expected it for so long. Finally it is here. The new 1.1 version of Rainmeter is out and brings some really big and handy improvements along.
One of the major improvements are the dynamic variables. They allow you to use measures as variables. The ones who are already a bit into skinning know that this is a great improvement that will make many things much easier. Additionally a bang called !RainmeterSetVariable was added allowing you to change variables with a simple bang. Creating nice looking hover effects does not require more than one meter any longer.
The RainBrowser - we told you about it in the last résumé - is now included in Rainmeter as well as RainThemes. Both were created by jsmorley and you can run them from the Rainmeter tray menu.
One more improvement is that by 'quoting' images the aspectratio is now being reserved, so that no quality loss happens.
Furthermore Rainmeter can now use local fonts. That means that you don't h
Alien Threat in Pop CultureCould the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity's unity? Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film's story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to discover that an imminent alien invasion may soon wipe out all human life.Alien Threat in Pop Culture in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Jun 6, 2012 by techgnotic
Could the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity’s unity?
Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film’s story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to di
Authentic CitizenshipOnce Again, The Room Fell Away. The prodigious artistic and cultural exchange that we have all committed ourselves to building, to participating in and to sharing with each other every day at deviantART often occurs in RL on the decks of HQ as well. One of the best aspects of being in my position here at deviantART is the privilege to curate salons with artists of every medium and success level imaginable, art appreciators, writers, and educators from all points of light within the deviantART community inviting them to make the trek to HQ for what always manifests as an inspiring, thoughtful, educative, and enlightening dialogue. But sometimes, sometimes, things rise to a whole other level. You suddenly find yourself magically reaching that special deviantART "destination" that is a connection point of art, life, community and communication that has no specific Office # designation. The room falls away…Authentic Citizenship in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Film Poster as Imagination's PortalFor many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal
Thu Mar 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
For many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our
lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie
advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.
The Film Poster has existed since the
Alice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking FlightThe vibrant digital paintings of alicexz are fiery, emotional, and incredibly memorable. The colors of her creations (mostly portraits of popular TV and Film characters) are unusually vibrant, which is remarkable considering how layered they appear to be. It’s sort of like what manga characters might look like if painted by one of the Dutch Masters. And this artist exhibits just the right amount of quirkiness to leave us wanting to know more: she has a penchant for painting redheads. But, then of course, there’s a lot of red and golden fire burning through most her artworks.Alice X. Z. - Living Rainbow Taking Flight in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Living Rainbow Taking Flight
Wed Mar 7, 2012, 6:20 PM
The vibrant digital paintings of :devali
MAYBE PAIN WILL TEACH YOU MILLENIALSI seen this and had to reprint it!!MAYBE PAIN WILL TEACH YOU MILLENIALS in Personal More Like This
MAYBE PAIN WILL TEACH YOU MILLENIALS NOT TO VOTE FOR YOUR OWN SERFDOM…..NOW GET OFF MY LAWN….
You Millenials voted for Obama by a margin of 28 percent, which will make it a lot easier for me to accept the benefits you will be paying for. We warned you that liberalism was a scam designed to take the fruits of your labor and transfer it to us, the older, established generation. Oh, and also to the couch-dwelling, Democrat-voting losers who live off of food stamps and order junk from QVC with their Obamaphones.
You didn't listen to us. Maybe you'll listen to pain.
I have been told that being hard on you Millennials will turn you against conservatism, that I should offer you a positive, hopeful message that avoids the touchy problem of your manifest stupidity.
No. There's no sugar-coating it – your votes for Democrats have ensured that you are the first generation in American history that will fail to exceed what their parents attained. Embracing li
Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit.Written by Dr. Jack WheelerObama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. in Personal More Like This
The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.
He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.
What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is 'African-American,' the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centu
All About ThumbsWhat are thumbs?All About Thumbs in Deviant Events More Like This
"Thumb" is short for "thumbnail" which is basically a miniature version of a deviation (merely a nickname used to describe a particular piece of art that has been submitted to deviantART1) and on deviantART, a thumb is clickable and leads to the original piece of art. Thumbs can be used in various places throughout deviantART such as features and forums.
A thumb and its code
This is a thumb:
Go ahead, try it out and click on it. :D
To display a thumb, you're going to need a thumb code. A thumb code looks like this:
And they can be found on the right side of a deviation:
To display a thumb, simply copy and paste the deviation's thumb code where you'd like the thumb to be displayed.
Where can thumbs be displa
I Am Not a Real Woman?I see a lot of obese women posting pictures of their bodies, and getting endless praise for being "brave" "confident" and "a REAL woman".I Am Not a Real Woman? in Personal More Like This
I am a real woman, too. But when I post pictures of my skinny body, I get insulted and harassed.
I am a model. I go to photo shoots and get made-up, lit-up, and photo-shopped. Then I go home, and I have a real life, and real problems, and real feelings.
I love my body, but I do not promote my emaciated look as a beauty ideal. Yet, I get slammed continuously for glorifying an unhealthy standard. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people die of obesity each year, but we continue to promote obesity as "normal" "beautiful" and "real".
I don't really care what you're into or whether or not I embody it. There's no reason to be so disrespectful to others about body image, ever. Everyone should love their body, and everyone should strive for optimum health.
That is all.
Huge Update!Hey Guys!Huge Update! in Personal More Like This
So many of you have been sending me messages asking me why I haven't been as active on Deviant Art.
So here is a big update:
For those who don't follow me on
Since January I've been working as a product ambassador (promotional modelling) for Nissan at all the Auto Shows around Canada (No I'm not in a bikini in front of the GT-R, I'm actually quite knowledgeable about each and every vehicle from Nissan). January I was in my hometown Montreal and in Februar I was in Toronto. But March was just insane with Quebec City, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver all in the same month. One show left to do and that is Edmonton from the 18th to the 21st of April. So if you are from the area come pass by and say Hi!
In other news, I have been publ
HEARTS OF LOVE contest (updated rules)Shorter version of the rules.HEARTS OF LOVE contest (updated rules) in Personal More Like This
HEARTS OF LOVE CONTEST
Organized by :iconFallenangelgm:
Judges: :iconFallenAngelGM: & :iconHaganenochibisan:
What is it about?
A fanart contest with the characters of our manga project HEART OF WILDFIRE with the main theme of LOVE, ROMANCE & PASSION. ANYONE CAN JOIN!
1st prize: 150$ USD
2nd prize: 75$ USD
3rd prize: 24-Month Premium Subscription
4th prize: 12-Month Premium Subscription
5th prize: 1500 points
A 3-Month Premium will be given to 10 entries as HONORABLE MENTIONS
NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED: NO LIMIT
DEADLINE: APRIL 14TH 2012, 11:59PM (GMT -5H00) (it's been extended)
1) Join/watch the group :iconHeart-of-Wildfire:, you’ll have to if you want to upload your art and have updates about the contest.
2) Draw/make an art using either one, a few, or all of these following characters in a love-themed picture:
SLUGBOX COMMISSIONS"help me pay my student loans!"SLUGBOX COMMISSIONS in Personal More Like This
Commissions are SUPER CLOSED.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!!!!
PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER! I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF YOU DON'T!
HOW I CHOOSE COMMISSIONS
- Is this a fun, interesting, or exciting commission?
- Is this going to take a long time (not that that's a bad thing!)? A short time? Where does this fit my schedule?
- How long is the current queue?
- Do I desperately need money to pay bills this month?
- Does this client seem reliable, informed, and responsible?
- Do I just love this character or idea? I mean come on! I'm shallow! I like to draw things I like! You know I love fanart of certain things.
Please understand that I sometimes get a huge flood of notes and stuff, and I simply can't get back to everyone, let alone ACCEPT every commission. It's beyond me!
1. I'm in no way obligated to accept every commission offer! I can, will, and do pick and choose c
Commissions OpenI just sent out a big load of commissions today so its finally time to re-open them. The rules have been updated so please be sure to read them below.Commissions Open in Personal More Like This
Please be prepared to spend at least $30 for a simple, single character image and at least $50 for a full single character illustration. Final costs will be determined on a case by case basis. Generally the more complex the image the more it will cost. Please keep that in mind when requesting additional characters, complex poses or sizes, and the like.
If you absolutely need a commission by a certain date, please let me know so we can work something out.
-You are responsible for providing any and all references required to do your commission including images of the character(s), background material, and size and shapes. Please be as detailed as you feel the need to be, the less vague a