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Arrow Launcher by Altairseven Arrow Launcher by Altairseven
simple yet usefull rainmeter launcher based on my old Faded Launchers Skin [link] and omniomo 3.1 [link] by fediafedia [link]

it's realy easy to customize becouse of this: [link]žion=&q=rainmeter+config#/d2pvc79

Icons by aablab [link] some made by me
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nicolas-nqn Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2018
Hi, I made a modification to horizontal left version, I added a vertical list of programs coming from button1, it has an issue where it disapears coming up from vertical to the to the horizontal bar, now I wanna create vertical .ini files for vertical bars to make it more easy to set up, also i am gonna try to add a leftmousebutton option to add a vertical list on selected position 1 ,2 ,etc....…
nqvinh94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Beautiful Launcher. Thank you !
Ornorm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I did create a Rainmeter skin that has been inspired a lot by your brilliant work.
I did add a credit to you under the skin. 
Thank you very much for all the work you've done here. It was really helpful for me.
I hope you don't mind I did reuse a huge part of your code.
Have a nice weekend.
P.S. : here is the link to what I've created : Ornorm Launcher
vexxfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Grabbed more icons from the man that you took some of yours from, but now all the icons are massive since the ones that came with the file are 48x48 and his are 256x256. Do I need to go into photoshop and scale all the icons down to 48x48 or is there a line from one of the settings.ini's that sizes them down?
Jokinz71 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Great work !
Could you do a new launcher like this but based on Shareaholic’s Sassy Bookmarks script ?
herkis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Just started using rainmeter, and I am not so good. This looks cool thoug, but I have a problem, that when I hower over the arrow, the line shows up, but when I try to run my mouse over and on to an icon, it just disapeares.
tyilmazdogan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
so cool n working great thx
SjKuRa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
thank, I like it ^^
B00GAL00 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Way cool. It'll take me fucking ages to work out the configuration mumbo jumbo though.

Um, one small problem - I don't have a middle button on my mouse or laptop! And it says I have to middle click to configure...
dearboy9x9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Awesome work!!!!
Quaz1957 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
alts - "hey friend !! - i've been preparing a "metro segment" for a write review for for a few months now and requesting your permission to include some of your works in the review - it won't be for a few day's as i'll be waiting for everyones "permission requests" to come in - will be an awesome review and your invited to come visit to view and read - the main idea is to showcase brilliant works by contemporary designers and help educate members worldwide about metro - ill also have prepared the same for "windows 8" - so, would very much appreciate your permission and designers will get full credit for their goods - looking forward to all prospective permissions - many thank's friend !!"

sincerely, max
Altairseven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
yeah sure, feel free to do as you need. you've got my permision to include my work as modest as it is.
Bill28 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Is it possible to have one launcher call another? For example, say the sixth item or ICON in the launcher represents a group of 10 programs that are shown by calling a second launcher or sublauncher I set this up, but the call to the second or sublauncher produces nothing. The sublauncher will not open up. This is how I did it:

;Aplication 4>>>>>>>>>>

app4name=Investment Doc's

app4=!ActivateConfig Testa2 Launcher.ini

icon4=Icons\Shopping cart48.ico

The second launcher is a separate skin in the Skins folder. My plan was to either have the second launcher appear beside the first or in place of the first. If you have any ideas, I'd appreciate it.

Altairseven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
whell. making it call another skin would result in a slow time of response. but if you create more entrys of items in the skins and in the variables files you could add more launchers, and say you want to make this new launchers apear when you click one of the originals items.

what you have to do to make this is make a group with your new launchers, and make it so when you click one of the originals items it shows the sub-launchers, and when your mouse leaves the skin deseapears as the rest of the skin

i'll try to explain it better

as you can se in the skin, every launcher icon has in their options an entry call Group=1 as well as an entry "hidden=1"

the hidden is so they don't show by default.

and then the arrow has this entry: MouseOverAction=!Execute [!RainmetershowMeterGroup 1][!RainmeterRedraw]
that makes it show the entire group 1

and finally the backgroud entry has a command similar to this last one but instead of showing the icons it hides them when your mouse leave the area of the skin

if you follow me until now you might have an idea of what you have to do.

you create 10 more icons entry from 11 to 20 , as whell as the variables in the variables file and the entrys for the apps titles as well, then to the icons entrys you made, make them be a group 2 instead of 1

and put this "LeftMouseUpAction=!Execute [!RainmetershowMeterGroup 2][!RainmeterRedraw]" whitout quotes in the variable of the icon you want to use to show the other ten.

and finally modify the background command so that it looks like this

MouseLeaveAction=!Execute [!RainmeterhideMeterGroup 1][!RainmeterhideMeterGroup 2][!RainmeterhideMeter Arrowhover][!RainmetershowMeter Arrow][!RainmeterRedraw]

so that when your mouse leave the skin the group 2 desapears as well

remember to put well the names of the new entrys you create, the entrys for the text, and the variables in the variables file don't repeat any number.

i hope you can understand and that i had been able to help you. let me know how it goes!!
Bill28 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Thanks Altairseven,

Either I didn't follow or we have a misunderstanding. I didn't mean to put 20 icons in one launcher. I wanted to call a new launcher skin from the first launcher skin icon. This would in effect allow an infinite number of calls or icons to be available. Here is a simple diagram:

Launcher 1
ICON1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
| | | | | | | | | |
Laun2 Laun3 Laun4 Laun5 Laun6 Laun7 Laun8 Laun9 Laun10 Laun11
|...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...| |...|
[-------------EACH WITH A POSSIBLE 10 ICONS FOR 100 TOTAL-----------------]

This would work as follows: Clicking on the first icon in launcher 1 would open a new launcher with 10 more or sub icons. Clicking on any other icon in Launcher 1 would do the same opening a new launcher with 10 additional new icons, if desired. I would like to use your launcher this way so I could have the option of using a Group Title in Launcher 1, with all the attendant data/programs in the sub launcher. For example, I could use an icon in Launcher 1 for Taxes, when clicked a second launcher opens with a single years tax data in each icon (2001 thru 2010).

Sorry for the lengthy explanation. My problem is when I call a new launcher from an existing launcher, it doesn't work. I'm sure I have done this before, but for some reason I can't get it to work now.
Altairseven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
yes i understand what you meant but as i told you making it call anothers skins whould make rainmeter slow and probable crash the damn thing jaja

you should do everything in the same skin files, without depending of others skins.

using what i whote before you can do that.

make a gropu 2 for the 1░s sublaucher a group 3 for the second sublauncher and so on all in the same skin.
(they dont have to be next to the first launcher make them go below, move the coordenates)

try to read again my previous message and you'll be abl to do it, it's gonna be a tedious job. but not realy that hard

although doing a 100 launchers. it may also slow everything down.
khangkhong Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
is it possible to add an unlimited arrow launcher? i'm only restricted to one. thanks so much.
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
you mean use multiple launchers?

if that's the case just copy the skins several times inside the rainmeter skins folders
and then you'll be able to activate them all simultaneaslly
khangkhong Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
tried it and it worked! thanks a lot :D
g-Vita Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Very nice, but how can I add another app? because I need 11 icons!
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
it shouldn't be too hard. do this:

in the skin file add the following below the [Icon10] tag:

LeftMouseUpAction=!Execute ["#app11#"]
MouseOverAction=!Execute [!RainmeterShowMeter APName11][!RainmeterRedraw]
MouseLeaveAction=!Execute [!RainmeterHideMeter APName11][!RainmeterRedraw]

and add this below the [APName10]:


NOW GO to the variables.txt and add this at the bottom

;Aplication 11>>>>>>>>>>




and finnaly go to the rainconfigure.cfg and add this <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<BEFORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the [Files] entry

and that should do it

repeat it if you need more than 11 icons.
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
sorry i missed the last part

and finnaly go to the rainconfigure.cfg and add this <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<BEFORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the [Files] entry:
Path Of 11 Launcher
Icon for 11 Launcher
Hi, great skin.

edit: sorry sort of skipped over the Spanish reply completely then saw the English part at the bottom
g-Vita Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
funciono de primera! me costo un huevo hacerlo pero encontre los numeros que me faltaban con las "x" y las "y" y hay q cambiar el background xq es muy chiko y no entran los iconos
muchas gracias, yo tam soy de arg de rosario!
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
genial, las x y las Ys, no de te dije porque eran dinamicas (depende cual es dinamica si es horizontal o vertical la skin q usas), es decir, nose si te fiajste q tenian escrito #icondistance#r es la variable q hace q esten a la misma distancia, raro si no te andaba asi.

lo del fondo si tenes razon me re olvide de decirtelo, todo un tema el rainmeter jaja

For every one who can't understand spanish, if you tried what i'd posted bebore and it didn't show properly, make sure you adjust the size of the [backgrond] entry, otherwise the icons that you add, would be "outside" of the part of the skin that is displayed
WhittlingDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
It would work nicer if it was activated with a click instead of a hover.
Would this be easy to do?
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
ye it not hard at all just edit the skin and change "MouseOverAction" under [arrow] to "leftMouseDownAction" and leave the rest of the line untouched
WhittlingDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
I thought I tried that, but I just did it now and it worked. Thanks again for sharing.
parthinhell Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
congapc Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
creative and nice!
JokerneB Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
C00l Thks
Anonymiza Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Very elegant :)
nicopizza Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
very nice!
would it be possible to trigger configuration not with middle click but in some other way? (i work on a tablet pc and it's been months since i did not use a mouse... )
twice-the-radius Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i never thought how much fun would it be to ues rainmeter on a tablet!(just coz i dont have one)!!!!
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
i dont think it would be hard
asuming that that a tablet tc recognises fingers like left buttom mouse

just put edit config and look for:

MouseOverAction=!Execute [!RainmetershowMeterGroup 1].......[!RainmeterRedraw]"

(the dots is to make things shorter in here)

and change the the "MouseOverAction" for "LeftMouseDownAction" then save, close and refresh the skin

that would make the launcher open when you rouch the arrow and still close when you leave the area, by toching somewere else

tell me if it worked for you??
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
sorry didn't read right, ideally it would be perfect to make it open when you hold your finger in the arrow but i've couldnt find such comands in rainmeter manual, i don't think it can be done that way.

but maybe you could use one of the launcher spaces to open it. or add a text or an icon that apears under the arrow when hover.
nicopizza Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
thanks. i believe i'll edit the config file and use one of the launcher spaces.
anyway, holding finger corresponds to left click.
nicopizza Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
done... works just fine! can't use .ico though.
Altairseven Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
glad to have helped you
MAkhdar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Very nice work! Looks very clean and minimal!
oycyll5355 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Nice work!
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