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The Arc Menu Launcher Suite V.4.6 by closer2thelung The Arc Menu Launcher Suite V.4.6 by closer2thelung

                  
FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH SPOTIFY
You can always find the latest version of the spotifyplugin here.

PLEASE NOTE: The official Spotify plugin is no longer supported by it's creator. As such, the compatibility is hit and miss.
There is no solution for full Spotify/Rainmeter compatibility at the moment that I am aware of.

Introducing The Arc Menu Launcher Suite. An all in one menu launcher for your desktop.


MAIN MENU
The menu bar contains 6 customizable menus
Right click on any menu to open the respective folder path
Each menu option displays the menu items to the right. Click on the icon of the item to launch the respective item

QUICK LAUNCH BAR
You may have up to 12 quick launch icons. Hover over the icon for application name
Right click on any Quick launch icon to open the Quick Launch folder

SCROLL BAR
Scroll up/down to scroll through the items
Scroll left/right to scroll a page at a time
Change scroll speed from single to page
Click on any item's icon to launch it
Click on folders to see their contents
Displays separate icons for folders and files
Right click on any item's icon to see their context menu

START MENU BUTTON
Opens your windows start menu
Acts like your windows start menu
Click on the "..." button to go up a folder level
Right on start button to open a new search window
Click on the sort icon to cycle sorting menu items by Name, Date, Size, and Type
Use the ascend and descend buttons to change sort order

AUDIO VISUALIZER
A round VU meter around the entire skin that can be turned on or off using the EQ button in the music control bar
Now with VisBubble visualizer fully integrated into skin | Thanks to undefinist for letting me use his awesome skin!

APP CHANGER
The inner most ring of The Arc gives you quick access to 6 useful apps:
Album Art: Displays art and track info for current track | Displays last album released with release date and link to buy on iTunes | Left click to open player | Full screen mode | Glow mode in settings
Artist Info: Displays the biography of the current artist with iTunes link | Shows 5 similar artists with links to iTunes | Change from bio to similar artists and toggle full size image using the circles
Reddit Slideshow: Randomly cycles through 24 images from your favorite subreddit | Right click to cycle image | Left click to view full size | Change subreddit on mouse over or through settings menu
Weather: Displays today/tomorrow/day after weather forecast with details | Toggle background image of current condition | Click on city name to launch your weather.com local forecast
Reddit Reader: Displays 6 articles and images from 4 of your favorite subreddits
Clock: Shows current date and time in 12H or 24H | Shows sunrise and sunset times for today | Shows the quote of the day from brainyquote.com | Toggle background image of reddit slideshow

MUSIC CONTROL BAR

The bottom center ring contains basic music controls (Prev | Play/Pause | Next) that work with most music players
Use the EQ button to turn on/off the VisBubble audio visualizer | cycles skin color/album art color/off
Use the EX button to change the background of the Arc to the current album art (Works best with Arc Menu color set to black) screenshot | cycles album art/slideshow art/off
Clicking on AT launches Album Tracker which displays latest iTunes release for your entire music library (Make sure to specify your music library folder in Settings menu)
Clicking on AF shows the current album's key background color or art faded around the skin | cycles album art color/album art image/off

RAM/CPU STATUS BAR
Customizable RAM/CPU indicator bar

SETTINGS MENU
Customize everything using the Settings Menu
The Settings Button is located at the top of the app changer
Hover over each option to see the default value

The Arc Menu is completely customizable through the Settings Button located at the top of the app changer circle.


Note  The default folder locations for your Bookmarks, QuickLaunch and Controls shortcuts are "Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\". This can be changed in the Settings Menu.
Note  You can customize the color of every individual part of the skin using the COLORIZE menu option
Note  The Arc Menu displays separate icons for folders and files, allowing you to browse your files much more easily
Note  In order for this skin's apps to display properly using Rainmeter's image mask feature, you need Windows 7 or higher. Win 7 users may also need this windows platform update


If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to post!



CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

Visbubble Visualizer skin created by undefinist
Album art and music controls re-purposed from rabra's CoveR
Clock app re-purposed from twistlemon's Elegant Clock
Weather app re-purposedfrom evertonstz's July Flat'ish
RSS app re-purposed from InteractEight's FLaTT's *FINAL*
The RAM/CPU bar was inspired by Jkon00's "Pog Pack"
Wallpapers shown in preview: Jarvis Logon | Deep Sea | Cosmos | Simple Retro | Bokeh
Scroll Wheel Icons: Bookmarks | Downloads | Games | Applications | Folder | Controls


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4.6
Added: Settings menu option for album tracker icon
Added: Album Fade cover option
Added: EQ button now cycles ON/Colorize/OFF
Added: AF button now cycles ON/CoverFade/OFF
Added: EX button now cycles AlbumArt Expand/SlideShow Expand/OFF
Added: Expand image option for slideshow app
Added: Set Wallpaper action for Slideshow app
Added: Buttons to cycle through quotes of the day
Fixed: Menu buttons fix AT button status
Fixed: Spotify expand sizing issue
Fixed: Reddit Reader parsing issues for non image posts
Fixed: All Album Tracker parsing issues (iTunes changed their XML code again)
Fixed: Latest version available for download now displays
Changed: Slight transparency change of album art mouse over

4.5
Added: Scroll menu now shows separate icons for folder/item
Added: Album Tracker scroll menu for entire music library
Added: Colored gradient background for album art
Added: Album Fade button in music control bar
Added: Album Tracker button in music control bar
Fixed: Quote of the day issue with hyphens
Fixed: Image fetching issue with Reddit RSS/Slideshow
Changed: Weather icons

4.4.1
Added: Album Art glow fade option in settings menu
Fixed: Optimized expand background fill
Fixed: Play pause scaling issue
Fixed: Visbubble scaling issue
Changed: Tweaked play/pause button
Changed: Prev dummy icon

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:iconmegamasher825:
Is there a way i can make the app changer not display album art? i use spotify and since this doesnt work with it, i would prefer if it didnt have the default album art. Better yet, is there any way to make it ANY image i want? if thats not possible, the vanilla non-album art version is fine.
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MegaMasher825 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
nevermind. discovered the solution myself. Set "music player" to "none"
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:iconshubhamflow:
shubhamflow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018
wow amazing !
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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:iconmagnusdeus:
MagnusDeus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Um, it's not in the middle of my screen, how can I fix it?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
right click on the separate parts of the skin>check draggable>click and drag anywhere you want. Alternatively you can specify X/Y coordinates the same window
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:iconmxphantom:
MxPhantom Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2018
Spotify doesn't show the album arts anymore, I believe that's due to a problem with the Spotifyplugin. Are there any fixes/alternatives to the Spotifyplugin that anyone knows of to fix the album art issue?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
unfortunately there is no solution at the moment that i know of
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:iconalonso255:
alonso255 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Student Interface Designer
It should be a lot of work mainly on coding, i like it and it looks sophisticated, well doneClap 
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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:iconcthuloid99:
cthuloid99 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018
No matter what I do, I can't change the font color. The color picker shows up, lets me pick a color, and then doesn't apply it. The box in the menu stays white, the text stays white. If I open the color picker again, my picked color is still there, but t just won't apply.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You have to hit the green checkmark in the settings window to apply changes. Or you can refresh the skin. Right click on any skin and choose refresh all
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:iconeezyseven:
EezySeven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick Launch icons are not showing for me. I don't know if it's a bug or if I just don't know how to customize it.
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:iconeezyseven:
EezySeven Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nevermind, I figured it out. Thanks anyway.

/*Though I will say that there should have been info about it on the Settings skin*/
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. Glad you figured it out! FYI, it is mentioned in the info above:
Note  The default folder locations for your Bookmarks, QuickLaunch and Controls shortcuts are "Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\". This can be changed in the Settings Menu.
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:iconeezyseven:
EezySeven Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I modify paths for the Quick Launch section?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Note  The default folder locations for your Bookmarks, QuickLaunch and Controls shortcuts are "Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\". This can be changed in the Settings Menu.
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Ld1gg1ty Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
I've always had issues with the reddit feeds but i had 3 of them working (I just left the 2nd one blank) but now only the first feed is working.  Feeds are "gamers" "news" "wtf" and "todayilearned".  Only one that works is gamers.  Love the setup though been using it a year now with Circuitous Two for sysmonitor.
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closer2thelung Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like there is a problem with the web parsing code that is causing it to get stuck on posts with no images and not fetching any further information. I have found a solution and will implement in the next update. thanks for finding this bug!

if you would like to manually fix:
  • open RSS.ini (right click reddit reader app>edit)
  • change line 16 to Item=(?(?=.*"preview": {"images").*"source": {"url": "(.*)").*permalink": "(.*)".*title": "(.*)",
  • save
  • refresh reddit reader app (right click>refresh)
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:iconld1gg1ty:
Ld1gg1ty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
solved.  u rock.
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:iconmxphantom:
MxPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Got a bit of a problem, for some reason whenever I set the music player to Spotify, the expand circle is much bigger than the original and don't fit together. But this problem doesn't occur when the music player is set to iTunes, please help ASAP.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah sorry about that! just a blatant copy/paste screw up on my part. I will implement the fix on next update.

to fix manually now:
  • go to Rainmeter/Skins/ArcMenu/Album Art/Expand/Spotify.txt
  • change all the W= and H= lines (there are 4 of them) to W=(#MENUSIZE#/(670/624)) and H=(#MENUSIZE#/(670/624))
  • save
  • refresh by closing expand option and then opening again
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:iconmxphantom:
MxPhantom Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
Thank you very much! Been using this for years, great design! Looking forward to what else you can add to it.
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:iconcamptonraven:
CamptonRaven Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I entered my location into the code (changed "#LOCATIONCODE#" to my location code), and it can't seem tell whether it's sunny or cloudy, etc. only showing with "N/A". Everything else, like the temperature, UV & tomorrow's weather is working fine though. Is there a possible fix?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I strongly suggest only changing the settings using the settings menu, not changing lines of code. You can find the settings menu in the top 3 line icon on the inner ring then select weather>weather code.

If you give me your location code, I can test it on my end and see if i can reproduce the issue you are having.
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:iconcamptonraven:
CamptonRaven Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Changing the weather code through the settings window didn't seem to fix it. My weather code is ASXX0047 .
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it is a problem with the site's code for that location. When I look at the xml file for ASXX0047, there is no icon number in <icon></icon> or condition description in <t></t>.

ASXX0051 for example has that icon number <icon>26</icon> and description <t>Cloudy</t>.

There is nothing i can do to fix this. ASXX0046 is the same, but ASXX0048 and ASXX0045 work fine. I would suggest using another location that is close to you until they fix the problem on the site.
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:iconsyrdi:
Syrdi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This is an perfect work an u has my respect thanks a lot for downloading.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your words are appreciated :)
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closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
what do you mean? please elaborate
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:iconlord-puffy:
Lord-Puffy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
Here is a pic that shows the problem

imgur.com/a/NEb0U
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:iconlord-puffy:
Lord-Puffy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
That's some nice work you have done there.;) (Wink) ;) (Wink)  
Have one problem with scaling though, the Play/Pause button is not following the scaling.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been very busy with work but I have finally managed to find the time to update. New version includes this fixed.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
will fix on next update. thanks for finding this!
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:iconchryktus:
chryktus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
This is an amazing piece of work. Thanks for the upgrade, it's brilliant!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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:icontheguestwithoutname:
theguestwithoutname Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
How i can add quicklaunches?
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
place shortcuts into C:\Rainmeter\Skins\ArcMenu\Folders\Quick Launch
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:iconsebulbathehut:
Is there a way to have more than 12 shortcuts?

I managed to make it show 13 blocks but the 13th is empty.
Is there a count limit somewhere that I could edit so that when generating the icons and links from the shortcuts folder it creates >12?

Really good skin by the way.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you would have to create a new entry for each meter in the skin and change parent and child count to 14
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:iconfirebird117:
Firebird117 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Having an issue with the visualizer not showing up. I pressed EQ at some point and it disappeared and now it won't reappear even if i unload/load the visbubble thing in the main rainmeter control menu or if i refresh it.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
make sure it's not hidden behind any other skins. like a wallpaper skin for example. choose 'top most' position in the rainmeter control menu for visbubble and see if that helps. Try restarting rainmeter if that doesn't work.
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:iconweikkonen:
Weikkonen Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2017
Nice work! I have a problem with the Audio Visualizer. The visualizer randomly disappears when making changes to other stuff on the skin (like paths and stuff). I only manage to get the visualizer back by reinstalling the whole skin, refreshing or reverting changes won't work. I only touched the visualizer itself by changing the colours of the bars which doesn't make it disappear. The visualizer skin itself is still on my desktop and enabled, it just fails to show any bars.

Edit: Only thing that seemed to affect this was changing the audio player from itunes to spotify, but not sure if that's possible or was it just random.

Edit: Nope, not spotify. It works again if I enable the backup but disappears again after a couple refreshes.

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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry i can't recreate this problem. not sure why it's disappearing on you. try just restarting rainmeter if it happens again. other than that, i'm not sure. sorry.
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:iconannev1310:
AnneV1310 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
imgur.com/a/1ZKlf and this keeps happening :(
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
right click>manage skin>choose position>on desktop
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:iconannev1310:
AnneV1310 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
thanks!
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