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The Arc Menu Launcher Suite V.4.6.1
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Published: May 14, 2014
© 2014 - 2019 closer2thelung
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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4.6.1
Fixed: Album Tracker broken scraping issues not returning any results

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

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YourEverydayMan's avatar
can you help me? i want to make a file scroller like you have but i want mine to be in the top right corner. is there any way to show/tell me how i can make a scroller like that?
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Hekkle01's avatar
Quick Launch icons not showing. Idk how to turn them on and when I try to look at them through their files it says the .ico file format isn't supported (Windows 10).
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Hekkle01's avatar
Nevermind. I was putting the shortcut into the "Quicklaunch" folder instead of the "Quick Launch" folder. 

Great job in general, by the way. This is my absolute favorite Rainmeter skin.
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MegaMasher825's avatar
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's avatar
nevermind. discovered the solution myself. Set "music player" to "none"
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shubhamflow's avatar
wow amazing !
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closer2thelung|Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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MagnusDeus's avatar
Um, it's not in the middle of my screen, how can I fix it?
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closer2thelung|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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MxPhantom's avatar
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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closer2thelung|Hobbyist General Artist
unfortunately there is no solution at the moment that i know of
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alonso255|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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closer2thelung|Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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cthuloid99's avatar
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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closer2thelung|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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EezySeven|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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EezySeven|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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closer2thelung|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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EezySeven|Hobbyist General Artist
How do I modify paths for the Quick Launch section?
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closer2thelung|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's avatar
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|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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Ld1gg1ty's avatar
solved.  u rock.
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MxPhantom's avatar
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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