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illustra is an updated version of the default Rainmeter skins

:bulletgreen: Welcome with Skin Launchers
:bulletgreen: Clock 12/24 hour with Win10 Calendar Link
:bulletblue: System Info with Task Manager Link
:bulletgreen: Network Info with Win10 Wi-Fi Settings Link
:bulletblue: Recycle Bin with View or Empty Action
:bulletgreen: Disk(s) with Win10 This PC Link
:bulletgreen: Program/Folder Launcher with Program Files Link
:bulletgreen: Google Mail for Multiple Accounts
:bulletgreen: Google Search | Bing Search | DuckDuckGo Search
:bulletgreen: Weather with Locator & Link
... plus much more!

Options for Colors using Win10 Accent and more...
With Win10 Accent color, skins will change color automatically to match your desktop

And you can Scale the skins for any resolution!

Clean, Simple, Colorful, and Scale-Able ... Enjoy!

V 1.2020.08.12
Updated weather skins after July 29 failure
Now use latitude/longitude for location
Minor code optimizing

V 1.2020.07.06
Updated weather skins to use V3 JSON data

V 1.2020.04.16
Expanded Launcher skin from 4 links to 8 links

Added Web-Now-Playing to Now-Playing skin
Added Google-Play-Music to Now-Playing skin
~ Scroll the Title bar to select the desired interface
~ Stop is not supported in these additional interfaces (dimmed-out)
Modified Bar colors to use Chameleon Foreground1 and Background1 desktop colors
~ Some wallpapers may cause bars to look inverse :: darker bar level with a lighter background bar
~ This ensures the bars will always have contrasting colors

V 1.2020.01.22
Modified all weather skins
Replaced 3 Day with 36 Hour Weather
Added multiple languages for weather

V 1.2019.03.23
Modified Semi-Transparent Background color

V 1.2019.01.25
Modified Weather skin context menu options
Corrected distortions in Weather Locator
Updated illustra mini layout to include Welcome

V 1.2018.11.12
All skins (20+) in this one package
Added manual entry option for Scale in the Option skin
Middle-click any skin to open Options

V 1.2018.11.11
Lots of code unifying
Separated Weather Locators for Weather/3Day
Corrected Locators to control correct weather skin
Added a copy of in @ Resources folder
Updates/Addons will reset Scale to 1 ... Checking on options?

V 1.2018.11.10
Corrected Clipping of all String Meters for all Scales

V 1.2018.11.05
Moved Readers to optional Add-On
Added World Time Add-On (5 Locations)

V ..11.01a & b
Added timeline when 5 items are selected in readers (b)
Added Readers for Rainmeter Forum | Google News | LifeHacker | ARS Technica
Unified code for all skins

V ..11.01

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How do i change the program that opens with the now playing widget? Thanks! love it so far!

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Open "Skins\illustra\@Resources\" in a text editor.

Follow the instructions to set the PLAYERINTERFACE=????? value for your media player.

Save the file and refresh the skin.


When you click on the Title, your media player should open.

If it doesn't, you will need to add the complete path to your player ; let me know if you need more info on this and what player you are using.

This is my favourite Rainmeter skin by far. Do you have a guide on how to change the colour and set up the weather widget?

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Colors can be selected with middle-click on any illustra skin.

Weather variables can be set by right-click any weather skin, 'Custom skin actions...', 'Edit weather variables' and follow instructions in that file to set latitude, longitude, and units values.

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I'm really liking the direction you went with this. I am having one issue, however. I'm using "Light Text w/Dark Header & Back" and the fonts have a reddish shadow. I looked in the USER VARIABLES but couldn't find anything to get rid of it. Thanks in advance for any insight.

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This is caused by having 'red' picked as the 'accent' color by Windows based on your wallpaper. The accent color chosen by Windows is used as the shadow color in all style sections of each skin.

To change that would require editing each skin's style sections (styleTitle, styleLeftText, and styleRightText), and modifying either the StringEffect or FontEffectColor for each style (not something I would attempt or recommend). Changing your wallpaper will give differing results.

You can minimize the effect if you also select 'Accent Background Color' after selecting the text/header options in illustra's option skin.

Thank you for your wonderful work

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"Maybe he would like to weigh in on how best visually to add the Hebrew date to his existing clock skin. Perhaps have it "toggle" between Gregorian and Hebrew date formats every 10 seconds or something."

Basically I need time, with seconds, Hebrew/Gregorian date, and Local Weather.
Maybe the windows telling me how stressed my system is.

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I saw your discussion on the Rainmeter Forum and will look into these changes for you.
I posted a variant clock skin code in the Rainmeter Forum thread.

Here is a link to that post:…
Migdal-Shen's avatar
Thank you very much!
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eilafe's avatar
Beautiful wallpaper. Граверовка будто не внутрь а наружу.
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Yes, sgtevmckay produced some very nice letter effects on these wallpapers!
I love wooden skins and I just found my new fave. Excellent work!
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Here's a link to more wallpapers like this from sgtevmckay:…
Any chance for a Now Playing skin?  Thanks.
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Added as a separate Add On

Also added a WebNowPlaying skin :)
ActiveColors's avatar
Very nice! I like it a lot. But leaves users with regular screens with 2px outline :D
Maybe combine two shapes (background and outline) so that the background covers half of the 2px outline on regular screens?
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The space around skins is intentional; it is actually 4 pixels on every side... 8 between adjacent skins.

Send me a PM if you are seeing something undesirable on the display...
ActiveColors's avatar
No no, I am not talking about the space, I was saying about the black outline around the background.
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I'm not seeing that. The background IS 1 shape; the black outline is the shape stroke with a semi-transparent fill color. There is nothing to combine!?
Cadrell's avatar
Almost everything I wanted in an ilustro update!  Beautiful job!
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This came about due to several people wanting to use illustro on high resolution displays and concerns about scale-ability of Rainmeter skins...

Glad you like it!
spiraloso's avatar
This is pretty neat! Clap 
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