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Michael Engard
United States
Current Residence: New York
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
MP3 player of choice: iPod Classic
Personal Quote: "If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do."
It's been one week since the release of Enigma v4, and I wanted to take stock of our numbers, for those who are interested in such egotistical things.

By the end of today, about 7,000 users will have downloaded version 4 from deviantArt. Another 1,700 from the mirror on But the overwhelming majority will have come directly from the source repository on GitHub: 22,000.

This was a really stunning revelation to me. I have always assumed that deviantArt accounted for the bulk of our user base. The numbers, however, suggest that a good many of you are getting Enigma through either the official website, or through, where we are privileged to have Enigma listed as a "featured" suite.

I consider both of these to be good news, and I hope that it will lead more Rainmeter users to GitHib. I honestly didn't know what GitHub was all about until Smurfier roped me into moving the Enigma source code there. But in the two months since then, I have been thoroughly impressed by both its ease of use and by the powerful project management tools that it has to offer. A Rainmeter suite may not be anything like, say, Linux in terms of size and complexity. But it's been a pleasant surprise to discover that the same tools are not only relevant, but also accessible for a project in our class. If you're interested in sharing your Rainmeter code and concepts with others, or collaborating on a big skin project, I really encourage you to give GitHub a try.

Circling back to the numbers: Enigma 3.1 had about 170,000 downloads from deviantArt in the year since its release. Unfortunately, I had no way of tracking downloads from my domain before switching to GitHub. But since I've done little to no new advertising since 3.1, we can assume that the proportions were similar, which means that the total propagation of 3.1 was probably in the neighborhood of 770,000. I don't think there's any way to end this post without thanking everyone who's given their support to this project, and hope this wind stays at our backs. :)


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sheritra Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
thanks ;)
vekin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
thankls for the favorite ! :)
disenchanted Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004
Thanks for the comment + fav on Samus. :)
prodipic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004
hey thanks for the :+fav: your work is quiet similiar, keep it up!

ThrownOutOfEden Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2004
Welcome to DeviantArt! I hope you'll enjoy to be there! :hug:
simba Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2004
Welcome to deviantART. I hope you enjoy your stay here as much as I have. If you have any questions or need any help with anything, don't hesitate to ask.

Be sure to check out the Help & Faq section of the site for the answers to many of the common problems you may encounter. And after reading the FAQ, if you don't find what you need, feel free to ask the Help Desk.

Have fun. :D
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