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Silmeria Dock

By MixSilmeria

Silmeria Dock


Auto Resize  ●  Auto Hide  ●  4 Variations  ●  Easily customizable  ●  Simple design




This is a simple rainmeter skin that adds a hidden icon dock to your desktop. When your mouse is over the action area, the icons will be showed. 
Everything is explained inside the "Settings.ini" and "Icons.ini" files, so it will be really simple for anyone to configure and modify the skin, you only need basic knowledge about where are located the files. (I recommend notepad++ for editing but Windows Notepad it's all you need).

Common path should be:
C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Silmeria Dock\@ Resources

If you right click on the skin you'll see direct access to "Settings.ini" and "Icons.ini", these are the files that you've to edit and adapt to your setup/taste. See how it looks here.
The icons images are stored and ordered inside @ Resources\Icons, go there to edit and adapt that to your own icons.



This skin was born after I tried HiddenIcons by Sjoti, credits for him for the original idea and for inspire me to make my own skin.

Reddit thread (there's some extra details and Q&A)

Hope you like it  ^^  bye!






NEWS


An updated version with an intuitive configuration menu was developed by Kanwenixmenimix ().

Changes


06/09/2017  |  Re;Birth (3.0)
  • I've reworked all the "Skin" and made several changes about how everything works.
  • Now the images for the icons are properly ordered. I think order==easy management.
  • There's a new file called "Icons.ini", now you don't have to go to every single "dock.ini" (TopDock, BottomDock, etc..) to adjust your number of icons (by adding or deleting entries). So now you don't need to edit anything inside the "docks.ini". Great!
  • Now if you right click on the skin, you'll see direct access to "Settings.ini" and "Icons.ini". No need to browse to find the config files, yay!
  • Summary: think in this version as a "Quality of Life" update: better functionality, ordered files and more user friendly in terms of edits/changes needed to configure the skin.

24/03/2017  |  Honeymoon (2.0)
  • Public release. It's 2.0 because the "initial release (1.0)" was closed for some friends to test if it was at least working. After all, this was my first week using rainmeter.
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Looks very nice, thanks

Why can't I use two docks at the same time?

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

It is possible - please take your time to read the description and comments with other people's questions and answers :)

There you will often learn how to use Silmeria Dock completely according to your wishes!


In your case, all you have to do is rename the installation directory of the single Rainmeter skin and you can install it one more time. This can be repeated as often as you like!


btw. Thanks for adding Options GUI for Silmeria Dock to your favourites :D hope it helps you customize it better to your liking!

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

Acting the Rainmeter dock like the Windows taskbar, more precisely visualizing an opened software, is not possible, due to Rainmeter just executes a command and does not interact with your software next to it.

Although there might be some external extensions, which add more functionality to some skins, here one of the Rainmeter developers expresses their opinion on that.


So, it's not completely ruled out that such functionality can also be included in Rainmeter skins - Silmeria Dock at least does not do this in the current version (and also I have not found a satisfying solution so far to additionally include something like this for extended functionalities of Silmeria Dock).


Also it's depending on the software itself, if it let's you open another instance of it - or if it just brings the already opened window into foreground (e.g. even Windows basic tools differ - calc.exe allows to open it more often, but the SnippingTool.exe does not).

Can you tell me where to find icons used in your dock?

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

There are many places where to find icons in all variations, even on DA if you search for e.g. dock icon.

The icons bundled in this Rainmeter dock are originally from dAKirby309 and could be found here (including an ICO file for each symbol, as well as a reflective version, but not the graphics with reversed colors which uses Silmeria Dock).


If you want to have swapped colors of your icons on mouse-over, you could do so by changing colors manually in an image editing software of your choice. Under FAQ you will find a step-by-step instruction for GIMP.

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Beautiful and useful for me

whhothe's avatar

Please, is there some way of disabling the 'Auto Hide' config? I'd like it to be show all the time...

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

Yes, of course there is a way! If you are familiar with Rainmeter coding, then you always have the opportunity to change parameters. You can also modify whole sections within the skin's text files adapted to your wishes.


In this case you can find the editable value here: [Rainmeter skins folder]\Silmeria Dock\@Resources > Settings.ini > Alpha value in line #12.


Alternatively you can use the options menu linked above or in other comments, which gives you the chance to adjust the dock the way you asked. It also gives you access to even more parameters than originally intended.


Hope that helps!

whhothe's avatar

Thank you! It was easier than I thought it would be hehehehe

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

After a while I'll stop by again :)


A lot of people seem to be not completely familiar with Rainmeter functions, but that doesn't matter - that's exactly why I developed a slightly more accessible Options GUI for Silmeria Dock. With it Silmeria Dock can be adjusted to (almost) all wishes.


This updated version is also linked in the information text of Silmeria Dock above, for those who read descriptions ;) But first and foremost, the honor goes to @MixSilmeria for this great Rainmeter skin and fantastic work!

Any idea how to remove or lessen the opacity of the white line/bar?

Update: So I found out that you can do make it thin by changing the value of H in this code:

[MeterLine]

Meter=Image

X=0

Y=0

W=0

H=0

SolidColor=#LineColor#

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

You might be happy when I tell you that you can use the Options GUI for Silmeria Dock to make these adjustments! :)

f4r0's avatar

Lovely, works like a charm, code is brilliant, love it ;)

Is it possible to have multiple docks?

Kanwenixmenimix's avatar

Sure, that's possible - you just need to rename the install directory of the individual Rainmeter skin and reinstall the skin once again. You can do that as many times as you want!

I can't open it

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