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Cleartext for Rainmeter [v5.1.1 | 28/Jul/2018] by Redsaph Cleartext for Rainmeter [v5.1.1 | 28/Jul/2018] by Redsaph

Welcome to Cleartext.

This is a now playing widget inspired by clear information boards which only show important content. More options, such as skipping the track and pausing it can be found by hovering over it.

Adaptive Resizing ● Adaptive Hide ● Spotify support ● WebNowPlaying support
Pure text mode ● Smooth scroll for Pure mode ● Easy font changing ● Smart text trimming ● Hide-away controls
Update indicators ● Right align text mode ● User-friendly Settings panel ● Switch color mode ● Text switching

Latest changes
  • 5.1.1 | 28 Jul 2018
    • Fixed right alignment issues such as flashing, inability to use controls, and crashing
  • 5.1 | 26 Jul 2018 
    • Removed Spotify plugin dependency
    • Added support for Spotify player via NowPlaying plugin
    • Removed Smart Switching temporarily. Manually choose the media player in the Settings panel for the meantime. The default player set is Windows Media Player.
    • Added text trimming to artist name and WebNowPlaying-fetched data
  • 5.0.2 | 17 Jun 2018
    • Added the latest version of the Spotify plugin
    • Updated media controls for Spotify players
    • Re-added progress bar from hairline
    • Added ability to change fonts separately for media controls and media metadata
  • 5.0.1 | 1 Apr 2018
    • Fixed inability to resize
    • Fixed bug where text will appear randomly in Cleartext Pure
    • Fixed faulty progress percentage for Spotify
    • Added the 2.1.3 version of the Spotify plugin
  • 5.0 | 2 Mar 2018
    • Added the latest version of the Spotify plugin.
    • Removed scrolling in regular Cleartext. Text now automatically expands.
    • Removed progress bar from hairline.
    • Controls now hide by default when regular Cleartext is refreshed.
    • Scrolling for right align is improved in Cleartext Pure.

  • tjhrulz for this super cool WebNowPlaying plugin here
  • FlixWolfz for his very active participation on the old Cleartext deviation page which prompted me to update and re-release it... Kinda like a re-master version of an awesome game!
  • ryan86me for his suggestion and code which made Adaptive Hide for Cleartext Spotify possible!
  • theAzack9 for his amazing FrostedGlass plugin which made the Settings panel more beautiful!
  • RainEnthusiast for letting me now that WebNowPlaying existed :O
  • LambArchie for implementing the controlsFont change which makes Cleartext more customizable.

Thank you to the people who donated:

Brendon M., Mike B., Saul H., Glenn P., Jeffrey E.

Basic Spotify support is done through the revamped NowPlaying measure in Rainmeter 4.2. For full Spotify support, choose WebNowPlaying as the media player in the Cleartext Settings panel, install Spicetify and enable the modded WebNowPlaying Companion in the Spicetify menu.
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imonline Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I use Foobar2000.  In setting I chose Foobar2000 and clicked "Done" but can't get the skin to work.

Capture by imonline   

EDIT:  I have foo_cad.dll installed.
Akiyama4809 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Mine was on Chrome, it was "Not Secure" on your website. You should verify your security website. If not it will be DDoS attack or something.
Mordasius Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018
My browser reports that the links at the top of the page are insecure. "The owner of has configured their web site improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this web site."  Why is that? Is it some sort of phishing or scam?
How to make it show with multiple media platforms? Like I want it to show when I'm playing music in MusicBee, VLC and Chrome. 
CrimsonBloodfang Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
or should I just Copy and rename the Cleartext folder to 3 folders, and place them on the same coordinates on my desktop?? would that eat lots of resources just for that? since my cpu is already at average 15%+ just by installing 2 layered rainmeter wallpapers
poy213 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 24, 2018
its an amazing skin that works well with my current desktop great job
Redsaph Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks a lot!
InquisitorRed Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Its a great skin but I keep having this issue where the text flickers, like it turns off/invisible for a sec and then turns on/reappears again
Redsaph Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, which music player are you using it with? Maybe you should turn off Adaptive Hide.
Akiyama4809 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Redsaph Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks! <3
Akiyama4809 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
3shn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
I really love this skin, but when i close the player it stops showing the song name, but 1 sec later it does a kind of flash and it shows the name again, even when i'm not playing any song.
leonardo7800 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  New Deviant
Can I use this in my video?
Redsaph Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sure, just provide a link to this page on your video description :P
Semi4Ace Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2018
widget flashing after close wmp 
letters not moving
fix please
StarTrek27 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Setting fonts other than the default (Montserrat) makes the text look cut off at the bottom. Seems like a problem... What by StarTrek27  
tcad44 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018
would it possible to change the y axis up for both texts temporarily 
sreeprad99 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
Music being played doesnt display!
I tried windows media player, music app from microsoft and vlc media player
i use windows 10, is that a problem?
Gamerbiomek2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018   Digital Artist
I like this really much, but can we get the album name added in there too, I really like that. I had to edit it and make it three separate files for it to work. I would really like that very much.
Hello3456g Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
Could you please advise how you did this? I do not have much experience in doing things like that at all and would love this. 
Siiper Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Does Adaptive Hide kind of broken again? After a recent update this doesn't go away then Spotify stops playing.
GrafitesPL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018
Every update Spotify works for a day or two then the next morning when I start my computer it stops. Is this an issue with the plugin or is it on my end?
mendel3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  New Deviant
Would it be possible to add GMPDP support to this? There is this resource here… to help
Trillo-Lillo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Student Filmographer
Hello!! I have some feedback!!!

I like to align the text to the Right, but this causes a problem with the controls. When aligning to the right and resizing, the controls disappear and only appear when my cursor is on top of the fonts "now playing" or the song info. If I try to click the controls and move my cursor to them, they disappear and become unclickable. This only happens when resizing, as 1080*0.5 works just fine.

And a thing I'd love to have: I have some songs that have a ridiculously long name. I would like to be able to just set the max width of the song info to be as big as possible, like if it needs the whole screen width or if you could set a max width for the song info. I tried to edit this myself but I'm no good at coding, and couldn't figure a way in this new update to do it (I did it like two versions before this one, but it was so damn complicated as I just do this by trial and error)

And last but not least, thank you so much for this!!!! It's so clean and awesome!! cheers!!!
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi there, 

I just pushed an update for this. Can you check it out? You can't set a max width for song titles though but it will still continue to auto-expand, albeit in a persistent manner.

Thanks for the love :)
lopezpm Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2018
First of all thank you for making this. It's awesome and I love it.
I seem to be having the same issue with the flickering of the controls. I actually have mine set to (1080*.50) and its still doing it. Just updated to the latest also (5.1.1)
loafr Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
I too would like the second feature where I can adjust the text width. IIRC you could adjust it in the settings under [LuaTopText] and [LuaBottomText] but I can find it anymore (using the latest version). Was it removed or am I blind? The text trimming option still make the song names too long and having the skin in the middle of the screen makes it weird when there's a long-named song playing
nikdev63 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  New Deviant
Cleartext crashes rain
meter when I install it
BigLisy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
I followed the steps, installed Spicetify, enabled the webnowplaying companion and chose webnowplaying in Cleartext, but it keeps Fetching the song data forever.

What .ini do I need to edit and what exactly do I comment out?

Choosing Spotify as player on Cleartext however recognizes the songs but no progress is detected on them, stuck at 0%.
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi there. Yes, the Spotify plugin has been discontinued. I'll look for a workaround on this issue. In the meanwhile, people can use the WebNowPlaying plugin with Spicetify acting as a bridge.
y0himba Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2018
The beta is crashing Rainmeter. Thank you for the work you are doing, and good to see you are already working on a version with the new API.
kutluhangul Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
I have the same problem. cleartext is not showing song info.
Airbourne238 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
Cleartext isn't showing what's currently playing on Spotify. Any recommendations?
PatWrecked Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
I have the same problem. After restarting my computer, cleartext isn't showing the current song playing on spotify. 
nicoper Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Spotify has discontinued the local API in favor of the web API. This broke the Spotify Plugin for Rainmeter.
A beta version which is using the Web API instead has been released. Seems to work fine.
And here's a link to the relevant issue on GitHub.
y0himba Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Be careful with this.  For me, at least, it is crashing Rainmeter.
dustinwhitelock Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
It's not working with Groove :(
noedigv Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018
Hello !!

So guy i'm problems with spotify plugin in the Now Playing, not showing the names of the songs you are playing, can you help me ? :(
Spokiechris Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Is it possible to get rid of the N/A displayed when no song is played?
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi, you can enable Adaptive Hide which will automatically hide Cleartext when nothing is playing :)
Trillo-Lillo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Filmographer
heyyy!!! you know I love this so much, and I'm using it, but I have just one little problem, and it's when you put the controls on the right, then it's almost impossible to click play, prev, next, etc. Besides that, this is gorgeous
niconiconiiiiiiiii Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
how and why was i still on 3.3.0? like, was i lazy and never updated it? we will never know..
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ore-wa-yami Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Hi, I'm having trouble using this. For some reason installing it would crash Rainmeter, and thats as far as I can go. Rainmeter wont work unless I delete this skin from my skin's folder. Other music player works just fine but not this one. I saw other people using this and I think it would go perfectly with the skin I'm working with. Only if I can find a way to make it work. Any help?
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you try the latest updates? It may be the Spotify plugin that was giving you problems before.
Grohiikvulon Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, I just made translated version to Spanish, how can I share it?
Redsaph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi, I'm interested in translations for a long time. Can you send them to my email at Thanks!
AlejandroKekarz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Student General Artist
Really? That would be awesome
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