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Monochromatic Redux by Varelse42 Monochromatic Redux by Varelse42
Monochromatic Redux


17 February 2010 Fixed a bug with the docks.

December 2009 Skin of the Month
Monochromatic Redux by ~Varelse42 gives your desktop an incredibly nice trashy look. It makes perfect use of high quality images and simultaneously fits any screen resolution which is quite rare. If you like that trashy, underground, graffiti style, this is probably the best suite you have come along with so far.
(Awarded by #Rainmeter)

Featured on Lifehacker in the awesome Reduxman wall by <a href="[link]"Karmat111

This is the promised sequel to my Monochromatic mini-suite I promised back in October. It's finally a full featured suite! Requires the latest version of Rainmeter

Systems bar
Weather bar
RSS Reader
iTunes Controller with lyrics
10 ft HUD

Extract and install into My Documents/Rainmeter/Skins. If you use any other directory, it will not work. Open up DefaultVariables.txt and change the variables to suit you.

To display the lyrics, add an exception to your firewall and antivirus. You will also need to uncheck Keep On Screen for the skins menu. It also doesn't like the song being changed frequently.

To change the height of the frame, open up DefaultVariables.txt located in Rainmeter\Skins\Redux and set Taskbar to whatever to want. To get rid of the space, set Taskbar to 0.

Requires Nircmd for the volume control.

Karmat111 for helping me beta test it.
Kaelri-for inspiration and code borrowed for Enigma
kenz0-for help with code and for his LyricsGrabber skin
sgtevmckay-inspiration for part of the weather bar

I used a few things I didn't make in the suite and screenshot.
Weather Icons-Flat Weather Icons by LavAna
Dock Icons-Ecqlipse 2 by chrfb
Wallpaper-Zyklus:eins by Pixellabor
Visual style-Razor 2 Final by zrageburn
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hi, can i edit the dock? if so, can u teach me? thank you :)
moaker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
cool stuff, :)
Anonymous7410 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
could u add the mozilla to chrome instead?
mikazu85 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
JacobDenny Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
it wont work, i know im doing something wrong so im not worried lol but what i really want is that background o.O

Flipslide Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Maybe you wann try this [link] for lyrics in your next desktop ;)
Fuxiaoqiang Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Fuxiaoqiang Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Very goog!
tabrez1234 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
how to download
XAerifyX Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
I installed it in Documents/Rainmeter/Skins, but it doesn't show up on my rainmeter...

what's wrong?
nahel22 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
thanks !!
kshpesty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
How to add exception of the lyricsfetcher to the firewall ? I can't find anyway to add a vbscript exception
Very nice skin anw :D
Nayshou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good job
Exsela Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Hey mate, Love the skin but I ran into a snag. I want the dock to open a overclocking programs. Monitoring programs such as CPUz, GPUz, and HWmonitor open fine. Burn tests though (FurMark, intelburntestV2, and prime95) do not open however. Not sure what it is, perhaps the way the computer interprets the file?
KyleCRat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
For anyone trying to fix the lyrics. The current work around I am using:

Under the [mLyrics] field remove what is there and paste:

PlayerName=["""" Your music Player Here """"]

This atleast will display the saved lyrics in your music player rather than just showing blank since the script no longer works.
Shevoo22 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
thanks that did the trick for me , 4 years later :D
d0cput Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
oooohhh GOD AWWWWW.. he's using firefox :O
yangzhi81 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thanks,Great Job
BucsBucs Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Looks so cool on my desktop. Thanks. :)
NoctisCaelumXIII Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
i have a question.example, at august 11, when the clock strikes 12 midnight then goes to august 12, 12:01, the first highlighted date(11) at the horizontal calendar is still highlighted and the present date(12) is also highlighted.same goes for what day of the week is it(example both Saturday at 11 and Sunday at 12 are highlighted).

how do you reset the values so the past dates wouldn't also be highlighted?please's bugging me.
Varelse42 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
All You need to do is refresh the skin. That will get rid of it. Or add this code to the skin:




Formula= ((H=0) && (M=0) && (S=1)) ? 1 : 0

It basically looks at the time, and if it is one second after midnight, it will refresh the skin automatically.
Scatteredgun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
how do you the weather thing
McKira Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
sir, can you explain to me how to make lyric show? but in my laptop, the liryc don't show :(

sorry for my bad english before and thanks :D
2001pop Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
ShadowFangs19 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
How do you change the location code in the weather add-on? I was unable to change it.. Please help me...
Insane-Rainbows Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
USED here :D [link]

also I am having trouble with the weather how do I make it work? plz and thx
Insane-Rainbows Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
wow looks great!
Insane-Rainbows Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
but i really wish the lyrics work :/
rc9315 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Hi um im relatively new to rainmeter as in i just got it today and i am having some problems with it i know how to set up everything but for the Lyrics i dont know how to make them show i put in a url of lyrics? and it comes up blank. Also have a problem with clicking buttons and the program not showing i understand it needs a path? but i really dont know how to do that yet i could use all the help you can offer (also the weather one i cant get it to work and i tried the url) TY...sorry if its alot
CoolMan148 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
I was searching For this thanks
Elem-bivos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Dark Tranquility <3

I really love your skin,but I don't know why the lyric bar doesn't work : "Upgrade to LyricsPlugin version 0.4 " is write instead of my lyrics,so i had install Lyricplugin for iTunes and it works well on iTunes but nothing on your skins :(

Thanks you in advance :)

PS : Sorry for my bad english i'm a french teenager ...
Varelse42 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Yeah, it doesn't work any more. The website went down. I plan on releasing a 'fixed' version sometime, probably in the distant future.

And you english is much better than my french, since I don't speak any french...
Elem-bivos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Ok thank you four your quick reply,I'm really sad to hear this...
newlifemoves Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
YO I just wanna ask. my screen resolution is 1360x768 so the frame skin does not fit. how do i adjust this ? i auto-hide my taskbar so i'd wanna make the frame for the entire screen :)
Varelse42 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I'm guessing there's a gap on the top. Open up the DefaultVariables.txt file in Skin\Redux and change TASKBAR to 0 and save and refresh all.
newlifemoves Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
are there any others that is similar to the lyrics program ? i think that would be so awesome :)
wouldnt want to have to copy and paste very lyric to every song haha
Varelse42 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Well, I know that there is an experimental build of Nowplaying that supports lyrics [link] I've never used it though. You would probably have to build your own skin.
NuTSkuL Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
i love your skin...but: dock: the 7th and 8th icons are interchanged (i add some new in the defaultvariables)
2.the music buttons in frame doesnt work for me rss skin: the second and 3th titels are interchanged

and some wishes ;)
1.plz support >4 CPU cores
2.plz more then 9 dock icons (i add a 10th and it doesnt work)
3.plz dont strech the pics at slideshow skin!
4.sry 4 my bad english ;)

Varelse42 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Thanks for the feedback. The music player only works with iTunes and idk why the buttons don't work. I have a new version planned, but no time frame for completion. I'll keep your suggestions in mind when I make it.
Neyuu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Right after downloading this, mcafee detected a trojan. Thank you.
Varelse42 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
It's a false positive. The mediaplayer uses a .vbs script to get lyrics from a (no longer working) site. That is what is probably setting off your antivirus. Just delete it. It's in Redux\Music\misc.
llOmegaNexusll Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Whoa very nice.
rODRIGHOj Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Cool!Great work!!
cardremy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very nice
mwstuntz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Wow! That is cool!!
NuclearBlasshole Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
does this lyrics grabber thing work with rainmeter and itunes?
Varelse42 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
No, the website went down so it doesn't work anymore. But it used to :|
ASaita Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
hey, how do i install Rainmeter?
Varelse42 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Go to Look for a section called Download on the main page. Select either the Rainmeter 2.0 or the Rainmeter 2.1 Beta. It'll ask if you want to download Rainmeter. Click yes. Find where you downloaded it, and double click the installer. The installer will walk through the steps. Here's the tricky part--don't hit cancel during the instillation. If you do, it will cancel the installation. I hope that helps.
KingRedDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Im having problems sting up this skin :'(
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