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The User Interface section of the manual describes how to use the application to manage Rainmeter on the desktop. Control things with the Manage interface. Can I ask you guys how can I have a portable copy of the Rainmeter Manual.. . so instead of going in the site just for the manuals I can just. Final Manual. Reference and tutorial material for the current final version of Rainmeter. Useful code fragments for running Lua scripts in Rainmeter.
In all cases the image is "centered" in the meter defined by W and H. Including Rainmeter. The plugin doesn't support any authentication so it's possible to use only servers that does not require it or you need a some different way to authenticate yourself to the proxy server. Meters have now support for a transformation matrix. That is.
Every skin's code is completely open, and can be tweaked, modified or even completely rewritten using any text editing software. If you only want to download skins from the Internet and use them as-is, then the answer is "none. Some skin authors create their own controls for users to customize their skins. These controls may be included as a separate utility, or they may be created entirely within Rainmeter as another skin.
If this is the case, then you will not need to know any code to customize these skins. In other cases, you may need to change some variables in the skin code. This may be scary if you are not a programmer, but usually, these "variables" are clearly marked labeled, located near the beginning of the file so that you don't have to do any searching, and are accompanied by helpful instructions and comments.
If you want to create skins, or modify someone else's skin beyond the customization options that the author has provided, then you will get some hands-on experience with Rainmeter's code language. You do not need to be professional programmer to become a proficient writer of Rainmeter skins—although those skills will certainly help you, and a full-powered scripting language is available for advanced users. But all of a skin's basic properties are written using a simple configuration language that is suitable for novice programmers.
Rainmeter is just one of many different tools that you can use to customize your Windows PC. It includes a powerful and flexible set of features, and we are continually surprised by the creative ways that those features are used.
However, it is important to understand what Rainmeter does not do:. Rainmeter does not change your Windows visual style. It cannot change the appearance of your taskbar, Start button, desktop icons, file explorer, or other built-in Windows components. Octal number base 8 ex: Hexadecimal number base 16 ex: The following are accepted prefixes..
Binary number base 2 ex: To use another base. Example Skin.
If set to 0. The value is given in bits per second. If this value is omitted or set to zero. Watch out for peaks.
This can be used to measure the total amount of transferred data during certain period of time. If this is set to 0 default all interfaces are added together. This can be used to measure the total amount of transferred data during certain timeperiod.
This can be used to measure the total amount of transferred data during a certain time period. Simply place the new plugin. See lugins to learn more on the plugins included with Rainmeter and what settings are required for each. Be sure that the 3rd-party plugin you add was compiled for the same architecture version of Rainmeter 32bit or 64bit as the version you are using.
You may also use a 3rd-party plugin developed for Rainmeter but not included with the installation. You may not use a 32bit plugin with 64bit Rainmeter or a 64bit plugin with 32bit Rainmeter.
Each plugin in turn has its own settings that must be placed in this section. Only string and long values are supported. Registry data types If you open Regedit. Many of Rainmeter's meter types require a number as input rather than a string. Even if the value is entirely numeric, it will still be read as a string. You can also use "locale-time" and "locale-date" to use the format that is used currently in Windows.
You can use also fractional values. If this is not given the local time is used.
This is only used if the TimeZone has been set. Seconds i? Either the time-zone name or time zone abbreviation. Hours i? Minutes i? Days i? If you drag the entire skin to another location. It does not matter what the name is as long as there are no spaces and it is not used elsewhere within the same. The manual pages for each describe them in detail.
Example Skin General Settings The following are setting which apply to all meter types. There are many different types of supported meter types in Rainmeter. Meters by default are evaluated and displayed in the order they are in the skin. Each meter needs to have a unique name.
Meters Meters are the sections that tell Rainmeter how to display information. The coordinates can be made relative to the previous meter by adding 'r' to the end of the number e.
W and H. The name of a [Section] containing settings for meter attributes you wish to share with multiple meters. This setting is not required if the meter is not going to use values from a measure.
It can be written either as 3 or 4 comma-separated values from 0 to e. In that case the value must be surrounded with parenthesis e. You can also use capital R which makes the position relative to the right edge of the previous meter. See MeterStyles for details. If it is not set. The width of the meter. You can also use capital R which makes the position relative to the bottom edge of the previous meter.
This can also be left undefined under the same conditions as W. If you use the desktop as background for the Rainmeter you should always define the correct height and width for the meters or the window's dimensions might be calculated incorrectly. The component controls the intensity of green ranging from 0 to full saturation.
This follows the same format as SolidVolor.
The values can be entered either using a set of four numbers ranging from 0 to in either decimal or hexadecimal form. SolidVolor i? SecondaryVolor i? BothVolor i? BarVolor i? LineVolor i? Volor Vodes Rainmeter uses colors in the settings of many different meters.
Multiple styles can be used by separating them with a pipe i. Style1 Style2. Solid opaque red is You can permanently install the font in Windows. The cc component controls the intensity of red in hex. The 44 component controls the intensity of green in hex. The current meter will use the settings from the specified style as its own. If you want a meter to be invisible but still seen by Rainmeter.
If you have downloaded a. This will be what happens if you use a. It may give no error. If you have problems with a font using these settings. There are a couple of ways Rainmeter will react if it hates your font for some reason. This generally means you.
Once you have converted the file. This can be found by double clicking the font. This can involve a bit of trial and error. It gives an error. Mouse actions are commands you add to a meter or the [Rainmeter] section in two cases to have Rainmeter take some action when the mouse interacts with the meter.
ToolTips This creates a ToolTip which appears when you hover the mouse over the meter.
If you wish to spread the text across multiple lines. You must be careful not to overlap two meters with ToolTips as both will be displayed if the mouse is over both at the same time. This can be the full path to a. There must be exactly 6 values separated by semicolons e. The values a. Scale horizontally. Otherwise the icon will not be displayed. Transformation Matrix This defines a 3x2 matrix which can be used to transform the meter.
If set to 1 the ToolTip will appear as a balloon. When the width is reached. This can only be one line. The default is pixels. ToolTipHidden can also be used in the [Rainmeter] section to show and hide all ToolTips in an entire skin. Vhanges to the bitmap are applied in the following order: Translate vertically Vombining these can have drastic effects on the meter it is applied to. Skew along the x-axis i? The amount the bar is filled corresponds to the relative value of the measure.
Skew along the y-axis i? The colors are given in the same manner as with SolidVolor: The following are some examples showing the actual matrix and the corresponding TransformationMatrix values: Translate i. Bar Meter Bar meters display the value of a measure in a single vertical or horizontal bar. Bar graphs require that the measure being used is from 0.
This might change in the future though. So if you want to rotate the meter by its center the translation component in the matrix must be relative to the top left corner of the window. Scale vertically i? The default matrix is as follows: It is divided into five separate parameters. This can be used instead of the BarVolor. The values represent the percentage of of the particular value present in the image.
The image can be any supported format: The images can be laid horizontally or vertically in the bitmap.
The orientation is determined automatically form the height or the width of the bitmap whichever is larger. The values on the main diagonal are. Bitmaps are often used with counters to display animations. Each frame is shown as the relative value of the measure attached to it reaches the relative position of the pieces.
Values range from 0 to The remaining entries in the matrix allow a color to have its value modified in terms of another color ex: If set. If BitmapExtend is not 1. Otherwise the frames are linearly determined by the measured value. Works only when BitmapExtend is set to 1. The transition frames are frames which are displayed when the meter's value changes. The same number of transition frames must be used after each regular frame.
The first frame is used if the value doesn't have as many digits as this defines. This can also be a negative number. Vhanges to the button image are applied in the following order: Its entire purpose is to make the creation of buttons easier.
Example Skin Button Meter The button meter cannot be bound to any measure. The name of the button image. The third frame is shown while the mouse is hovering over the button. The image must have 3 frames which can be set either horizontally or vertically the orientation is determined by the width and height of the image.
More information on creating the bitmap images for buttons at Vreating a Button Image. The first frame corresponds to he button's normal image. The second frame is shown when the button is clicked. They require that the measure being used ranges from 0. The colors are given in the same manner as with SolidVolor. It is not necessary to define this if the other meter is not needed. You can use either colors or images but not both at the same time.
Vhanges to the images are applied in the following order: Example Skin Histogram Meter Histograms display values using vertical bars.
This defines the measure for the secondary histogram that is drawn on the same meter. Set to 0 by default. It does not necessarily need to be tied to a measure and is often used just to display a specific image for aesthetic purposes. The path is relative to the skin's folder. Vhanges to the image are done by applied in the following order: In all cases the image is "centered" in the meter defined by W and H.
This means that a refresh is not required to resize an image and dynamic "zooming" of the image can be achieved by using measures to change the size values.
That way the image will be made to "fit" in the container defined by H and W even if the user doesn't know if the image is originally "portrait" or "landscape" tall or wide from the source.
Example Skin Line Meter The line meter shows the values of a measure as a graph with a line connecting each data point. Line meters require that the measure being used is from 0. The measured value is multiplied by this value. LineVolor and Scale are all used for the first line.. There can be any number of lines in the same meter.
Example Skin Rotator Meter The rotator meter displays an image that rotates around a point where the angle of rotation is determined by the measure it is attached to. Rotator meters require that the measure being used is from 0. If width and height are specified. This can be used to draw analog clock.
The angle of the line is determined by the measure. The defualt rotation direction is clockwise. By default. If the width and height are not defined.
Example Skin Roundline Meter The roundline meter displays a single line that rotates around a point. This is in radians and the zero angle at the right. Roundline meters require that the measure being used is from 0. The size of the rotation angle for the line. This can be used to draw an analog clock. This is in radians and the zero angle is at the right. Example Skin String Meter. The default rotation direction is clockwise. The length is always measured from the center of rotation no matter what the LineStart value is.
The name of a measure to bind with the meter. String meters display the value of measures as text. If you are only displaying the result of a single measure. If the scale value has a decimal point e.
RO ER. The value is given in radians. This setting overrides Scale. Width and height must be specified. If the height is large enough to allow for another row of text. M or k characters. The value is automatically postfixed with the appropriate T. Valid values are The names are separated with semicolon ". Vlick on any of the plugins listed on the left to learn more about the plugins included with Rainmeter and what settings are required for each.
The include list must be empty to exclude something. The include list overrides the excludes. If you are interested in creating a 3rd party plugin for Rainmeter. Relative paths do not work currently. Disabled by default. The plugin uses erl Vompatible Regular Expressions. When all input has been submitted. This includes mouse actions. This string can be repeated. The plugin works by defining a series of commands.
When triggered. Valid keys include: The value must be placed in quotation marks if it contains spaces. Bang-command s to be performed when the plugin is triggered. The width of the input box. If set to "1". If aligned right. This is advised for skins using languages which are read in the opposite direction. Left is the default value. Due to a limitation in Rainmeter. Try to avoid using this plugin for setting variables or other data that require quotation marks.
If it does. While an InputText box is open. To only refresh the skin. InputText bangs are passed through Rainmeter itself. EQ preset name i?
You can either one of the following methods. Bangs iTunes can be controlled through! Rainmeter luginBang statements. Vreate a separate measure for each command that will be required. To control. There are a great many counters which Windows tracks in erformance Monitor. The example skin below demonstrates both methods. Send the bang to any iTunes measure with the command as an argument.
If the counter doesn't have any instances you can leave this empty. This is useful as many of the performance values are counters and you usually want to know how much the counter has increased since last update. Set to 0 to return current value. By default this is the! This relative to the config's overall update rate.
It has been tested to work with Spotify. Rainmeter luginBang statements sent to its measure. Measures the percentual lifetime. Measures if the power is hooked to ac-line returns 0 for battery and 1 for ac-line.
Measures the status of the battery returns 0 for no battery. Measures the lifetime of the battery. If it's a file. If it's a folder. The total size of the items in the recycle bin. It's possible to define several file filters by separating them with a semicolon e.
The number of items in the recycle bin. Measures the number of open handles. Defines the drives to watch for trash. Measures the number of user objects. Measures the number of GDI objects. The plugin was originally made by Daedalus. Measures the number of windows in the system.
Bangs The following bangs can also be sent to any RecyleManager measure: Returns the temperature in Ventigrade. Returns the temperature in Kelvin. Otherwise the returned value will be incorrect.
The indexing starts from 0 so if you want to return e. Returns the temperature value. Returns the fan speed. Leave this empty if you want to measure all resources in the system.
Returns the voltage value. These coordinates are relative to the primary monitor and can be negative. X-Voordinate of the upper left corner of the virtual screen. The size of the client area of the primary display monitor in a string of the form "width x height" i? Y-Voordinate of the upper left corner of the virtual screen. Width of the client area of the primary display monitor. The resolution of the primary display monitor in a string of the form "width x height" i?
Y-Voordinate of the upper left corner of the client area. The number of display monitors currently active. X-Voordinate of the upper left corner of the client area. Height of the client area of the primary display monitor.
Returns the number of the currently active desktop. This is always a number. It is important to note that "1" is not always the primary display monitor. The following measure types are supported by every VDM and can be used to make basic skins that work with every VDM supported by this plugin. Triggers a switch to another desktop when sent that desktop's number as a bang. The VirtualDesktops plugin gives access to information from different VDMs for Windows and can be used to trigger desktop switches.
Returns the total number of virtual desktops. The plugin currently supports "Dexpot" and "VirtuaWin". Returns 1 if the VDM is currently running. Van be set to either X or Y to return the number of columns or rows. Only those bangs can be used that would also work when given to Rainmeter on the command line after variable substitution. Returns the path to the wallpaper of the currently active desktop. Set VDDesktop to a desktop number to always return that particular desktop's name.
Set VDDesktop to a desktop number to always return the wallpaper defined for that particular desktop. Van be used to send commands to Dexpot through bangs. Returns the name of the currently active desktop. The plugin uses Regular Expressions to parse the web page which allows it to extract information pretty much from any page.
When both are given. The plugin can be. When only one is given. The web server admins will not like it and you probably get banned from the server altogether if you try to poll the server too often. It is advisable to limit the rate so that you're not flooding the server with constant requests.
The negative side is that the regular expressions might look rather complex especially if you're not familiar with programming languages and even if you are: This is relative to the config's main update rate.
If the RegExp is not defined in this measure the StringIndex2 has no effect. Must include at least a filename. Value 2 dumps the downloaded webpage to V: If the RegExp is defined the parsed string is interpreted as a link to the downloaded image. Remember to remove this from your config once you have it working correctly..
This would open up a new notepad windows where you can easily view and edit the code for that particular skin. Rainmeter is all about customizing your computer and literally doing it yourself from scratch is the motive.
Rainmeter has provided a complete manual that can get you started at developing skins. All you need is a good text editor Rainmeter installed on your computer.
Also, the manual includes tutorials on publishing your skin as a package on DevianArt and other similar websites. Rainmeter is a great desktop customization tool with a lot of active community supporting it.
You can find a lot of enthusiasts working on some skins and making their desktops look more beautiful. If you are a designer or want to try something in UI designing and development, Rainmeter can be a good start. Click here to download Rainmeter.
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