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Elementary 2.0 by FlyingHyrax Elementary 2.0 by FlyingHyrax

Elementary

for Rainmeter, version 2.0

Updated 2015-01-31 - Added Dutch translation - thanks Requios!
Updated 2014-02-21 - Added French translation - thanks Skymil!
Updated 2014-01-19 - Fixed the Layout included in the rmskin, media skins now handle missing metadata with some finesse

Simple, text-based Rainmeter skins, for someone who doesn't need to monitor their overclocked 8-core processor, but does want the time and date on their desktop.
(And now it's better!  And stuff!  And things!)

How To

:bulletblue: Make sure you have Rainmeter installed (version 3.0.2 or later).  If you have never used Rainmeter before, you may want to check out some walkthroughs to get familiar with the program, like the Getting Started section of the official manual or this LifeHacker article.
:bulletblue: Download the .rmskin package from the link near the top-right of this page.  Your browser should give you the option to open the file with the Rainmeter Skin Installer, or you can double-click the downloaded file later to open the installer.  In either case, Rainmeter should put all the files in the right places for you.
:bulletblue: After installing, you can launch Elementary skins using Rainmeter's Manage dialog or context menu.
:bulletblue: Edit the file "...\Skins\Elementary\@Resources\Settings.txt" to change settings.  The file "...\Skins\Elementary\ReadMe.html" has explanations of all the options!

Some of the changes and additions that make this a 2.0

:bulletpurple: Completely rewritten weather skin using YQL (Yahoo!)
:bulletpurple: Rewritten analog clock that only looks slightly different but is no longer coded like Rainmeter is still back in the 2.0's
:bulletpurple: Some proper Unicode support (may have actaully fixed the problem with degree signs not displaying properly in the weather skin)
:bulletpurple: New feed reader skin, big and small versions (thanks to jsmorley, see credits)
:bulletpurple: New notes skin, big and small versions (thanks to sa3er, see credits)
:bulletpurple: New search skins (web search via DuckDuckGo, file search via Locate32) (thanks to jsmorley, see credits)
:bulletpurple: New NowPlaying.dll media player skins (aligned left, aligned right, and mini)
:bulletpurple: New system Uptime skin
:bulletpurple: All skins adjusted to use the new AccurateText setting (one reason that Rainmeter 3.0 is required)
:bulletpurple: Backstage, a total overhaul of the folder structure in the Resources folder and meter style usage
:bulletpurple: Added an option to use a highlight color like in JackDMF's remix
:bulletpurple: Revamped the translation template (a necessity due to the new weather source and new skins)
:bulletpurple: Project is now on GitHub, where you can see an exhaustive list of changes by looking at the commit history.

As usual, all constructive criticism, feature suggestions, and bug reports are greatly appreciated. :)

Let there be Credits!

Primary font is Century Gothic, designed by Monotype Imaging
Secondary font is Futurist Fixed-Width by WSI
Weather data and feed normalization is provided by Yahoo!'s YQL API
The file search utility is Locate32
Web search is handled by DuckDuckGo
jsmorley
- The feed reader is a mod of YQLFeed
- The File Search skin is a mod of SearchDrive
sa3er
- The notes skin is based on Note Paper
JackDMF
- I received much inspiration for upgrades and improvements from ElementaryRMX
smurfier
- Lua optimizations and fixes
TheAwesomeAmerican
- Beta testing and lots of suggestions and helpful feedback!
amc242
- Beta tester and translator (Russian)
mothergarage
- Beta tester and translator (German)
Skymil
- Translator (French)
Requios
- Translator (Dutch)
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:iconundeadpancakemx:
undeadpancakemx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  New member
Hi, stupid question, but i was messing around with the skin and when i right clicked Chronopage, i accidentally clicked "hide on mouse over". and now it wont let me mouse over it to right click it.  just wondering if there is a fix or way to get past this?

Also on the player plugin, i already set it for musicbee, but for some reason it doesn't show any information, Just says "nothing". Just wondering if i can help on this too?
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FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
You can access the same context menu settings through the Rainmeter system tray icon - either under the "Elementary\Chronophage" entry or in Rainmeter's "Manage" dialog.

For MusicBee, make sure that the player name is set to "CAD" (the plugin gets the media information through the CD Art Display interface).  Then I've found that sometimes it takes a little fidgeting to get MusicBee and the skin loaded in the correct order: rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.…
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undeadpancakemx Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  New member
Thanks! Helped alot:)
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lblake Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Hi, I upgraded to 2.0 and now in the system skin the RAM indicates much greater than the actual RAM being used (ie 65% when the actual usage is 34%) and the C drive indicates 100% when the actual drive usage is 24%. These weren't issues before upgrading. Please advise and thanks for your work on these skins.
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
It may be (I don't recall exactly) that the RAM is now showing the amount free instead of the amount used (65+34=99).  About the drive usage, I'm not sure.  I think FreeDiskSpace measures will report 100% when they try to measure an unmounted drive, so it's possible that the driver letters in the skin settings aren't configured correctly (though this seems unlikely since you mention C and C should be the default...)
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Wanderer-of-4-winds Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist
your explination is great.. (shaking your had) i can't thank you enough....

thank you x  ∞

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pablo10692 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Hey man! Awesome work! I'm really enjoying your skin. Is there a way to add a word after the day in "date-wdm"? I'm asking you this because in portuguese, to be grammatically correct, instead of only "6 Novembro" it should be "6 de Novembro".
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FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
"de" is "of", right?  If it is there for every day, you can just hardcode it into the Text setting in the [mtrMonth] section of date-wdm.ini, or put it in the month names in the language file you're using.  So in line 59 of date-wmd, you can change 'Text="%1"' to 'Text="de %1"' and the text "de" will always appear before the month name.
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annon-desu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
class skin, love it.
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:iconmrweenie:
MrWeenie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Hey, love the skin, my desktop looks great. One thing that I can't work out. I've changed the font size to 16 for now playing skin (so as not to be huge on my laptop screen), but now if any song, album or artist name gets shortened by the ClipStringW setting and has the "..." added, the buttons below get shifted down a bunch, but only while the offending name is displaying. Not a huge issue, but any help would be great
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
I'm not sure, but I have a hunch it may just be the ClipStringH setting kicking in whenever something gets clipped; I'd try editing that down to a smaller value.
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:iconmrweenie:
MrWeenie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Yep, took it down to 25 and that's fixed it. Dunno how I didn't try that already. Thanks heaps!
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:iconsophisticatedblckman:
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE THE MUSIC PLAYER WORK WITH ITUNES
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dakillaz12 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
This error message always randomly pops up and does not go away for a period of time. 
"Cannot open database file
\documents\rainmeter\skins\elementary\resources\addons\locate32\index.dbs

Check that the file path is correct and you have permission to write into the file.

Last System Error: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process"
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Looks like a problem with the file search skin - do you have more than one of the search skin variants running?  It may be that two different skins are trying to write to the search index at the same time.

You can also try moving the index to a different folder in case write permissions really are the issue - you can create an index in locate32 at whatever location you want, then point the skin to it by changing the "PathToIndex" variable (the locate32 executable is in @resources\Addons\Locate32; you can run standalone and setup the search indexes in its Settings).
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:iconconceptvangod:
Awesome work, but for some reason crashes my rainmeter everytime, and him only work again after I delete the skin paste. Any idea of what is going on? D:

ps: soory the english, not my native language.

edit: uncheked "apply included layout" and it's fine now! Again, aweosome work dude!
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betasavage Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Hey, I am trying to change the Url of the RSS feeder but it isn't obvious, I've tried going to resources\Setting.txt and try changing it there but it doesn't quite work, can I have some more explicit instructions. I assume "@IncludeVars="#@#Settings.txt" is the code that directs to to your setting file, but once you find the setting file, there are 6 FeedUrls, none of which has affect on the skin because I've went as far as deleting it all and backing it up, playing around with it
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FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I'm not sure what to tell you... You're correct in tracing the feed variables to Settings.txt (which is mentioned in the readme).  You're not the only person who's had a problem, but I've never run into any issues myself.  For example, just now I edited Settings.txt and changed the FeedURL/Title 6 to a feed for ArsTechnica instead of Yandex, saved the file, refreshed the skin, and there in the context menu was Ars Technica.  Switching to to the new feed worked just fine.

Any other data you can give me?  Are you getting any errors in the Rainmeter Log?
(You can view the log by right-clicking the tray icon, selecting "About")
:?
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nayanpuntu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Clap 
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shawntasmo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
For some reason i cant find the button to install the skin
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:icontierix:
tierix Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2014
Does anyone know why I can't snap the Date widget to the left of my screen? There is a huge space and when I try to push it left to be against the edge of the screen, it won't let me.... 
It seems to work on the right hand side though, but not the left one. thnx
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
The weekday string is aligned to the right, which means it grows/shrinks on the left side depending on the length of the string.  So the right edge of the string is set to some constant position, but the left edge will be closer or farther to the edge of the skin depending on the day of the week.  There is also some extra padding built in to account for the weekday names being different in other languages.

You can play around with the X value in the [mtrWeekday] section of the date skin to add/remove space, but it's hard to get perfect.
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betasavage Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Hi, can to tell me how to chance the line break to something else and set it so it doesn't auto select all the text when i click on it? Tyvm
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Unfortunately those behaviors can't be changed; it's part of the plugin used for the text editing.
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:iconbetasavage:
betasavage Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Oh, I got that problem solved now. What happened was that I didn't realize that the user had to manually Right Click->Custom Skin Action->Select Feed Options. I assumed editing text files were the only way to make behavioral changes, sorry for the misunderstanding.

However that said,  I have another problem, explained in the link below. Could you kindly give it a look? It involves the output of RSS entries of the YQL reader.
rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.…
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lefeg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Hello~ I really like this skin but I was wondering if there was anyway to stop the cycle of the media player? I want it to only show the title of the song.

Thanks for your hard work!
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Sorry for the very late reply!

Sure, there are a couple of ways to do this.  The most straightforward is to edit the .ini of the media player variant you are using,
and tweak the "[meterInfo]" section.  Notice that there are 4 different MeasureName settings - the first three are for Title, Album, and Artist, and the last is connected to a timer that makes them cycle.  You can change the Text and TooltipText settings to "%1" instead of %4 so they just display the first Measure, the title.

This will only change the one variant of the media player, not all variants, and technically there is still a timer running in the background.  If that bothers you or you want to change all the variants at once, you can edit the measures in the file "...\@Resources\Shared\nowplaying.inc", but that's a little more complicated.
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:icondebman3:
debman3 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I do to display temperature in celsius instead?
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Look for the "unit" setting in "...\@Resources\Settings.txt".
Docs here: github.com/FlyingHyrax/Element…
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:iconhyperlance:
hyperlance Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2014
I love this skin, but I want to monitor all my drives, how can I add them in the vertical skin?
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
This was written for the original Elementary, but the system skins are pretty much the same so it should be largely applicable: fav.me/d4h5gon
So just read that over first and give it whirl, should be a pretty easy edit.  If you have any questions or problems just let me know and I'll help as much as I can. :)
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RanD0mU53R Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I had trouble with getting the player to work as well...but I just had to edit the 'settings.txt' file ....which should be located in your "Rainmeter" ...file path might be different ...but C:\Users\"yourusername"\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Elementary\@ Resources\settings.txt ....and change the line where "player" and put iTunes beside it....like so....Player=iTunes....
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:iconcornbo:
cornbo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thank  you very much! All the instructions make it seem like all you have to do is right click the app and edit it from there. Thanks again
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Woops, I missed this reply before posting on your other comment - thanks RanD0mU53R for helping out!

cornbo, in case you're curious as to why you couldn't find the PlayerName in the actual media player skin files - the media player skins use @ include so that all the media player skins share one set of measures, so the PlayerName setting is actually in another file.  (Details...)
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cornbo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I'm having the worst time figuring this out. I have looked through tons of tutorials and everything I have read says change player name to whichever player you have, for me that would be itunes. I assume it would be easy and all I have to do is edit, open in notepad, search for a line that says player name and then change that to say itunes(at least thats what the tutorials say to do). There is no line that says Player name. Can someone please just tell me exactly where I put itunes at and assume I am not a coding guru? Every tutorial I have found doesnt match at all word for word that this file says. 
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Hi cornbo, sorry you had trouble.  The documentation you need is here: github.com/FlyingHyrax/Element…
You just have to edit the player name in Elementary's 'settings.txt' file and the media player skins will read it from there. 
You can open the text file by right-clicking and Elementary skin and selecting "Elementary" > "Settings.ini" in the context menu.
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unicron85 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
if i just copy paste it into the settings will that work?
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
If you go here: docs.rainmeter.net/manual/plug…
you'll see a bunch of "PlayerName=[something]" for different media players.  You're looking for the part after the = sign, like "AIMP" or "CAD" or "MediaMonkey".
In the Settings.txt file (see the readme), you want to change the line that says "player=[something]" so that the part after the = sign matches the one for your media player from the web page, like "player=CAD" or "player=WMP".  Then just save the settings file, and refresh the Elementary media player skin.

A few of the different players can be a little finicky, or might require a plugin so that the media player and Rainmeter can talk to one another (like VLC and foobar2000).  Links to any necessary plugins for each media player are on the same web page linked above.
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ikiikibanaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Awesome, but how do I change the font size?
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Unfortunately, you'll have to dive into the .ini files and edit the font sizes manually; there isn't a single font size variable somewhere.  :\
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DeePeeEn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Is there a way I can get the music player to stop cycling through the album name and artist?
I'd only like the title of the song to show and I don't how to change the coding for that
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
You can edit [measureInfoText] in '@Resources/Shared/nowplaying.inc' (github.com/FlyingHyrax/Element… ).  Just change the 'Formula' line to 'Formula=1' (or 2, or 3, depending on which metadata you want to show).
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:iconxylenced:
Xylenced Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
How do you set this to work with Spotify?
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
The media player skins use the NowPlaying plugin, which has partial support for Spotify.  You can just set the 'player' setting in Settings.txt to 'Spotify'.
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loopzie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Is there a way to put it in portuguese? 
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:iconflyinghyrax:
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Unfortunately, there isn't a Portuuese translation yet.
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Tarian76 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Hi ! I see a little problem in the weather widget. In french, the first word is not integer ^^
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