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Elementary 2.0 by FlyingHyrax Elementary 2.0 by FlyingHyrax


for Rainmeter, version 2.0

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

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.pdf" 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
- The feed reader is a mod of YQLFeed
- The File Search skin is a mod of SearchDrive
- The notes skin is based on Note Paper
- I received much inspiration for upgrades and improvements from ElementaryRMX
- Lua optimizations and fixes
- Beta testing and lots of suggestions and helpful feedback!
- Beta tester and translator (Russian)
- Beta tester and translator (German)
- Translator (French)
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dakillaz12 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  New member
This error message always randomly pops up and does not go away for a period of time. 
"Cannot open database file

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"
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!
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
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")
nayanpuntu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
shawntasmo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  New member
For some reason i cant find the button to install the skin
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
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.
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
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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