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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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RanD0mU53R Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  New member 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 so....Player=iTunes....
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
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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. 
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Hi cornbo, sorry you had trouble.  The documentation you need is here:…
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.
ikiikibanaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Awesome, but how do I change the font size?
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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.  :\
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
FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
You can edit [measureInfoText] in '@Resources/Shared/' (… ).  Just change the 'Formula' line to 'Formula=1' (or 2, or 3, depending on which metadata you want to show).
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