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Rainmeter 4.1 r2806 Beta

Rainmeter Rainmeter 4.1 r2806 Beta

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Rainmeter Editor's Review

One of the areas where Windows 7 noticeably improves things as opposed to Windows XP (and Vista) is the visual customization. But what if, instead of the default widgets, you want to try something else. Let’s say a third party software that is focused on managing desktop gadgets, skins and even themes. Rainmeter is the perfect example for such a demand and its latest version 2.1 proves one more time its detailed and comprehensive approach towards dektop customization.

Rainmeter comes with a variety of handy applets that can provide useful information such as weather, RSS feeds, calendar, e-mail, news, notes, clock, and much more. Moreover, you can view stats of your computer components such as CPU usage, download and upload speed, hard-drive condition, RAM usage and much more. With version 2.1 comes also the option to control your audio player directly from the Now Playing tool which can be activated and located on any Rainmeter layer. It support any player including the popular AIMP, Foobar2000, iTunes, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, Winamp, VLC Media Player, or Windows Media Player.

Rainmeter comes with a default theme called "Illusto" and optionally, three other different (recommended) theme suites, "Enigma", "Gnometer" and "APB". All list themes are gorgeous and highly customizable. However, for those who aren't crazy about these themes, there is a wide variety of themes around the Internet thanks to the enthusiastic community of fans. Features also vary from theme to theme but they can be reconfigured in many ways, as each individual module can be dragged and dropped anywhere wherever you want on the screen.

If you're using Rainmeter for the first time, you should install the Recommended themes: Enigma, Gnometer and APB. To change between these themes, right click Rainmeter's system tray icon and go to themes. In there, you should see all the installed themes. To add, remove or configure a gadget of your current theme, right-click on the Rainmeter skin and from there, you can change the skin, edit skin parameters, change skin position, add other widgets (such as clock, disk, feeds, network, weather, Facebook, Twitter, etc) and much more.

Pluses: Free; open-source skins; enthusiastic community; highly customizable;

Drawbacks / flaws: Quite hard to understand and configure. You'll have to spend some time reading the documentation if you want to use this program at full power.

In conclusion: Rainmeter is a highly customizable desktop platform that allows you to add and drag around sidebar gadgets that can offer you all the information that you need: feeds, tweets, Facebook, calendar, mail, network, notes, system and much more.

version reviewed: 2.1

Rainmeter Publisher's Description

Rainmeter is a desktop customization platform. Through Rainmeter, you can enhance your Windows computer at home or work with skins: handy, compact applets which float freely on your desktop, much like Windows Sidebar gagdgets, or dashboard widgets for the Mac. Rainmeter skins provide you with useful information at a glance. It's easy to keep an eye

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What's New in Version 4.1 r2806 Beta of Rainmeter

- - Added Bangs: Added new !FadeDuration and !FadeDurationGroup bangs to set the FadeDuration in milliseconds when activating/deactivating a skin, using the fade-in / fade-out effects on mouse over, or when the fade bangs are used
- - Changed NowPlaying: Changed the measure values for Progress and SetPosition to use floating point numbers instead of integers for increased accuracy
- - Fixed Shape meter: Corrected a possible crash or unexpected behavior when Combined shapes were defined before their component shapes in the meter. The order of the options in the meter are now of no consequence, as it is with all other meter and measur
- - Added Formulas: Added new Deg math function to convert radians to degrees
- - Fixed Shape meter: Fix invalid radial gradient on combined shapes
- - Fixed Installer: Fixed Rainmeter installer to support Windows Server 2008 R2, which is functionally analogous to Windows 7
- - Added String meter: Added new FontWeight option
- - Added Shape meter: Added Path1 alternative of the Path shape. It will use a different form of the SVG fill-rule when the shape is filled with a color or gradient. This determines what parts of a shape with intersecting segments are "inside" the shape a
- - Added CoreTemp plugin: The author of both the CoreTemp application and Rainmeter plugin, Arthur Liberman, added CPU core-specific values to the data available in the plugin. See CoreTemp plugin for details
- - Changed Bitmap meter: Changed the allowable measure value when BitmapExtend=1 from a C-language int data type (2,147,483,647 maximum) to int64 (9,223,372,036,854,775,807 maximum)
- - Fixed Bangs: Fixed an issue when the config parameter of a bang contained a leading or trailing slash
- - Fixed InputText plugin: Fixed a possible Rainmeter crash if an input box is open and the skin is deactivated
- - Fixed Shape meter: Fixed a possible Rainmeter crash if the starting point of a Path shape was invalid
- - Fixed Bitmap meter: Fixed an issue where BitmapExtend=1 would not increase the meters width and/or height, which would cause the meter to ignore DynamicWindowSize and draw outside its bounds and possibly truncate outside the skin window
- - Fixed Bitmap meter: Fixed an issue where the Padding height values on the meter would be ignored in some situations
- - Fixed InlineSetting: Corrected an issue where Rainmeter could crash in some cases when an initial empty string was received by a meter using InlineSetting
- - Fixed Shape meter: Fixed an issue where certain gradients would not display correctly if there were multiple gradients in a shape meter
 

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