Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player - all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Why will I want rainmeter?
TeaserAlright, here are some awesome rainmeter skins for you to look at. Follow the next posts, and your desktop will look like this Click for full screen view.
|Soon you might have a desktop that looks like this|
How much technical skill do I need to use Rainmeter?
- If you only want to download skins from the Internet and use them as-is, then the answer is "none." Rainmeter provides a basic user interface for managing your library of skins, saving and restoring layouts, and changing basic settings such as a skin's location, transparency, and "always on top" behavior. This is what you are mostly going to do. So you don't need any technical skills. Just click and install sort of thing, and you're done. But wait...
- 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. But don't worry, the next few posts will make you good enough to deal with this.
- Make your own rainmeter skins? Then you definitely need some skills.
What isn't Rainmeter?
- 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.
- Rainmeter is also not a window manager. It does not keep track of your open windows; it cannot maximize or minimize other application windows; and it does not enable "workspaces" or manage multi-monitor setups.
- Rainmeter does not replace other applications that it interacts with. For example, an "iTunes" skin may let you pause, play or skip to the next track in your iTunes media player. But iTunes must still be running in the background for the skin to work.