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Windows 7: Rainmeter skin concepts

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I like concept 1 more 1 50.00%
I like concept 2 more 0 0%
I like both similar 0 0%
I don't like either 1 50.00%
I'm not sure 0 0%
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10 May 2011   #1

Windos 7 x64
Rainmeter skin concepts

Hi, I'm currently working on some concepts and wonder whether you can help me.
To make it clear, I'm very keen in creating designs but I'm not able to program that.

After having read through the avalanche of information of how to modify skins, I don't see myself being able to learn developing a skin by myself anytime soon. It will take a long time for me to learn only the basics. Because I'm a litte impatient, I have decided to just show you my concepts in progress and see what you think.

Please do make any suggestions you may have to improve the design(s) and if anyone is even willing to help doing the hard stuff (encoding), that'd be absolutely awesome. I like my skins to be clean, neat and complete. Although there is a massive amount of different skins existing, I have not found the skin of my dreams yet. That's why I thought it would be ever so cool, to get it tailored to my very personal taste.

Do you think it's possible to get either of these concepts of skins put into actually working order?

Concept 1 - Pocket Peak

I find the idea of the uniformity of so many bars appealing.
By the way, do you think a skin could get the readings for temperatures from Everest which is installed on my system anyway?
Still missing are the actual values within each of the bars. User should be able to select color, refresh rate and transparency.

I could imagine to add even more bars for airpressure, local temperature, week day (Mon to Sun or 1 to 7), day of the month (1 to 31), month of the year (Jan to Dec or 1 to 12), hours of the day (1 to 24), minutes of an hour (1 to 60), seconds of a minute (1 to 60), system fan speed, customized bars that show used and remaining sizes of each folder for music, documents, videos, programs and pictures.
A mouse click on a bar would open an explorer window with the matching location.

Concept 2 - Spin

I have been inspired for this skin by an existing clock called Reloj.

I would like the clock to show 24h instead 12h, and if possible, I like the change of numbers to be animated the way, as if wheels spinning downwards to increase and upwards to decrease the numbers. Not sure yet whether multiple numbers should be separated into single digits or not.

I'm not really happy with location nor size of the labels for both concepts. On concepts 1 (Pocket Peak) I'd like to put the labels together with the values (percentages, sizes or degrees) within the bars. Problem might be, to make it as easy to read as possible.

On concept 2 (Spin) I'm still not sure yet, but I could imagine the labels to be placed in smaller letters, aligned on either side of the gauges.

Why didn't you leave a comment ?

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11 May 2011   #2

Windos 7 x64

What do you think about my re-design of Pocket Peak ?

The spaces between the bars have been decreased considerably. Do you think it looks too tight now?
The actual values have been placed infront of the bars rather than within.
I have the feeling it looks too crowded, or should I just remove the frames around the values again ?
Was thinking of dividing the bars into smaller bits like below - not really sure what looks better.

While I was at it, I have drawn five more bars for the most common folders.

● Documents
● Pictures
● Videos
● Music
● Programs

The user can assign any amount of disc space to each bar and by clicking one, the assigned folder opens up.

Here is a rather unusual idea of mine to express date & time with bars:

s = 60 seconds in a minute
m = 60 minutes in an hour
h = 24 hours in a day
d = 30 / 31 days in a month
w = 52 weeks in a year
m = 12 months in a year


● May (5th months of the year),
● 19th week of the year (out of 52),
● the 11th day of the month,
● the 10th hour of the day (out of 24),
● the 45th minute of an hour
● and last but not least: 8 seconds (out of 60):

Does it look better when upside down ?

If all bars have the same length, unfortunately there are some ugly gaps at the end.
I could have bars with different lengths and without gaps, but it looks even more crap.

I think I scratch that idea again.
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12 May 2011   #3

Windos 7 x64

Hi, I have re-designed again.

● Each bar is capable now of displaying 100 segments.
● The frames around the values have been removed for more clarity.
● The color of the frames around the bars have changed from white to gray.
● A gap of one bar has been placed between CPU info, System info, Network info and Sound info.
Blue or black background ?

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13 May 2011   #4
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64

I kind of like these, but that's not necessarily a good sign. I have absolutely no artistic sensibilities.

That being said, I like your latest, segmented versions the best. As for background colors, I'd probably want to go with a transparent background option if possible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 May 2011   #5

Windos 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WiFi Ed View Post
I'd probably want to go with a transparent background option if possible.
Thank you very much for your feedback.
That's actually a good idea, with the transparent background.
Someone in the rainmeter forum agreed to help me developing this skin.
I think it's gonna be offered for download at deviantart still this month or next month the latest.

Still collecting ideas though.

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