Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rainmeter- Customize your Windows Desktop



Rainmeter is a Windows customization application. Empower your desktop with an expandable library of useful tools - handy notes and application launchers, weather and feeds from the web, system status and more. Then, rearrange and modify them to suit your personal style. With Rainmeter, your desktop is finally yours. It also got popular Enigma desktop with them manager and configuration tool. It is completely compatible with Windows 7 or Vista.


The full list of new features includes:
  • Theme manager that saves and loads Rainmeter themes.
  • Configuration tool for the Enigma skin, to save all your personal settings.
  • The Enigma theme automatically adjusts to your desktop resolution.
  • Enigma reader skins now support RSS, Atom, Gmail inbox, and Twitter.
  • Enigma music skin gets iTunes song information automatically; CD Art Display no longer required.
  • Completely compatible with Windows 7 or Vista, and no more UAC issues.
  • Text shadows, transformation matrices, and improved anti-aliasing.
  • Plug-in support for iTunes, WiFi, and the recycle bin.
  • An official forum for support, tips, and add-ons.
Rainmeter can display various performance data in different formats. It can measure:
  • CPU load
  • Allocated Memory
  • Network Traffic
  • NT performance data
  • Uptime
  • Free disk space

You can make Rainmter start at Windows Start up by adding exe file to Start-All Programs - Startup. Download exe file than zip file, since zip needs manual installation.

Important Links
Rainmeter Wiki
Rainmeter on DevianArt
Rainmeter on Customize.org
Rainmeter 101

Tutorials
The Gaia Desktop
The Ultimate Halloween Desktop
The Left 4 Dead HUD Desktop
The Black Rainmeter Netbook Desktop
The N.UN Tribute Desktop
The AlphaBar Sphere Desktop
The Minimalistic Elemetal Lite Step Desktop
The Fifty Percent Grey Desktop
The Evolutionary Odyssey Desktop
The WoodTones Desktop
The Minimalist Windows Desktop
The Halo 3 HUD Desktop
The Starlight Desktop
The Room of Shapes Desktop
The Dharma Desktop
The LiteStep at Night Desktop
The TRS-80 Retro Desktop
The Retro Enigma Desktop
The Mad Libs Desktop
The Stratocaster Desktop
The Windows 2019 Desktop
The Gothic Century Desktop
The Desk "Top" as a Desktop
The Notebook Desktop
The Sleek Wood Desktop
The Star's Memory Desktop
The Ultimate City Desktop

Resources

LiteStep - Create custom desktop interfaces
ObjectDock - Organize and run programs,tasks,shortcuts - fun and attractive Dock.
Rainlender - A customizable desktop calender with Alarms, Events and To Do features.
Samurize is an advanced system monitoring and desktop enhancement engine for Windows
RocketDock - free dock for windows