Tuesday, 5 April 2011
A desktop customization platform that allows you to enhance your windows desktop using skins which can be fully customized and moved to provide you with information where you want it. Rainmeter skins can do things like watch system resources, show emails, RSS feeds, weather, the time, lists, launch programs or even make tweets.
You can download Rainmeter from here. To install Rainmeter it's a simple issue of clicking the executable and going through with the install wizard, simple.
Skins can be found all over the internet and the program comes with a few skins already but a good place to go to find skins is Customize.org. Just give the skins a browse and download the ones you take a fancy to.
It is easy enough to modify the skins just by clicking the edit button. You will then be presented with a text document which is fairly easy to follow if you want to make some minor adjustments to the skin.
On my desktop I have used only Simple Sentence Three, available here on Deviant Art.
I used to have a lot more complex skins which I had modified myself but just a short while ago I decided to stick to something a bit simpler, and it looks better thanks to it.
So go ahead and install Rainmeter, it's simple and makes a desktop look really beautiful. It simply adds itself to start up, if you wish, and a small raindrop icon in the notification area. Also worth mentioning, which Mike just commented about, it is definitely not a resource hog. Give it a shot.