Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.0.2290
  • Total Downloads:
    116,518
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    392
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Although some people are completely satisfied with the default Windows desktop interface, for others, customization is a must. Rainmeter (32-bit) is an attractive way to view system performance and a variety of other useful information--e-mail, weather, RSS feeds, and much more--right on the desktop. Casual users should beware, however; although it's not difficult to get started with Rainmeter, learning to fully utilize its features will take some time and geekery.

The program comes with two different themes, Enigma and Gnometer. Both of these are modular, transparent, and highly customizable. There is a wide variety of other themes around the Internet--an enthusiastic community of Rainmeter fans keeps them coming--so users who aren't crazy about Enigma and Gnometer can easily find other options. Features vary from theme to theme, but some common ones we came across include shortcuts to frequently used programs, clocks, calendars, notes, and news stories. Each theme can be reconfigured in a wide variety of ways, as each individual module can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the screen. All this flexibility is great for the hard-core Rainmeter user, but new users should expect a lot of trial and error, as the program definitely isn't as intuitive as it could be. The program comes with quite a bit of documentation, but even that doesn't really begin to describe what Rainmeter is capable of or how to use it. Overall, we think that Rainmeter is a great choice for users who like to geek out over customizing their desktops, but users who are looking for something that's easy and low maintenance will be frustrated and disappointed.

Rainmeter (32-bit) is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues, and we recommend this program to serious desktop customizers.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Love the fact I can backwards engineer themes"

February 16, 2015  |  By craig.knapp1

 |  Version: Rainmeter 3.1.0.2290

Pros

18FEB2015. I love the Rainmeter's "active desktop" themes. I am using one of the LCARS themes and now my desktop looks nice and is functional. By editing the *.ini files, I am able to add my own shortcuts to the desktop, I feel I am learning HTML coding just from making simple adjustments (moving objects by changing X and Y settings, color setting, links to programs and sounds).

I have combined elements from different themes into my own themes. I added different disk drive, CPU, and Memory meters to the LCARS theme as well as a new background from another theme.

System: Desktop, Quad-Core, Win7 32Bit, 4GB RAM, 2x 2TB HD, video card 1GB Ram.

Cons

none, none...have I entered 10 characters yet?

Summary

Great way to get a great look AND functionality on your desktop.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1.0.2290
Version 3.1.0.2290 is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher Rainmeter
Publisher web site http://www.rainmeter.net
Release Date December 18, 2014
Date Added December 18, 2014
Version 3.1.0.2290
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.19MB
File Name Rainmeter-3.1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 116,518
Downloads Last Week 392
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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