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Rainmeter Editor's Review

Before the release of Windows Seven, using a windows operating system was a very humdrum and dull experience. There very no official themes available apart from Classic look, similar to Windows 98 look. Even after the release of Windows Seven, there have not been many changes regarding the same. Yes, Microsoft has released better looking themes and a few nice looking and functioning gadgets but they are not very well supported and developed. In addition to poor support, there are very few customization options available with them. For better customization of Home screen, also known as Desktop, many free programs are released. One of such programs is Rainmeter.  For basic computer users, Rainmeter is a simple resource monitor, but with some real tweaking, experience users can use it for many purposes other than resource monitoring.

Installing Rainmeter is pretty simple even for basic computer users. It works on all modern Windows Operating Systems. Yes, a resource heavy computer would obviously help, but it does work perfectly on machines with low memory and low processing unit. It does take some time starting up, but it works without any glitches after that.

Unlike installation and basic setup, using this program is not at all easy. Even experienced computer users who are using Rainmeter for the first time, would find it hard to use and understand its interface, let alone beginners. Due to its complex user interface, frustration can creep in rather easily. Even experienced and determined users will understand its interface after a few trial and errors. Novice users might even regret installing it and may well uninstall it if they did not read its well written documentation. Overall, it does not have best of the interfaces around, it would take a lot of time to get used to it and understand it completely.

Despite its hard to use interface, it impresses one and all, at least it impressed me, with its performance and versatility. You can have unlimited number of gadgets only limited by your screen resolution, and that too anywhere on the screen. You can get wide variety of designs aka skins from online communities like deviantart and customize.org. Creating your own designs is not too difficult, but you need some creativity. You can also apply one skin from one theme and another from another theme without any constraints. You can use Rainmeter for system information like current RAM usage or Hard Disk Space available. There is definitely a skin available as an alternative to Windows gadgets except the gadgets which require user interactivity. Contrary to its user interface, moving skins around the screen is fairly easy. You can move skin either by dragging or by setting x and y coordinates respectively.

By default, Rainmeter comes with two built-in themes, Gnometer and Enigma. Both of these are simple yet good looking theme and provide head start in using Rainmeter.

Positive Points:
  -  Many customization options available.
  -  Rainmeter is not a resource hog.
  -  Huge number of skins available for free online.

Negative Points:
  -  Is not too easy to use and understand, thanks to its complex user interface.

Rainmeter is an open-source program and maybe being open-source hurts it the most. Had it been a commercial software with better user interface, it would have been an even better software. It is stil a very good program, helpful for many users and is not a resource eater. Overall, considering its capabilities and options it provides, it is must download for anyone who is bored with his regular desktop looks, or want more stuff available just a click away or wants to give his home screen a geeky look.


Rainmeter Publisher's Description

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.

Rainmeter is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU GPL v2 license.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop.

License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 2.2 | Platform:
Released Date: 23-04-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Rainmeter

Author Url:
Program Info Url: http://rainmeter.net/cms/
Download Url: http://rainmeter.googlecode.com/files/Rainmeter-2.2.exe

Rainmeter related downloads:

foo_cad - foo_cad will provide users with a foobar2000 plugin to add support for Rainmeter and CD Art Display skins.

Roliz - Roliz was created as a simple, light and minimal Rainmeter theme.

Pakete - Complete and minimal Rainmeter theme that can help you customize your computer desktop.

Mangotsfield - Mangotsfield is a Rainmeter theme that enables you to monitor the weather, computer usage and perform Internet searches.

Yokohiro - Yokohiro was developed as a handy and accessible Rainmeter theme that can help you customize your computer screen.

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