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The Portal 2 Desktop Theme for Rainmeter by wistfulwriter The Portal 2 Desktop Theme for Rainmeter by wistfulwriter

a.k.a. Aperture Laboratories Test Chamber Signage for Real Life Use



DOWNLOAD THE THEME AT THIS LINK: wistfulwriter.com/2010/02/week…



PLEASE READ THROUGH THIS ENTIRE README FOR INSTRUCTIONS. ALSO, MANY OF THESE QUESTIONS ARE RAINMETER RELATED. PLEASE JUST LEARN HOW TO USE RAINMETER, IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO LEARN. I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but many answers to your questions can be found in this readme, thus saving you the time you wait for my reply! You may be missing out on key points by not reading :) If you don't see the instructions here, check the instructions for that particular config. You can do this the pretty way (by using RainBrowser, which COMES WITH RAINMETER) or the easy way (by editing the config file and reading the instructions in Notepad).


ABOUT THE PORTAL 2 DESKTOP THEME
Also known as the Aperture Laboratories Test Chamber Signage Theme, this is a Rainmeter (rainmeter.net/RainCMS/) desktop theme based on the video screens and test chamber signs for the Portal 2 video game.

This is the most authentic Portal 2 theme out there: I tried my best to keep everything aesthetically and stylistically in line with the original artistic vision of the game. This was designed with a 1920x1200 desktop in mind. Using the included background, the signs are made to scale.

Included are three separate displays--

1) Test Chamber Sign
- Displays month/date/day. This was originally just the test chamber level number, now displaying the date.

- THE PROGRESS INDICATOR CAN BE SWITCHED TO DISPLAY OTHER THINGS. Check the variants: there are many different ones that show different system stats (CPU usage, HDD space free, RAM, a BATTERY METER by request!!!).

- Program Dock
Check the instructions (via RainBrowser or editing the config) for how to customize your own shortcuts on the dock. By default, they should point to the Windows 7 libraries (Documents, Downloads, Videos, etc.) and other common shortcuts. If they do not work for you, you need to customize them yourself.

2) Elevator Video Screen - Weather Display
- You must configure your weather code (US users: 5-digit ZIP Code) by editing the LocationCode variable.
- Displays the current time
- Displays the current temperature
- Displays a (hopefully) funny weather status icon

3) Elevator Video Screen - RSS Feed
- Displays RSS Feed items (configurable RSS feed URL)

4) Wallpapers
- There are several variants of the wallpapers included. It's in this skin's folder under the Wallpaper directory. A total of four wallpapers are included. You can also find the wallpapers on my DeviantArt gallery.


Many of the materials used to make this theme come from the texture files from the game itself. I did, however, create some of my own artwork using Photoshop:
- Dock icons (same as the old Portal theme)
- The brand new weather icons!
- The illustration for the Propaganda Induction Tool (RSS Feed)
- The background images of the video screens (Climate Hazard Indicator/Propaganda Induction Tool/etc.).

Some serious attention to detail went into the making of this theme. I hope you enjoy it!

NOTE: The preview is just to show you all of what's available: you can pick and choose what you want to use, and there are white and blue-green variants for the video screens.


HOW TO INSTALL
This is a Rainmeter Skin/Theme. You must have Rainmeter installed for this to install.

Download Rainmeter: rainmeter.net/

Then download my theme and run it.

HOW TO USE
Upon the installation of the theme, all of those screens will pop up and your wallpaper will be changed as well. Simply close the ones you do not want to use, and go about trying out the different variants of the configs.

YOU MUST ENTER YOUR LOCATION CODE FOR THE WEATHER TO WORK. This is done by right-clicking on the weather skin and clicking Edit Skin. Scroll down to the Variables section and you should see 'LocationCode='. Plug in your location code (find your location here, use the newer Yahoo Weather instructions listed under Note: rainmeter.net/cms/Tips-Weather…. Change the units from Fahrenheit to Celsius if need be (use F or C; if it doesn't work, just try lowercase).

For instructions on how to customize this theme, please look inside the config files. You can also use RainBrowser! This is installed with Rainmeter most of the time (look in your Start Menu), it makes sense of all the plaintext nonsense inside the INI files that's too hard to read.

Variants--
You can right click on the skin that you want to change and there will be a Variant menu. You can choose either a blue/green or a white screen. Additionally, the white RSS screen (Propaganda Induction Tool) has a single-screen variant in both white and blue.

Further Customization--
You can go into the config file and adjust the sizes as necessary by adjusting the ThisWidth variable in the [Variables] section. However, I haven't tested this functionality extensively, so some manual adjustment may be needed. The Test Chamber Sign can comfortably get larger, but when making it smaller you may run into some issues.


AUTHOR'S NOTES
I spent forever trying to come up with the weather icons. I gave up after a while, and decided to just finish the theme with what I've got. I will likely release a few updates to this.

Update Goals--
1) Weather Icons--Not all icons are drawn using the isometric paper doll style. Some are still in the simple stick figure signage style. I'm hoping to create standardized icons.
2) Weather Indicator--Thanks to death-au death-au.deviantart.com/ for the idea to incorporate the weather indicator into the test chamber sign. Basically, the idea is to replace one of the icons in the program dock on the Test Chamber Sign with a weather icon. This is way more compact than having that big weather video screen.
3) Better Propaganda Induction Tool diagram for the blue-green video screen.

Any and all suggestions for improvement (please be detailed!!!) are more than welcome.

If you would like to see a smaller scale version of this skin designed for smaller resolutions, please comment with your desired resolution. If there are enough people who want this made smaller, I'll work on it.

21 APR 2012--I've been busy, but I'll probably have time over the summer to mess around with this some more. I lost a lot of the source work because of a computer crash, so I can't guarantee that I'll work on anything. With that said, I do intend to create a smaller scale version.

10 AUG 2011--I hit 1000 downloads! A small number, to be sure, but a tiny victory nonetheless. That's about a hundred downloads a day, and one out of six people who view this download it.


Using Artwork From This Theme
Regarding use of my artwork or any other piece of this theme: you have my permission to use anything you want (except for commercial use). The only thing I ask is for an attribution link somewhere and for you to comment or message me to show me what you've done: I love to see what people make!
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:iconf3n1x1:
f3n1x1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Fantastic work. Goes great with a recent case mod i did: youtu.be/nKFkH5mkOa4
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TheOriginalDaino Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Awesome work dude!

I would ask only a thing: can the weather feature shows the temperature in Celsius?

All the other stuff is really, really excellent!
Good job! :D (Big Grin) 
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petergoh15 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Could I please have the meter to show the battery level please! Thanks and it looks really cool :D
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madcat75 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
WHERE IS THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON I CAN'T FIND IT
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ayeshax3 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
This looks exactly like what I was expecting from a Portal theme. Nice job!
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TheFiftyShades Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Does anyone know how to edit the test chamber icons so that when I scroll my mouse over them they don't only highlight when it's positioned over the black part of the icons? I don't know if that makes any sense but what I is for them to be clickable when my mouse is in the the entire box of the icon, not just when my mouse is over the black lines of the image.
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Popetpoo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I must be the biggest idiot... I cant for the life of me get the weather working... I MAY need a step by step tut on how to do it... 
Ive tried everything thats been said...
Is the weather config supposed to look like this:
[MeasureWeatherRSS]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=Plugins\WebParser.dll
UpdateRate=1800
Url=weather.yahooapis.com/forecast…
RegExp=*********
StringIndex=1

I feel like such an idiot...
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petergoh15 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
You right click the skin, go to edit skin and scroll down to variables. Find your weather code on the internet, and insert that into the section. Then save it and refresh your skin. Hopefully this helps, unless you have already figured it out.
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GR33NTHUNDAH Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this so much. Quick question regarding the dock: I try to put in an internet shortcut, but it won't open. Any suggestions on how to get internet shortcuts to work?
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Can you please tell me what exactly you typed into the config file? My understanding is that you have to link to a browser and pass along the URL as an argument, but it is possible that you can open it if the shortcut opens an address; it should use the default browser.
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GR33NTHUNDAH Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ButtonCommand=!Execute [www.4chan.org/] 

I did commands like this for all the links
I want them to open up in Google Chrome
I also pasted shortcuts and the links into the links folder, like I was told
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I apologize that I can't give you a more definitive answer, I don't have access to a Windows PC most of the time these days. Try adding h t t p : // to the link (remove the spaces). Or maybe it's already there and DeviantArt took it out of your post.  If that doesn't work, search for how to create an Internet shortcut using Chrome. Here's a lead, it might help: superuser.com/questions/153245…
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Arsonist1c Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
question just set this up and i edited the big clock 12hr to show 12hr time the one problem now is that it overlaps the seconds. Any idea how to fix this?
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I think you might be able to fix it by editing the X position of the time string. If you haven't already figured it out, could you please tell me more specifically what you're seeing? Or a screenshot would work too.
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ale93111 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
will be there a version for 1366x768?
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Not in the foreseeable future. I know a lot of people have requested that resolution, but I use a Mac now and I can't use Rainmeter. It's not too tough to do scale the images down yourself though, it's just a matter of resizing images and fiddling with the X/Y positions and what have you.
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ale93111 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thanks for the advice, here is my desktop now [link] . I love it!
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thanks so much for sharing, I'm glad you're enjoying my theme :D
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ninjastar82 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student
How do you change what icons show in the test chamber sign?
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
You have to change the button images individually. The buttons are numbered 1-10 (or maybe 0-9) and the config uses the file name to display the right image. In other words, if you want to change the first button into an image of a butterfly, you would take the image you want to use and rename it to something like 1.png (sorry, I forget by now and I don't use a PC primarily anymore).
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ninjastar82 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student
Ok, but where do I find that? I've looked in all the settings for it.
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Also, I just checked. The button images can be named whatever you want, you just have to reference them by the correct name in the INC file. So, for example, the first button by default is this:

[MeterBUTTON1]
Meter=BUTTON
X=0r
Y=10r
ButtonImage=images\portal.png
ButtonCommand=!Execute ["#B1#"]

You would change the second to last line that says "ButtonImage=images\portal.png" to whatever image file you want to be displayed. For example:
ButtonImage=images\chrome.png

Just make sure you place the image in the right folder.
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
It's in a file called dockdecorations.inc in Resources folder (Skins\Aperture Labs Information Signs\Resources)
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Branzdin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Photographer
are you able to bind the buttons to go to a webpage? like youtube?


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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
I think so. You could probably try to make the shortcut open "youtube.com". Or, more safely, you could probably try a browser shortcut with an argument. This link might help: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/c…

Of course, the same principles apply to all browsers, not just Firefox. 
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manzki Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
How would I go about changing the units from fahrenheit to celsius on the weather sign?
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manzki Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Edit, I worked it out :D
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Valandria Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a problem with the icons :( I saw in the comments, that others had the same problem and that you answered them... But somehow it's not working when I type in B10=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe and save it, it keeps opening the recycle bin. :iconrazycryplz:What do I do wrong? :iconheadacheplz:
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Dreamslave90 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Now, I've had this theme for a long while and every few months I try to figure out how to make use of the clickable icons underneath the huge "Date" on the left panel. I want to put my games into one, my other programs into another, so I can completely clean my desktop. But I just haven't figured out how at all. I'm pretty computer illiterate, but I thought for sure I'd be able to figure this out, any ideas?
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scriptninja22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Find the shortcuts file under \My Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Aperture Labs Information Signs\Resources. Open it in any text editor, then fill in the file path for the application you want it to open. 

For example: B6=C:\Users\ncrowth3.PHYSICS\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\spotify.exe Opens spotify. 

Hope this helps
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wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Also, remember to refresh either the individual widget or the entire Rainmeter!
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noobita2 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
is there a version for 1366x768? :)
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Megaskywarp Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Ok, the instructions at Rainmeter say "Take the weather code and paste in in your skin at the appropriate place. Save. Refresh." Where is the appropriate place?
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s0ndosodn0s Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Beautiful skin =] But for some reason, I cannot, for the life of me get the weather to work... I've looked on various forums, used the code from Yahoo Weather and still... Not working =[ Anyone have the same problem or know a fix? Thanks ^^
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s0ndosodn0s Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Nevermind, got it working... Now to fiddle around with other things! Woop!
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jefthereaper Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
nice work!
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wordswordswordsyo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Maybe I'm going crazy, but I can't find the download button.
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XtremeScientist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Dude It's just below the "Add to Favourites", and above the "Share".
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iGoodbyeBreakingBad Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
AWESOME
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taringa501 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
"- Program Dock
Check the instructions (via RainBrowser or editing the config) for how to customize your own shortcuts on the dock. By default, they should point to the Windows 7 libraries (Documents, Downloads, Videos, etc.) and other common shortcuts. If they do not work for you, you need to customize them yourself."

Can someone tell me where are these instructions, only a couple of shortcuts work and i would love to make them all work, please if you know how to customize them please tell me how.
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loprado123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Amazing!
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OmegaManLegend Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A fun skin/theme. Awesome job! :D
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XxLAGxX1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Awesome theme! I was getting bored of my Assassins creed theme.
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Spark-Sighs Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Were is the download link?
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wordswordswordsyo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Did you find it? I cant
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jake1825 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I love it! Great work.
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Leoyun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow just wow
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afleming6670 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
If you do create a smaller version, I would love to see it fit for 1366x768. I'm still using this theme, it just takes up a lot of space and I can't fit as many of the signs on my desktop as I'd like.

Fantastic work by the way, such a great theme
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BichTower Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
how do you download this?
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Deterous Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Amazing Rainmeter theme, well done!

Just wondering if I could get an image of the test chamber sign by itself with no interactive stuff such as the numbers, barmeter and the dock. This way, I would put the image on the wallpaper so it looks as if the sign is turning on when Rainmeter starts.

Thanks especially for your attention to detail,
Deterous
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