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The Portal Desktop Theme by wistfulwriter The Portal Desktop Theme by wistfulwriter
ANNOUNCEMENT
I HAVE RELEASED THE PORTAL 2 DESKTOP THEME [link]

UPDATE--14 MAY 2011
I haven't released it yet, but I refreshed the theme with the aforementioned CPU/battery meter. I will release it the same time that I release my Portal 2 theme: [link]

UPDATE--5 MAY 2011
I will soon update this with a CPU/Battery meter (for the Level Progress meter).

UPDATE--5 FEB 2010
I've cleaned up the digits.png file of the level date sign. If you see little edges in the '1' digit (visible depending on the color of your background), download the cleaned version: [link]


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DOWNLOAD THE WALLPAPER HERE: [link]

I've reworked my original Portal theme and packaged it up in an Rainmeter skin file for easy installation.

This is inspired by the test chamber signage at the beginning of every level in Portal. The level number is replaced by the date, and I've added the month and day.

Below that is a level progress bar. There are two variants. One is a week progress bar: the same way the Aperture Laboratories showed you your progress through the levels, this shows you your progress through a year! The second variant is a RAM meter bar, created by request.

To complete the whole sign, I also created my first ever Rainmeter dock! It imitates the same basic design of the test chamber sign: a 5x2 grid of simple black and white icons. They are dimmed when inactive, and turn fully black when you hover over the icon.

There are a bunch of other little extras as you can see in the preview picture.

If you have any suggestions or requests, please don't hesitate to let me know! I may have overlooked some things, so please, by all means, get in touch with me if there's something wrong.

====== TIPS ======
You can edit fonts.inc (found in the Fonts folder) and define your own font to use for most of the text. The variable is MyFont. It should change most of the fonts across the board. If it doesn't, please tell me about it. I have designed this for use with Helvetica, but many people may not have it: the only recommendation I have is to either get Helvetica CE or to tweak it yourself. If you have a free Helvetica alternative, please let me know and I will use it in future updates.
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:iconmunkustrapp:
Munkustrapp Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I missed this info somewhere, and I'm also new to Rainmeter, but I'm wondering how to make the icons linkable?
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:iconvivisnipes:
ViViSnipes Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this work on Windows 8?
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:iconagent-g245:
Agent-G245 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
cool, I gotta remember to get this when I receive a new windows 7 laptop.
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:icondakoteus:
dakoteus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Does the weather actually change? Or do I have to dick around with the settings?
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
The weather does change, but you have to set the ZIP code. Just google Rainmeter weather config, I think you'll be able to figure it out from there.
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:iconfrancis19944:
francis19944 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
amazing!
I love this one!!!
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:iconjoshg1029:
joshg1029 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
nvm found it
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:iconjoshg1029:
joshg1029 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
cant find the download am i blind???
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:iconbroesie:
broesie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
nice, that would look nice on my phone :)
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:iconteroy655:
teroy655 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
thats a stuoid question but what program i need to instal this theme because when im downloading it it a blank file
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:iconkira913:
kira913 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
you need rainmeter. download that and then this
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:iconfunkentanz:
Funkentanz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
What a great Rainmete Skin :D
Is there a Way to remove the Background from the TestChamber Sign, so that it looks like the other Clock. Just Solid black. I hope you know, what I mean.
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:iconoutsiderrade:
OutsiderRade Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Can someone please tell me how to change the links the little buttons go to? I am extremely new to rainmeter, so please explain in detail. Thanks!
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:iconafterburner99:
afterburner99 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
How do you change the weather feed? I've been trying to change entries in the .txt file but I can't get to show local weather
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:iconlittle-angel-73:
little-angel-73 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is wonderful, I love the simplicity of it. The only problem is that I can't seem to change the weather type to C - it refuses to update and stays in F. I've tried changing it in the url area under MeasureWeatherRSS and under Variables, but no matter what I do it stays in F. How do I fix this? Thanks in advance.
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:iconlittle-angel-73:
little-angel-73 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh lawdy, that was a silly mistake. Apparently, you don't capitalise the c and f. Well, never mind. Thank you for the awesome theme.
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:iconeternalnewbie89:
EternalNewbie89 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
hm, I tried both c and f on the unit code on Aperture Weather file, but it still only displays a "?" as the unit. Any suggestion? by the way, great skin, very much appreciated!
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:iconlittle-angel-73:
little-angel-73 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I figured it out. Where are you entering the c/f? There are two places to enter it: both under "Variables" and "MeasureWeatherRSS" - if you enter it correctly under both (or just under MeasureWeatherRSS) then it should display the weather correctly. Make sure you have your weather code correct as well. Hope this helps.
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:iconeternalnewbie89:
EternalNewbie89 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
sorry for the late reply, been quite busy lately, didn't have the time to apply it. It worked out great!! thank you so much for your help
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:iconsomydadcamehomedrunk:
Somydadcamehomedrunk Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Okay this might be a stupid question, how do I download this one? whenever I click the links it sends me to newer stuff, but I really like this minimalist one.
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:iconlittle-angel-73:
little-angel-73 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just click the download link under the "Add to favourites" button and that'll give it to you.
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:iconroxas006:
roxas006 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Great theme, one question thought. With the test chamber sign is outlined with white rather than being solid black, how do I change that?
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:iconcolorfulnumbers:
ColorfulNumbers Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thank you for making this! I haven't fired up Rainmeter in a long time.
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:iconmidelaye:
midelaye Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG, this is amazing! :D

One question, though. What do you mean by the 'Links Folder'? I've spent half an hour trying to figure it out.
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:iconramenmanga-ka:
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
I don't know what a Rainmeter or this is... how do I apply it to my desktop?
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:iconvandaril:
Vandaril Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
hi there, i just wanted to ask you how i can change the location (i guess you know what i mean ^^) of the weather skin? i cant seem to be able to read the description, i think there's some kind of an instruction, but i can't see it =/
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:iconvandaril:
Vandaril Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
oh, nevermind, i found it when i took a look at your portal 2 desktop theme ^^
i like them both, well done :)
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:iconred-steel:
Red-Steel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cool skin man :) the clock is really nice
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:iconkammiey:
Kammiey Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Im not sure how to change the icon and the place that it takes you to on the dock. Please help in detail! thanks.
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:iconrosiekarma:
RosieKarma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Im new to rainmeter and know how to edit the icon thingy, but i cant get it to link to my Google Chrome browser, and i was wondering if you could help me in a lot of detail!
Thanks :)
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Hi, you have to find the path of your program. Generally speaking, it will be in C:\Program Files\Google Chrome or something like that. Just copy and paste this path into the corresponding button link.
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:icondantheartiste:
DanTheArtiste Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
IS there a way to change the weather from Fahrenheit to Celsius? Also, is there a way to change the clock's time?
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:iconrosiekarma:
RosieKarma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Yeahh if you right click on the weather skin and click edit, then you scroll down and change where is says something like, weather measurement from and F to a C
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:icontrevorkaeton:
trevorkaeton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Interface Designer
How do you get the icons to link to your programs?
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:icontrevorkaeton:
trevorkaeton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Interface Designer
NEVERMIND I FIGURED IT OUT.
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:icontrevorkaeton:
trevorkaeton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Interface Designer
WAIT, I LIED. The music button isn't working. D:
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
What're you trying to make the music button do?
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:icontrevorkaeton:
trevorkaeton Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Open my itunes?
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Type in the path to the iTunes executable. Usually in C:\Program Files\iTunes.
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:icontrevorkaeton:
trevorkaeton Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Which file I would I do that in?
Sorry, I'm asking so many questions.
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Right click the dock and choose edit skin.
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:iconskyhiro07:
SkyHiro07 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
This is amazing! Lovely work.
I'm keeping an eye on your Portal 2 one as well.

I hate to be the one asking though but i'm sort of new to Rainmeter and I was wondering how you program the Apertures Lab/Dock to respond to files in your computer.
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:iconskyhiro07:
SkyHiro07 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Ignore this message... I just figured it out. My bad.
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Glad you figured it out!
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:iconroxas006:
roxas006 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
question concerning the secondary date, on my computer I can't seem to move it the the top of my desktop. What should I do to fix this or can I not?
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Sorry, I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do. Do you mean to say that you want to make this the top window no matter what?
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:iconroxas006:
roxas006 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I had already fixed the problem, sorry I should have posted something
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:icondjango117:
Django117 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Can I use this on my macbook?
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:iconwistfulwriter:
wistfulwriter Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Not yet: it's for Rainmeter only, which is on Windows. Some day I'll work on a Mac version.
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ibome466 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
how do i download this?
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