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Emiko Launcher by Kaelri Emiko Launcher by Kaelri
Update (9 December 12)

I looked at the code for this skin for the first time in about two years, and I was too embarrassed not to clean it up. :) The skin is now much smaller and more efficient.

In addition, whatever "lag" I was experiencing with Rainmeter's PLAY bang seems to have been fixed over the years, so I removed the extra addon. This should improve the skin's performance and eliminate some of the problems described in the comments.

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Update: RMSkin (20 November 10)

I've coverted the package to the ".rmskin" format, which makes it quick and easy to install new skins in the latest version of Rainmeter.

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This skin was made from a conceptual mockup by emiko; I loved his unique original design so much that I decided to take on the project myself. :)

Along with the apps and labels for each button, you can also easily customize:

Text font, color and style.
Button color.
Button radius.
Gap between buttons.

The text and the buttons will automatically adjust to each other, so you can make this fit just about any arrangement that seems to be crying out for a 3x3 grid of clickable dots.

The skin also uses a copy of JSMorley's new sound-byte app for the hover effect. You can eliminate this and use Rainmeter's internal sound player bang, but it causes a significant lag when used in this manner. The default sound, which is just taken from Windows' system audio, can be easily replaced as well.
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:iconneothefurrywolf:
neothefurrywolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Anyway to turn off the sound completely
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lowyikhang1995 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
how can i change the app into others app (dota 2). I edited as steam.exe but it wont work. help please.
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:iconglusch:
Glusch Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014
I love your launcher, it is really flexible and easy to work with, great work! Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate it.
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:iconxth0mas:
xth0mas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thanks! I really like this :D

How would I add a shutdown shortcut to one of the buttons? Everything I am finding online won't work. I'm on Windows 7.
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iDowngrade Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thinking for a bit I think you can make a command-prompt file that can tell your computer to shutdown.

1. Open up notepad.
2. Type in shutdown -s
3. If you want, you can add -c after the -s for a comment. For example: (shutdown -s -c "Bye Bye")
4. Save it, click all type files and name it <CommandName>.cmd
5. Save it where you decide.
6. Make a path to the command in the emiko.ini.

For this case what you will need is(You dont really have to type it as is but it's the most complete): shutdown.exe -s -t 00 or shutdown.exe /s /t 00

NOTE: Use - before the letter for windows XP, and use / before the letter for 7/8.

Example: shutdown /s /c "Bye"

There are tweaks to this command, to restart, to shutdown, to hibernate, timeout, etc.

Check out this page for the syntaxes: www.computerhope.com/shutdown.…
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:iconniotic:
niotic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I'm having trouble linking folders and libraries to the buttons, any suggestions?
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:iconthecloudcrest:
TheCloudCrest Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Is there a way to add pictures to the dots?
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:iconaaron77771:
Aaron77771 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Hey, I love your launcher, but I can't seem to replace the Sound.wav file. Can you describe how to do it?
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Find this line:

MouseOverAction=[!SetOption #CURRENTSECTION# LineColor "#ColorCircleActive#"][!UpdateMeter #CURRENTSECTION#][!SetOption Active Text "#App#CURRENTSECTION#Name#"][!UpdateMeter Active][!Redraw][PLAY "#CURRENTPATH#Sound.wav"]

Replace "Sound.wav" with the name of the new file. (#CURRENTSECTION# represents the current skin folder, so if your file is in a different folder, just remove #CURRENTSECTION# and paste in the whole path.)
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FlyingHyrax Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I was wondering then you'd get around to updating this - heck, at one point I gave up and rewrote it myself.
Still my favorite Rainmeter launcher after 3 years!
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Glad to hear it. :) Yeah, not only has Rainmeter changed a lot since 2009, but I've also gotten a lot better at it. Or so I like to think.
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:iconnicolasvisceglio:
NicolasVisceglio Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I have a problem with the possition on the screen: it only works on th left uper ccorner, and not in a proper wat eader.
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I'm not sure I understand your issue. I just posted an update to this skin, which should improve the performance in some areas, so please download it and see if that solves the problem. If not, could you provide a little more detail?
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:iconnicolasvisceglio:
NicolasVisceglio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Now is workin fine
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:icontrambe25:
trambe25 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I need help, do you know how to make a steam and steam game launcher to this?
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:iconacshikari:
acshikari Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gonna try it.. tnx
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:iconsylfide:
sylfide Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i just LOVE it ! really makes my desk beautiful !
but, every time i click a dot, the text disapears but comes back again after 10 min? ..
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:iconmatteomatteomatteo:
MatteoMatteoMatteo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
me too, this problem is quite annoying
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:iconrokr432:
rokr432 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
This is a GREAT skin. No more desktop icons. Gives Windows a sleek, classy look. Lovin it!
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:iconpope541:
Pope541 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really cool concept. Can't wait for the update...it really does need the lag and bugs fixed. Then it would be perfect!
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I'll see if I can get to it this weekend. :)
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:iconeiviin:
Eiviin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A little glitchy, but nevertheless very useful and good looking launcher. Nice work.
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Emiko is terribly outdated by now. I plan to give it a thorough update once I get a few other projects out of the way. :)
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:iconeiviin:
Eiviin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, works for me

Does that mean that there's updates or something though?
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Not existing, but planned, yes. This skin can be written in a much nicer way with modern Rainmeter tools.
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:iconeiviin:
Eiviin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool I'll keep an eye out
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:iconheavywater88:
Heavywater88 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very simple style, great job!
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:iconandrodpm:
aNdRoDPM Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Is there anyway to change the shortcuts?
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:icond-photo:
D-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
When I double clicked ".rmskin" file it says : "Error: This Rainmeter skin package is not valid (unable to find configuration file).

Sorry.. I couldn't use it.
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Works fine for me. Try downloading the file again, or, if that doesn't work, reinstall Rainmeter.
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:icond-photo:
D-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Tried but the same error.
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Mm. Try running Rainstaller as an administrator? (When in doubt, run everything as an admin.)
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:icondaniel6000:
Daniel6000 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Any word on the disappearing text? After I click on a selection once, the text no longer displays. You can right click and refresh skin, but thats troubling to do every time. Great skin by the way, exactly what I was looking for...
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Sk8genius Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Hey, I really like this skin! It's really well done. The only thing is, I'm having trouble setting my own shortcuts. For example, if I set a shortcut to lets say Crysis, I write Crysis in the Name= area, then I write the path in the Path= area (inside the ""), but still, after refreshing the skin, Crysis doesn't launch when I click its corresponding circle. Am I doing something wrong?
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:iconsk8genius:
Sk8genius Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
This is one of my favorite Rainmeter launcher skins. Thanks a bunch for your work!
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:iconscope66:
scope66 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is exactly what I needed, thank you!
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:icondenergized:
denergized Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
by the way... do you want to transform your megahit "Arcs" into TRON style? something like this -

[link]

it would be really very great)
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denergized Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Nothing happens... no any error message ((( also - after first pressing of any another butt0n (for example - my computer), the indicating of buttons (name of the alias/button) disappears... i restart rainmeter - all is ok until i press any button and launch the application.
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denergized Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I'm sorry...

Name9=Winamp
Path9="C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe"

dosn't work... i tried to use the other software on this button - but without success...
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Can I ask what happens when you try?
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:iconjentage:
Jentage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
it lags really bad for me if my cursor keeps going through it, and it makes a lot of noise, but a really nice skin i must say.
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:iconkaelri:
Kaelri Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Well, you're in luck: the lag is actually caused by the sound. So you can eliminate both by removing all instances of the following bit of code:

["#CURRENTPATH#PlayIt.exe" "#CURRENTPATH#Sound.wav"]
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NoKk0m3nT Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
When I click on one of the dots to open notepad, or anything else, then after I close the program and hover over the dots again, it no longer shows the names of the programs. What do I do?
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:iconjentage:
Jentage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thank you for your fast reply, yes it's running smooth now.
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:iconwiruz:
Wiruz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks facinating ^^ i'll give it a go :) thanks ^^
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:iconadaam010:
adaam010 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
i prefer this skin instead of the original icons :) thank your very much
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:iconjimmylap:
jimmylap Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
your works are impressionant, thank you for share!
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:iconhunnyflash:
hunnyflash Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
omg AMAZING!

It's the launcher you made for me!

I'm just gonna say...I'm a girl ;)

but anyway, thank you so much for it again~ I just upgraded to 7, and sadly, I had forgotten to take this file with me.
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GamerWorld14 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Hi there Kaelri, I know you've probably got lots of messages to sort through, but I have a problem with the text not displaying on this... I've been searching for a solution, but can't find one. If anyone else is reading this and knows a solution, help would be awesome!
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Cpt-BlackBeard Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
I'm loving the simplicity of your skin, but am just wondering how I would go about disabling the audio??
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