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The Arc Menu Launcher V.1.5 by closer2thelung The Arc Menu Launcher V.1.5 by closer2thelung
Change Log

Added: I had to change a ton of code but now you can now change the overall size of the entire skin
    (Menu Size option now located in under GENERAL OPTIONS FOR ALL)
Added: Added an optional EXE file that allows you to toggle the skins position to always on top with the press of the Left Win key
    (The AutoHotKey script converted to EXE is located in "Rainmeter\Skins\Circles Menu\AutoHotKey")

Fixed: Album Art app now supports Windows Media Player
    (Thanks to darkstar9723 for bringing this to my attention)

Added: Full screen mode for album art. screenshot
    (Activate by right clicking on album art. Deactivate by right clicking anywhere in full screen mode)
Fixed: "Documents" pages 2-8 now opens the shortcuts

Fixed: Changed update values to make skin run much much faster
Fixed: Made processor bar a separate ini file to make skin run faster
    (Thanks to TweaknFreak for the suggestions!)

Added: Outline option for entire skin (can be found in under GENERAL OPTIONS FOR ALL)
Changed: Center app icons now toggle apps (skins), so you can easily load or unload app by clicking on same icon

First release

Introducing The Arc Menu Launcher. An all in one menu launcher for your desktop.

Main Menu
The Arc contains 6 menu items: Bookmarks, Downloads, Games, Applications, Documents, and Controls.
Right click on any menu to open the respective folder path.
Each menu option displays the menu items to the right. Click on the icon of the item to launch the respective item.
Scroll up or down on your mouse to navigate pages.

Quick Launch Bar
You may have up to 12 quicklaunch icons. Hover over the icon for application name.
Right click on any Quick launch icon to open the Quick Launch folder.

App Changer
The inner most ring of The Arc has menu options for up to 5 apps/skins.
Change each app path to have it load whatever you wish.
It comes preloaded with a tweaked version of MoshiAB's "The First Round Album Cover", as well as a Picture Slideshow, which is a deviation of MoshiAb's same skin.


The bottom center ring contains basic music controls that work with itunes or winamp.
The included Album Art app shows current album art. Click on the art to open iTunes/Winamp.
The outer ring displays progression of song. Scroll down to fast forward, up to rewind.
Right click on album art to activate full screen mode. Right click in full screen mode to deactivate.

RAM/CPU Status
Customizable RAM/CPU indicator bar.

The Arc is completely customizable through in the Resources folder. You can change the color and opacity of everything. Font size, font type, icon size and all paths can be tweaked in
You can also add an outline and customize it's color and opacity. You can now also change the overall size of the entire skin.

I have also included an optional EXE file that can toggle my skin's position to always on top with the press of the Left Win key.
The exe is an AutoHotKey script converted to exe.
It is located in "Rainmeter\Skins\Circles Menu\AutoHotKey"

The default folder locations for your Bookmarks, QuickLanch and Controls shortcuts are in "Rainmeter\Skins\Circles Menu\Folders\". This can be changed in

If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to post!


The album art viewer and the picture viewer are MoshiAB's "The First Round Album Cover"

The music progression ring in the Album Art viewer is borrowed and tweaked from Redsaph's "360"

The RAM/CPU bar was inspired by Jkon00's "Pog Pack"

Music controls were inspired by Flipside's "SCaLPI v2.5"

Weather center app shown in preview is maKrop's "Dresses Temperature"

Clock center app shown in preview is injust29's "Glimpse Clock"

Quick Launch icons shown in preview are Fi3uR's "Light Dock Icons"

Wallpapers shown in preview (left to right) - "Night City"
                                                                     - "Beats Fa Honky Light"
                                                                     - "Misty Morning In Swiss Woods'"
                                                                     - "Bokeh Wallpaper"
                                                                     - "Bokeh Night"
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Pizzanakin Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow my album art doesn't show up.. I use winamp, I configured it like this in the variables:

PlayerPath="C:\Program Files (x86)\Winamp\winamp.exe"

I am still able to pause or change the song and the timer does also show the length of the song. It's just the album art not appearing.

Alright I fixed it. I edited the albumart.ini where I had to switch playername from iTunes to Winamp.

Other than this, I really like this skin! Thanks for making it :)
2Mojako2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, there's a spot in to change the player name right above playerpath. If you change Player=itunes to Player=Winamp, it should also work. What you did works too obviously, but if you ever want to change it to a different player you will have to change the 2 instances again in albumart.ini.
Lemasters90 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  New member
My album art circle keeps getting blocky and loses the smooth circle around it
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
have you tried restarting rainmeter? sometimes rainmeter screws up a little and makes skins transparent or doesn't load certain elements of skins. If it happens after the restart, you might have to just refresh rainmeter whenever it happens again (right click on any rainmeter skin>rainmeter>refresh all).
starfrost304 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  New member
How do you change the center icon?
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you mean change the album art to say, a clock or something else? You can click on the numbers around the center circle (I, II, III...) and it will load different center skins. I have included album art (I) and a picture slideshow (II). To set the path of the pics, open (located in rainmeter/skins/circles menu/resources) with notepad and change the picpath. then save it and refresh rainmeter. If you want to add more skins you have to download them from rainmeter (I included some recommendations in the description). Then change the apppaths in
starfrost304 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  New member
Thank you for replying. What do you change the picpath. to? The link to a picture? Sorry I'm new at this.
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
change it to a location on your computer that you want to use for the slideshow ie..(C:\Users\Public\Pictures)

Don't put in the brackets
bbqbananas Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  New member
I am currently in love with your music album arc circle, but I only have room for the album art and the pause/play circle. Can you  help me take off the semicircle that comes with the play button? Though i like the other parts i just dont have the need for the m right now. (also is it possible to link it to spotify?) thanks for any help :)
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