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The Arc Menu Launcher V.2.1.1 by closer2thelung The Arc Menu Launcher V.2.1.1 by closer2thelung
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Change Log
2.1.1
Changed: Default background of Album Tracker app to Wood Texture
Added: Option in uservariables to change EQ bars color
Fixed: Scaling formulas in Album Tracker app
Fixed: Album Tracker now auto detects your country

2.1
Added: Album Tracker app to replace clock app
    (you can set the app path back to clock if you wish in uservariables.inc)

2.0
Added: A digital VU meter that can be turned on or off using the EQ button in music controls
Added: A button in music controls for Full Screen Music mode
Added: A clock app
Added: A weather app
Added: An RSS reaser app
Added: 2 more pages for Games menu
Added: Mouse over track info for album art
Added: Default image for album art when no music player is open.
Changed: Utilized the new image mask feature for album art/slideshow and other apps
Fixed: A clip string issue for 1 item in Games menu
Fixed: A problem with loading/unloading app 5

1.5
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 uservariables.inc 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")

1.4.1
Fixed: Album Art app now supports Windows Media Player
    (Thanks to darkstar9723 for bringing this to my attention)

1.4
Added: Full screen mode for album art. screenshot
    (Activate with the FS button in music control bar. Deactivate by right clicking anywhere in full screen mode)
Fixed: "Documents" pages 2-8 now opens the shortcuts

1.3
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!)

1.2
Added: Outline option for entire skin (can be found in uservariables.inc 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

1.1
First release
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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.

DIGITAL VU METER
A round VU meter around the entire skin that can be turned on or off using the EQ button in the music control bar.

APP CHANGER
The inner most ring of The Arc gives you quick access to 5 useful apps:
Album Art: Displays art for current track | shows progress of track | mouse over for track info | scroll down to fast forward | scroll up to rewind | left click to open player
Album Tracker:Automatically scans the song playing and shows you the latest release from that artist.
Slide Show: Automatically cycles through a specified picture folder | left click to open picture | right click to change picture
Weather" Displays today/tomorrow/next day temperatures | shows icon for current weather
RSS Reader: Displays 6 articles from 4 of your favorite RSS feeds

MUSIC CONTROL BAR
The bottom center ring contains basic music controls (Prev | Play/Pause | Next) that work with itunes or winamp.
Use the EQ button to turn on/off the digital VU meter
Use the FS button to go into Full Screen Music mode (Right click anywhere in full screen mode to deactivate)

RAM/CPU STATUS BAR
Customizable RAM/CPU indicator bar.

AUTOHOTKEY SCRIPT
I have included an optional EXE file that can toggle the 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"
If you want this to run automatically on startup, simply put the exe in your startup folder


The Arc is completely customizable through uservariables.inc in the Resources folder. You can change the overall size of the entire skin, the color and opacity of everything, font size, font type, icon size, menu paths, add an outline and much more. Everything can be tweaked in uservariables.inc. Use the settings button on the Album Tracker app to customize it.

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


!!IMPORTANT!!
In order for this skin's apps to display properly using Rainmeter's new image mask feature, you need Windows 7 or higher. Win 7 users also need this windows platform update



I posted a video of it here if you want to see it in action (this is without the new Album Tracker app)

If you wish to download the Album Tracker app as a stand alone skin, you can here




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



CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

The original album art viewer and the picture viewer were made from MoshiAB's "The First Round Album Cover"
The new album art and picture viewer and music controls are made from rabra's CoveR
Digital VU meter made from pisac's Circle LEvel
The RAM/CPU bar was inspired by Jkon00's "Pog Pack"
Clock app made from twistlemon's Elegant Clock
Weather app made from evertonstz's July Flat'ish
RSS app made from InteractEight's FLaTT's *FINAL*
Quick Launch icons shown in preview are Fi3uR's "Light Dock Icons"
Wallpapers shown in preview (left to right) Jarvis Logon | Deep Sea | Cosmos | Black Sheep | Van Gogh
Background of Album Tracker shown is EmoDJSteph's Wood Texture
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:iconbayushi-tai:
Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, i'm speechless !!!
Amazing work !!!
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconbayushi-tai:
Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome !
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:icondevinds128:
devinds128 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
So I've tried to set the slideshow to use a folder that's inside my \Pictures folder. "PicPath=C:\Users\Cyberpower\Pictures\Wallpaper"
The problem is that the slideshow circle won't show.
I have 'save position' checked & 'keep on screen' unchecked like you suggested before. I even set the coordinates to be the same as the clock, which does work. Any ideas.
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closer2thelung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
-Does the album art show? If not you may need the windows platform update to make use of rainmeter's imagemask feature *see description for link*
-Have you refreshed rainmeter? right click any rainmeter skin>Rainmeter>Refresh All.
-If that doesnt work make sure the path is correct ie... is it "Wallpapers" not "Wallpaper"?
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devinds128 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
The Platform fixed it. Thnx.
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Jacki112 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Thanks for this awesome skin. But i have some trouble using this skin.
1. The Applications folder shows nothing.
2. If i click on one of the Links of Documents or Downloads (which contains the same links) happens nothing.
I hope you can help me to get this fixed.
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:iconcloser2thelung:
closer2thelung Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
set all folder paths in uservariables.inc
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:iconjacki112:
Jacki112 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I still dont know what you mean with this. uservariable.inc? which folders?
Can you say me step by step what to do?
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:iconjacki112:
Jacki112 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Ok. Ignore my last question. I got it done.
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