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Blue Overview by chemistrylab500x Blue Overview by chemistrylab500x
I was recently introduced to Rainmeter and really love it. I decided to combine skins from different suites and tweaked them into a single suite. Hope you like it as this is my first attempt :)


Additional Applications:
Below is the list of applications that are needed to ensure that all components of the skin work properly. Do note that if any application is not installed, the skin will have missing data but will not cause any issues or system instabilities.

Core Temp ([link])
MSI Afterburner ([link]) for Nvidia/AMD GPUs
SpeedFan ([link]) On Windows 8, select compatibility for Windows 7 for installation ([link])


Instructions:
Manual tweaking for some of the skins are required due to the unique configuration of each system. Please note that I have marked those sections clearly and provided instructions where necessary. For further information, please read the easy-to-understand Rainmeter guide ([link]). I might be able to provide some help if possible, however, Google seems to know the answer to almost all questions if asked nicely ;)


Skins Available:
Below is the list of available skins

Application
- 10 customizable shortcuts
- Left click central orb to hide/show shortcuts
- Middle click central orb to load/unload skins layout
NOTE: Once you have loaded all the required skins, you must save the new layout with the name "Blue Overview" which will overwrite the default layout (which has the same name) and you will have your desktop layout permanently saved [link]

Battery
- When charging, shows the charge level as percentage
- When running on battery, shows the time remaining

CPU
- Shows total CPU usage as percentage and graph
- Shows CPU Model (Core Temp required)
- Shows current CPU speed (Core Temp required)
- Shows maximum temperature (Core Temp required)
- Shows top 3 process name and values

GPU
- Shows core frequency (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows driver version installed (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows fan speed as percentage (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows GPU model (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows GPU temperature (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows GPU usage as percentage and graph (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows memory frequency (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows PCB temperature (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows shader frequency (MSIAfterBurner required)
- Shows used VRAM as value and bar graph (MSIAfterBurner required)

Storage (HDD/SSD)
- Auto hides when drive is not present (for removable drives)
- Shows the drive letter and name
- Shows the free, used and total capacities as percentages and values of the HDD/SSD
- Shows the temperature of the HDD/SSD (Speedfan required)
- Shows the transfer rate as values and graph

Storage (USB/RAMDisk)
- Auto hides when drive is not present (for removable drives)
- Shows the drive letter and name
- Shows the free, used and total capacities as percentages and values of the HDD/SSD
- Shows the transfer rate as values and graph

Storage (ODD)
- Auto hides when drive is empty
- Shows the drive letter and name

Media Player
- Auto hides when media player is closed
- Provides some control of the configured media player
- Shows the title, artist and album of the currently playing track

Network
- Shows the total upload and download stats
- Shows the upload and download rates

Power Panel
- Hidden by default to prevent accidental clicks
- Shows the uptime
- Support for shutdown, restart, hibernate, logoff, lock and sleep

RAM
- Shows the free and used as percentages and actual values
- Contains an editable line of text which can be used to display the RAM model information
- Shows top 2 process names and values
- Shows total RAM

Recycle bin
- Shows the total number of items
- Shows the total size

Time Zone
- Shows the day and date of the time zone configured


Special Thanks & Credits:
Below are the list of authors who have helped me and/or whose work I have used:

~g3xter For giving me permission to mod his skin, for the prompt and kind email replies and creating the wonderful icons for SSD, USB, ODD, RAMDisk [link]
~aroche For giving me permission to use the recycle bin icon [link]
ch_rob @ Rainmeter Forum: For allowing me to use his TopProcess plugin [link]
DigitalDJ @ Rainmeter Forum: For allowing me to use his TopProcess plugin [link]
~Kaelri For helping me with some of the coding
~Mordasius For helping me with some of the coding
~newmanhyde For making a wonderful battery skin [link]
~Seclipse For giving me permission to mod his skin [link]
Stangowner @ Guru3D: For giving me permission to mod his skin and allowing me to use the MSI Afterburner plugin [link]
~UrulokiBurning For making the wonderful Mass Effect skin [link]
~Zeek-Aran For making the wonderful Mass Effect skin [link]
*z-design For making the tech brushes [link]
And last but not the least, the wonderful people at Rainmeter Forum for guiding me.


Derivatives:
Here are some of the derivatives:
Weblink RainMeter -> [link]

Note: Feedback and suggestions are welcomed. Moreover, please inform me if you use my work/part of it anywhere else :)
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:iconfeihung7:
feihung7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
i pressed download on the right side and only a few of the apps showed up. Help please.
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feihung7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
So I pressed on the download button on the right side and only got half of the skins or apps for this. Did I forget anything?
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BiohazardJon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I was wondering if you have solved the disk access graphs and the transfer rate problem on the HDD display. 
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Can you please elaborate what the issue is? AFAIK, there isn't any issue with the transfer rate with HDDs or SSDs on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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:iconbiohazardjon:
BiohazardJon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Sorry it was just a problem with my computer, after i updated my computer it was working.

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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Glad to hear that the issue is now resolved :)
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:iconazerothqq:
azerothqq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
media player not working, cheers
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
It can happen when the Media Player isn't properly exited. There are two solutions to this:
1) Restart the system
2) Open up Task Manager and terminate the process

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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:iconbrandon85c:
Brandon85c Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
can't seem to get the gpu temps to work ... msi afterburner is getting both core temps fine ... issue started after i xfired my cards
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I am sorry that I can't test it since I don't have dual GPU Set-up. However, can you please look at this this post (forums.guru3d.com/showpost.php… and see if you can solve your issue.

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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:iconwitzki:
witzki Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Perfect for my Jarvis theme!
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Thanks very much for the compliment :)

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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:iconbattlefury99:
battlefury99 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
do you have a video tutorial? need help newby here. :) i really want this theme in my pc... thanks you in advance
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I did manage to find one which shows you how to install Rainmeter and the skin (in rmskin file format). I just skim watched and it covers the basic information so here you go (www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z-sBO….

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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:iconyoulink:
youlink Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
We got Cerberus here...
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Really love the Mass Effect universe :)
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:iconleodydante:
leodydante Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Thanks a lot, much appreciated :D

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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Mastrada101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
This skin is awesome! However, I'm having an issue with the GPU reader part. It reads everything fine, except it refuses to read GPU Temp, PCB Temp, shader, and Usage. It also tells me my card has 0 MB memory, when I know for a fact it has 1024 MB (it's two HIS Radeon HD 6670's in crossfire mode, yes I know not that good but it's what I was able to afford and still works great). How can I resolve all of this?
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chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thanks for those kind words.

If you have installed the latest version of MSI Afterburner, and that doesn't resolve your issue, try this:
Memory -> You will have to manually edit that skin with the total VRAM. It is on line 64 where you change the value of MaxValue
PCB Temp -> I initially made this skin on GTX 260 (Hehe, talk about old) so when I tried it with GTX 675M, it didn't show. I did some searching and found out that nor all GPUs report the PCB Temp so you don't have to worry about that.
Shader -> Since I created this on a Nvidia GPU, I included the Shader. That isn't available for ATI/AMD GPUs so you don't have to worry about it.
GPU Temp & Usage should work. Are those values shown in MSI Afterburner? If yes, than are they also showing in About Rainmeter: Right-click Rainmeter icon in notification tray -> Click "Open log" -> Select "Skin" tab -> Select "Blue Overview\GPU" in the left Panel see what values are being displayed in the right panel.

Hope you will find this useful :)
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FlyinPiper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
I'm having the same problems where usage and temps don't appear. I did what you said about opening the log and the temps don't show up there either. Same thing the Afterburner shows something in the 30's but the skin says 0 and so does the log. If it helps, I'm running on a laptop with an AMD Radeon HD 7660G GPU.
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
If the log (in About Rainmeter) doesn't show any information, then my skin (or any other skin for that matter) will not show the values. May I suggest uninstalling MSI Afterburner and Rainmeter and doing a fresh installation to see if the issue is fixed or not?

P.S. Sorry for the late reply.
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jimmytoner Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Do you have one link where i can just download all of this?
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Can you please be more specific? To download the Rainmeter Theme that I made (Blue Overview), there is Download File on the right side and you can download the 1.2MB file and install it using Rainmeter. The other needed applications are mentioned in the Additional Applications and you can easily download and install them.
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takld001 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
how do you get the CPU usage to work over multiple cores?
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I am using the Rainmeter plugin -> [link] to get the overall CPU Usage. It works for multiple Cores (Intel and AMD). I am not sure if it works over multiple processors, i.e. 2, 4, 8 physical processors which requires server motherboards and are very costly.
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:iconakira063:
Akira063 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Beyond cool!!! Bravo!!
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thanks pal :)
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:iconakira063:
Akira063 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Can you do something dealing with world times?
I can't find any world cool world clocks featuring Beijing,China,Seoul,Korea or Tokyo,Japan.
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Umm... since I am busy, the quickest solution for you that I can suggest if you only want the date and day is as follows:

Go to the Rainmeter directory and navigate to the Time folder (C:\Users\PantherX\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Blue Overview\Time) where you can see Zone 1 and Zone 2 folder. You can copy the folder, one for each new Time Zone and make sure that you change the folder name to Zone 3, Zone 4, etc and also the .ini file in that folder to match the folder structure, Time Zone 3.ini, Time Zone 4.ini, etc

Then refresh the skin by the Manage Rainmeter and expand the Blue Overview folder on the left panel and then expand the Time folder and you will see the additional Zone 3, Zone 4, etc that you created. Expand Zone 3 and then select Time Zone 3.ini and on the right, select Edit and in the text editor, under the variables, you can add the UTC/GMT offset and save the file. You can then load the skin and you can have that Zone's Time and day.

Hopefully, this is something that will will find useful :)
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:iconakira063:
Akira063 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Already did it...but thank you.
I got the results I wanted.
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
If you meant a single skin with those times, then have you seen this one by g3xter -> [link] I see Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo in it. Plus, the colour scheme is same too!
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:iconakira063:
Akira063 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Yup...I have it
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:iconwyked89:
wyked89 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I can't seem to change the time on the clock, new to rainmeter btw :(
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
First visit the Time website ([link]) and below the city, lower right corner, click on "More info" and one the page is loaded, look at "Time zone offset:" and note the value including the - (minus) or + (plus) sign.

After that, right click the clock skin and select "Edit skin" and then under the "Time Zone Overview" section, there will be "UTC = +3" where you can change the"+3" to whatever value you got from the website.

Hope this helps you :)
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andr3w1sh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
any way to change/remove the Cerberus logo from the center button?
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Sorry for the delay!

Yes you can, right click the skin, select edit and at the bottom of the file, there is a section called "Centeral Button" under which you can change the value for ButtonImage.
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:iconezio:
ezio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Nice work!
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thanks :)
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dmshst Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
This is sweet. I would actually like to have the media player always open, even when iTunes is not running. Could you tell me what I need to edit to allow this?
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks!
The quickest way is to right click the skin, select "Edit kin" and once the file opens, find the following:
[MeasureStatus]
and then change it by adding ; before it so that the line will look like this:
;[MeasureStatus]
This ensures that the measure is commented out so will not be used.

If you like clean code, then you can delete that entire measure ([link]) and it will work just fine.
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:icondmshst:
dmshst Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Winning! Thank you sir!
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:iconjdpathak:
Jdpathak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
aussum
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chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
:)
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AmethystLullaby Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! I enjoy the independence of this, not many themes are all-inclusive and allowing of the taskbar to be removed.
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you!
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havoc556 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Love it!!!
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thanks!
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Sc0uT10 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Excellent work mate looks fantastic.. :horns:
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:iconchemistrylab500x:
chemistrylab500x Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks pal :)
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