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Work Launcher

Version: 1.3
Last Update: 18 December 2013

Hello folks. Several months ago I had some arguments about functionality of XWidget and Rainmeter and was said that it isn't possible to port Work Launcher  from XWidget to Rainmeter. So I did 100% port (not for the first time by the way) and added some more useful features and settings ;)



Changelog

1.3 
Added: Ukrainian language. Thanks to BlackoutY4K
Fixed: Launcher panel titles became shortened when D2D is disabled. Thanks to Meyrlan

1.2 
Fixed: Custom language picker. Thanks to BlackoutY4K
Added: 32x32 icon pack for choosing
Changed: Authors in the About dialogue are clickable

1.1
First release



Instructions


Installing Launcher
This launcher works on Windows with installed Rainmeter program. It is free and you can get this program on rainmeter.net/

Configuring links
Click right mouse button on the link and choose "Configure Link" to open link editor.

Changing settings
Click right mouse button on any launcher area and choose "Open Settings"

Choosing number of items on the launcher
Open settings as it is written above and find there option "Number of Items". Change it's value from 1 to 10 on your wish.



Answered Questions


Why in the context I don't have "Configure Link" menu?
This menu will be shown by clicking on the area which you chose in the settings menu "Open Link By Clicking". For example you set to open link by clicking on the icon, "Configure Link" menu will appear on right mouse click on the icon of link.

Why my text fonts don't look like on preview?
If you have Windows 7 or 8 text rendering should be ok. If not, download and apply www.microsoft.com/en-us/downlo… this Platform Update to enable D2D rendering.



Русский

Информацию на русском языке вы можете прочесть здесь.



Credits

Universal transitions and Rainfile are made by Kaelri
Included Aurora icon packt is made by MannMitDerTarnjacke
Work Launcher for XWidget is made by Kamaz-Z



Feel free to ask related questions :peace:
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:iconchromosphere:
chromosphere Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent, very useful and elegant.
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:iconxtcpants:
XTCPants Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
it needs more color options in the settings, and size options to rescale all of it. 
im going to try and mess with it, but im new and its overwhelming 
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi. I would recommend you not to edit it. The code is complex and mostly does not make sense. I am making a new version with all the options you proposed. If you are interested I will send you a beta version when it will be closer to be usable.
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:iconxtcpants:
XTCPants Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2018
could you help me customise this? 
i want to make 10 links that each open another tab of 10 links

Edit:  i figured out how to do what i asked with it, but im sure you could add something to the settings to make what i did easier to do

something id love to see this have. if you added a scaling variable so it can be resized easier
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:iconhorionk:
horionk Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2017
Hello.
I hope we'll have some new version of this (excellent) tool.
I am hope to have possibility to launch another "board" with some others shotcuts, like it was asked by tunabolism on Apr 30, 2015.
I don't try yet, but maybe by a full copy in a new directy and editing some .ini files ?

Anyway, what a wonderful job. Thanks !
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hello. I'm working hard on this project but I have very little amount to devote for Rainmeter. Would you be interested in close beta testing of this skin?
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:iconsteven-n:
Steven-n Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
With the new rainmeter update, the skin crashes rainmeter if it's loaded.
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
New beta should fix the problem. It looks like you use this skin a lot. Are you interested in close beta testing of a new version of this skin?
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:iconsteven-n:
Steven-n Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
I'm totally interested in this.
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:iconhaipham:
haipham Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
great launcher, but I wonder if any chance I could possibly pull the launcher all the way down to bottom of the screen? :D
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:iconsteven-n:
Steven-n Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2017
Is there a possibility of there being an update to allow for more links?

I have also had a problem where I cannot edit the 7th link. I can edit the other ones just fine, but for some reason, the 7th one can only be changed to a filepath. I can't type in a link like "steam://rungameid/367450" for the 7th one. I can do this for the others. imgur.com/a/OnoFv
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hello. Sorry for latish reply. Yes it is I going to support more links in the next update. I don't know when the next update is going to be though. I will post some news in my journal later about my skins.
I am aware of the 7th link problem. Here is how to fix it comments.deviantart.com/1/4201…
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:iconedwinhaak:
edwinhaak Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
I was hoping for folders not to be used as "links", but rather have an arrow that would open up that folder automatically, like in a rightclickmenu.
This way I could group my desktop icons in folders on the desktop and just link to those folders.
Now, when adding those folders to the launcher, it only opens that folder in explorer, which isn't what I wanted.
I want to clean up my desktop, but not have to use explorer to launch my shortcuts :P
And the renaming of the shortcuts is a bit clumsy, but well, if you know how, it works after all.
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi. I didn't quite get what you mean by "have an arrow that would open up that folder automatically". I am currently developing new version and if you explain your idea I might implement it.
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:iconedwinhaak:
edwinhaak Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Well, you know how it works in a rightclickmenu?
Some options in it have a submenu, an arrow indicates that an extra menu will be opened next to it with those suboptions.
I was hoping that adding a folder here would do that same thing: If you hover your mouse over a folder location,
that it'll expand a menu next to it (till you get to the last folder if it contains those).
Now it just opens that folder location in explorer (I didn't miss a setting for this, right?)

My final goal was to only add a few main folders as shortcut which can open the submenu, with shortcuts it contains, when hovering over that folder.
This way I don't have to open extra explorers for those shortcuts, which I later on have to close again...

I hope this makes it a bit more clear? Good luck with the update ;)
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, yes I got you. I have made external addons support that expand variety of different types of object you can add on the launcher. In current v1 three modules are hardcoded - file/application, folder, and web-link, but in v2 I have made expandable list of those types of objects and you can add more of them manually when me or someone else makes new addon. So yes, I have made an addon that is similar to what you describe. When you click it instead of opening folder it shows it's contents and you can click the contents and corresponding file or folder will be opened.
This is still under development but I after long break continuing working on it. Drop me a pm if you want to try new beta later.
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:iconedwinhaak:
edwinhaak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
I think I'll forget about it, so I'll wait till full release.
Is hovering over it instead of clicking it no idea?
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I will think about it.
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:iconmisauthrope:
Misauthrope Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Hey I have Question, When i launch your skin there is only 5 launcher , Did i have to change somthing to get more ? 
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Right click on skin > Open Settings > Number Of Items
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:iconellendril:
Ellendril Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Good work pal ^^
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:iconinfowarz:
infowarz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016

Really love to get this up and showing.

Looks great, but being such a noob to this I dnloaded the skin, to Docs > Rainmaker Folder > inside "Skins folder" ....that was placed there on Rainmaker install. 

And clicked on the green Drop and it expanded it's things..It installed  
it shows these files....
1. work_launcher__1_3__by_activecolors-d6y68ou.rmskin
2. Backup
3. Work Launcher

So since there is no real place stated exactly where or what to do with the file after it is expanded.

And Right clicking on all the  folders files doesn’t do a thing.

 

It says above. . . . Configuring links

Click right mouse button on the link and choose "Configure Link" to open link editior

But there is NO “Configure Link” or any such thing in any of the above mentioned folders, so no “Editor.”

 

Instruction sated> Click right mouse button on any launcher area and choose "Open Settings"

 

I right clicked on the work_launcher and No settings menu what so ever in Windows Explorer?

 

Would be better understood if there was a launcher or stated where the “laucher(s) are located to right click on???

 

Any help in a bit easier setp by step would be very much appreciated. 
Thank you!

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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Don't worry, every one who is first time using Rainmeter can face some problems. At first this is not rainmaker. It is RainMeter. Be sure to donwnload it from rainmeter.net and install last beta version. After you installed Rainmeter you need to open downloaded .rmskin file by double clicking clicking on it. After that little window called Rainstaller will appear and will ask you if you want to install this skin. Click Install. After that navigate to your tray, find Rainmeter icon, click right mouse button and in the context menu choose Skins > Work Launcher > Work Launcher.ini and you will see the launcher on your desktop.
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:iconshinkibo:
shinkibo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Great work. Really easy to use and configure.
Thanx a lot for this great work.
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:iconlontrafag:
lontrafag Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
Please, fix the problem about editing display name field from #NOTITLE#.
Using Rainmeter 4.0 Beta (r2587)
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hit ENTER when you finished typing name.
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:icondaywalker--3:
Daywalker--3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Can we change icon's size to 100x100 or 64x64 instead of 32x32 ?
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not in this version. In the next Work Launcher you will be able to do that.
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:icondaywalker--3:
Daywalker--3 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 9, 2016
Can we change icon's size to 100x100 or 64x64 instead of 32x32 ?
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:icontalonridder:
TALONRIDDER Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
i have been on rainmeter.net it's not on there is there any where else i can pick this up from it looks useful!
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am not sure what you mean. You go to rainmeter.net and click Download Beta Release. Install downloaded file and then run WorkLauncher.
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:iconheavyoak:
heavyoak Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
instead of a vertical pillar, can this be a horizontal bar? 
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you give an example? I can't imagine this as horizontal bar.
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:iconheavyoak:
heavyoak Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont have photoshop so this shitty edit will have to do. sta.sh/0nfsapdpt4q

you can imagine the hover text and other fancy crap.
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Oh, so you want it look like "rocketdock/objectdock/dock in mac" thing?
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:iconheavyoak:
heavyoak Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess. I just need a bar with buttons that's small and can be edited.
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I am currently making sort of almost real dock for rainmeter with black jack and everything else that dock should have. And it is resizible, which means you can resize it as small as you want. Well, the size is not only what it can change, it can do pretty much what other docks can do like skinning, external modules support and skinning.. If you are interested I might give you CBT invite to test it ;)
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:iconheavyoak:
heavyoak Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, that would be great.
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ok, I will pm you when I finish GUI.
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:iconraidenraccoon:
RaidenRaccoon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot seem to get the titles to change. (Running Rainmeter 3.3 beta).
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:icondchdch:
dchdch Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
This is fantastic!
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:iconrick1967:
Rick1967 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
@ blubbityblub before clicking OK press enter

@ActiveColors
Hello Thx for your great skin.
Question are you also a member of the Rainmeter forum.
Working on a skin and I want to use your skin if you are a member on the Rainmeter Forum it's easier to talk
Maybe if you see where I'm working on you understand what my goal is
This is my skin now rick1967.deviantart.com/art/Ht…
But I'm updating it to this sta.sh/0q82mja1m3v 
As explained I want to try and use your Launcher principle so if you have time and are a member on the Rainmeter Forum maybe I can explain what my goal is with your launcher and you can help me

Thx infront
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey. Sorry for the late reply.
Go ahead, tear down the skin. Just do not make another copy or design only custom styles for the launcher. I am not so active these days on dA so hit me a pm on the rainmeter forums. I will help you as much as I can.
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:iconblubbityblub:
blubbityblub Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, I can't seem to edit the Display Name. Whenever I click out of the text field/click OK, the name just reverts back to #NOTITLE#.
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:iconlorkass:
LORKASS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Awesome. will use, thank you very much!!
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:icondanycacks:
Danycacks Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This looks great!
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:icontunabolism:
tunabolism Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Quick question here, Is there anyway to have another icon group on a different side (like a group in the right and another group in the left)?
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:iconactivecolors:
ActiveColors Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, I believe another copy of entire folder of this skin will do that, but I haven't tested it. Though some were experiencing difficulties with it. The "real" support of having two instances would be added in the next update.
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:icontunabolism:
tunabolism Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Well, I tried that, Making another copy of it with a different name, And it worked but when i tried to change the settings it changed the settings for both groups, Would be great to have that feature in the next update :), And again good work, Keep it up!
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