The Big, Bold and Brassy (BB&B)
collection of skins was inspired by IllustratorG
's Steampunk Construction Kits. The collection is intended for use on widescreen resolutions (1440x900, 1920x1080, etc.). The emphasis is on bars and dials for visualising information with details given in tooltips and/or pop-ups (mouse-over and/or left-click). What you get in this versions is:
- Analogue clock (left-click to change the frame). There is an alternative steam clock here.
- Calendar with day / date
- RAM and SWAP memory usage
- Overall CPU usage with individual bars for cores 1-4.
- Network activity with ping return time. Left-click for histograms showing upload and download speeds. The ping return indicator uses the ColorChanger script
- Wifi signal strength and visable networks.
- Animated volume control with auto-retract.
- HHD used space indicators for 4 drives.
- Weather skin with thermometers, barometer, wind direction indicator and 72-hour forecast from the Weather Channel
- uTorrent tracker using Lua script adapted from LuaTorrent 3.1
- RSS/Atom feedreader built around Kaelri
's Reader.lua script
. Feed items are sorted by date/time and anything less than an hour old is bulleted. The neat little selector animation uses Kaelri's Universal Transitions script
- The Music Player uses Poiru's NowPlaying plugin and works with a variety of media players (e.g. Windows Media Player, AIMP, Foobar2000, iTunes, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, Media Player, Classic, WinAmp, Spotify, TTplayer, VLC, Zune, etc.).
- Skin Launcher for the FeedReader, Music Player, uTorrent and Weather skins which you might not want to have on your desktop all of the time.
If you have any suggestions or questions concerning the skins, you'll get a quicker response if you contact me on the Rainmeter forums
UPDATE 12-Dec-12: Added variant to display activity on CPU cores 5-8. It can be found as a variant of the Background skin (Background-8core.ini).
UPDATE 17-Jan-13: Replaced the silly little thermometers with a circular temperature gauge.
UPDATE 18-Jan-13: Fixed an error in the uTorrent skin that prevented it working properly on some machines.
UPDATE 30-Jan-14: Posted a VLC media player skin
to go with this collection.
UPDATE 08-Mar-14: Updated the Weather skin to read revised feed from Weather.com