By The Old Man
Millennium Gadgets Pack (for Rainmeter & Windows)
This download has been updated and now contains a suite (pack) of Millennium-inspired gadgets which run on the free Rainmeter theming platform for Windows.
This pack includes 5 Millennium inspired gadgets, some with additional variants (total of 8 designs).
Frank Black Countdown 2.0 Halloween 'Spooky' Frank Black Countdown 2.0 (new) Halloween Pumpkin Countdown 2.0 (new) with 2 selectable variations, animated with flickering candle (art by Ethsnafu) and standard, non-animated version. Lucy Butler Countdown 2.0 (new) Ouroborous Countdown 2.0 (new) with 3 selectable variations including standard gold Ouroborous, an animated rotating Ouroborous and the popular Owls version of the Ouroborous.
The Countdown gadgets can be installed on modern recent versions of Windows, including Windows 7, 8x, 10 (if you have Rainmeter installed).
The gadgets feature images inspired by Millennium, a Welcome Message from the Millennium Group, your name (optional) and the number of days remaining (you can edit the countdown date/time,) all inspired by Chris Carter's Millennium television series.
When first installed, each gadget displays the default message "Welcome Frank", but the gadget can be easily configured to display any name and count down to any specific time and date you prefer!
Our interactive Windows desktop Countdown gadgets feature images from Millennium television series, the default gadget is of Millennium Group criminal profiler Frank Black. Easy to personalise - Just click on the 'Welcome Frank' greeting to display your own name instead (max 16 letters) . After a few seconds, the gadget will update with the new name. Days Remaining Countdown - Upon first install, displays the current number of days remaining in Millennium-inspired style until next New Year's Day or Halloween. Just click on the countdown to change the date/time of your event. After a few seconds, the gadget will update with the new timer. TIWWA Site Link - Clicking the image on the gadget triggers the booming Millennium drum sound and takes you to straight to our Millennium community forums (TIWWA) via your default internet browser. Automatic saving - The gadget will remember your customised settings (name, target date) whenever you restart your computer (if you have the default setting enabled in Rainmeter to load Rainmeter when you start Windows). Drag and drop to anywhere on your desktop. Rainmeter will remember where you left the gadget so it will appear in the same place, when you next restart Windows.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 10 and later. Rainmeter, the best known and most popular desktop customization program for Windows. It enhances your Windows computer with 'skins'; handy, compact applets that float freely on your desktop.
Rainmeter uses very little CPU and RAM resources, has a tiny space footprint, and will run perfectly well on any supported hardware.
Rainmeter is free and open source. Please download and install Rainmeter first, available from https://www.rainmeter.net/
What is Rainmeter?
Our gadgets have been redesigned to use Rainmeter. As you may know, Microsoft ended support for gadget some years ago. Rainmeter instead provides an alternative, free, solid and stable platform to display gadgets and widgets known as 'Rainmeter skins' on later versions of Windows.
Rainmeter has nothing specifically to do with rain or the weather, although you can get some very nice weather-related gadgets for Rainmeter!
There are thousands and thousands of skins available for Rainmeter, crafted by a large and ever-growing community of Rainmeter users, you can use any combination.
As with anything from the internet, care should be taken when downloading any files, always read the feedback and comments and have up to date antivirus software installed as a precaution.
For more hints and guidance on using our gadgets, how to display more than or choose different styles on some gadgets, please see this pinned topic:-
How to install
First, ensure you already have the latest free Rainmeter software installed and running on your computer. You can download it for free from https://www.rainmeter.net/ After Rainmeter is installed, it shows you a welcome message skin. You can disable this (and other you don't want visible) by right-clicking on them and selecting Unload, or you can mange your skins and groups of skins via the Manager. Right-click on the Rainmeter taskbar icon for more options. Download and install our Millennium Gadget pack and it should open in Rainmeter. How to configure
You can drag and drop the gadgets to any area of any monitor you have. Rainmeter will remember its position. You can change the name shown from Frank to your own, simply click on the "Welcome Frank" message and following the instructions. You can change the countdown's target date by clicking on the current countdown message and following the instructions to enter a new future event date/time. The gadget will ask you for the year, month, day, hour and minute. E.g. For midnight on 18th March, 2019, enter 19, followed by 03, followed by 18, followed by 00, followed by 00. The gadget refreshes after a few seconds with the new setting. Right click on our Gadgets to view any additional themes and animations as per the Support Topic. MILLENNIUM and all related characters are © Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc and its related entities. All Rights Reserved.
By The Old Man
Welcome to a pinned topic containing guidance and tips on the easy installation and use of our Millennium Gadgets, which require the excellent Rainmeter program to be installed first.
How to install our Millennium Gadgets
Firstly, ensure you have Rainmeter installed and running on your Windows computer. When asked, be sure to let Rainmeter start with Windows, so your favourite gadgets appear when you start your computer. You can download it for free from https://www.rainmeter.net/ Widgets or gadgets in Rainmeter are called Skins. When first installed, Rainmeter automatically shows you a 'welcome message' Skin which you can get rid of. This is part of the Illustro range of pre-supplied Skins which you can also enable and use at any time. You can disable it (called Unloading) or any other skin you don't like or want, simply by right-clicking on the Skin and selecting the Unload option. Download and install our Millennium gadgets. The default gadget should then open using Rainmeter. Drag and drop it where you want it to live on your desktop and when ready click on the various features to personalise them where available, such as countdown timers and name personalisation. Some but not all Skins have different variations called Variants, such as a different style or animated design. If you should happen to break any widgets especially if you have explored some of the advanced Rainmeter settings and got confused, simply reinstall the widget you already downloaded, and it will completely re-install from scratch and work as normal.
Making Use of the Right Click Menu
Unloading a Gadget (or 'Skin')
To deactivate a 'skin', you Unload it. There are 2 ways to Load or Unload a skin, either via right clicking on the skin, or using the full Manager control panel.
In the screenshot below, to close off this Pumpkin-style gadget or Skin, we right-click on it and choose Unload Skin from the menu. Rainmeter normally remembers where it was, so if you reload it in the future, it will appear in the same place.
Loading a Gadget (or 'Skin')
There are 2 ways to Load or Unload a skin, either via right clicking on the skin, or using the full Manager control panel.
To quickly load another gadget or any other 'Skin' if you already have one open, right click on any skin, then choose which you want to Load from the list.
In the example screenshot below, we have the Frank Black Countdown skin (gadget) already loaded, but we want to add say, a Halloween-themed skin called HalloweenPumpkinCountDown. As we work through the M-TIWWA group of gadgets, we see the list of available gadgets, and then see the HalloweenPumpkin has 2 variations (called Variants), an animated version and a static version. We simply choose the one we want and it will open:-
Right-clicking on any Skin will bring up a menu. This example shown below is a single variation Skin, so under Variants there is only the 1 option, in this case the FrankBlack.ini. (An ini file is the configuration file for the skin, every skin has one):-
This Pumpkin-style skin shown below has 2 variations or Variants, so you can choose which you prefer and swap between them at any time using the Right Click menu (only one style is visible at any one time):-
Using more than one gadget
You can use as many Skins or gadgets as you like with Rainmeter, most modern computers should have no problem displaying several at once. Our M-TIWWA gadgets come with several and more will be added in the future.
Using the Rainmeter Manager control panel
Rainmeter has a control panel called Manager where you can see which skins you have installed, which are Loaded (being displayed), and which are Unload (not displayed).
You can get to the main Manager window either by double-clicking the raindrop icon for Rainmeter on your Windows taskbar by your clock, or by right-clicking on any open skin and then choosing the Rainmeter > Manage option.
The Manager first shows the Skins tab, which shows you a list of skins you have installed and which are loaded or unloaded. To quickly Load a skin, double click on it from the list or select it to read more about it and then use the Load button.
Unless you really know what you are doing, I would recommend leaving the other settings alone as per the screenshot above!
Saving your favourite layouts with Manager using the Layouts tab
The Layouts tab is useful, you can save a Layout (as many as you like with different names) which will save the positions of your favourite gadgets as per the screenshot below:-
You can also Unload any skin from the Manager as per below:-