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Hexagonads Launcher 2.0 by YGKtech Hexagonads Launcher 2.0 by YGKtech
It's finally done. Months in the making, this is my total overhaul of my most popular skin to date, Hexagonads.

Every facet of the skin has been re-programmed and expanded. And I mean expanded a LOT. The final version of Hexagonads 1.0 consisted of 647 lines of code. Version 2.0 is the product of 1,591 lines of code.


This is an application launcher for Rainmeter, made as part of my ongoing "Project Ghost" suite.

Each hexagon is an button which can be set to open any program or folder on your computer.

The buttons change color when you mouse over them, and flash when clicked.

You can change the dimensions of the array to suite your preferences. The current limit is a 8 x 8 array. To do so, simply change the count.X and count.Y variables in the *.ini file.

Better yet, if you don't like the size of the buttons, the whole skin can be made larger or smaller by adjusting a single variable. Open the *.ini file and find the variable "scale = 2.5". Increasing this number will shrink the skin and lowering it will make the skin larger.

To add programs to the launcher, you will need to find the directory path of your desired program/folder and add it to a "Path#,#" variable of your choice. For example; to set the top left hexagon to launch the windows calculator, open the .ini file and find the line:

Path1,1 =

and change it to:

Path1,1 = C:WindowsSystem32calc

The preview image should help you to find which lines correspond to which hexagons.

Following each "Path#,#" variable is a "Tip#,#" variable. here you can write a title that will be displayed in the middle of the button. There are also settings for removing the titles or enabling Tool-tip's that will use the same text.

Wallpaper in the background is Wallpaper is El-Felipe's Wallpaper

VS is mini'em all by snipes2

NOTE: even though not all 64 hexagons are displayed, rainmeter still creates a frame around the hidden ones, if you simply disable the "keep on screen" option this shouldn't matter. I am working on a way to fix the underlying issues, but it is easy enough to just change the setting for now.

EDIT: replaced a few instances of #black# with #norm#. changing the value of #norm# should effect all hexagons now.
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ShimotoT Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
After I worked out my issues, such as not knowing exactly how to work this, it has improved my desktop ten-fold. Great skin!
Once you get used to it, you will learn how to fully customize it. It's great for any desktop!
YGKtech Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for your appreciation :)
PhenixMightheart Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
plz help me i really like the skin u have there 
but there is alittle problem 
it consuming too much cpu resources . and its jamming the others rainmeter theme i have .
i had tried to disable them and running ur skin over and  over again but there is no success 
plz help me 
and plz dont question my hardware 
its a decent hardware 
i5-4690k a gtx titan z graphic card 
and thats to much for a rainmeter to handel .
so plz tell e what is the problem ASAP.

and i cant drag this skin plz fix this to.
YGKtech Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Interesting, I've never seen this skin cause problems due to resource usage.

open up the Hexagonads.ini (right click -> edit skin), and make sure it says Update = -1 near the top.  Unless that value was changed somehow, I cannot think of a reason this skin would be difficult for a high end computer to run.  Have you tried reinstalling rainmeter, and are you having trouble with any other skins?

in order to drag the skin, you need to disable the "keep on screen" setting for the skin, which is on by default for all rainmeter skins.  Right click on the skin, then click on Settings -> Keep on Screen and you should be able to drag it.
PhenixMightheart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i already do that 
i already check that update = -1 
and my rainmeter version is 3.3.0 beta r2313 64bit
no i am not  having trouble with any other skins 
plz help me i really want to try your skin
YGKtech Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Copy the [variables] section of your Hexagonads.ini file and send it to me in a note, also send me the [Project Ghost\Hexagonads] section from your Rainmeter.ini file.  I might be able to find something out with those.

Have you tested it with a non-beta version of rainmeter?  I don't think the beta would cause problems, but it is the only thing that seems out of the ordinary.
NJRZR Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014
I liked this dock, I'm using and making the tweaks that you post, thanks man, I'm just starting using with smplcty, I like to keep it simple, XD
P.D: check the image:, is a little mess with the icons -_-
YGKtech Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the comment, I always like seeing what people are able to do with my skins.  Nice work customizing the skin, it ties together nicely with the rest of your desktop.
Kyodjinn Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Is there any way to remove that one half-hexagon?
YGKtech Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, here's a guide in the most basic terms in case anyone else wants to do so:

1) open the Hexagonads.ini file in a text editor (just right click and select "Edit skin")

2) locate the section labeled [Anchor] (it should be on the 600th line of the text file, in notepad use Ctrl+G to jump to a specified line number)

3) place a semicolon ( ; ) in front of every line in that section, including the [Anchor] tag.

4) save the file

5) right click on the skin and select "Refresh skin"

You should see the half hexagon disappear.

without the [Anchor] it is difficult to re-position the skin, so if you want to bring it back to re-organize your desktop, simply open the Hexagonads.ini file again, and remove all the semicolons you added.
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