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MassEffect 1 sTabLauncher Skin by RickF7666 MassEffect 1 sTabLauncher Skin by RickF7666
This is another sTabLauncher [link] skin inspired by a Mass Effect Rainmeter skin created by Urulokiburning [link]

I used some of the graphic elements that Urulokiburning used in his Rainmeter Mass Effect skin.

There are a few things I wish sTabLauncher did and a few things I wish it didn't do. The biggest problem I've found being that Steam shortcut icons have a huge shortcut arrow covering much of the icon. The problem is that Steam creates the equivalent of internet shortcuts for their games. You can assign an icon for it, but when you have as many Steam games as I have that takes a while.

To get sTabLauncher to look like this you will have to adjust things with the tabs and icons in the program. The upside is when you are done it looks way cool.

Edit: As per ~Gin416 suggestion I have uploaded a new version of the Zip file to include the exported config file. I've stripped all the icon information out of it so it should just be all the information about the Tabs themselves. To import this file you need to go to Options, General tab and choose Import. Hopefully this works better.
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hasdan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I can't find "Options" in rainmeter :(
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Really?  All you have to do is right click on an open spot to get the menu and the top entry says "Options".
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gerrit105 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Hi, I love the idea of this, I have been looking for something like this for like forever.
But it has only one problem where I can't find a solution to.
If I open my browser or any kind of program for that matter, the tabs stay there on top of the screen. Is there a way to only make those tabs visible when I am on my desktop?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Yes, there are a lot of settings if you right click and choose Options.
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gerrit105 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I can't find any option that allows me to make it completely invisible when not on my desktop. What option are you referring to?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Well no, not completely invisible.  If you did that then there would be no way to access it.  But there are options for it to be in the background or even slide up off the screen with only the tabs showing.  Specifically, under the Advanced heading there is a check box that says "Always on top" which you can uncheck and a "Stay on top of Fullscreen windows" that can also be unchecked.  On top of that there is an option called "Hide sTabLauncher completely when docked".  So it seems to me there are plenty of ways to customize its behavior.
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gerrit105 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Alright thank you that is what I needed :)
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Browsinghere Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Really wanted to enjoy this. The exported file you have provided does not work at all, for me atleast. I imported into this launcher and none of the icons that are provided in your download work. Unfortuneately, without this launcher bar at the top; your awesome rainmeter desktop isn't going to work for me.

No idea if your original format worked for people; but as of now, it is not working. Maybe it's me, idk. Sorry to sound crass, But whenever I import your download, it acts incredibly funky inside the program.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I'm not really sure what you are doing get sTabLauncher to look the way I made it, but the zip file has several png graphics files which go into the sTabLauncher/Skins folder and then you choose them in the program. As for the xml file, you don't really need that. I provided it as an easy way to get the colors I've used, but if it isn't working for you then don't use it and just select the color manually. As for all my game icons you have to add them from the games you have install on your PC. The icons themselves are not part of sTabLauncher, you have to drag and drop them into the various tabs. I would really recommend reading the instructions for sTabLauncher which covers most of what I have just said and a lot more.
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Browsinghere Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Thanks for the reply man.I was having trouble getting the mass effect skins to actually apply within sTablauncher. Thanks again. Now it's time to figure out the RSS feed off of your main mod, nothing shows :(
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Well I think the RSS feed that I have set doesn't work any more. As for changing it to another feed, sometimes it doesn't refresh right away.
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Gin416 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
You should export your configuration and make it available. It would make this much easier, so that after we import the image set, we can load up the config that goes with it.

You can do this from the "General" tab in the options panel.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I've uploaded a new version of the zip file with the xml config file. Hope this helps.
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Gin416 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Additionally, did you have a problem with stab launcher flickering when it's not the active object? I haven't been able to find any posts on the net regarding such an issue. Hope I'm not simply screwed on fixing it. I've already checked the refreshing options and it has nothing to do with them.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I have had no graphical issues, or any issues for that matter, with sTabLauncher. Do you have the latest drivers for your graphics card?
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Gin416 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Yeah I do. These things happen in the tech world. Just a random screwup I guess.
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Gin416 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Thanks, though I also figured out most of it on my own. Should help the other users though.

I've asked a question about the Mass Effect skin. Though I know you've pretty much stopped supporting it due to the mass of questions being asked, a general answer is all I really ask for, because I figure you're more knowledgeable about it than I am. I'm a web designer, but not a real programmer yet. Thanks!
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BloodyHaiku Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
:happybounce: Thank you so much for sharing these are awesome
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mhonching0003 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sir can you teach me how to create rainmeter themes :) more power :)
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Sorry not a teacher. I would recommend that you check out the Rainmeter site. They have a lot of tutorials.
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mhonching0003 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
but sir.. can you give me some idea on how to create a themes like that or site ..so that i know how these all themes execute in nthe system
ty and more power
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
You could always do what I did and that was to look at the code of a theme you liked to see what they did.
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mhonching0003 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sir can you give me some tutorials on a beginner on my guide. in rainmeter theme creation>

ty and more power
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TheCrimsonSpire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Hey this is really great, and I just found this recently so it's all pretty overwhelming to figure out :P.

Anyway, I downloaded and installed the slider font from DA, and when I went to go change the font in sTabLauncher, it wasn't there. Is there a way for it to appear in the program?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
If you installed the Slider font correctly into Windows then at the most you might have to restart sTablauncher. Other than that I would make sure that the font shows up in other programs. If it doesn't then you didn't install it correctly. If it does and restarting sTablauncher doesn't work then I would reinstall sTablauncher.
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linx2342 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Which color did you use for the tabs?
I've set tab color to 49,153,198 (RGB), but it doens't look well.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
0,64,128
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linx2342 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
That was fast, thanks a lot!
Again, great work! (:
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Any word on how to make stablauncher never appear over any window/ i would like it stay stay on the desktop only and never bother me while surfing the web. stay on top of full screen windows is unchecked...anything else i can do to keep this from never overlapping a browser or program? i want it to act as out of the way as rainmeter.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Can I assume that you also unchecked the "Always on Top" option in the Advanced screen?
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
... >_> every one has the right to make a fool of himself in something he is new at..
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I have had zero success in assigning the .exe files to the "?" icons, whether it's dragging and dropping or finding targets, none seem to work...can you please let me know if I am making a simple mistake or over looking something? Thanks
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I changed one of the buttons and used this code to start up the program Paint.Net


ButtonRight3="Paint.Net"
ButtonRight3Path="c:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.exe"

Don't for get the quotes. Remember your assigning information to a variable.
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
no, sorry, i re-read my question but i'm sure paint.net will help soon in the future...and i was not clear enough with the question, what i was asking is this...I am having trouble finding a place to add a directory to sTablLauncher for example if I wanted google chrome, "C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" is the directory...i am trying to add this to target but if i click on "find target" nothing appears and right clicking to click "find target" brings up a window saying "can't find target's folder...Where could I add this directory to appropriate it into a stablauncher icon?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Sorry I've been getting so many questions about my Rainmeter skin I gave you the wrong information.

The icons in sTabLauncher are pointers to other icons you have on your PC. In my case I had icons for all the games I play on my desktop and it was covering the cool wallpapers I had.

What I did was create a directory under my Windows ID called "Desktop Icons" and created sub-directories that corresponded to the tabs I was going to create, such as "Steam RPGs". I placed shortcuts to those programs in that directory from my desktop and then dragged them onto the tab in sTabLauncher.

Now if you look at the properties of the icon in sTabLauncher it looks like the properties of the shortcut, but don't be fooled into thinking that is in fact the shortcut. Because if you move or delete the original shortcut then the sTabLauncher icon will not work. I admit that it is a strange way of doing things, but I didn't write the program.

sTabLauncher does most everything I want it to do, so I'm willing to put up with its quirks. I hope this helps.
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Everything works great now! thank you very much...as for the shortcut arrows..i believe i saw you mentioning something about paint.net being able to remove them?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Actually no, paint.net is not how you remove those. In sTabLauncher you can choose a different icon for each program icon and that will get rid of the huge shortcut arrow.
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Alright, Thanks much!
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
hmmm...I ended up finding the location to the skins for mass effect, could you please just tell me the specific skins you chose? having a hard time matching them :/
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
First did you download my Mass Effect skin from Deviant Art? You do this by pressing the "Download File" link on the skin page. Next you have to unzip the files into the sTabLauncher skins folder. At that point you can now start sTabLauncher and choose the skins for each element. Unfortunately, sTabLauncher doesn't use a drop down menu to select the skins, instead you have to cycle through the various skins that come with the program to find the new Mass Effect ones you loaded. The skins are in grey scale so you do have to choose a color to make it look right.
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Where would I find the directory to the mass effect skins so I can upload them into sTabLauncher?
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TK503 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Where would I have find the directory to the mass effect skin to upload into sTabLauncher?
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thaprodigy58 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
ok im also having a really hard time with this could you explain how to get the images on each tab? Do i need to install a seperate plug in?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Please see my reply to the second comment where I explain how to install and configure the skin.
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thaprodigy58 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Ok sorry i was WAY to vague on my question but i figured it out. For any other noobs like me you have to save the file into the skins folder in the sTab file its self
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davidwroxy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I don't how to write Rainmeter skins (don't have the time learn them), so could you send me the contents of the .ini file from this launcher in a message (i tried to make this on my own but just couldn't figure it out)?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
First the sTabLauncher is not part of Rainmeter and the files are just a skin. That means that you have to download sTabLauncher and then add the skin I created into the correct directory and then use sTabLauncher to configure it. It does take a bit of time to get it to look like mine but no coding and no ini file.
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davidwroxy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thanks, the skin looks great but i just don't like the icons in sTabLauncher because they are too small.
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
sTabLauncher has the ability to change the icon size.

Simply right click on sTabLauncher to bring up the menu and choose "Options". From the options window choose "Icons" on the left and there is a slider that lets you change the icon size.
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davidwroxy Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I know, but even when I put it on maximum I'd still like them a little bigger and there isn't an option to enlarge the icons when i go over them with the mouse.
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