The new default skin replaces Enigma as the default, but if you’re a fan of the Enigma desktop customisation you’ll be happy to know it’s still included. Rather than rehash all of the new features, here’s the most important ones from the announcement page:
Rainmeter now includes a new default suite of skins: Gnometer by Poiru. Gnometer is a colorful and exciting alternative to the default Enigma suite. It contains skins which show off with all the information you could want on your desktop, and is fully configurable by the user with an easy to use settings tool.
Rainmeter 1.2 introduces Rainstaller and the .rmskin format. This utility makes it much easier to distribute and install skins and suites. Rainstaller allows skinners to include addons, fonts and themes along with their skins in a single .rmskin package. Skins and suites are then installed by the user with just a double click or directly from a download site in their browser.
Rainmeter 1.2 has a host of improvements to better support Windows 7. Fully configurable support for muiltiple monitors has been added, so you can position and save your Rainmeter setup in your multiple monitor environment. Rainmeter 1.2 now supports having your skins stay on the screen if desired when Windows 7’s “Show Desktop” is used.
A new RainBackup utility is included, so users can save their entire setup as a Rainmeter .rmskin file, making moving your setup to a different computer or recovering from a system crash / reinstall much easier.
Rainmeter 1.2 now supports having both the program and the skins / settings stored on network shared drives using UNC paths like “\SERVERFolderName”.
Readers should note that this release fixes one of the long-standing problems with Rainmeter — now when you use the Show Desktop feature in Windows 7, there’s an optional feature to make Rainmeter stay on the desktop. Rainmeter is a free download for Windows only.