Tired of the default plain look of your desktop? The preset images your operating system is offering are no longer attractive? Well, how about if you could find an application that will not only enhance the looks of your desktop, but will also provide a bunch of great and smarter features. I bet this already sounds interesting. I am talking about Rainmeter, a complete customization tool that allows any user to merge useful information with amazing skins for his desktop. The first version of Rainmeter was not that interactive, which was a big minus in time when interactive applications are highly appreciated. But that was about to change with the appearance of the 3.1 version of this application.

Skin and image by http://dikashind.deviantart.com/

The best part about the Rainmeter 3 is that it is entirely free. No charge needs to be paid in order to use it. It is an open-source software and does not contain any ads. If you never used a desktop customization tool don’t worry, the application contains great and comprehensible tutorials to facilitate your way through its features. If you have a computer that is a bit older, you should also know that the application works on Windows XP, or if you have Windows 8 or 8.1 version, both 32 and 64 bits are supported. The features you can choose to be displayed on your desktop range from the usual time and weather status, resource usage of the computer, unread e-mail, RSS feeds and many more. It is up to you which information is more important to display. The application leaves a free hand to every user to create the desktop that is more appropriate for their needs, instead of making a rigid skin that varies only in color or themes.

The skins for the Rainmeter can be  found mostly on Deviantart,  but also in the forums or various third-party websites that offer skins for this purpose. You can also attempt to design your own skin, but if you are a newcomer to this skill, this goal will be a bit hard to achieve. But even if you import the skins, you will find them highly interactive, as they are computational modules rather than just beautiful displays. You can mark a certain event on the calendar, and the skin will be able to remind you, a day prior or depending how you set it, that you have an event to attend to. Also, the CPU usage bar will shift colors depending on the usage level to pinpoint when the usage level is too high and might slow down your computer.

The truth is that Rainmeter 3 is a very versatile tool for transforming your plain old desktop into a more interactive one, filled with useful information without having to enter folders and running many separate applications. It is highly customizable, and it contains a set of features that are worth to be explored. Only your imagination is the limit when it comes to creating your desktop. It doesn’t cost anything, so you will have nothing to lose if you chose to play with it. There is a high chance of discovering  the best combination of custom features you’ll love seeing on your desktop, which will ease your everyday activities.