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r3ginald
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calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

I know how well Rainmeter's calc function can do its magic but would it be possible to make a basic calculator skin that can add, subtract, multiply, and divide and show the resulting value? if so, can it does trig functions and more intermediate math stuff? how about calculus functions?
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Alex2539
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

It's very likely possible, but I doubt if it's in any way practical. Realistically, you're better off just using the one that comes with windows. However, my interest is piqued so I think I'll do a little bit of testing with this. In theory it should be capable of any operation that the Calc function is, and possibly a little more with some creativity. Any useful calculus is probably right out though.
Varelse
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

It would be possible, though, the only way I can think to do it would be unwieldy. Using Quote or Webparser to read a formula out of a text file and feeding that into a calc statement. I did something similar to solve quadratic equations. Type the coefficients into a text file and voila, it's solved.
vindurriel
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

Varelse wrote:It would be possible, though, the only way I can think to do it would be unwieldy. Using Quote or Webparser to read a formula out of a text file and feeding that into a calc statement. I did something similar to solve quadratic equations. Type the coefficients into a text file and voila, it's solved.
Varelse seems to be right. The major problem is that rainmeter doesn't have a decent user input interface.
jsmorley
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

vindurriel wrote: Varelse seems to be right. The major problem is that rainmeter doesn't have a decent user input interface.
While I know you didn't mean it this way, it sounds like you are saying that we wrote a crummy "user input interface". To be clear, Rainmeter by design and intent has NO "user input interface"..

vindurriel
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

jsmorley wrote: While I know you didn't mean it this way, it sounds like you are saying that we wrote a crummy "user input interface". To be clear, Rainmeter by design and intent has NO "user input interface"..

You're right. But it would be more convenient when dealing with this issue.
trippisme
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Joined: February 18th, 2010, 6:14 am

Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

No user interface? Huh? What do you call the buttons and text on the screen then? I don't think a simple calculator would be very hard to make. You just need a button for each number, a button for each function (+. -, sin, etc) , and a text field to display values. I may work on this if I get some time, if someone can make a nice looking calculator skin, I can most certainly make the background code.
legolas1042
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

sorry I don't mean to necropost but, did you ever do that testing you mentioned? I'd kind of like a rainmeter calculator
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Re: calculator skin in rainmeter possible?

trippisme wrote:No user interface? Huh? What do you call the buttons and text on the screen then? I don't think a simple calculator would be very hard to make. You just need a button for each number, a button for each function (+. -, sin, etc) , and a text field to display values. I may work on this if I get some time, if someone can make a nice looking calculator skin, I can most certainly make the background code.
he he in effect each skin is a user interface for a program that dont have one lol
just an idea but each button could input into a textfile to be read somehow eg [nircmd.exe clipboard addfile 768]
this is a very interesting concept its got my brain ticking
Alex2539
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