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My alter ego is yereverluvinunclebert. You'll find me around the web. Where you find steampunk design I won't be far away.

I focus on Steampunk Design, why do I do it?

Well, I can't bear the look and feel of current desktop computing being so locked into a 1980s 'modern' paradigm. Current GUIs deriving mostly from Microsoft's efforts have a basis in the GUIs from the late 80s and early 90s and despite the regular changes they still haven't moved on much. Do you run XP, Vista, Win 7, 8 or 10? Well, if you do, that means under the skin you are still running NT5 or 6, all basically the same fundamental o/s. The only real differentiator is the GUI that MS foists upon you. Now, a GUI is a GUI and should not be confused with the underlying operating system. You should be able to decide which style of GUI you want to run.

A GUI should be independent of the o/s or at the very least the o/s ought to be very easy to theme and to customise as you wish. This just isn't the case with any Microsoft operating system as the default 'look and feel' provided with the os is really the only thing that really sets it apart from the previous version.

You'll see a massive example of this with Metro or Material Design, the UI that comes with Windows 10. The underlying os is still NT6 and operates much in the same way that Win7 does. However the whole interface has been modified to try to get you to use live tiles on the desktop as you would on a Windows phone, to make you use 'apps' rather than programs as you would on the desktop. This schizophrenic approach to a desktop os is foisted upon you as Microsoft has no decent tablet-centric os and instead are trying to squish Windows onto tablets - it isn't working, look at the death of windows phone. They are trying to get you to adopt a new GUI so that you conform to the business plan they have in mind for Windows.

My aim is to help you break out of this corporate mindset and to think of desktop customisation as a natural thing to do, much in the same way that you decorate and design your home, make the desktop your place to live, to work and operate.

So, with this in mind, I set out to create a series of wallpapers, widgets and icons for an o/s interface that meets the aims and needs of a small but thoroughly dedicated group of chaps and ladies known as steampunkers.

I have set out my steampunk design skills in this way to demonstrate what I can do.

Whether or not you are a steampunker yourself, with these widgets and icons you can thoroughly steampunk your desktop.

This is my site where the widgets be...
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Steampunk Weather Icon and Widget MkII by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Weather Icon and Widget MkII
Now 2.0 RC - This is a decidedly steampunk icon and widget that you could certainly use for something. Not quite sure what, that is up to you to decide. You could use the icon as a link to any weather monitoring tool that you have on your pad or desktop... or simply for anything you like.

The widget is new and improved in several key respects. The new widget gives windspeed and direction, it reports the cloud layers, it handles more exotic forms of weather but most important of all uses a feed from a source that is unlikely to go offline for long periods. It uses the feed from aviationweather.gov a US government department. The feed is decoded METAR in XML form so it is easy enough to use. It is also free and does not require an API. The search for metar codes is performed offline using a local list of metar stations in a static data file. There are currently 10,000 Metar locations and so a local search is much quicker than an online one.

The new widget also has a pop-up window that summarises weather information in a text form in addition to the image display on the main gauge.

The above image shows my weather widget, the moon widget and a couple of planetary widgets too.

This Windows ICO file, MAC, ICNS and finder, PNG icon file are all eminently usable on windows/ Mac OS/X - The .WIDGET file on Windows XP-10 and Mac OS/X prior to El Kapitan.

Provided in the following formats:

This .PNG is larger and has more detail so that you can resize if you wish or use "as-is".
The .ICO file is delivered in 256, 128, 64, 48, 32 and 16 byte formats.
The .ICNS file is available for Mac OS/X
The .HQX file is available for Mac OS/X finder.
The .BMP file is available for Blackbox Desktop and any o/ses that use bitmap icons.
The .WIDGET file is for use with the Yahoo widget engine.

The Steampunk weather widget MkII  is based on our previous Digistation widget but now with a completely new feed and logic.

The old widget took a feed from the meteorological centre in Rumania. That feed occasionally goes off-line and recently went down for over a week. To cater for this I created a widget with an alternative feed. This one takes its feed from aviationweather.gov/

The two feeds are quite different and not interchangeable so it has required this totally new widget. The old weather widget is here .

This widget requires Yahoo widgets and an internet connection to operate. Download yahoo widgets from here:

desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…
(it has all you need to get started).

and the Mac version of the Yahoo widget engine here:
desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…

Note: This widget runs in XP/Vista/Windows 7, Windows 8-10 and Mac OS/X prior to El Kapitan.

Latest versions include the following changes :

// .10 changed the weather feed to aviation.gov
// .10 changed the icao lookup to a local data file rather than a http request
// .10 changed the city lookup to a local data file rather than a http request
// .10 added raw metar data read (partially implemented and tested, currently unused)
// .10 added day/night script to test the sunset/sunrise
// .10 added read of XML data instead of raw metar data
// .10 added various alerts on icao input failures
// .10 added length check for input icao codes
// .10 added humidity calculation
// .10 added calculation of wx weather codes
// .10 added decode of cloud cover information
// .10 expanded the tooltip information displayed, cloud, windspeed and precipitation
// .10 added facebook menu option
// .10 added F5 to refresh
// .10 added animation to data generation to make it clearer that an update has occurred
// .10 added the hands animation when the feed has updated
// .10 added the search for secondary metar sky_condition attributes
// .10 removed trailing spaces from copy/pasted icao codes longer than 4 characters
// .10 improved the structure, created metar.js and functions.js, filled them...
// .10 when an empty icao code is entered it searches... it should not - fixed
// .10 added logic to handle the wx weather data instead of just receiving the weather codes
// .10 added handling of second cloud layer in tooltip reporting
// .10 added the test for light or heavy conditions
// .10 added weather type to the tooltip
// .10 use night and day boolean to change the icon
// .10 added consideration of three cloud layers rather than just one
// .10 take into account all the weather icons and adjust weather logic
// .10 hail and snow - add logic to display the icon
// .10 create new icons for thunderstorms
// .10 add sentence case to location text
// .10 added showers in the vicinity translation of wx codes
// .10 fog add the bars , 1 2 and 3 as a separate icon on top of the cloud icon
// .10 add exotic icon on top of the current icon if wind strong
// .10 add wind icon on top of the current icon if wind strong
// .10 add wind direction
// .10 added wind report using the beaufort scale
// .10 fixed a valid city search on an icao code search returning no data alert issues
// .10 added pop-up for weather
// .10 added options for the weather pop-up for hover or permanent display.
// .10 added options for the weather pop-up for display of the time

The Instructions for the Steampunk Weather Gauge Widget are here: lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

The only condition for downloading and using is that you leave feedback. Please leave a message and rate the icons/widgets as it is the only payment I get for creating this small desktop addition :D

You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.


Thanks! Do enjoy the icon and/or widget
Download just there on the right at the top.
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Weather reporting the steampunk way!

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This is our steampunk contribution to weather reporting - this time the MKII version. The Steampunk weather widget is based on our previous Digistation widget but now with a completely new feed and logic.

The old widget took a feed from the meteorological centre in Rumania. That feed occasionally goes off-line and recently went down for over a week. To cater for this I created a widget with an alternative feed. This one takes its feed from aviationweather.gov/

The two feeds are quite different and not interchangeable so it has required this totally new widget.

Note: This widget runs in XP/Vista/Windows 7, Windows 8-10 and Mac OS/X prior to El Kapitan.

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Full instructions for the Steampunk Weather Widget are here: 

You will, yahoo-widgets-logo.png of course, need Yahoo widgets for this widget to run. Get Yahoo widgets here.   

and the Mac version here:

desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…

Latest version includes the following changes :

// .10 changed the weather feed to aviation.gov
// .10 changed the icao lookup to a local data file rather than a http request
// .10 changed the city lookup to a local data file rather than a http request
// .10 added raw metar data read (partially implemented and tested, currently unused)
// .10 added day/night script to test the sunset/sunrise
// .10 added read of XML data instead of raw metar data
// .10 added various alerts on icao input failures
// .10 added length check for input icao codes
// .10 added humidity calculation
// .10 added calculation of wx weather codes
// .10 added decode of cloud cover information
// .10 expanded the tooltip information displayed, cloud, windspeed and precipitation
// .10 added facebook menu option
// .10 added F5 to refresh
// .10 added animation to data generation to make it clearer that an update has occurred
// .10 added the hands animation when the feed has updated
// .10 added the search for secondary metar sky_condition attributes
// .10 removed trailing spaces from copy/pasted icao codes longer than 4 characters
// .10 improved the structure, created metar.js and functions.js, filled them...
// .10 when an empty icao code is entered it searches... it should not - fixed
// .10 added logic to handle the wx weather data instead of just receiving the weather codes
// .10 added handling of second cloud layer in tooltip reporting
// .10 added the test for light or heavy conditions
// .10 added weather type to the tooltip
// .10 use night and day boolean to change the icon
// .10 added consideration of three cloud layers rather than just one
// .10 take into account all the weather icons and adjust weather logic
// .10 hail and snow - add logic to display the icon
// .10 create new icons for thunderstorms
// .10 add sentence case to location text
// .10 added showers in the vicinity translation of wx codes
// .10 fog add the bars , 1 2 and 3 as a separate icon on top of the cloud icon
// .10 add exotic icon on top of the current icon if wind strong
// .10 add wind icon on top of the current icon if wind strong

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has  been tested on Vista, Windows 7 / 8-10 and Mac OS/X as long as the Yahoo Widget runtime engine is loaded.

http://imgur.com/JH5IHLn.gif

SOFTPEDIA "100% CLEAN" AWARD This product was last tested in the Softpedia Labs on 13th of June 2013 by Alexandru Teodorovici . Softpedia guarantees that Steampunk Weather Widget 1.0.7 is 100% Clean, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. 

May I please ask that if you enjoy using these widgets that you make your feelings known by leaving a positive review below. So few do so - and it is really appreciated when you do!

To download the latest (beta) version of the widget - click here: lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…

Addendum (it isn't really an addendum as it is at the beginning of the document, is there a predendum? )  - NEWS! The Steampunk Weather Widget feed is working again! After the original feed went offline it took me a while to make the new widget work with an entirely new feed, the result was 95% complete I'd say - all good and coded - and then the old weather feed that it used, came back on line... That is rather frustrating. As a result I have both widgets on screen now both telling the same weather... The newer one will act as a replacement if the original feed ever fails again.

The old weather widget is here: lightquick.co.uk/jdownloads/st…
The new widget (beta) is here: lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…

The original is a very useful feed as it was/is one of the few completely free and unrestricted weather feeds available. It unfortunately only provides a portion of the data provided by other suppliers but it was enough to do the job, humidity, pressure, temperature and current prevailing weather information, no wind speed or direction, no precipitation. vremea.meteoromania.ro/ are the suppliers of the data feed, they are the national meteorological weather centre for Rumania. Their feed is normally quite reliable though it has had one or two offline incidents over the years - it always comes back. Their site has just undergone some work and perhaps the latest outage was due to that. If anyone needs some help on how to access the feed they only have to ask. The data is obtained by an asynchronous http request to run a specific PHP file on the server, feeding it either a city or an icao code to search for. If found, tt then returns a string with various weather values separated by a "|". The data merely needs to be split and then read into variables. Then it is up to you to format it and make it pretty.

-oOo-

Here is my original journal entry :

The steampunk weather widget has stopped working after years of steadily supplying weather data in a steampunk fashion to people's desktops. The feed for the weather data (digitair.ro) suddenly stopped providing and their feed was in such a proprietary format that it could not easily be switched to another feed without some serious re-coding. Not only that but the alternative feeds are almost all commercial and require some payment in the form of hard-earned moolah to operate. I don't really want to code for another proprietary format nor do I want to pay. So instead I am re-coding it to take it in industry-standard metar data feeds from any source, raw or formatted data. This will make the widget future proof with regard to the data at least.

Unfortunately although my chosen feed supplies all the individual meteorological elements that comprise weather it does not supply the ultimate current weather conditions (wxdata) that these individual meteorological elements create. I need a free feed that simply states the current weather is... still looking!

http://orig00.deviantart.net/4553/f/2013/155/0/e/steampunk_weather_icon_and_widget_mkii_by_yereverluvinuncleber-d67s99o.jpg

The new version of the widget (not yet released) states the temperature, humidity and pressure but the weather icon (centre) and the associated weather text is currently missing - it'll come though.

Steampunk Media Player Yahoo Konfabulator Widget by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Media Player Yahoo Konfabulator Widget

This is version 1.0.4 of the Steampunk Media Player Konfabulator/Yahoo Widget. It is now available for download - click the download link and try it!

Recent Changes:

1.0.4
// added 5 favourite folders to play to the menu
// added read of the play list and display a chunk of the tracks
// added hover over effects as per the widget vault
// added setting of the play list tooltips

1.0.3
// added drag and drop of files. You can now drag folders, single files or groups of files.
// added restriction to the drive root folders to prevent recursive searching of a whole drive.
// added restriction to 10,000 file playlists.
// added support for .flv','.avi','.mp4','.mpg','.m4a file types.

No other bugs found or reported so it seems as if it is good to go! (We may be adding some Mac compatibility too quite soon or creating an itunes version).

This is a Steampunk media player Yahoo Konfabulator widget based on my original Steampunk XWidget. A widget that will play your music but  take up only a tiny amount of your desktop. It is a lovely piece of eye-candy as well as being useful on your desktop. An old trial widget that I never quite completed, knocked into minimal shape. It is being completed now...

REASONS FOR CREATING - I knocked up an Xwidget to finalise an old media player design that I conjured up a while back. The Xwidget engine is very good in some respects but bits of it suffer from neglect on the part of the developer. The Xwidget volume API does not have the full set of functionality that it should have so the Xwidget is clunky and awkward to use satisfactorily. The Yahoo widget engine has far more functionality and so it seemed sensible to convert it so you can have a better Steampunk media player.

-oOo-

You can control the volume level of the media player by moving the slider or pause/play the track by clicking on the play button. Next and Previous buttons will select the next track to play.

Double-clicking on the widget will cause a personalised Windows application to fire up. The first time you run it there will be no assigned function and so it will state as such - then it will pop up the preferences so that you can enter the command of your choice. The Yahoo widget simply takes command line-style commands for windows.

The Steampunk Media Player Yahoo Widget is a moveable widget that you can move anywhere around the desktop as you require. The widget is usable on all Windows.

These widgets work with Windows XP SP3, they have also been tested on Vista Home, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Windows 8 and 10 and it should work on all these with no problems whatsoever.

You will,  of course, need the Yahoo widget engine for this widget to run. Link here desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2….

All javascript widgets need an engine to function, in this case the widget uses the Yahoo Widget Konfabulator engine. The engine interprets the javascript and creates the widget according to the XML description and using the images you provide.

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has been tested on Vista, Windows 7/8  and 10. There will be full help for this widget to be found here: lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

You may use any of my own images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all other non-commercial cases I require a credit to the original artists using their/my name or pseudonym and a link to their/my sites. With regard to the commercial use of incorporated images from other artists, permission would need to be obtained from the original owner.
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Negrito Elegant Rocket Dock skin by acg3fly
I really like it. The icons are clearly the work of a professional. However, I don't see the over-arching 'theme'. They are all individual, high quality icons that show a great deal of skill and of course they look very nice indeed but... and there is a but... I can't see the single connecting element that links them all.

A theme connect the items so that they all look good together, yours look good individually but personally I can't see the theme. I created a series of steampunk icons myself and even though some of the individual icons aren't as high quality as yours, they sit nicely together and convey an immediate impression of togetherness. Everyone who sees them knows what the artist is trying to convey, I am unsure what your icon set is trying to convey.
Desktop Windows 10 Dreadnought with widgets by yereverluvinuncleber
Desktop Windows 10 Dreadnought with widgets
My current desktop! Windows 10, Yahoo & Xwidgets and Rocketdock working together. Heavily customised Windows 10 desktop. Easy to do. Everything works, including the semaphore signal, lots of clocks, utilities and other ephemera.

Jupiter - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/jup…

CPU/GPU Speedfan widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
Volume XWidget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
Media Player Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
Penny Red Widget - lightquick.co.uk/jdownloads/br…
Widget Vault - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/wid…
Clock Calendar Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
Resource Monitor Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
Thermionic tubes XWidget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/cyb…
Thermionic tubes Yahoo Widget - lightquick.co.uk/jdownloads/cy…
Moon widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…

Folders Yahoo Widget (unfinished)

Saturn Yahoo Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/sat…
Weather Yahoo Widget - lightquick.co.uk/jdownloads/st…

Dieselpunk Panzer Disc Storage Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Temperature CoreTemp Storage Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Temperature Speedfan Storage Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk CPU Storage Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Network IN Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Network OUT Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Clock Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk RAM Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk Battery Widget - lightquick.co.uk/downloads/pan…
Dieselpunk World of Tanks Hit Rate Widget (unfinished)
Dieselpunk World of Tanks Win Rate Widget (unfinished)


Background image - One of mine - yereverluvinuncleber.deviantar…

Please leave a comment or two, your feedback would be appreciated.

Feel free to use this image as part of your stock.

You may use any of my own images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all other non-commercial cases I require a credit to the original artists using their/my name or pseudonym and a link to their/my sites. With regard to the commercial use of incorporated images from other artists, permission would need to be obtained from the original owner.
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XWIDGET Version 1.0.4 Steampunk Volume XWidget by yereverluvinuncleber
XWIDGET Version 1.0.4 Steampunk Volume XWidget
This is the XWidget version of the Steampunk Volume widget that you could certainly use on your desktop. It is a lovely piece of eye-candy as well as being useful on your desktop.

** NEW VERSION 1.0.4 **

Added code to allow the widget to be locked by clicking on the left stanchion. The direction of the mousewheel can now be defined. Also, licence code has been added accessed via menu. This brings the functionality into line with the old Konfabulator widget of the same name.

This is one of a small set of icons/widgets for your desktop, the others are a typical set of Victorian desktop acoutrements. You can control the volume level of your PC desktop by moving the slider or clicking on the mute button. Double-clicking on the widget will cause a personalised Windows application to fire up. The first time you run it there will be no assigned function and so it will state as such - then it will pop up the preferences so that you can enter the command of your choice. The widget takes command line-style commands for windows.

The widget functionality is self-explanatory, tinker with it and you will soon get to grips with it, you can't do any harm. Think of it as a bit of steampunk eye-candy with a useful function.

Click on the slider and drag it to the left or right and the system volume will increase/decrease.

Click on the mute button and the system sound will mute.

If you change any of the system's sound settings using any other tools the widget will detect this and make changes to the slider accordingly.

It can be resized as you wish.

The Steampunk Volume XWidget is a moveable widget that you can move anywhere around the desktop as you require.

This widget requires Xwidget engine to operate. Download the Xwidget engine from here:

lightquick.co.uk/downloads/xwi…

or from the Xwidget site.

Here is just one more of over 250 steampunk icons and widgets that I have created that will leave your Windows or Mac desktop looking absolutely spiffing. There is a whole set of the little thingies and I must say they do look very steampunk indeed! The icons really are a suitable replacement for the boring old default icons that come with Rocketdock/ObjectDock &c.

This widget and the others like it will spruce up your desktop and give it a bit of Victorian class. Full instructions can be found here: lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.
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Steampunk CPU GPU Thermometer Widget for Speedfan by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk CPU GPU Thermometer Widget for Speedfan
A Steampunk CPU/GPU thermometer for your Windows desktop. Fed up with the standard windows interface I've created another Steampunk look for an essential utility which provides temperature information - preventing overheating damaging your laptop/desktop PC. Does a real job and looks good too. Be aware that it needs Speedfan and Yahoo widgets - If you don't understand why please don't download my widget... :-)

NEW version - Beta - any problems let me know.

Please be aware this widget is in beta! This version is Windows only, MAC version coming soon. Require…s Speedfan to extract the temperatures from hundreds of different types of PC hardware.

The Instructions for the Steampunk CPU/ GPU Thermometers are here:
lightquick.co.uk/instructions-…

This widget requires Yahoo widgets to operate. Download yahoo widgets from here: desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2…

(This downloads the Konfabulator™ SDK and it has all you need to get started without all the other widgets that normally come wrapped up too).

You'll also need speedfan which you can get from here: www.almico.com/speedfan.php. (Yahoo widgets are the runtime engine for the widget and speedfan gets the temperatures from all sorts of PCs, this widget is an interface to speedfan.)

Hope you have as much fun with this widget as I do - please leave feedback and click on a few likes!
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Steampunk Wallpaper Windows 10 Desktop All Sizes by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Wallpaper Windows 10 Desktop All Sizes
Steampunk Wallpaper Windows 10 Desktop - now all sizes.

A variation on a theme.

The zipfile contains a variety of different size screens for desktop systems.

1024x768
1280x960
1366x768
1280x760
1440x900
1920x1080


The only condition for downloading and using is that you leave feedback. Please leave a message and rate the icons as it is the only payment I get for creating this small desktop addition :D (Big Grin)

You may use any of my images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all cases I require a credit to the original artist using my name or pseudonym and a link to my own site.
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This is the text from a support ticket I have just raised, one of several similar requests from others.

"I have a group name that is no longer useful as it applies to a technology that is not current. The group is alive and caters for other similar technologies but the group name is off-putting for new users. Letting the group die is not a sensible option when it can be simply revitalised by removing five characters from the group name. As a premium or paid option this would bring a lot of money into DA's coffers and users would appreciate the flexibility of being able to change a group name.


DA's popularity is waning and this would be a useful tool to create some revenue."



A quick tutorial for creating a flame effect in Photoshop ver 8.0 CS.

I have seen many tutorials that use the transform > warp effect to create a flame from a pattern. Unfortunately the warp effect is not available in Photoshop ver 8.0 CS. Follow this set of actions to end up with a realistic 'guttering' candle flame without requiring the warp effect:

1. .Select the custom shape tool and make a spikey flower shape, 200 x 200, fill it with red, as below.


 

2. Using the layer blend, give it an outer glow spread of 25px and an inner glow of bright yellow, size 50px, so there is just a hint of red left. Select a gaussian contour, range 50%, as below.



 

3. Use Filter > Distort > Ripple 600%, as below.



4. Extend the canvas to 500px in height from the bottom to allow all the flame to be visible, as below.



5. Apply Filter > Stylize > Wind 700% - storm, as below.



6. Then rotate CCW 90 degrees so the spread is vertical, as below.



7. Then stretch the flame by dragging the image upwards, as below.



8. Use the Edit > Transform > Distort to stretch the flame vertically and pulling the bottom in making a rough triangle shape with the point at the bottom, as below.



9. Apply a Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur, as below.

10. Select an area just above the candle wick point apply filter - render - lensflare 105mm prime 60%. It is not really visible on the image below but it is there.




11. Crop around the flame ensuring you do not cut off any of the guttering flame.



12. shrink and size to fit the candle image of your choice, as below.


 

13. The 'guttering' candle as shown to better effect on a dark background.

That's it, I hope you found this useful.

I've created a steampunk widgets page on Facebook, a place to distribute the widgets and allow anyone to participate, join, like &c.

It is here:

www.facebook.com/profile.php?i…

http://i.imgur.com/QFzDanP.jpg

Please come along for the ride - I need friends there!
A good reason for avoiding using cores & doing it yourself in pure javascript (some may have seen my steampunk media player or the U-boat widget both of which use javascript to rotate the hands and perform other functions) is that the javascript code is often directly translatable into web widgets.

If the Xwidget engine does ever turn into abandonware (like the yahoo widget engine) then you may find yourself in the position of having a lot of widgets but nowhere to run them (all it takes is a little change in a future version of Windows and Xwidgets could simply stop working). To protect yourself from this, if your working functionality is achieved in javascript code rather than using Xwidget cores then you can create/convert to web widgets that work within the context of a browser.

I have a few widgets that are being converted by Harry Whitfield to run as web widgets at this moment. When I feel confident of the task then I may do the same to some other of my widgets. You may eventually start to see them appearing around the web...

This is the U-boat web widget running within a browser. It isn't just stuck on using Photoshop. It really is running in Firefox. It tells the time and switches from one face to another, the hands all turn and the buttons can be pressed. The rest of it remains to be done but it works.

You can see it operating here: g6auc.me.uk/UBOAT/

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The point of this post is to demonstrate that a Xwidget can be made to work on other environments but that can only be done without the use of the cores that avoid using javascript to fulfil certain functions. My U-Boat widget is a case in hand, it uses a smooth ticking function that is achieved in javascript which is directly translatable to a web widget.

If one starts at the KJC's/Cannuckens original Xwidget version of the U-boat (very good but all cores and very little javascript) that could only run on Xwidget, then my own U-boat Xwidget used javascript to provide functionality that the core does not (smoother ticks on the second hand &c - KJC adopted it too, resizing &c). Then there is my Yahoo widget version that does everything that the Xwidget version does but purely in code. From this final yahoo version it has been possible to create a web widget.

Comparing one against the other gives a good understanding of the strengths and weakness of the two engines. The yahoo widget is elegant, uses re-usable javascript and can be used to achieve largely anything at the cost of a lot of scripting. The Xwidget engine does the heavy-lifting with a few cores but it does NOT promote use of industry standard javascript to do a lot of the central functionality. This is both good and bad depending upon your standpoint.

The use of desktop widgets is declining and it should be obvious to anyone that a good way to get your widgets out there is to have them running on as many platforms as possible. Web widgets run on all machines via the browser interface so it makes sense to think about targetting that platform.

The U-boat widget above is a good example of that conversion as this particular widget has undergone the conversion from Xwidget to web widget successfully, probably the only Xwidget that has done so (as far as I know). A lot of Xwidgets may have made the progression from the web to desktop but as far as I know none have gone the other way round.
Kit 01 Parts to create a media player app by yereverluvinuncleber
Kit 01 Parts to create a media player app
This is a kit of parts... that can be assembled to create a Steampunk media player widget/app or program.

UPDATED: Now also included are two PSD files so that you can create your own working 'help' and 'about' panels.

It could be used on Windows, Linux, Android, Os/X or IOS to create an app, Xwidget, yahoo widget, rainmeter skin, samurize widget, vlc or winamp skin or used to create any form of graphical interface you choose. The media player could suit desktop or mobile applications. You could create an app or simply use the components in your own graphical creation.

This kit will contain all the separate images I use to create one of my widgets plus a XML file to describe the contents position and function. Except for the XML there is no code within the package just the images.

All you need to do is to add your own code, script, markup language, whatever logic method you prefer to animate the device. I already have some javascript to make this player come alive - if you want this javascript to provide more glue to the kits parts then that can be provided too, you only need to ask - PM me here at DA.

         There are existing examples of working apps here:

         lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
        
         and here:
        
         lightquick.co.uk/downloads/ste…
        
         You will find links to full instructions on those pages.
         Have fun and let me see what you have created.

When you have a working app/widget/plasmoid/program then please let me know as I want to see the result! Good luck to you and contact me if you need help.

-oOo-

CREDIT - You may use any of my own images in your own creations but commercially only with my permission. In all other non-commercial cases I require a prominent credit to the original artist(s) using their/my real name or DA pseudonym and a link to their/my sites. A link to this page using my DeviantArt name on any descriptions would be sufficient.

With regard to the commercial use of images I have incorporated from other artists, permission would need to be obtained from the original owner. All the images in this zipfile should be my own.
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So much for me saying that I wasn't going to run a group anymore! I have taken over as founder of design-addicts here: design-addicts.deviantart.com/

The original founder was feeling the pressures of running a group so I have temporarily stepped in to help. I am looking for some co-founders who might want to try out some reviewing of art submitted to the group. There really shouldn't be much more involvement other than that. In any case I invite to you ALL to join the group as members or as contributors - please join and have some fun submitting there - you are ALL welcome.

Design-addicts described itself as being a group featuring ALL types of design aspects. It welcomes all styles and mediums such as writing, photography, digital, web designs and any other medium you care to create in! I agree with that sentiment and hope to carry the group on in the spirit it was founded. It has 4,614 members currently, please make it more! Please come - you are wanted.

design-addicts.deviantart.com/
I have noticed that DA does not always give the returns with regard to visitor numbers vs the time and effort required to submit here. OK, so where to next? I'm drawing up a list of sites that take software specifically as my stuff is visual and some would say artistic but most of all they are all related to software.

deviantart  - returns not always that great - OK let's help each other...
rocketdock - good hit rates for wallpapers, skins, icons and widgets
brassgoggles forum - returns not great
widgipedia - has just closed down
softpedia - not easy to submit and not high returns
renderosity - useless - abandoned
behance - ok, good looking pages but low hit rates
cargo collective  - ok good looking pages but lowish hit rates in the hundreds - also a limit on how many free submissions
artician - not yet tried it
pinterest - OK, attractive but not very effective
sourceforge - not useful for pushing the widgets, useful for distributing the code
brothersoft - tried the media player but did the submission work? not sure.

uptodown - useless, upload page is appalling - avoid, emailed the designer, he responded - new design in the offing.
customize - ignore - used to be good, now blocked by major browsers
tumblr - create a site there and see how it goes *
facebook - create an account and push there *
tucows - submitted one item the yahoo media player - incredibly slow to review, 500 others ahead of my submission.

I have a load of others that I may try and I'll give you feedback on how it goes. If you have any suggestions then please add to the list.
I have kept a list of groups I have previously joined to prevent me from rejoining groups that have died. That list is massive now and is larger than the groups I am now a member of. So many good groups have died in the last year or two. It is just an observation. All the groups were specifically involving themselves in customisation, desktop art  &c. Any thoughts?

These are a few:

SteampunkForever - left - not reviewing
DeskModdersIT (over size limit)
Linux-To-Win-It < - dying group
tech-hub  (5 per day) < not reviewing
customize-that-pc (3 per day) < not reviewing
thecreatives (4 every 7 days) < not reviewing
skinnerz - rejoined <- dead
DA-PREMIUM < pointless - left
windowsreimagined < - dead group - failed to review every time
win-art-style < - dying group?
windocks < - dying group?
pixartica-group < - dying group?
dsgnforrst  - expiring - dead group
alien-customize - dead group - left
AllOS-Custom - dead group - left
weStyle-community <- left the group dead
deviousapps - wasn't being reviewed
Victorian-Aesthetic - dead group - left it - group being abandoned
AskVG - group GONE
Design-Shell <- over the size limit - dead
ubuntu-artists <- left it due to failure to even triage submissions

and new dying/dead groups:

Creativ-Xtreme
customizeWindows
Windows-8-users

Some of these groups are owned by one admin, Creativ-Xtreme for example has an admin that runs several groups but lets them run dry, he does not triage submissions, ignores suggestions that might help and turns down offers to assist in the running of the group. He can even be quite rude when you make suggestions that don't match his style. Admins like that are the death-knell of any group.

I recently used Google trends to see how Deviantart is doing and the result is alarming. The number of related searches to the term "deviantart" is down dramatically.  www.google.co.uk/trends/explor…

http://i.imgur.com/HXJJPlE.jpg


Deviantart as a trend is declining considerably and appears only to be as popular as it was in 2007. Strangely, this decline coincides with the release of Windows 8 (August 2012) which I suppose makes sense if you think about all the Windows customisation groups that have been dying recently. I suggest that Microsoft's closure of any possibility of customisation of the Windows 8-10 interface has stifled all those Windows customisation groups into silence. They have nothing new to offer as there is no possibility of applying any of those changes to Win10. The old desktop is still there of course but smothered by Win8's start screen. Win10 does its best to prevent the old desktop from showing... especially when in tablet-friendly mode.
Steampunk Coal-Power Gauge shows real consumption! by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Coal-Power Gauge shows real consumption!
The above image is a gauge that I designed and which was coded by Harry Whitfield. It shows coal-consumption by the UK's coal-fired power stations, a real-time gauge that takes its information via a real-time feed from powergen, the UK national power generating organisation.

I never released this widget to the world but I do have a copy running on my desktop that has recently told me something rather interesting and rather un-steampunk. For the first time since 1882 the power stations of the UK have run without burning any coal at all. The very first power station was set up in 1882 and coal-powered power stations have been run continuously ever since. They have produced the majority of Britain's electricity over the last 150 years.

Huge efforts by the governments over the recent decades have reduced Britain's reliance on coal until it has reached a point where they were able to turn all the coal-powered stations off. The above gauge shows just half a gigawatt currently being generated by coal but that gauge has been reading zero for almost a week. This is Great Britain doing its bit for the environment.

I find this a fascinating bit of information especially as it is a rather telling indicator that Britain's industrial revolution, the one powered solely by coal is nearly at an end, you could call it the end of a steampunk era... the good thing is even the newest nuclear power stations are still producing copious amounts of steam!

PS - The download in this case is just a JPEG. I won't release this as a widget unless I am specifically asked to do so. I have a good number of these new designs waiting to be released but it is not worth the time and effort unless interest is shown. I reckon it'll be staying on my desktop alone for the near future which is sad but that's the way it is... :)
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Desktop Windows 10 Media Player Steampunk'd by yereverluvinuncleber
Desktop Windows 10 Media Player Steampunk'd
This is my media player screen, the big screen in my lounge, 1280 x 720, the one on which we run all our telly, games &c, a Lenovo media player. The widgets shown show the state of the Lenovo box.  The widgets are just those I happened to be testing.
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gala2025 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
Someone can help me CATEGORY I have to put this image? I tried several and not accept the category, THANKS TO WHOM IT MAY HELP!Nick Wilde (Deleted Scene) - Icon 
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Re-post the image and I will show you which category if you get it wrong. There are a lot of categories in this group!
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Stilleschrei Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thanks for the Llama
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
I don't think I sent you a Llama but I appreciate the thanks nonetheless.
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Stilleschrei Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Really? Well, you must have done something, because I was thanking for favs and Llama's!
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3wyl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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Tatuas Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016
Thanks for watch!
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
No problem, looking forward to what you come up with.
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Joe-Roberts Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
 Thanks for faving :)
Sherlock by Joe-Roberts 
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
No worries. A good portrait.
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