Want the Persona 4 HUD on your desktop?

I know I did. After Googling about, I found that someone had made a Rainmeter skin for it, but it didn't look good enough, so I edited it a bit, redoing most of the artwork: 

The battery meter is part of another Rainmeter skin, as is the grayish bar. Everything else, though, is part of the skin!

 Here's an old screenshot of it, when it still had the time on it. Compare to the original (not-made-by-me) skin and the actual, in-game HUD!
All you need to do to get it is: 
  1. Install Rainmeter (Windows only)
  2. Download this file
  3. Extract the contents to the "Rainmeter\Skins" folder in your "Documents" folder (C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins if you're using Windows 7)
  4. Go to this weather website thing
  5. Find your location either by ZIP code or by typing in your city, state, province, country, or what have you
  6. Once you've found the correct page for your city, copy the name that shows up. For me, it was simply "Aberdeen, South Dakota"
  7. Open Persona4.ini in that folder that you just extracted
  8. Look for "[Variables]," and overwrite "Aberdeen, South Dakota" with whatever you just copied (unless you actually do live in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in which case we should hang out sometime)
  9. Save and close Persona4.ini
  10. Right-click on "Days.ttf" in the Persona4 folder, and click "Install" (or, if this doesn't work, copy it into C:\Windows\Fonts)
  11. Launch Rainmeter, if it isn't already running
  12. Right-click on the tray icon, then select "Configs" -> "Persona4" -> "Persona4.ini"
  13. Drag it into the upper-right-hand corner if it isn't already there
  14. And you're done! If the weather icon isn't showing up, right-click on the skin and click "Refresh Skin"
 
Feel free to post any problems you're having getting everything to work, or any suggestions you have for future versions. I'm super new to Rainmeter skin-making, and I think that this turned out pretty alright, but I'm not opposed to adding functionality to make it even more awesome :) 
 
Oh, and while the font for the time-of-day phrase is spot-on, the font for the date doesn't 100% match the one found in the game. I spent several hours scouring the Internet for a similar font, and this "Days" font is the best I could find. If anyone knows of a more accurate font, let me know! 
 
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I removed the purpley semi-transparent background thing from the original version of the skin because without it, you can combine it with other Rainmeter skins and it looks nice. If anyone really wants a version with that thing in it, I can upload that, too.
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Edited by takua108

ATTENTION PEOPLE OF THE FUTURE: SOME DUDE ON THE INTERNET MADE IT EVEN BETTER, CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE NEW BETTER VERSION

I know I did. After Googling about, I found that someone had made a Rainmeter skin for it, but it didn't look good enough, so I edited it a bit, redoing most of the artwork:

The battery meter is part of another Rainmeter skin, as is the grayish bar. Everything else, though, is part of the skin!
Here's an old screenshot of it, when it still had the time on it. Compare to the original (not-made-by-me) skin and the actual, in-game HUD!

All you need to do to get it is:

  1. Install Rainmeter (Windows only)
  2. Download this file
  3. Extract the contents to the "Rainmeter\Skins" folder in your "Documents" folder (C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins if you're using Windows 7)
  4. Go to this weather website thing
  5. Find your location either by ZIP code or by typing in your city, state, province, country, or what have you
  6. Once you've found the correct page for your city, copy the name that shows up. For me, it was simply "Aberdeen, South Dakota"
  7. Open Persona4.ini in that folder that you just extracted
  8. Look for "[Variables]," and overwrite "Aberdeen, South Dakota" with whatever you just copied (unless you actually do live in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in which case we should hang out sometime)
  9. Save and close Persona4.ini
  10. Right-click on "Days.ttf" in the Persona4 folder, and click "Install" (or, if this doesn't work, copy it into C:\Windows\Fonts)
  11. Launch Rainmeter, if it isn't already running
  12. Right-click on the tray icon, then select "Configs" -> "Persona4" -> "Persona4.ini"
  13. Drag it into the upper-right-hand corner if it isn't already there
  14. And you're done! If the weather icon isn't showing up, right-click on the skin and click "Refresh Skin"

Feel free to post any problems you're having getting everything to work, or any suggestions you have for future versions. I'm super new to Rainmeter skin-making, and I think that this turned out pretty alright, but I'm not opposed to adding functionality to make it even more awesome :)

Oh, and while the font for the time-of-day phrase is spot-on, the font for the date doesn't 100% match the one found in the game. I spent several hours scouring the Internet for a similar font, and this "Days" font is the best I could find. If anyone knows of a more accurate font, let me know!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I removed the purpley semi-transparent background thing from the original version of the skin because without it, you can combine it with other Rainmeter skins and it looks nice. If anyone really wants a version with that thing in it, I can upload that, too.

Posted by Skald

That is noticeably better.

Posted by KaosAngel

Pass, no OSX means it sucks.

Posted by eroticfishcake

Someone mentioned this ages ago actually. It's not bad. There's also a Persona 3 one though I forgot where it is. I think the same guy who made that made this one as well.

Edited by takua108
@KaosAngel said:

" Pass, no OSX means it sucks. "

Well, seeing as how it doesn't fit the Human Interface Guidelines, Mac users don't want it anyways ;)
Edited by Dylabaloo

When I right click on the tray icon persona 4 doesn't show up? Any ideas? @takua108: 
 
Edit: Fixed it. It looks real nice thanks. 
 
All I need now is all those banging persona 4 tunes playing in the background.

Edited by wolf_blitzer85
@Dylabaloo:  Try restarting the program. I had to do that and the option showed up after that.
 
I totally approve of this by the way.
Edited by Winsord
Posted by takua108
@wolf_blitzer85 said:
" @Dylabaloo:  Try restarting the program. I had to do that and the option showed up after that.  I totally approve of this by the way. "
Thanks! If you've put the skin the the correct place, it should show up just like this: 

 Also, it looks like I should update Rainmeter...
Posted by T0mF5
@takua108: Does your version have accurate weather?
Posted by Trace

This looks really awesome. I'm really tempted to grab and use this, but I'm somewhat of a minimalist in regards to desktop stuff.
 
Is there any way for you to edit the battery info so that it fits into the Persona 4 skin? I mean, it wouldn't ever be relevant for me, since I use desktop computers, but it'd be pretty rad to have a yellow battery image that fit the Persona theme. It'd add functionality, y'know?

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Posted by takua108
@T0mF5: Yep! If you follow those instructions exactly, the weather should work just fine.
Posted by T0mF5
@takua108: Awesome, I am going to change it right now.
Edited by takua108
@PsEG: The battery thing is part of Gnometer, another skin set that I'm using on my desktop, like this: 

Gah, it's so small... 
Anyways, yeah, if you have a setup like this, you can drag any of the individual skin components around and position them however you like. 
 
EDIT: Oh, did you want a Persona-themed battery thing? Well... I can't personally think of a way to contextualize it within the P4 HUD, but if you do, show me a mockup and I'll make it!
Posted by nukesniper
@takua108 said:
 "Aberdeen, South Dakota"
Dude, I grew up in Groton and still have family in the Aberdeen area (was in the area for Christmas last year), moved to MN a while back, but you totally creeped me out with that.  
 
Either way, I've installed it and thats pretty neat. I'll probably just have it up for the simple amusement of it all. =P
Posted by T0mF5

Posted by marvin_martian

anyone know if there is a droid app that has this?

Posted by Soap

Genius! 

Posted by ReyGitano

Can't wait to try this out, seems awesome.

Posted by Gnorbooth

Just grabbed it and totally loving it!  Just started up my 4th run through P4, so nerding out to more inane Persona shit is always awesome.  Thanks a ton!

Posted by Soap

Oh crap, it is showing rain as forecast, better get my ass in gear if I'm going to save them before the fog comes! D:

Posted by takua108
@T0mF5: Ah, sorry about that... I fixed the ZIP file, but if you just want to download a quick fix, get this here file and use it to replace the one in Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Persona4\Res. Thanks for pointing that out!
Posted by MooseyMcMan
Posted by Daveyo520

I did have the last one but this has the real font so yay. Also I forgot I was on your blog and thought I was on the DF site for a second. Good game.

Posted by Beforet

This is pretty awesome, except the part where it was blocking my search engine bar. Oh well, I guess I'll get used to having that to the left of my address bar.
 
Should it also have the clock? I'm only getting the date.

Posted by Underachiever007

Just changed mine.

Posted by Daveyo520
@eroticfishcake: He updated it. He shows the one you are talking about too, to compare. 
Posted by Skald
Posted by AlisterCat

I really like the look of this. I'm going to use it because I can always use more Persona 4 in my life.

Posted by Daveyo520
@MooseyMcMan said:
" @KaosAngel:  
 
 
Also, this looks really slick.
"
Huh, it seems when ever I try to find out what is in that spoiler warning it bumps me to the top of the page and doesn't even open. Yay bug!
Posted by SuperWristBands

This is awesome. Thanks so much.

Posted by Arkkazeal

Sweet, only just finished P4 about a week ago myself. Fits well with the background.
Posted by masonl87@gmail.com

I'm working my way through my second playthrough of P4, so this is awesome!!!

Posted by AlisterCat

A note for feedback, on 'Early Morning' the a in Early hits the bottom of the boundary. What I mean is, the white stroke looks like it goes outside the size of the graphic. Looks very pretty though.

Posted by takua108
@AlisterCat: I noticed that, too, but that's just how the glyph of that font looks. I don't have the game or an "Early Morning" screenshot with me at the moment so I can't really tell if it's like that in-game or not. To generate those images, I'm just using Adobe Fireworks (kind of like Photoshop), and making text using the Text tool and the appropriate font, and then applying a three-pixel-tall, no-feathering "blur" effect to make the outlined text.
Posted by endless_void
@KaosAngel said:
" Pass, no OSX means it sucks. "
No it means your standards suck.
Posted by AlisterCat
@takua108: I took it in to Photoshop and erased that little bit under the A no problem, but it did discard fireworks data on import which is no good to you (or me I guess, I dont know if I can use it). I don't know if you can rasterize and then use an eraser to just take that little bit off like I have.
Posted by MooseyMcMan

Now the thing isn't displaying anything in the weather hole (it did say rain a minute of two ago)...

Posted by SpanxMcFranks

This is fantastic! Thanks!

Posted by takua108
@AlisterCat: I'll probably just do what you did and make the shaved-off one toggleable in future updates. Thanks for pointing it out, though; I'd forgotten all about that.
Posted by AlisterCat
@takua108: actually I renamed the original EarlyMorning and put in my edited one and it works fine. I know nothing about this but it seems images just work.
Posted by MooseyMcMan

Now it seems to be displaying the weather again. Seems like it works better with "MA" instead of Massachusetts (which doesn't make sense given the South Dakota thing, but whatever). 

Posted by gla55jAw

I've been rocking the P3 clock for a while now.
Posted by Benny

I would pay the equivalent of the current going price of persona 4 on the apple store for this to be on my iphone at all times

Posted by takua108
@gla55jAw: Does it turn green at midnight? :3
Posted by Bigheart711

You just saved my fuckin' day! :D

Posted by The_Hiro_Abides

This is pretty awesome! And makes me want to pick up another PS2 for more Persona time.

Posted by gla55jAw
@takua108 said:
" @gla55jAw: Does it turn green at midnight? :3 "
What's midnight!? It turns green at Dark Hour ;)
Posted by JJOR64
@KaosAngel said:
" Pass, no OSX means it sucks. "
LOLOLOLOL
Posted by takua108
@gla55jAw said:
" @takua108 said:
" @gla55jAw: Does it turn green at midnight? :3 "
What's midnight!? It turns green at Dark Hour ;) "
:V
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