Trying to lower my memory usage I’ve decided to quit using Rainmeter for my date/time and now playing “gadgets” and look for Windows 7 compatible gadgets instead. Don’t get me wrong, Rainmeter is a great application, but I’m already using several desktop gadgets for which I was unable to find suitable replacements under Rainmeter.
One of the gadgets I started using recently is the “Now Playing” gadget which I found here (complete with the required Winamp plugin – which requires manual installation).
One issue I noticed though is its inability to display the trackname for tracks which lack the ID3 tag. The widget would just switch to its “Play a file in Winamp” message. So after a bit of tinkering (not my first gadget mod but I don’t have too much experience with this either), I managed to get it to use the track filename and display that instead (cut into halves at its first ” – ” occurrence: first part for artist, remaining part for trackname.
The modded gadget can be downloaded here (already includes all the plugins).
After installation go to
and run NPWinamp.exe to install the Winamp plugin.