Modern Folk Dance Skin
This skin has been setup to prevent problems when setting
up fixed playlists. So the philosophy has been to remove or hide anything
that is not needed for setting up a fixed playlist. Any function that
causes problems has been removed. In particular the design was to insure
that a playing track can not be accidentally interrupted. This
customization was designed to be used by recreational dance groups where interruping a dance is very undesirable. In addition
if the dance programmer is not very computer literate, the player should not
accidentally pop up or close windows. This was based on the Winamp Modern skin. The intent is not to have a skin
which looks better, but to have one that is user friendly for programming
recreational dances, and to make important things more easily readable at a
distance. In addition a few features have
been added to make dance instruction easier.
The following things have been changed from the Winamp Modern Skin.
and sliders now display their values when you hover over them.
backgrounds for text have been made a uniform color so that the text is
more visible. The patterning in the display window has been toned
down. The shadowing in the display
window has been removed so that the information is more visible. The left frame of the media library has
been thickened to make opening of the device/function window easier.
text has been enlarged for the timing at the bottom of the Playlist window
to improve visibility. An extra
window shows the currently playing dance number, and the number of dances
unnecessary buttons at the bottom of the Playlist have been removed as
these functions are available other ways that can be hidden.
“Manage Playlist” button no longer shows the complete menu. It only shows “Clear Play List” and
“More Advanced…”. The “More Advanced…” option then opens
the original menu. This is because
some of the options on the original menu cause problems, and the normally
all you need to do is clear the playlist.
“dangerous” play button at the bottom of the Media Library has been hidden
from view. It is dangerous because it kills the playlist and
interrupts the currently playing track. Unfortunately this damaged
the finished appearance of the bottom of the Media Library window. Quel dommage.
Enter key only plays the selected track if the player is already
stopped. This prevents accidentally interrupting a track. It
is suggested that double clicks be turned off in the playlist using Dr.O’s undo. An
error message tells the user to press STOP first.
shuffle play button has been removed from the Winamp
window. This prevents accidental pushing. The playlist is
intended to be fixed and not variable. It is still on the
configuration menu. The shuffle
play indicator is retained, but it is no longer clickable. In addition the indicator light on the
repeat button, and the EQ indicator are also no
controls are no longer clickable on the main window. So the equalizer indicator is only an
indicator. The repeat function is
only controllable by the repeat button and the second display has been
removed. Indicators for replay
gain, fader usage have been added.
This prevents accidental changes of these functions and all
controls are then changed by only 1 button. Unfortunately I can not easily expunge
the extra controls from the main menu.
menu buttons at the top have been removed because they duplicate other
controls, and contain “dangerous” functions such as “play” which clears
key commands removed. The cntrl, alt,
shift key commands still work. This is to prevent accidental single
text in the shade window has been enlarged and the font changed to improve
visibility at a distance. This also gives a uniform font when
Unicode is used.
double click for the shade have been removed from
all windows to prevent accidental annoying changes.
the Eject button so it adds files to the playlist rather than replaces all
files in the playlist. Again this prevents accidentally killing the
Stop at next track button
Stop on track name ***STOP***
Delayed play button, allows programmer to get into a dance.
Save/Go to memory position in track Good
for teaching dances.
Pause at a selected position in the track Good
· Selectable delay
between tracks. Allows time to get ready for
· Selectable decorations
for various seasons. The holiday lights were borrowed from the Holiday 2005 skin. Anyone who wants this functionality,
must use this skin, the ability to use decorative skins is not possible.
So the ability to design decorations for this skin was added and some preset
decorative overlays have been added. The user can design a decorative
motif which overlays the main window without doing any programming. This
should help satisfy the visual artists who are folk dancers and gives button
pushers something to do.
A button on the main window for changing
colors. This gives people something to play with that is harmless and may
forestall further exploration.
Play selection button is available at the bottom
of the play window. This only plays the
selected track when Winamp is stopped.
or redundant items removed
Stop buttons on playlist & library because
if pushed, it may not be obvious how to get lists back.
Shade feature of playlist. It may cause library to flip up to an
inaccessible location. It is not needed
and is confusing.
The setup menu keys in the playlist &
The redundant close buttons on the playlist and
library windows have been removed. If a
user accidentally closes the playlist by pushing the close button, they may not
have a clue how to get it back.
features to prevent accidental stopping of a playing dance.
The Enter key in the playlist editor only starts playing a new track
when Winamp is stopped.
The Close button on the main window only works when playing is stopped.
Pause time & remaining time for pause
Memory position in track
Pause position in track
· Current track number
shown in main window.
Current / Last track number shown at bottom of playlist window.
Next/Previous track names are displayed in
former main window menu bar.
Last track in playlist is displayed in former
playlist menu bar. This helps the user
to check if a dance has been entered at the end of the playlist. If the user accidentally enters the same
dance twice in the playlist, an error message is displayed.
Winamp now scrolls up
the playlist when a track is added to the end of the playlist.
Total remaining time in the playlist.
A replay gain indicator has been added.
Holidays, Halloween, and a Windows Classic color scheme were added.
The Holidays lights were added from the Holiday
2005, selected by a button. They now properly placed even when the status
bar is hidden.
In addition a number of other seasonal decorations are added for Halloween,
Harvest (Thanksgiving), Spring, St. Patrick’s day, St. Valentine’s day.
The user can add a decoration.png
file to the c:\Program Files\winamp\ folder.
Since other decorated skins will lack the
safety features, it is desirable to have selectable decorations and this gives
the user harmless buttons to push.
a scientist & educator I object to the use of kHz or kBps as variables, and have accordingly moved them
behind the number where units should always be located. Students have severe difficulties
because they do not distinguish between units and variables, so proper
usage is desirable. I notice this
is now done in the Bento skin.
complete the security install playlist undo available in Winamp essentials
Turn off double click (mandatory)
Turn off right click (optional)
the library so that double click enqueues the track. This prevents accidentally
killing the playlist.
add a logo to this player by making a 44x30 png
file named logo.png in c:\Program Files\winamp\
can add a picture to the left of the beat display by adding a file named picture.png to the winamp
new features require expanding the main window to the right.
changes were made to the shade player window because it will probably not
be used while programming an evening of dancing.
speed/pitch plug-in may appear where the main window of the default
classic skin is located. So setting the classic main window to a
specific location may control the location of the plug-in. The “Take it Easy” plug in is not
recommended because it crashes Winamp, but other
tempo changing plug-ins are available.
Chronotron Pro is the best one available.
useful plug-ins are KatMouse
and MouseWheel Blocker.
saved options have been changed so that the Modern Folk Dance Skin
defaults to certain standard settings.
Both the ML and PL default to on.
Bento skin style is not necessarily the optimum solution for dancing
because you need both a large library and playlist window. So full screen was simulated by adding a
window lock. This locks the windows
in place and prevents them accidental removal.
- It is
often desirable to figure out what dances are popular according to the
dance night, or other criteria.
While Winamp can keep the frequency of
usage, more information is often desirable. So the ability to log the actions and
played dance names has been added.
This requires installation of the latest WASDP plugin
as it uses the debug features.
make a less cluttered appearance the extra indicators for play, pause, stop were removed, but the indicators on the buttons
should be sufficient. Also to find
out the memory or pause time hover the cursor over the button for
each. It is also possible to remove
the beat, frequency, and statistics information from the main window. This is controlled by the decorations
make the skin more uniform looking the scroll bar for the playlist now has
a button that looks like the one on the media library. Some users did not recognize it as a
scroll bar button!
Issues still to be resolved in Winamp:
clicking on the Media Library brings up some undesirable menu items such
as PLAY. This is kludged by substituting
my language files.
skin is still dependent on specifically configured menus and plug-ins.
file types do not put the seeker in the correct position if a slow down plugin is used.
This happens with only some types of files.