Skin Tutorial

Skin Making Tutorial

Last updated: 07/12/2019
File Size: 2.99 MB

Before creating a complete skin, you will need the following tools. There are some suggestions below, but we don’t necessarily endorse or require you to use any of them. We leave you to choose one that you’re most comfortable with.

Stuff you need:
1. A paint program such as Photoshop, Gimp, or even good old MSPaint will work too. How else will you “paint” your skins? Must be able to recognize the .BMP format.
2. Winamp’s Base 29x Skin – to use as a template.
3. Text Editor – For use in configuring the fonts and colors of the Mini-browser and Playlist editor. Also used if you do any transparency. eg. MS Notepad, MS Word, Corel Wordperfect
4. Icon Editor – You will need an Icon editor if you are hardcore and want to edit the cursors and pointers associated with your skin. eg. NeoSoft Icon Editor, Icon Edit Pro, Impact Microangelo
5. Zip Compression Tool: Absolutely necessary to publish your skin. Winamp.com will not accept an unzipped skin. eg. WinRAR PKZip, WinZip
6. A good imagination and a good attitude 🙂

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The general process is pretty easy. Simply create a new folder in your Winamp\Skins directory. For example, go to your Skins directory in file manager, right click, and choose ‘New Folder’. Name the folder something unique, like ‘NewSkin’. Unzip the Winamp Base Skin into that folder using your favorite unzip utility.

Once you’ve installed the Base Skin, you could look at the files in that folder. Inside the folder should be a whole bunch of .cur (cursor) files, a whole bunch of .bmp files, and a few (3) .txt files. All of these files are optional. Any missing files will use Winamp’s defaults. So, for example, you can just change one cursor in a skin by having a single .cur file.

The names for the cursor files are pretty self explanatory. In addition, EQTitle.cur means that this cursor is for the EQ’s title bar. normal.cur is the default cursor used in Winamp’s main window. PWSSize.cur means that this cursor is for the Playlist Editor Window Shade sizing area. and so forth. If in doubt, you can just try making a major change to see where the change takes effect. You will see cursor changes, there’s no need to reload the current skin in Winamp to see them. To edit cursors, we recommend any paint program.

Editing the BMP files is more complicated. ‘pledit.bmp’ changes the look of the Playlist Editor, ‘eqmain.bmp’ changes the look of the Graphical Equalizer, and all the other .bmp files change the look of individual controls of the main interface [why we didn’t just use a single .bmp file for the main interface like we did for the EQ/PL is a different story]. Once you have made modifications to the different BMP files, press F5 in Winamp to re-upload the pictures.

At the end, you can change other aspects of Winamp using the three .txt files included in the Skin. After modifications to these files, be sure to press F5 in Winamp to reload the skin.

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Winamp Mac

Winamp for Mac

The Winamp Mac version is an complete audio player for Mac users, as it allows file syncing between multiple devices.

Full compatibility with latest version macOS 10.15 Catalina.

First Winamp version for the Apple Macintosh platform:

– One click music and playlist import from iTunes and Mac desktop
– Keep Winamp Mac up to date automatically with Watch Folders and iTunes library synchronization
– Wireless and wired synchronization with an Android devices
– Play local files and playlists

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Release Date: October 11,  2011
Author: Nullsoft
Version: 0.8.1
OS: The program runs under Mac OS X 10.6 and above
File Size: 4.8 MB
Last Updated: November 02, 2019

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Winamp Windows 10

Winamp for Windows 10

Last updated: 12/10/2019
File Size: 22.00 MB

Winamp has remained a firm favourite for many tech geeks and music lovers alike. It had appeared to lose its way for a while, as it was slow in coming forward with newer versions, which could be supported by more modern software. This all looks set to change and could be the revival that Winamp truly deserves. The new update, BETA version 5.8, seems to have found its way onto the internet, hinting that this could be a step towards this fan favourite being supported by Windows 10. Although its Belgian owners, Radionomy, are yet to make a formal release statement.

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Support for Windows Audio seems to be one of the key developments and this change allows for complete compatibility with Windows 10. No doubt, it will have the usual teething problems, but as has been shown before, it’s the fans and enthusiasts who have helped to push the software in the right direction when it comes to tweaks and apps. Winamp has launched their own forum for just this purpose and it’s great to see fans new and old being able to discuss both their excitement and, as to be expected at this early stage, some of their frustrations.

The goal of this new set of developers has been clearly defined as, the intention to make Winamp the player of today and provide an up to date and complete listening experience. One of the best things they’ve done so far is to remove any old pro licences, making Winamp 100% free to use again. There are also some other current fixes which have been included in the new version, these fixes include, resolved – slow loading issue, improved – updated scroll bar and buttons, fixed – various memory leaks. There are tons more additions and you can see the complete list of updates, fixes and resolutions within the new BETA version.

The go-to functions of customisable skins, visualisation, plugins and the ability to design and make your media player unique to you, are all still high on the agenda and remain some of the software’s key features. The fact that it can now be supported by Windows 10 has also opened up other new avenues. There are more advanced video plugins which can now be supported whereas previously there were some issues with this. There is no multinational version available with Lang packs as yet, but they’re working on the language packs, with Spanish and Polish currently available on the BETA version.

For more avid users of Winamp, they’ll be pleased to know the CD playback and ripping functions now use native Windows API instead of Sonic. The AAC decoder now uses Media foundation, Vista and higher and the H.264 decoder is now also using Media foundation, Vista and higher. These technical changes demonstrate that Winamp is taking itself seriously and has finally understood there is still a huge legion of fans who will willingly support and promote this unequalled media player. There is still nothing as flexible, yet as technically delightful as Winamp when it comes to creating and building your own individual home for music.

Back in October 2018, Radionomy’s CEO, Alexandre Saboundjan hinted that we could expect to see a version 6 available in 2019. 5 months into the year there have been no further corporate updates, including whether or not it will be able to support newer services or how it might integrate with the big players such as Apple Music and Spotify. However, the fact that the owners of Winamp are starting to understand the true potential behind this awesome media player can surely be nothing but good a sign for hardcore Winamp enthusiasts.

The beauty of Winamp is that you experience all of your music in a single place and this makes it a singular experience. There’s no need to go switching between platforms and getting lost in remembering where dedicated playlists are saved. The visualization aspect of Winamp and its spectrum analyser has always allowed people to bring their music to life. To see and feel it. It’s fantastic to see the BETA version available, and the input this is allowing fans and users alike to generate.

We’ve touched on some of the updates but there are a few others that deserve a mention. You can slow down the pop-up buttons, so they don’t overtake the screen and they’ve also improved the browse path and edit title functions in Editor. The OpenMPT-base module player has also been improved and they’ve replaced the MikMod player. The added functionality which can now be supported by Windows 10 is set to continue and we can expect to see more and advances over the coming months.

With only the BETA version being released so far, it’s safe to say, this is a work in progress, but I for one look forward to being a part of the continuing journey to restoring Winamp to its former and well-deserved glory.

Here you can find the Winamp for Windows 10 (Windows media player) with contain required update patches. Windows 10 had backward compatibility with Winamp skins and popular plugins. Compatibility Winamp updates for security support are have already installed. Winamp works perfectly well with Windows 10.

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