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Extra Tools
3 - Info Window
by Dotpitch, 2011-07-15 15:00:00
3.01 - Extended Playlist (2011-07-15 15:00:00)
3.02 - Library (2011-07-15 15:00:00)

The Info Window contains various other panels with track information, an extended playlist and an audio file library. Usually, the header of the window looks like this:

Info Window (header only)

On the left is a Close button. The second button is Auto-resize, which will make the Info Window adapt its size to the contents it's displaying (on the Appearance page of Options and stuff as well). The third button, Track info, switches between the two modes of the Info Windw: track info and playlist/library. Left-click this button to go to the Extended Playlist, right-click it to go directly to the Library. The rest of the tabs are explained below.

Track Info

General

Info Window - General

The first tab of the track info, the General tab, contains information about the file and the format. It'll display the formatted title, properties of the audio file and the Output format used. If a module file is trimmed, this will be noted in the the Length field. If the current file is resampled or downmixed to match the settings of the output device, the Output field will show the file's original sample rate and channel count between brackets. Right-click anywhere on the text to open the context menu, where you can Copy the text to the clipboard or open the Plugin file info window, if the current track is played via a Winamp input plugin.

Message

Info Window - Message

The second tab is the Message tab, which shows the tags found in the current file. If an audio file comes with a CUE-sheet (either in a tag or in a separate CUE file with the same filename), the subtracks from the CUE-sheet will be shown here. On online radio stream with title updates, the current title will be shown separately. If you have overridden the tags via the Track Info Window, the original tags may be shown as well, depending on your settings (see the Library page of Options and stuff). Again, right-click to get options to Copy the text to the clipboard or open the Plugin file info window. In addition, the context menu will display any weblinks found in the tags, click them to have your default browser navigate to that address.

Samples

Info Window - Samples

For module files, the Samples tab will show the instruments used and the samples present in the file, their names, their resolution and their size (in bytes). The names of the instruments and samples often contain information about the track. Right-click the text to open the context menu, to Copy the text to the clipboard or open the Plugin file info window.

Visualizations

The Visualizations tab isn't really track-related, but it's here for historical reasons. Get more visualizations from the Support Site.

Info Window - Visualizations

XMPlay has three built-in visualizations: Spectrum, Spectrum (3D) (shown in the image above) and the MOD Pattern Display (only works for modules). If you have installed xmp-midi, a MIDI lyrics/karaoke visualization will be available as well (only works for MIDI files, obviously). Additional visualizations should be Sonique SVP files. Place the visualization files in the Visualizations folder (see Installing XMPlay).

Select a visualization by right-clicking on the current visualization, so a context menu listing all loaded visualizations will appear. Double-clicking will make the visualization switch to fullscreen mode (note that XMPlay will prevent your screensaver from activating in this case). If a visualization allows for user interaction, use the middle mouse button to navigate through the visualizations menu. The visualizations are completely rendered by the CPU, so it can take quite some CPU power if you let it run at full resolution. You can limit the rendering resolution on the Miscellaneous page of Options and stuff.

The settings for each visualization are stored in vis.ini, in the same folder as xmplay.exe. This file is separated in several sections, each headed by the name of the visualization they apply to. The available settings vary per visualization and are often poorly documented. You can change these setting with a text editor like Notepad.

Note that xmp-wavis allows you to use Winamp visualizations, albeit in a separate window.

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