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(3) Installing Skins, Plugins and Visuals
by Thomas Radeke, 2007-11-12 09:05:00

What can be installed

XMPlay can currently load the following add-ons:

  • Native XMPlay input plugins (.dll)
  • Winamp Input plugins (.dll) that don't use their own output module
  • Sonique visualisations (.svp)
  • XMPlay skins (.xmpskin)

Where to install

All add-ons reside in their own sub-directories under the directory where you installed XMPlay.XMPlay directory

Probably you will have your plugin/skin/vis as a .zip package, so you just have to extract them like this:

  • Skins (.xmpskin) go to the "Skins" directory.
  • Plugins (.dll) go to the "Plugins"directory.
  • Visuals (.svp) - you guessed it - go to the "Visuals" directory.

Note: Actually, you can put any plug-in, visual or skin anywhere into the XMPlay directory or into subdirectories - XMPlay will find them. It's just easier to maintain your XMPlay folder if you use the proposed subdirectory structure.

Some plugins are contained inside an installer (.exe), which will do the work for you.

How to use

How to select a different skin

  • If XMPlay was running while you installed the new skin, restart it.
  • Right-click on the titlebar of the main window and select a skin.

Alternatively, you can do this:

  • Open the "Options & Stuff" dialog (press F9 or click the "tool" button).
  • Navigate to "Skins & Plugins".
  • Select a skin from the list. Here you also can view the ReadMe of a skin, if the author has included one.

How to select a visualisation

  • Open the info window and go to the "Visuals" tab (or press F4)
  • Right-click into the window and select one of your installed visuals

Some visuals have additional functions and/or options that are accessible via the middle mouse button.

How to configure plugins

After you have extracted the plugins into their directory, you might want to configure them. This is how you do it:

  • If XMPlay was running while you installed the new plugin, restart it.
  • Open the "Options & Stuff" dialog (press F9 or click the "tool" button).
  • Navigate to "Skins & Plugins".
  • Press the "configure" button.

How to remove add-ons

If you need to remove a skin, plugin or visual, just locate the corresponding .dll (plugin), .svp (visual) or .xmpskin (skin) file - and simply delete it.

Note that moving a file from one subdirectory of XMPlay to another does not prevent it from loading! On startup, XMPlay looks for loadable files in all subdirectories, so you have to delete a file or move it outside of the XMPlay directory to prevent XMPlay from loading it.