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Tools

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.

Bitmap Editor

How else will you "paint" your skins? Must be able to recognize the .BMP and .PNG format.

e.g., Microsoft Paint, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET, GIMP

Text Editor

For use in configuring the fonts and colors of the Mini-browser and Playlist editor. Also used if you do any transparency.

e.g., Microsoft Notepad, MetaPad, TextPad

Icon Editor

You will need an Icon editor if you are hardcore and want to edit the cursors and pointers associated with your skin.

e.g., NeoSoft Icon Editor, Icon Edit Pro, Impact Microangelo

Zip Compression Tool

Absolutely necessary to publish your skin. Winamp.com will not accept an unzipped skin.

e.g., 7-Zip, WinZip

Classic Skins

Classic skins are skins that adhere to the Winamp 2 style model. Classic skins are easier to create than Modern skins but do not allow the author to change the form or function of the player. Classic authors may only replace a standard set of images that alter the player's visual appearance.

Modern Skins

Modern or Freeform skins were originally designed to work with Winamp3. What separates them from the average skin is the fact that they are not confined to the classic rectangular shape. In fact they can be any shape you want them to be and you can put the Winamp control buttons anywhere you want. Some skinners have even added extra buttons that extend the functionality of Winamp right there on the skin. Sounds too good to be true huh? Well these skins require a bit more coding to make and some of the graphics that go into them are quite large. Consequently, Freeform skins may take a bit longer to download from our site and they may take a few extra seconds to load when you switch from one skin to another. But trust me when I say that Freeform skins are worth the extra time and effort. Skin developers have done some incredible things with these skins. You have to check them out.

   <groupdef id="Backgrounds" name="BckElements">
   <layer id="LayerID1" image="common/bck_seek.png" x="19" y="92"  />
   <layer id="LayerID2" image="common/bck_visualizer.png" x="22" y="25" />
   <layer id="LayerID3" image="common/slider_volume_BCK.png" x="212" y="64"  />
   </groupdef>
   <groupdef id="PlayButtons" name="Player Buttons">
   <button
     id="btnPlay"
     action="PLAY" param=""
     x="11" y="106"
     image="vista/vst_btn_play_N.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_play_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_play_D.png"
     tooltip="Play"
   />
   <button
     id="btnPause"
     action="PAUSE" param=""
     x="61" y="117"
     image="vista/vst_btn_pause_N.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_pause_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_pause_D.png"
     tooltip="Pause"
   />
   <button
     id="btnStop"
     action="STOP" param=""
     x="104" y="117"
     image="vista/vst_btn_stop_N.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_stop_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_stop_D.png"
     tooltip="Stop"
   />
   <button
     id="btnEject"
     action="EJECT" param=""
     x="146" y="117"
     image="vista/vst_btn_open_N.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_open_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_open_D.png"
     tooltip="Eject / Open"
   />
   <button
     id="btnPrev"
     action="PREV" param=""
     x="240" y="116"
     image="xp/xp_btn_prev_N.png"
     hoverimage="xp/xp_btn_prev_H.png"
     downImage="xp/xp_btn_prev_D.png"
     tooltip="Previous"
   />
   <button
     id="btnNext"
     action="NEXT" param=""
     x="288" y="116"
     image="xp/xp_btn_next_N.png"
     hoverimage="xp/xp_btn_next_H.png"
     downImage="xp/xp_btn_next_D.png"
     tooltip="Next"
   />
   </groupdef>
   <groupdef id="grTechButtons" name="Other Buttons">
   <togglebutton
     id="btnPL"
     action="TOGGLE" param="guid:pl"
     x="19" y="0"
     image="vista/vst_btn_PL_N.png"
     activeImage="vista/vst_btn_PL_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_PL_D.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_PL_H.png"
     tooltip="Playlist"
   />
   <togglebutton
     id="btnML"
     action="TOGGLE" param="guid:ml"
     x="47" y="0"
     image="vista/vst_btn_ML_N.png"
     activeImage="vista/vst_btn_ML_H.png"
     downImage="vista/vst_btn_ML_D.png"
     hoverimage="vista/vst_btn_ML_H.png"
     tooltip="Media library"
   />
   <button
     id="btnClose"
     action="CLOSE" param=""
     x="340" y="17"
     image="xp/btn_capt_close_N.png"
     hoverimage="xp/btn_capt_close_H.png"
     downImage="xp/btn_capt_minimize_D.png"
     tooltip="Close"
   />
   <button
     id="ButtonID2"
     action="MINIMIZE" param=""
     x="340" y="32"
     image="xp/btn_capt_minimize_N.png"
     hoverimage="xp/btn_capt_minimize_H.png"
     downImage="xp/btn_capt_minimize_D.png"
     tooltip="Minimize"
   />
   </groupdef>
   <groupdef id="grComponents" name="Components">
   <vis id="Visualization"
     x="30" y="30"
     w="76" h="40"
     relatx="0"
     alpha="255"
     gammagroup="gamma"
     ColorBand1="255,255,255"
     ColorBand2="255,255,255"
     ColorBand3="255,255,255"
     ColorBand4="255,255,255"
     ColorBand5="255,255,255"
     ColorBand6="255,255,255"
     ColorBand7="255,255,255"
     ColorBand8="255,255,255"
     ColorBand9="255,255,255"
     ColorBand10="255,255,255"
     ColorBand11="255,255,255"
     ColorBand12="255,255,255"
     ColorBand13="255,255,255"
     ColorBand14="255,255,255"
     ColorBand15="255,255,255"
     ColorBand16="255,255,255"
   
     colorosc1="255,255,255"
     colorosc2="255,255,255"
     colorosc3="255,255,255"
     colorosc4="255,255,255"
     colorosc5="255,255,255"
     colorbandpeak="255,255,255"
   />
   <Text
     id="SongInfo" ticker="1"
     display="songname" showlen="1"
     x="118" y="26"
     w="210" h="17"
     fontsize="16" font="" color="255,255,255"
     shadowcolor="128,128,128" shadowx="1" shadowy="1"
   />
   <text
     id="Timer"
     display="time"
     x="118" y="47"
     w="80" h="25"
     font=""
     fontsize="18"
     color="255,255,255"
     align="left"
     antialias="1" bold="1"
     shadowcolor="128,128,128" shadowx="1" shadowy="1"
     timeroffstyle="1"
   />
   <slider
     id="Slider"
     action="SEEK"
     x="18" y="85"
     w="317" h="20"
     orientation="horizontal"
     thumb="vista/vista_thumb_N.png"
     hoverThumb="vista/vista_thumb_H.png"
     downThumb="vista/vista_thumb_D.png"
   />
   <slider
     id="Slider"
     action="VOLUME"
     x="208" y="63"
     w="115" h="12"
     orientation="horizontal"
     thumb="xp/xp_thumb_N.png"
     hoverThumb="xp/xp_thumb_H.png"
     downThumb="xp/xp_thumb_H.png"
   />
   </groupdef>

<container id="main" name="Main Window" default_x="0" default_y="0" default_visible="1" w="362" h="162">

 <layout id="normal" background="common/Background_player.png" w="400" h="300" desktopalpha="1" >
   <group id="Backgrounds" w="362"/>
   <group id="PlayButtons"  w="360" />
   <group id="grTechButtons" w="360" />
   <group id="grComponents" w="360" />
 </layout>

</container>

ClassicPro Skins

ClassicPro skins is a blend of a Classic Winamp skin and a Modern Winamp skin. You don’t need to do any coding to create your skin because all the coding will be done by the ClassicPro plugin. The layout is similar to the Classic Winamp layout but also resizable using a Single-User-Interface (SUI) to display components.

ClassicPro Official Website

Developer Resources

Community Links