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Windows 7: Next Gen ?... WMP 12

19 Feb 2010   #41
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

didn't there used to be a program for skinning WMP back in the xp days


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20 Feb 2010   #42
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Well, there were skins that you could edit back in the xp days.
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20 Feb 2010   #43
Legacy Code

 

I had a quick look on google and the ones i found are for WMP10 (XP) dont think the PNG's or bitmap locations would match up , same as WMP 11 and 12 are different.

Thank you for the tip Valtonray im going to give it a try , may be lucky

Oh .... Found a PNG for the mouse over on the play/burn basket search bar( turns it black on mouse over and you can enter text )

BASKET_TITLE_EDIT_CUE.PNG. - Add a new layer in PS ,extend the canvas to 500 wide , fill it black and save. Works on default Aero theme OK.
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21 Feb 2010   #44
Legacy Code

 

I started again on a new wmploc.dll and made a new theme : RECODE as my copy of Project13 was pretty much jumbled up with unneeded edits.

So here is a list of the main body PNG's and BITMAP neeed to alter the basic colour , Ive read through the post and i was kinda repeating myself and made some mistakes in image locations as well but its all part of the learning process i guess.

Correct file locations for wmploc.dll as follows :

TOP ~

TOP BAR :
5401 - Top toolbar ( Where back and forward navigation buttons are located)

MIDDLE COMMAND BAR:
COMMAND_BAR_BG.PNG - Command bar (organize /stream/ create playlist bar )

BOTTOM :
LISTVIEWHEADER.PNG - Columns title bar / album / time / rating

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PLAY/BURN/SYNC BASKET ~

5535 - Top segment ( Playlist /burn /sync icon background.)

SPLITTER_TOP.PNG - Vertical divider on left hand side on basket
SPLITTER_BOTTOM.PNG - Vertical divider on left hand side on basket

BASKET_TITLE_EDIT_CUE.PNG - Gradient for mouse over in search bar in basket area.

BASKET_CB_SEPARATOR.PNG - Strip under save list/ start burn/ start sync basket.
BASKET_CB_BG - Background under burn/play /sync buttons ( save playlist , start burn/start sync)
BASKET_TITLE_SEPARATOR.PNG - Strip under search box in basket.
BASKET_CB_BG_PLAYER - not used by me but its the long oval shaped shadow in the top of the burn basket.
BASKET_BG_BOTTOM.PNG - bottom of basket ( extened to 1000 pix high. will cover all basket up to search box)

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MAIN WINDOW ~

LBG_BOTTOM_TRANSPARENCY.PNG - gradient layer ( turn down transparency to remove)
LBG_TOP_TRANSPARENCY.PNG - see above ^^^

LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG - main wallpaper for player.

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BOTTOM PLAYER CONTROL BAR ~

BITMAP FOLDER : 5402 This bitmap is "tiled" by that i mean it repeats itself as you resize WMP12.
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PLAY / BURN / SYNC BUTTONS ~

5030 - Outline of buttons.
5031 - Main button when clicked
5032 - Unclicked button mouse over button.
45032 - Clicked button mouse over.

5420,5521,5422,5423 - Top Progess bar in basket.

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NAVIGATION BUTTONS ~

5350,5351,5352 - navigation buttons ( each one provides a different glow)
5353 - no action / greyed out.

5360,5361 - Background shape to buttons

5300 - triangle shaped navigation button on top toolbar ( libary> music > all music )

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SEARCH BUTTONS ~

WW_SEARCH.PNG,WW_SEARCH_120.PNG,WW_SEARCH_144.PNG - Magnifiying glass icon in search bar.

WW_CLEAR.PNG,WW_CLEAR_120.PNG,WW_CLEAR_144.PNG - Clear search icon ( see above)
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BOTTOM CONTROL BAR ~

progress/seek bar :

4159 - Outline progress/seek bar.
3881 - Track progess/seek inner bar main window
3882 - End cap of bar ( inline with it and not the oval control knob )
3883 - Oval player knob - drag.
3884 - Oval player knob - mouse over.
4058 - Oval player knob - forward seek.



I will list the icons , buttons and player controls and update this post as hopefully it will help out anyone interested in creating a WMP12 theme.

As i said in a earlier post i went through 257 looking for the search bar backgrounds and today i ran the whole folder through a PS action and made everything black, player controls , gradients , background , you name it .DID NOT WORK and did pretty much the same for bitmaps as well. ( apart from RBG's) So its either controlled by HEX, or could it possibly be controlled by another .DLL ?

I messed with wmplocDUI.dll and broke the player ( just for the lulz.) Would it be controlled by the default Aero theme as the colour seems to be used through out the system ? Dont know much about making a VS yet , but its next on the list as soon as this one is cracked.

Default files included in zip - Spilt into relevant folders with copy of description from this post


Attached Files
File Type: zip WMP12-257-IMAGE FILES MAIN BODY.zip (37.9 KB, 33 views)
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14 May 2010   #45
Wayan D

win 7 64bit
 
 
Thanks you guys; what I did..

My first post here, wotz up?

Well sure, so I really hated the new look of WMP and was trying lots of things, but since hacking wmp12 was new to me it was taking a long time to figure out resources with RHack & Restorator just by looking at images then cross referencing looking at the player.. Ha, sounds dumb I know but, there is little out there to help except for changing the background, and that is just to change to more ugly bmps.. great,not.

Then I bumped into this tread, and people; this is the only one I found in such depth. This thread made me cut dev time on getting a decent look by a ton! So a great big thank you for resource refs, etc..

Also it was huge disappointment to see "advanced tag editor" gone, as well as a few other deletions of behaviors I found helpful. As usual; what was MS thinking? Anyway if you don't have it here is a link to Windows Media Player Plus!
This fellow basically put most of what was making me get ready to change players, back into wmp12 via a simple addin-plugin, very cool. Here's a list;
  • Tag Editor Plus: an alternative for WMP's Advanced Tag Editor. Tag Editor Plus works on WMP 12 too, where the Advanced Tag Editor has been removed.
  • Real 'find as you type' in the library: you can simply start typing to search, without having to click on the Search field first.
  • Access the standard Explorer right-click menu of a media file directly from within WMP.
  • Restore last active playlist, media item, and playback position at WMP startup.
  • Show currently playing media in WMP's title bar.
  • Disable group headers in the Library Pane.
  • Enhanced and configurable version of the Windows Live Messenger Music plug-in (What I'm Listening To).
  • Access the properties of a plug-in from within the main WMP menu (Tools - Plug-in properties), without having to go to Options first.
  • Easily re-enable all plug-ins after a crash.
Here's a screen shot of my first go, my cool green look. It goes with the areo config I have now, plus I didn't have to redo rollover states since the lite blue works with the green..

Looking forward to creating a few more; labeling wploc's and having a stable of wmp looks to go with my fav desktop configs. Heck when we all get done with some we should post em, and start a repository of wmp looks.

So thanks again all. Plus, great site, I've been learning a lot here..!
LaBamba ~ WP


Attached Images
Next Gen ?... WMP 12-wmp12_2.jpg 
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14 May 2010   #46
sergiogarcia9

 

I wondered... Where did this project go? I see Legacy Code haven't been online for a while
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14 May 2010   #47
Prisoner

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I've wondered that myself, Serg. :3
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11 Jan 2011   #48
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wayan D View Post
My first post here, wotz up?

Well sure, so I really hated the new look of WMP and was trying lots of things, but since hacking wmp12 was new to me it was taking a long time to figure out resources with RHack & Restorator just by looking at images then cross referencing looking at the player.. Ha, sounds dumb I know but, there is little out there to help except for changing the background, and that is just to change to more ugly bmps.. great,not.

Then I bumped into this tread, and people; this is the only one I found in such depth. This thread made me cut dev time on getting a decent look by a ton! So a great big thank you for resource refs, etc..

Also it was huge disappointment to see "advanced tag editor" gone, as well as a few other deletions of behaviors I found helpful. As usual; what was MS thinking? Anyway if you don't have it here is a link to Windows Media Player Plus!
This fellow basically put most of what was making me get ready to change players, back into wmp12 via a simple addin-plugin, very cool. Here's a list;
  • Tag Editor Plus: an alternative for WMP's Advanced Tag Editor. Tag Editor Plus works on WMP 12 too, where the Advanced Tag Editor has been removed.
  • Real 'find as you type' in the library: you can simply start typing to search, without having to click on the Search field first.
  • Access the standard Explorer right-click menu of a media file directly from within WMP.
  • Restore last active playlist, media item, and playback position at WMP startup.
  • Show currently playing media in WMP's title bar.
  • Disable group headers in the Library Pane.
  • Enhanced and configurable version of the Windows Live Messenger Music plug-in (What I'm Listening To).
  • Access the properties of a plug-in from within the main WMP menu (Tools - Plug-in properties), without having to go to Options first.
  • Easily re-enable all plug-ins after a crash.
Here's a screen shot of my first go, my cool green look. It goes with the areo config I have now, plus I didn't have to redo rollover states since the lite blue works with the green..

Looking forward to creating a few more; labeling wploc's and having a stable of wmp looks to go with my fav desktop configs. Heck when we all get done with some we should post em, and start a repository of wmp looks.

So thanks again all. Plus, great site, I've been learning a lot here..!
LaBamba ~ WP
How did you get the Vista transparency background look for the bottom controls? Anyone know which image it is?
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12 Jan 2011   #49
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

I've tried all I know to get the bottom control bar to be transparent with no joy. The best I could do overall with this WMP 12 cluster of theme was to tone down some of the MS blueish nish to get it more in line with my msstyle.

Next Gen ?... WMP 12-untitled.png


Why does MS have such a fetish for all this blue color? If I can't find a way to make the bottom control bar semi-transparent, I'm ditching WMP 12 for the WMP 11. It skins out and actually functions with less resources than WMP 12. The mini mode skin of WMP 11 uses my msstyle window frames for it's background which is pretty decent lookin to me. The main skin also uses the aero style frame for the bottom control bar which also looks better to me. If anyone has any info on how to get that look with WMP 12, please post it.


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28 Jan 2011   #50
Wayan D

win 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greg S View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wayan D View Post
My first post here, wotz up?

Well sure, so I really hated the new look of WMP and was trying lots of things, but since hacking wmp12 was new to me it was taking a long time to figure out resources with RHack & Restorator just by looking at images then cross referencing looking at the player.. Ha, sounds dumb I know but, there is little out there to help except for changing the background, and that is just to change to more ugly bmps.. great,not.

Then I bumped into this tread, and people; this is the only one I found in such depth. This thread made me cut dev time on getting a decent look by a ton! So a great big thank you for resource refs, etc..

Here's a screen shot of my first go, my cool green look. It goes with the areo config I have now, plus I didn't have to redo rollover states since the lite blue works with the green..

Looking forward to creating a few more; labeling wploc's and having a stable of wmp looks to go with my fav desktop configs. Heck when we all get done with some we should post em, and start a repository of wmp looks.

So thanks again all. Plus, great site, I've been learning a lot here..!
LaBamba ~ WP
How did you get the Vista transparency background look for the bottom controls? Anyone know which image it is?
Hang on and I'll look for the file and post it tomorrow. Do you want the trans img for the controls themselves; play, stop, etc, or for the entire bar at the bottom of the player?
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