Guide to "sidegrading" from Winamp3 to Winamp 5
Apparently you are using Winamp3. Incase you have any questions about switching from WA3 to WA 5...
Winamp 5 is the upgrade/continuation of Winamp 2. Winamp3 was built from the ground up as a new Winamp. It was forced into a early release and was not met by great admiration. Eventually that lead to WA3's demise. The demand for Winamp3 may have died, but the demand for free form (AKA
modern) skins did not. To answer the demand, a plug-in was added to Winamp 2 that supported WA3 style (free from, modern) skins. Winamp 2 was renamed Winamp 5 (Winamp 2 + Winamp3 skin support = Winamp 5). Only Winamp 5 Full, Bundle or Pro have modern skin support.
Be sure not
to install WA 5 over the WA3 directory/folder. Because WA3 and WA 5 are two different media players, installing WA 5 of WA3 can cause problems. Also, you don't need to install the Pro package if you don't want to.
Near the end of the installation process you will be asked if you want to â€œUpgrade the Winamp3 install to Winamp 5.x and migrate the skins to Winamp 5.x
If you want to keep separate Winamp3 and Winamp 5 installations select NO. If you are sure you no longer want to use Winamp3 and want to "upgrade" to Winamp 5 select YES. Note:
Selecting Yes will remove
the default installation files of Winamp3 and the modern skin files (.wal) will be moved to the Winamp5 directory. What to select is up to you, however IMHO I would suggest selecting NO. That way until you learn your way around WA 5, you still have WA3 to fallback on. See screenshot/attachment: WA3toWA_5
The following is a list of various WA3 features and how to find, apply or add them
in WA 5.
Auto-Play at Startup
Try the Time Restore & Autoplay
plug-in. APaS on steroids. (updated version v2.06)
Components and Add-Ons/SkinMods
Sorry, WA3 components (WA3 "plug-ins") and Add-Ons/SkinMods (individual skin scripts) are not compatible with WA 5.
Now called the 'Widow Settings' menu and is available in Winamp's main menu. Also available by pressing the Control Menu button or title bar icon/button for any modern skin that has it. Also, as with Winamp3, Ctrl+'Right Click' is a shortcut to the Window Settings menu. As only modern skins support opacity and scaling, the Windows Settings (AKA
Control) menu is not available to classic skins.
Cross-fade is built in to the DirectSound output plug-in...
- Plug-ins > Output
- double click 'DirectSound output'
- Fading tab
- click on the various fade options of choice and click Enabled
- close out of Preferences
The fade button(s) in the Modern skins control the 'on end of song' option . For classic skins or mod skin without fade controls, try the NxS XFade
control plug-in (alternate download
The learn button was an auto-gain/normalize feature incorporated about the time of WA3â€™s demise. As of Winamp 5.3, there is an optional global ReplayGain (auto-gain/normalize) feature. However, the learn button on the old Winamp3 skins does not work with Winamp 5's Replay Gain feature. Info in using WA 5 Replay Gain...
• Winamp Tutorial: Automatic Volume Leveling in Winamp with Replay Gain
• Winamp Help > General Preferences: Playback
> Replay Gain
Opacity/Translucency with classic skins
Pertains to WA versions prior to 5.22. Native B4S support for WA 5 was implemented as of 5.22.
If you saved Winamp3 playlist(s) as .B4S files they can not be natively read by pre 5.22 versions of Winamp. To use WA3's .B4S playlists you will need one or both of the following plug-ins...Enqueue/Dequeue
WA 5 Full, Bundle or Pro does have enqueue function like WA3. It is part of the JTFE plug-in. In the playlist with the selection(s) highlighted Q = enueue and Shift+C = dequeue. The options can also be place on the right click menu. (Ctrl+P > General Preferences > Jump to File > Menu and Buttons tab). You can also use the Jump To Filebox (J or F3) to enqueue/dequeue.
Loaded Playlists/Sidecar/Multi Playlists
WA3's playlist sidecar (loaded playlists) was not a feature of WA 2 and thus not a native feature in WA 5.
You can have multiple playlists in the Media Library. In the playlist editor you can switch between the ML playlists by...
Click Manage Playlist (or List) button (right click if using a classic skin) > select "Open playlists from Media Library"
However, don't get too disappointed. As of Winamp 5.5 there is a WA3 style multi-playlists sidecar style feature. It is part of the new default Bento modern skin. It is available in the multi-content panel (top middle panel) and it is called 'Stored Playlists' There is also one available for the Winamp Modern skin (via a download). The "sidecar" uses the ML playlists. The Modern Default skin sidecar is available for download via the Winamp 5 Essentials Pack.
Quick Selection Box - Playlist Search Bar
Press The F3 or J key to bring up a highly functional Jump To (search) Box. Winamp Full (free), Bundle (free) or Pro supports additional Jump To box functions.
With WA 5 Full (free), Bundle (free) or Pro - Rem button > Remove... ('Remove Misc' for classic skin) > Remove Duplicate Entries
Repeat Single File
Winamp 5 also has it and it is not borked. Read here for tips on using Repeat One in Winamp 5.
For additional playlist sort options try the Active Winamp plug-in. There is also a Sort by Length plug-in.
Classic skins were developed before Windows 2000/XP, therefore classic skins (*.wsz) do not natively support opacity. It is the Modern skins (*.wal) that have opacity "built in". However you can get opacity/translucency effects for Classic skins with one of the following General Purpose plug-ins...Note:
Opacity/Translucency plug-ins require Windows 2000, XP or Vista.
Try NxS Skinned Menus
. Applies the skins color to Winamp's menus. A little buggy, but it works.
Skinned or Themed Preferences/Options & About Window
To get preferences and about boxes/windows in Winamp to match the current skin theme (colors, buttons), try the Skinned Preferences
plug-in (updated version 0.86.1 alpha
). It will also skin some standard Windows dialogue boxes, such as Open dialogue and plug-ins that use standard boxes.
A lot of 3rd party modern skins have thinger, however classic skins and the Winamp Modern default skins do not. For a alternative/substitute try the NxS Thinger
plug-in (alternate download
The Winamp Browser is integrated into the Media Library and is called Now Playing. Best of all, unlike the WB from WA3 Now Playing has navigation buttons
Don't confuse the separate Station Info window with Now Playing (AKA
MiniBrowser). The Station Info window is for AOL Radio XM and SHOUTcast Radio category in Streaming Media section of the ML. Alt+T key combo = Now Playing shortcut
Winamp3 Skin (one or more of the following skins)
Concern about "upgrading"/"sidegrading" from WA3 to WA 5
| (Taken from here
From the Troubleshooters Sticky
Built-in crossfader issues:
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[edit > JonnyMac] Revised October 2007 [/edit]