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ASCII Winamp by Jerm123321 ASCII Winamp by Jerm123321
Skin last updated: July 14, 2005
News last updated: November 12, 2005

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I tried to include as many ASCII (textmode art) components as possible in this skin. I'm very happy with how it turned out! It doesn't have color, which might turn most Winamp users off. When you make the playlist screen longer you can see some ASCII graphics.

The Readme has more information on how to use the skin. It's designed for use with Winamp Lite.

The current .zip file includes the finalized black-on-white version, the finalized white-on-black version, and a color version which will be upgraded.

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Recent (well... not really...) news on ASCII Winamp Skin:

My ASCII Winamp skin has recieved surprising and encouraging popularity! I thank everyone for helping it to reach over 1000 pageviews and over 500 downloads! It also placed 1st in `diamondie's ASCII Art Revolutions contest! I'm so happy... Thank's for holding the contest, `diamondie!

Unfortunately, my computer got unexpectedly formatted recently, and I lost all my files, including the files for the skin. That computer is now in the computer repair shop with its files being recovered. I will of course just download and unzip the one on DeviantART later, but right now I am on an old temporary computer, and won't be updating the skin for a little while.

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Thank yous:

-Thank you to jSepia for suggesting I skin Winamp
-Thank you to `diamondie for having a contest which inspired me to make this ascii skin, and for suggesting that I add an inverted edition

Updates:

- Inverted edition
- Shuffle button edited
- Watermarking (don't worry, if you're not stealing my work you won't see it)
- Updated Readme
- Some ansi graphics added
- Color version
- edits to showing that certain options (i.e Shuffle, Repeat) are activated

Most recent updates:

- Finalized black-on-white and white-on-black version
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:iconjordinyc:
jordinyc Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
neat
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mew-mewpower Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
\o/ <Stickman says: This is one of the things I praise!!!)
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Goooooood Stickman..
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
:D
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:iconmew-mewpower:
mew-mewpower Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
oh yea go me. im a famoo singer!!!

*offtopicness*
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:iconoddradish:
oddradish Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006
woah this is really ssweet.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2006
:D thanks
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VeRStie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
Congrats for both first and third place! this work is very original, you are an example of how to think in ASCII. Thanx for taking the time to make a trophy for my entry =)...
Miguel Angel Alvarez...
...just commenting
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
Thanks :) I'm thinking of making a Windows skin once I get my good computer back. The trophy was nothing, it took me about half an hour to make 5 (I made one for myself). It was very creative to put it on the corner of your picture :)
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VeRStie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
it can't be in other place if the winner made it for me =)...
i wanna help in that windows skin =)
Miguel Angel Alvarez...
...kinda ASCII artist
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
I could give you some pictures to convert into ASCII, or you could make an ASCII background/display picture for the skin when I make it, but right now I'm on a computer without the space for me to skin Windows. I'll try to remember you when my computer is out of the repair shop :) Thanks for offering to help :D
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VeRStie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
i'm pleased to help, i'll be waiting for your "call"... now i'm kinda busy with some university works, i hope i'll be more "free" when u came with the job...
Miguel Angel Alvarez...
...excuse my poor english
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FireDolphin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
:worship:
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:iconjerm123321:
Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
:) I see you like the skin
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:iconfiredolphin:
FireDolphin Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
I love it XD is just that I was at job and I'm not supossed to navigate there ^^;

Congratulations on the prize at `diamondie's contest. You already know this, but this is very original. Revolutionary, indeed :)
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
Navigating when you're not supposed to... I know a lot about that :D

Thanks, I had a lot of fun making the skin. Even more fun seeing how much people like it! It makes me want to skin Windows... If I ever get my good computer back, that is.
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FireDolphin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
Well, I'd like to get my PC back too... spyware and malware has kidnapped it :S
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
Stupid spyware... When you get it back try downloading Sygate Personal Firewall, Spyware Blaster, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Ad-Aware (do Yahoo! searches). If your computer is slow and has very limited harddisk space don't download SbS&D, it takes an hour to scan :P
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FireDolphin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
I've got currently installed ZoneAlarm Pro firewall and anti-spyware, Ad-Aware, SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard and XoftSpy. I browse exclusively with Mozilla FireFox. Latest version of all mentioned software. I still have connection issues, and believe it or not, a popup adware for wich FireFox is vulnerable.

Anyhow, I haven't tried Spybot Search and Destroy, so, I'll put it in the list.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
lol it seems hard to believe that you still get spyware with all that.
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soozn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
mwahaha this is brilliant! cant wait to try it out! and a huge GRATZ on winning `diamondie's ascii comp :clap: keep up the cool-ness
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2005
Thanks! I'm so happy I won :D
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EmeraldAsh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
I luff my WinAmp player! Anyway, awesome job! I've always wonder how to make one... but the info would be wasted on me! It's so neat that you're finding so many different things to do with ACSII! Congrats! :hug: :heart: Again, great job!
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
Thanks :D! I would tell you how to make one, but I guess you don't want to know. Feel free to ask, though :D
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EmeraldAsh Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
Hehe! :heart: I didn't mean I wasn't interested, I just don't think I'd be able to do it. I'm not that good with things like this! :hug:
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
[link]

That's the official guide. It'd be nice to see you make one! :D!
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EmeraldAsh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
Thanks! I might try that later! :heart:
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Banff7 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005   Photographer
wow. great idea for awesome skin.
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jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
OMG you made my dreams come true! :worship: My Winamp looks great now, and it even sounds better (don't ask why). It makes me want to wrap my whole Windows into ASCII.

I think the inverted one works beter with the oscilloscope. The simple ASCII drawings at the bottom of the playlist give the skin a lot of personality. It's really funny how the sliders in the equalizer are made of : D smilies, I use the equalizer a lot and now I laugh whenever I see them.

I agree that some colors can enhance the skin. I'd choose some simple ANSI colors to keep the textmode look. In my opinion, gradients or textures would destroy it. About changing the fonts, you could read this page: [link] and edit the pledit.txt configuration file accordingly, to set a font face and some colors. I'd suggest Fixedsys or Courier. Then open the Preferences, go to General Preferences> Playlist, and make sure "use skin or language pack font" is checked.
:aww:

This is a sure winner, I don't expect anything less. I do wish you the best of luck, but you don't need it! There's no way someone can make something better for the contest.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
You're words have really brought a smile to my face. Honestly, my cheeks hurt.

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OMG you made my dreams come true! My Winamp looks great now, and it even sounds better (don't ask why). It makes me want to wrap my whole Windows into ASCII.
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I'm glad your dreams came true because of me :D! But sounding better? Okay, I'll obey you and not ask why. I'm thinking of making a Windows skin, if that's even possible. It seems you would really like that. If you know a way, tell it to me and I'll work on it over the summer. Skins are addictive, I'm updating this daily. I could update it again today, but I think I'll wait. Maybe not. We'll see.

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I think the inverted one works beter with the oscilloscope. The simple ASCII drawings at the bottom of the playlist give the skin a lot of personality. It's really funny how the sliders in the equalizer are made of : D smilies, I use the equalizer a lot and now I laugh whenever I see them.
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Sorry if I sound stupid, but what's an oscilloscope? Yeah, the inverted skin is getting to be a lot better than the original. But what do you mean about the ASCII drawings at the bottom of the playlist? The version I have on my computer has some now, but as far as I know the one on DA doesn't yet. I used to use Windows Media Player, but since I have this skin I don't think I can go back! It's Winamp for me now.

Yeah, the smilies are really funny :D! I'm glad I could make you laugh.

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I agree that some colors can enhance the skin. I'd choose some simple ANSI colors to keep the textmode look. In my opinion, gradients or textures would destroy it. About changing the fonts, you could read this page: [link] and edit the pledit.txt configuration file accordingly, to set a font face and some colors. I'd suggest Fixedsys or Courier. Then open the Preferences, go to General Preferences> Playlist, and make sure "use skin or language pack font" is checked.
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Right after I said that I couldn't figure out how to change the font, I figured it out. I didn't think of the Fixedsys font though, for some strange reason.

And for colors, do you have any specific suggestions? I tried coloring all the small play/pause buttons on the minimized main screen, but it made it look neon. Do you think that would be okay for this skin? I'm also thinking of coloring "WINAMP", and some of the =s from the skin. And the 0 in the top left corner that's used for options. Do you think these are good ideas? Do you have any others?

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This is a sure winner, I don't expect anything less. I do wish you the best of luck, but you don't need it! There's no way someone can make something better for the contest.
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Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that an experienced ascii artist like you is in love with one of my pieces. Good luck to you too, if you decide to enter the contest.

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I had no doubt in faving this skin, and I would fave it ten times if I could. Great work.
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Thanks for the +fav! I'm really glad you love it. As I said before, it means a lot to me that an experienced ascii artist like you is in love with one of my pieces.

You're already mentioned in the Readme for giving me the idea to do a Winamp skin. Thank you so much for that, too!!! If you have any ideas on what kind of graphics I can add to the miniscule empty space in winamp, feel free to tell me them. I'll upload the newest version of my skin right now so you can see what I have so far, as I will be logging off for the night soon.
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jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
:( I couldn't read the readme.txt as intended, it appears with blank spaces between the letters. Did you write it in Word or something? I'm viewing it in Notepad.

"I'm thinking of making a Windows skin, if that's even possible. If you know a way, tell it to me and I'll work on it over the summer."
> Hmmm... :confused: I have no idea about how to make themes for Windows (unless it is for WindowsBlinds, I'll elaborate later). You could at least create an ASCII wallpaper like I did (or even use the one I have), and create some custom icons in ASCII with an icon program such as MicroAngelo. These icons can later be applied with IconPackager or E-Icons.

> However, if you are familiar with WindowsBlinds, you probably know that it's not so different from Winamp about the way it is skinned. In WB, you also have a set of images you can pack together and use as a skin for Windows. This kind of skins are usually created by using a commercial program called SkinStudio, but you can also create a sking by hand, modifying the images like you did for Winamp.

"Sorry if I sound stupid, but what's an oscilloscope?"
:aww: Naah, the oscilloscope is the moving graphic located under the timer in Winamp. If have it set to Oscilloscope in my Preferences and it shows a horizontal line, but if you set it to Spectrum Analyzer it will show a graphic with moving bars.

"And for colors, do you have any specific suggestions?" Yep. :nod:
"I tried coloring all the small play/pause buttons on the minimized main screen, but it made it look neon. Do you think that would be okay for this skin?"
Here I go. Keep in mind that this critique is based on my personal taste and experience with colors and in this case, I'm just brainstorming without expecting all these ideas to work well. You will probably have some better ideas.

> ANSI-colored text often looks neon too, I don't see anything wrong with it as long as you keep the same color scheme. I remember playing some textmode games where cyan and yellow were often used, and they work well on dark backgrounds. The inverted Winamp skin could look similar to the default Winamp skin, with "winamp" in yellow (I hope you weren't thinking about coloring it as a rainbow), some more yellow on things like the ='s (so that the sliders remain white and appears lighter) and even some grey (gray). Trying cyan wouldn't be bad either, but I don't see where it would fit. Keep white to highlight the text, but choose some other color to highlight the buttons when pressed, white looks far too showy.

> As for the non-inverted skin, I don't have many suggestions. You could add variety by replacing some black parts with dark grey. Some colors that would look good on white are: dark red, navy blue and lime green (not the three of them, of course, choose two at most and create a color scheme). The playlist should be darker than the controls, a light grey would be nice.

"Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that an experienced ascii artist like you is in love with one of my pieces. Good luck to you too, if you decide to enter the contest."
You're very welcome, but I'm not experienced at all. :bow: I've been making ASCII for only five months (probably six). I'm not sure if I will finish my entry in time, I'm working full time on my ASCII art tutorial. I'll probably finish it next week, and I would appreciate your help with the postwork. I've had to create many new ASCII pictures as examples, but none of them applies for the contest.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
I wrote the readme in notepad... It's strange that it isn't working. I don't know anything about WindowsBlinds, but I downloaded it and am planning on making a skin.

--Update--
I am having a lot of trouble with SkinStudio, as I have no clue how to get all the graphics I need to edit as a .bmp file. It's getting very... confusing. Do you know how I can get all the regular windows xp pics that I need to edit as .bmps? AAHHH! SO CONFUSING! sorry. I think I'll drop the idea of skinning windows for a bit. But still, info on how to get the graphics as .bmps would be very helpful. I'd much rather modify by hand.

I'm still confused about the oscilloscope, but I'll drop it.

I was actually thinking of coloring "WINAMP" yellow, too. I think I'll end up coloring the =s a different shade of yellow, too. Maybe orange. But the =s on scrollbars will remain the same. I'm actually thinking of dropping the black-on-white skin... The inverted looks a lot better.

You may not be that experienced, but you've been doing ascii for twice as long as me. Sure, I'll help reply to the posts on it. If I remember to o.O I'm also leaving for two weeks to my cottage at the end of next week. And halfway through the week I get back from the cottage I'll be leaving for another week.

Good luck on getting your submission done in time, then. I was able to make the first version of the winamp skin in 3 days, you should be able to get your submission done in time.
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jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
WindowBlinds (at least the version I'm using) creates a folder for each skin, containing the .bmp images and some configurations. If you already have a couple of skins, they should be in the WindowBlinds folder ready to be edited.

The original Windows XP theme designed by Micro$oft can be viewed here: [link] as a WB skin. The link for the direct download is: [link]

"I'll help reply to the posts on it"
Umm... That's not what I was trying to say with the word "postwork", it's more like editing and making little changes after it's finished and before releasing it to a wider audience.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
Do you happen to have another link for the original XP theme? That one doesn't work any more and I lost the files when my computer got formatted...
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jSepia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
No. :( It took me a long time to find that one, and I didn't save it or anything. Sorry.
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
meh. s'ok. I'm sure to be able to find it somewhere on the internet...
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Ty for the info on Windowblinds, I think I'll try to work on it through the summer. I wonder how long it will take?

lol the word "postwork" confused me. Sure, I'll help ya with that. But like I said, I'll be away for a bit, so I can't work on it for that long.

As for the Winamp skin, I think I'm going to make a final white-on-black and black-on-white version of it, then I'll make a new color version. I myself like it best with no color at all, but it seems you guys would like some :D
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jSepia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I had no doubt in faving this skin, and I would fave it ten times if I could. Great work. :D
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emzet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   Photographer
Hi, Have you tried to made an ASCII Windows theme-cover to XP? :) - it would be cool :)

emzet - you know me :P
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Ah yes, the artist of "Crying Land". No, I haven't tried that yet. I don't have a clue how to do it, either :P. I can't change the welcome screen or anything cause I'm not the only one who uses this computer. It would be cool, though :D
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diamondie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Professional Writer
Wow, I tested it - and it works! It looks like there's a minor glitch in the control buttons (there's an empty line going through them), but it isn't a big issue. The playlist being in the "normal" Winamp style also looks a bit strange. If it was white on black and/or in a different font it would probably fit in better. Those smiley faces in the equalizer are a funny idea.

I'm going to use this in my Winamp from now on. If you added some colors to this I know I'd probably be using it for a very long time. Now I'll have see if I can still use the player well enough with different buttons being slightly harder to recognize. Perhaps white on black (with perhaps hints of other colors somewhere) for the whole player would be the best choice overall?

Thanks for submitting this, despite my critiques it still kicks ass!
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
A glitch in the control buttons? if you mean the lines between the |<,>,>|,|| buttons, that's the only way I could make it true ascii. I can't figure out how to change the font for the playlist... yeah it does look strange. I'll reverse the colors on everything and see how that makes it look. Then I'll include both versions in the .zip file. Yeah, I thought the smilies were funny :D

As for color, the only way I can think of to add it would be on the sides of the equalizer on roses. And maybe I could make the playlist art colorful. And maybe I could make the top bars slightly colored... maybe not.

lol that's the first time I've ever heard you say that something "kicks ass" :D! It's a good sign. I'm very glad you like it. As for the contest, since I can only have two submissions for one category, obviously switch the screenshot convert of Winamp for this skin.

Now to ameliorate my creation!
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audiosyncracy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2005
That is so awesome... words cannot explain. :D
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Jerm123321 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Yay! I'm glad everyone likes it! What's your favorite part?
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audiosyncracy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
The fact that the buttons on the equalizers look like a bunch of smilies :D
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