Old 9th September 2002, 08:53   #1
Student J
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Winamp 2.5 skin problem.

I've got winamp 2.5 and I downloaded some skins: like this: chronabie.wal
But I don't know how to use it. Winamp does not recognize it. Should I open it with winzip or something?! Or is there an option somewhere in winamp were I can open it and use it?

Greetz and thanks alot.
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Old 9th September 2002, 09:32   #2
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2.81 is the latest version, I suggest you upgrade.

A list of updates since 2.5

Winamp "Classic" 2.81:
* updated to PP's latest input and output plugins
* in_mp3 now doesnt continue to play on output plugin error.
* smaller installers because we use msvcrt.dll now
* fixed bugs relating to files with ~ in their names.
* doublerightclick in credits makes for fullscreen credits
* more bugfixes (including a fix in the version update notification checking)
* updated installer to have nicer error messages.
* made systray icon update if explorer restarts
* and more (muahaha)!

Winamp 2.80:
* fixed drag&drop from open file dialog related bugs
* made CDDB support better handle not-found CDs/lack of CDDB installed.
* update to CDDB ui (bugfix)
* new splash screen
* minibrowser security fix
* updated winamp agent to support both winamp 2.x and 3.x
* included PP's hacks for slightly better unicode filename support
* in_wave support for floating point .WAV files fixed
* better win9x compatibility for DirectSound
* waveOut made skip less
* some in_mod per-file fixes
* OGG Vorbis support for Standard and Full installs.
* CD support back in lite installer.

Winamp 2.79:
* upgraded unzip/decompress support to zlib 1.1.4, for big security fix
* improved multiple instance detection code/opening many files from explorer issues
* winamp agent tooltip improvement
* fix to id3v2+unicode support

Winamp 2.78:
* minibrowser fixes
* cddb2 support
* updates to mod, midi, and wav support (from the wonderful PP)

Winamp 2.77:
* mb.ini skin support (Winamp/MBOpen)
* added page and slider for 'shuffle morph rate' to Preferences so you can
control how much the playlist morphs (mutates) each time it cycles
* PP's ACM disk writer output plug-in instead of the classic one
* PP's WAV/VOC reader (Which is apparently so much better, but we will see)
* included new in_midi and in_mod (yay)
* made playlist editor automatically size down when necessary (on startup)
* made drag&drop playlist URLs work
* made alt+delete work again in playlist editor
* made winamp.exe and winampa.exe both much less likely to fudge HKCR/.
* fixed drag&drop in vis areas
* made Winamp handle language packs that lack strings and/or dialogs better
* made physical file remover ask you for every file, to prevent disasters
* fixed issues with using a large number of input plug-ins and extensions in
open box (I think)
* fixed a small "bug" in the id3 editor of in_mp3
* fixed the frame count bug in id3 editor of in_mp3
* made general purpose plug-in uninstall capability.
* new hyper-leet desktop icon on new installs of full version.
* removed Mjuice support from full version.
* tinyvis 2001 v2.04
* AVS includes experimental fullscreen overlay mode.

Winamp 2.76:
* ryan fixed shuffle!
* christophe added IE URL drag&drop capability
* faster FFTs for vis on WAV/CDDA playback
* fixes RealPlayer's .xpl association bug
* AVS 2.5 (new effects, speedups, smaller presets, etc)
* TinyVis 2001. Includes fast, highly trippy "Random Intelligent Visualization".
* Peter's latest and greatest MIDI plug-in

Winamp 2.75:
* avs 2.4.9 (interface improvements, speedups, new dynamic movement effect (yay!))
* made skin installing do better renaming (removes [1], etc)
* some new sample avs presets (thanks to Zen-X and Marco Muraca, Frank Nagel)
* MASSIVELY optimized directory scanning and removed multi-add bugs
* fixes to in_mod and in_midi.
* fixed some NT/2K uninstall issues.
* updated winamp agent with full color icon
* temporarily removed in_asfs from full distribution (security issue)

Winamp 2.74:
* fixed vis shutdown related bugs (message pump is run while waiting for safety)
* cleaned up some startup code
* fixed layer 2 i/s bug in in_mp3
* fixed HTTP/1.1 + Apache CGI issues in in_mp3.
* improved HTTP auth support in in_mp3
* updated to new in_midi version (go PP)
* new AVS with Overlay support
* made uninstall use NSIS's uninstaller

Winamp 2.73:
* smaller main winamp.EXE
* new AVS version with larger interface
* seeking for HTTP/1.1 streamed MP3 files
* improved minibrowser functionality
* updated versions of MOD and MIDI plug-ins (thanks Jake and PP)
* made out_wm smaller (32k->7k)
* updated to newer, more efficient installer (1.1o)
* fixed one cdda related bug

Winamp 2.72:
* stupid in_mp3 fix (for lame encoded files)
* updated directmusic/midiOut plug-in (Thanks to Peter Pawlowski)
* updated mikamp plug-in (Thanks to Jake Stine)
* made Winamp Agent smaller, use less memory, not interfere with ScanDisk, etc.
* fixed some skin related bugs (main.bmp is no longer ever reloaded)
* fixed cursor bugs - cursors are now loaded all at once (makes for slightly
slower skin switching, but should make things more responsive)
* made zip skin loading more reliable (and slightly slower)
* small avs updates

Winamp 2.71:
* new directmusic/midiOut plug-in (PP's)
* mikmod update (we love you Jake)
* avs: optimized fullscreen 32bpp->Xbpp (not full support yet)
better resizing code, multimonitor support
many stability improvements, opts to evaluation compiler
new effects, of bugfixes
avs minimize modes work right (mostly)
* in_cdda: reduced plug-in size by 30k.
* out_wave: made writeall logic better and less problematic
altvol mode in no longer fudges with global volume.
* in_mp3: improved mp3 decoder sync (byte level sync, better checking)
fixed id3v2 rare writing bug
fixed in_mp3 visualization bug
made highest the default text for in_mp3
* made shuffle not reinit shuffletable on add/remove, it adapts randomly
* got rid of http:// checking for file retreiving.. http is assumed
* made tooltips and hotkeys for demand/load/play in preferences
* made 12k fullscreen visualization plug-in for all installs (woo)
* fixed F5 redrawing stuff it shouldn't bug
* fixed moving a file in the playlist and then using shift to select
* fixed / in IPC issues (i.e. winamp.exe http://url now works all the time)
* fixed the generic eq slowdown on silence, made more accurate
* fixed vis plug-in installation issues
* made workaround for bug in in_mjf.dll
* a few other fixes I forgot to log

Winamp 2.7:
* mp3 decoder: better tag editor, bugfixes
* mod decoder: too much to list. much revised. www.divent.org for more info.
* much improved CDDA (Faster, less crashy)
* waveout output plug-in bug fixes
* new directsound output plug-in (very charming)
* many optimizations and bugfixes to AVS - this version is quite fast.
* faster playlist loading, faster playlist editting on large lists
* windowshade visualization now has spectrum analyzer instead of (crappy)
VU meter.
* improved that old issue of what happens when you delete the playing file
in the playlist.
* made credits less problematic (and more time based, less frame based, no more crashing)
* made multiple-instance handling handle running with different command lines better
* return of classic demo.mp3
* sped up exit process some
* many other small fixes and refinements
* nsis 1.0 installer (http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis/ for more info)

Winamp 2.666:
* spiffier credits in about box
* new mp3 input plug-in
* streaming improvements (now much less intrusive)
* fully ISO compliant decoding
* ID3v2 support
* even more
* AVS 2.1 . New blitter/movement filtering, MMX optimized, new presets.

Winamp 2.65:
* fix to ex-m3u bug/security hole
* improved mp3 http streaming dialog (no longer upsets AVS, etc)
* optional aol icon in full version

Winamp 2.64:
* fix to proxy support for mp3 streaming
* dsp plugin fixes
* justin can't code

Winamp 2.63:
* language pack improvements/cleanups
* giant (2000+) skin archive bug fixed
* promotional offers on install
* streaming improvements (authentification, proxy authentification, dialogless
streaming when winamp is not active, content-disposition usage, etc).
* minibrowser start page now live if inet connected.
* return of out_wm (WMA writer) -- lets you transcode your WAV/MP3/MOD/etc
files into WMA!

Winamp 2.62:
* Generic dialog processing message loop so now TAB/etc... works in plugins dialog windows
* Fix to Mjuice (memory leak that caused the full install to puke after many hours)
* Winamp Visualization Studio updates.
* Installer bitmap updates
* Installer terminology changes

Winamp 2.61:
* In accordance with Microsoft's license agreement, we no longer allow you to
use DSP plug-ins or alternate output plug-ins when playing WMA files.
* Installation now gives you more options, cleaner.
* Some mixed block DCT and Antialiasing fixes to Nitrane.
* Support for .wsz files in your skin directory as well as .zip files.
* Fixed: gdi leak when switching skins
* Fixed: gdi object leak when using Winamp systray icon
* AVS 1.5a6 (coming soon, 1.50)
* fixed: make the mouseover on install listbox not, err, mess up at weird screen locations
* fixed: the install screen that comes up always when no net connect available.
* fixed: bookmarking from explorer should be less nasty
* updated: uninstall should be more reliable
* attempted fix: bookmark add/prefs display corruption bug

Winamp 2.6:
* Massively improved CD audio support complete with menu option to play CD
* New splash screen (smaller) and about box effect.
* Removed unused links stuff in about box
* Improved Jump (to file) dialog (hit the J key)
* Bookmarking system
* Fix to mp3 plug-in. Now won't stop after failed shoutcast stream.
* Updates to URLs used in player for web site integration
* Winamp Agent (can monitor file types, and restore them)
* Better Netscape/IE integration
* Updated MJuice code
* Updated AudioSoft code
* Uninstall icon in start menu now has own icon
* New SuperPiMP installation system
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Old 9th September 2002, 09:34   #3
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Er, actually a .wal file is a Winamp 3 skin.... It won't work with Winamp 2.
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Old 9th September 2002, 11:13   #4
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Originally posted by c2R
Er, actually a .wal file is a Winamp 3 skin.... It won't work with Winamp 2.
Winamp 2 skins have either wsz or zip as extensions.
Wal files = wa3 only stuff.
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Old 9th September 2002, 15:38   #5
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...and the url for WA2 skins is:

If you have any problems with these, see here:

From the WA2 Skins & Plugins Tech Support Forum:
Sticky: downloaded skins won't load
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