Introduction to the UltraPlayer Interface

If you have not yet downloaded and/or installed UltraPlayer, and you would like to see a quick explanation of how to do so, go to UltraPlayer Installation.

Once you have installed UltraPlayer, we'll start with a quick tour of the interface.

To open UltraPlayer, double-click on the UltraPlayer icon on your desktop. The parts of the UltraPlayer will "fly" in from different parts of your screen.

Before we get too far into a description of how everything works, let's get superficial and talk about how everything looks. One of UltraPlayer's most exciting features is its fully customizable interface. The UltraPlayer interface can be set up with an infinitely customizable shape and set of controls. The application is designed to function with the different components in any location, shape, or color. Different configurations of shape, design, and color are called UltraSkins. UltraPlayer comes pre-loaded with several UltraSkins. To switch between UltraSkins, double-click with your right mouse button anywhere in UltraPlayer.

Each UltraSkin has two main views, or modes, Maximum and Minimum. UltraPlayer will open, by default, in its Maximum mode. This is the "normal" size of the application. As you may have guessed, UltraPlayer's Minimum mode is smaller than the Maximum mode. To see the application in the Minimum mode, double-click your left mouse button somewhere in the application that is not a button or a list (the easiest place to click is in the "skin frame" around the video display). The UltraPlayer will then shrink into a small version of itself. Minimum mode typically displays the audio play (transport) buttons and the playlist marquee. We say typically, because each UltraSkin is a little different.

To close UltraPlayer, press the Exit button. The Exit button is a small "X" somewhere on UltraPlayer. To the left of the "X" you will see a "_". This button will Minimize UltraPlayer. If you are having trouble finding these buttons, switch to UltraPlayer's Minimum mode by double-clicking with your left mouse button on UltraPlayer. The Exit and Minimize buttons should be easier to locate in the Minimum mode.

UltraPlayer is divided into several screens. By default, UltraPlayer will open to the Playlist screen. The Playlist is the nerve center of the application. In the video display you will see your playlist of songs and several buttons that allow you to add or remove songs. On this screen you will be able to manipulate the list of songs or streaming broadcasts that you want to hear. If you switch to another screen, you can return to the Playlist by pressing the button labeled Songs or Playlist (depending on the UltraSkin). For more information about using the Playlist, go to Add Songs to the Playlist.

To change your UltraPlayer settings, search the Internet for music, configure the SmartAlarm, or get assistance in using UltraPlayer, click on the Options button. For more information about the Options, go to UltraPlayer Options.

You’d feel cheated if you paid to go to a concert and there wasn’t a fancy light display. If you want to enable a visual presentation to accompany your music, click on the Visuals button to switch to the Visualization screen. Simply put, visualization modules are sound-sensitive color, shape, and motion presentations that flash around in the video display to the beat of your music. They can range from simple oscilloscopes to complicated liquid landscapes. To switch between your installed visualization modules, double left click in the video display. For more information about the Visualization screen, go to Visualization Modules.

UltraPlayer allows you to tweak the frequency response of your audio. Press the Equalize button to open the Equalizer. Just like the graphic equalizer component in your stereo, it allows you to adjust the frequency response of your music. UltraPlayer comes with several presets, but you can adjust the frequency however you like using the sliders. For more information about the Equalizer, go to Optimize your Audio with the Equalizer.

Would you like a simple and quick way to tune-in Internet Audio Streams? Press the Tuner button to open a web page with links to some of our favorite Internet Radio servers. For more information about UltraPlayer's quick links to the Internet, go to Tuning-in and Searching on the Internet.




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