Most of the administrative functions of UltraPlayer are controlled from the Options screen.
To switch to the Options screen press the Options button.
The Options screen is divided into four areas: Settings, Search, Help, and About.
To personalize your UltraPlayer settings press the Settings button.
This will open the UltraPlayer Settings box.
On the General tab, you can adjust the following settings:
On the Visualizers tab, you can adjust preferences for the Vis Modules that are displayed on the Visualization Screen.
When you switch to this tab, UltraPlayer will open the Visualization Screen so that you can observe the changes you make as they are made.
You can adjust the following items:
- UltraSkin - In this dropdown box you can specify the UltraSkin that you would like to "wear".
This change is made as soon as you select a different skin.
- Check the Web for new versions - If you check this option, each time you open UltraPlayer it will connect to the Internet and check to see if a new version of UltraPlayer is available.
- Clear playlist on CD insert - If you have UltraPlayer set up to automatically play your audio CDs when they are inserted (for more information on this, see the "Default player for audio CDs" option below), checking this option will clear your playlist when the CD starts playing so that only the tracks from the CD will appear in your playlist.
Otherwise, the CD tracks will be appended to the end of your existing playlist.
- Minimize to Tray - If you would like UltraPlayer to appear in your Taskbar when you press the minimize button (like most Windows applications) leave this unchecked.
If you would like UltraPlayer to minimize only to the System Tray (the collection of icons at the right side of your Taskbar) check this option.
- Always on Top - Checking this option causes UltraPlayer to always sit on top of other windows on your desktop.
- Play video in external window - When this option is selected, UltraPlayer will open a sizable external window to show videos.
Otherwise, videos will be played in the Visuals screen.
- Always append loaded playlists - If you would like files loaded from playlist files to always be appended to your UltraPlayer playlist, check this option.
This is especially useful when listening to Internet Radio and Video Streams, as they are often loaded via playlist files.
- Restore file types on launch - If you would like UltraPlayer to always maintain the file associations that you have set on the File Types tab, check this option.
UltraPlayer will always restore any associations that have been altered since you last opened UltraPlayer.
- www.UltraPlayer.com - To open your browser and go to the UltraPlayer home page, press this button.
The DSP Plugins tab displays preferences for selecting and enabling Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Plugins.
DSP plugins can be used to alter or enhance your audio playback. On this tab, you can select and enable your DSP.
Most DSPs will have their own control panel for any configuration changes that you want to make to the DSP itself.
Any changes that you make take effect immediately.
You can adjust the following items:
- Visual Plug-in - Here you can choose which Vis Module you would like to see in the Visualization screen.
Again, this change is made immediately and when you close the Settings box, you will see the Vis Module you selected.
- Fade-out rate - Move this slider from fast to slow to select the rate at which the Vis will fade-out.
You will see more "smearing" in the Vis if you set this towards Slow.
If you set this towards Fast, the Vis will look very clean and crisp.
- Fade-out effect - Check this box to enable the fade-out effect described above.
- Zoom effect - The Zoom effect causes certain Vis Modules to look as though they are flying through space, creating a "tunnel" effect.
Check this box to turn on the Zoom effect.
- Select DSP Effect Plugin - Here you can choose the DSP that you would like to use.
- Select Module - Some DSP Plugins will contain multiple modules.
In this box, select the module you would like to use.
If the selected DSP Plugin only contains one module, it will be selected by default.
- Enable DSP Plugins - Check this box to enable the use of DSP Plugins.
This change is made immediately and you should hear the audio enhancement after a few seconds.
- Configure - This button opens the control panel for the DSP Plugin.
If the selected DSP does not have a control panel, this will simply open a box with some information about the author of the DSP Plugin.
On the Streaming tab, you can set several parameters for the playback of Internet Audio Streams:
- Streaming pre-buffer size - This slider controls the amount of audio that will be buffered from the Internet stream before playback begins.
Basically, the more audio that is pre-buffered, the more stable the playback will be.
If your playback is jumpy or if it skips occasionally you should increase the pre-buffer size.
- Save streams to MP3 file - It is possible to “record” Internet Audio Streams so that you can listen to them again later.
Simply check this box and specify a “Saved file” (see below).
The following settings apply only if you have “Save streams to MP3 file” turned on:
- Append existing file - When this feature is turned on UltraPlayer adds the recorded stream audio to an existing file.
When this option is turned off UltraPlayer creates a new file (or overwrites the specified file if it already exists).
- Saved file - In this field, specify the path and file name to which UltraPlayer will “record” Internet Audio Streams.
NOTE - If you do not have the “Append existing file” option turned on, this file will be overwritten each time you record an Internet Audio Stream.
- Browse - This button allows you to navigate your computer to find a path and file name for the “Saved file”.
The File Types tab lists all of the file types that are supported by UltraPlayer.
You can check and uncheck each file type to specify whether or not you would like UltraPlayer to be your default player for that file type.
The file association will take effect immediately, but the icon might not change until you reboot your computer.
The file types that are listed here are:
- MPEG Audio Files (.mp3 .mp2 .mp1)
- Windows Media Audio Files (.wma)
- Waveform Audio Files (.wav)
- Audio CD Files (.cda) - Standard Compact Disk Audio files
- MIDI files (.mid, .midi)
- Internet Audio Streams (.pls) - The format of most popular MP3 Internet Audio Stream playlists
- Playlist Files (.m3u) - The file format of playlists (albums) that are created with UltraPlayer (and most other popular digital music players)
- DMOD Audio Files (.dma) - Purchased or downloaded DMOD-secured audio files
- DMOD URL Files (.dmu) - Streaming playlist of DMOD-secured audio files
- Default player for audio CDs - If this option is checked, when you insert a CD into your CD drive UltraPlayer will open and begin playing the songs on the CD.
- WMP formats (.asx, .wax, .wvx) - This includes all of the Windows Media Video formats that are accessed via these playlist types (.asf, .wmv, .aiff).
- MPEG Video Files (.mpg, .mpeg)
- AVI files (.avi)
When you press the Search button, UltraPlayer will open a web page with links to some of the Internet’s best music search engines.
For more information on this feature, go to Tuning-in and Searching on the Internet.
To setup UltraPlayer's SmartAlarm features, press the Alarm button.
The SmartAlarm box is divided into two sections: "Alarm Mode" and "Sleep Mode".
Note - You must leave the UltraPlayer application open for the SmartAlarm features to work.
If you close UltraPlayer, the alarm settings will be disabled.
Settings for configuring UltraPlayer to start playing at a certain time are listed in the "Alarm Mode" section:
- Wake me up at - Check this box to enable UltraPlayer's Alarm Mode.
Use the drop down boxes and radio buttons to set the time at which you would like UltraPlayer to start playing.
Set the hour, minute, and AM/PM.
UltraPlayer always assumes that the specified time refers to the next occurrence of that time; therefore, if it is 3:00 PM and you set the alarm to go off at 2:45 PM, it will not go off until the next day.
- Gradually increase volume over __ minutes - This option is only available if you have enabled Alarm Mode.
If it is enabled, you can check this box to have UltraPlayer increase the playback volume from 0 to 100% over a period of time after it starts playing.
In the box, specify an amount of time (in minutes) over which the volume increase should occur.
The preferences that allow you to configure UltraPlayer to shut itself off after a certain amount of time are listed in the "Sleep Mode" section:
- Shut off after __ minutes - Check this box to enable Sleep Mode.
In the "minutes" box, specify the amount of time you want UltraPlayer to play before it shuts off.
You can enter a number of minutes between 1 and 600 in this box.
Remember that the countdown to shutoff begins as soon as you press OK.
- Gradually decrease volume last __ minutes - If you have enabled Sleep Mode, you can check this box to have UltraPlayer gradually decrease the volume of your music before it shuts off.
In the box, specify a number of minutes over which the volume fade should occur.
To access the UltraPlayer built-in help, press the Help button.
For more information about UltraPlayer (including version number), press the About button.