Usage


Important notice

Due to Skype shutting down the developer program as well as the Skype Extras website and the Extras Manager, Moodsongs is no longer being actively developed or supported. It is no longer possible to install it in the latest version of Skype.

Usage

First startup

If you are using Windows 7, the plugin will ask you to download a file to make sure the plugin can run under Windows 7. This file is essential. Selecting 'No' will cause the plugin to close. You will then, just like on the other operating systems, be asked if you want to make a shortcut. The first time you start the program, or the first time you restart it after it was closed incorrectly, you will have to choose your preferred mediaplayer and the path where it is located. After that, the main screen appears and you can start using the program. If Skype is already running, a message will pop up warning you about allowing access to Skype. Once you do this your music will automatically be shown in the mood message. This program automatically launches the selected media player once you have selected the correct path, so you can use it as your media player launcher if you make a shortcut.

If you choose Windows Media Player, the plugin will ask you to download some extra files. These two files are a plugin for Windows Media Player, and an executable that will register this plugin for you.If you have Windows User Account Control enabled under Windows Vista, you will have to allow 'Setup.exe' to run. (Note: User Account Control is enabled by default.)

Note: Please update the plugin after the first startup. Other usage information might be incorrect with older versions of Moodsongs.

General


On top of the main window you see which song is currently playing in Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp or mediamonkey.

A little lower you can see a textbox and three buttons. The left one can be used to connect the message that you've typed in the textbox to the current song. So every time you play that song this message will be added. The message replaces the %S% that you've typed in the format box in the Preferences window. The button in the middle sets the message as standard, so it will be added to all songs that have no message connected to it or to its artist. When you are not playing a song your mood message will be changed to this standard message as well. Please note that when you have no message set to standard and you are not playing a song, your mood message will be empty. The button to the right connects the message to the artist. This way the message appears every time you play a song by the same artist. To disconnect a message from a song or artist, you leave the textbox empty and click the appropriate button when playing the song you want to disconnect it from. A messagebox will prompt asking you if you are sure.

On the bottom of the window, you can see another button. This one will set the picture that is currently your Skype picture as your standard picture. That means that the picture will appear with any song that has no album art connected to it, or whenever you aren't playing a song. Please note that this will only work with iTunes and Winamp set as your mediaplayer.

Preferences window


On the preferences window you can see four sections. Please see below for the Font Optiosn section. The Moodsongs settings are more general settings, not related to Skype or the associated mediaplayer. As you can see, you have the option to check for updates on startup and to start Moodsongs as admin under Windows Vista.

Under the Skype section, you will find options to show your music in Skype, to be warned when your message changes, to hide your music when you go invisible and to show your album art in Skype (Winamp and iTunes only). At the bottom of this window, you can change the format in which your message will be displayed. %T% is replaced by the title of the song. %A% represents the artist and %S% represents the message connected to a song, or set as standard. These messages can be edited in the main window (see General).

The last section will be renamed after the media player of your choice. You will find an option there to close this media player whenever you close Moodsongs.

Font options


If you select Font options from the menu, or click on the Font options button in the above preferences screen, you will be taken to a new window allowing you to change the color and the style used to set your Skype mood. Each section of this window can be used to change the style for a specific part of your mood. You can set different styles for the song title, the song artist, the connected message (%S% in the format box on the preferences screen - see above) and for the General format. This last one will be the style in which everything you typed in the format box is displayed. If, for instance, you type Title: %T% in the format box, the word 'Title' will get the General format style, while the song title (%T%) will get the Title style. The fifth and last section can be used to change your entire mood at once.

These programs are totally free and you are free to share them with your friends. Please link them to this website or to the Skype Extras gallery to get their own copy!

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