This is a simple media player Yahoo widget based on the old Steampunk Volume XWidget that will play your music and take up only a tiny amount of your
desktop. It is a lovely piece of eye-candy as well as being useful on
This is one of a small set
of icons/widgets for your desktop, the others are a typical set of
Victorian desktop acoutrements. You can control the volume level of the
media player by moving the slider or pause/play the track by clicking on
the play button.
Next and Previous buttons will select the next track to play.
Double-clicking on the widget will cause a
personalised Windows application to fire up. The first time you run it there will be no
assigned function and so it will state as such - then it will pop up the
preferences so that you can enter the command of your choice. The widget simply takes command line-style commands for windows.
To make the playlist appear like the playlist above, you'll need the Centurion light SF font that you can get here: at Ufonts.
This version is now Beta 1.0.6 RC
These widgets work with Windows XP SP3, they have also been tested on Vista Home,
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Windows 8/10 and it should work on all these
with no problems
// if the folder does not exist - play the last folder/playlist
// if the folder exists but there is nothing to play then deal with that condition
// when a new folder is selected the playlist does not display immediately, needs a restart
// test the saving and re-use of previously played folders
// dragging and dropping onto the playlist area does not yet display the new playlist - tested, it does
// fixed bug in showing the playlist on small groups of files dragged/dropped or in a folder,no longer generates an error
// ".mpeg",".mp4",".mpg added to the possible file types that can be played
// add a file limit capture to the recursive folder search that is done at the beginning, new function to count
// playfolder function tests for valid types in the same way as the other functions
// when opening an alternate folder the chunk list needs to be reset to 1
// change the displayed default folder when dragging/dropping a set of files to the folder location where the files came from
// when the widget restarts it is picking up the wrong folder name, now checks two locations
// opening a new folder fails from the speaker but works from the menu
// mousewheel scrolling on the playlist should roll a chunk - fixed
// fixed the final bugs with the recursive file count
// shuffle isn't shuffling - fixed
// pulling chain causes the playlist to be re-generated so a shuffle playlist is unshuffled
// added save and open buttons for the playlist
// additional button to clear the play list
// shuffle not working on start up
// fixed some bugs trying to set slider position when there is no currently playing media for the WMplayer
// add image to tell users that the reading of folders is underway...
// added save and open functionality saving as XML
// add roll over buttons for the bottom set
// fix the clicking on a track name sometimes does not pull up the google listing
// fixed bugs with opening and saving play list files
// removed duplicate code calling the playlist twice on startup
// fixed bug where only a partial playlist is being read, not reading the filecount from the XML and then not using it.
// fix to the currently highlighted track bug
// remove the wpl remote playlist types that seem to be unsupported in WMP
// test with non-existent folder - works OK
// test with empty folder - works OK
// test with my music folder - works OK
// test with a CD - plays
// CD does not show the list of tracks in the play list
// fix the track number display when unshuffled
// fix the track number display when a CD is loaded
// explain the black box that can be shown when accessing a large series of files on a slow system - instructions added
// when playing a CD, the stuck position code might need to be ignored as CDs do pause when initialising.
// playing a CD - needs to show the CD/album title
// audio CD track tooltips added
// audio CD title tooltips added
// restart after playing a CD shows an empty track list due to chosen folder pointing to a CD drive
// opening a playlist file after playing a CD does not update the list of tracks in the play list
// audio CD second page not showing correctly, still showing first page items
// when shuffling a CD it restores the last used folder information
// added a routine to wipe the play list that helps when debugging.
// reset the page number when opening a CD.
// reset the page number when opening a new playlist.
// shuffling a CD does not yet work, shuffled the code a little!
// added support for .m4a file types
// dragging a single file does not update the playlist
// after dragging a single file a multiple file drop does not show on the playlist
// when you drop a second folder after dropping a single file, it does not update the playlist, a refresh required
// dragging and dropping a folder does not always update the folder name
The Steampunk Media Player Yahoo Widget is a moveable widget that you can move anywhere around
the desktop as you require. The widget is usable on both Windows and
Be aware that this widget is still in beta and so some functions will NOT work, there will also be bugs! Please report any errors back to me. You will of course need to download and install the Yahoo widget engine first - which you can get here:
Here is just one more over 250
steampunk icons/widgets that I have created that will leave your Windows
desktop looking absolutely spiffing. There is a whole set of the little
thingies and I must say they do look very steampunk indeed! They really
are a suitable replacement for the boring old default icons that come
with Rocketdock/ObjectDock &c.
This widget and the others like
it will spruce up your desktop and give it a bit of Victorian class. Full instructions can be found here: