Softpedia Editor's Review for Windows Media Player Plus!
A Windows Media Player plug-in
Written by Elena Opris on April 29th, 2013
Designed for Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player Plus! is a plugin that enhances the user experience by offering a few extra features, such as a tag editor. It can be seamlessly set up, even by less skilled users.
After a brief installation procedure, you can access the Settings window of the app, in order to configure some options. For instance, you can enable a real-time search mode, disable group headers in the Library pane and add disc-number support to the media library.
In addition, you can change the media format displayed in the title bar (Advanced Tile Formatting or ATF), integrate the tag editor into the context menu, as well as make the app restore the last active playlist at startup and all plug-ins after a crash.
"Party Shuffle" is a feature that involves a dynamic playlist which automatically gets random songs based on a user-defined location. As the name implies, this option comes in handy at parties when you don't have enough time at your disposal to play the DJ. Last but not least, you can send information on the currently playing song to Windows Live Messenger and edit the ATF.
The plugin does not put a strain on the computer's overall performance, as it uses a very low quantity of CPU and system memory. It worked smoothly throughout our evaluation, without causing the operating system to hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. To sum it up, Windows Media Player Plus! supplies users with an extra set of features to improve Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player Plus! description
Here are some key features of "Windows Media Player Plus!":
· Tag Editor Plus: an alternative for Windows Media Player's Advanced Tag Editor.
· Global hotkeys, allowing you to control Windows Media Player from within any running application.
· Party Shuffle: a dynamic playlist, that automatically gets filled up with randomly picked songs. Of course, you can still add songs yourself, and reorder/remove songs, just like with a normal playlist. Very useful while throwing a party, as a DJ aid, or just for casual listening.
· Real 'find as you type' in the media library: you can simply start typing to search, without having to click on the Search field first.
· Disc number ('set') support in the media library: shows disc numbers in the Track number column and makes Windows Media Player use the disc numbers for sorting the tracks of an album.
· Access the standard Explorer right-click menu of a media file directly from within Windows Media Player.
· Restore last active playlist, media item, and playback position at Windows Media Player startup.
· Show currently playing media in Windows Media Player's title bar.
· Advanced playback options: Stop after current and Close after
· current, to automatically stop playback or close Windows Media
· Player when the current media has ended.
· Let Windows Media Player play/pause when you press the space bar.
· Disable group headers in the Library Pane.
· Enhanced and configurable replacement of the Windows Live Messenger Music plug-in (What I'm Listening To).
· Access the properties/settings of any Windows Media Player plug-in from within the main menu (Tools - Plug-in properties), without having to go to Options first.
· Bring back the "Find in library" right-click option of older
· versions of Windows Media Player to Windows Media Player 12.
· "Play next" option when right-clicking a media item in Windows Media Player 11's library (Windows Media Player 12 already has this by default).
· Quickly re-enable all plug-ins after a Windows Media Player crash.
· Windows Media Player 11 or higher.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· New: option to bring back the Find in library right-click menu item on Windows Media Player 12.
Tag Editor Plus:
· Added Publisher field to the Artist Info page.
· Fixed: Windows Media Player could crash when opening Tag Editor Plus for a file that contained certain invalid tags (e.g. a Beats per minute tag with non-numeric value).
· Fixed: possible Access Violation error when batch editing the Genre of more than 10 songs.
· Fixed: Tag Editor Plus didn't show up in batch editing mode when one of the selected files couldn't be opened.
· Fixed: embedded pictures, lyrics and comments were read-only when the first media that was played after opening Windows Media Player was a DVD or audio CD.
· Fixed: embedded pictures, lyrics and comments could still be edited for files marked as read-only.
· Fixed: editing the Composer, Writer or Conductor field didn't activate the Apply button (special thanks to Paul Coddington for reporting).
· Fixed: Unicode characters in the song's artist/title ...