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There's more to Windows Media Player 7 than you might expect -- and there's more to this book, too.
Yes, it's a guide to using the latest Windows Media Player (as included with Windows Me, downloadable from Microsoft, and a quantum leap forward from earlier versions). Seth McEvoy walks you through finding, downloading, and playing media files; getting new codecs; and copying music to CDs or portable devices. But that's only the first third of the book.
The second third focuses on creating your own skins, presenting previously scarce information on morphing WMP7 with any look and feel your twisted mind desires. Skins programming happens in two languages: XML, for defining the characteristics of each button, slider, and text box; and JScript for adding new functionality. McEvoy discusses both. He also offers a complete process for designing skins, involving deciding what you want your users to be able to do, designing your user interface, creating your artwork, and writing your code.
That's still not all. Part III shows how to use WMP7 in your web pages: in the background, as a simple default media interface, or with your own custom interface. You'll also learn how to create custom media content and visualizations. The CD-ROM contains the complete Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 SDK, Skin Construction Kit, Advanced Script Indexer, ready-to-use visualizations, sample code, and more. Hey, as long as you've got WMP7, why not flaunt it? (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.