Year 2021. 2+0+2+1 = 5. 2021 will be the year of AIMP5 – our new update for the Windows OS AIMP player.
AIMP’s new style – Charm – follows modern trends in user interface design. It is a flat clean interface with a minimum of colors and separators. If you’ve used AIMP mobile v3.0, you’ve experienced Charm as the default skin.
The Charm skin for Windows OS AIMP offers three layout types in two themes: Light and Dark. When you start the player for the first time, you will have a choice:
The Standard layout is similar in markup and element positions to AIMP4’s standard skin – Bliss.
The main window contains playback controls and a playlist. The music library, visualization, and extended track information are available in separate windows.
The Modern layout mimic modern applications designed in the Fluent UI Design. Wiki data, song lyrics, and comments are all integrated into the player’s main window.
Extended Track Information
Thanks to our new skin engine and Last.fm plug-in, the main window can now display details on the track, its artist, and album. If Charm’s layout is set to Modern, this information is available in the NavPane area:
In the screenshot above, note small squares just over playback controls. You can use them to switch between screens that display artist, album, and track information, and song lyrics.
In the Standard and Classic layouts this information is available in a separate window – “Now Playing”:
We also redesigned secondary windows – just like the default skin, they use a base color as the background color and a bold color to highlight controls:
The new colors also affect secondary dialogs:
We eliminated the old bookmark manager. You can now access bookmarks through the music library.
Thanks to our music library engine you can use one or several criteria to group and filter bookmarks, for example, by playlists.
We added extra fields that describe bookmarks:
- Time stamp
- Source – playlist or music library
- File name
- File size
- Bookmark date
- User comment
- User labels
Apart from the standard music library and database commands, you now have several new ones specifically for bookmarks:
- Play from the beginning
- Reset time stamps for chosen bookmarks to zero
- Locate in source
Aside from this, the player automatically combines bookmarks that have timestamps less than 3 seconds apart (optional).
Playlists and Smart Playlists
Automatic Playlist Sorting
We added automatic sorting that used to be available only for smart playlists – to common playlists as well. The new feature applies the most recent sorting settings to a playlist when it is changed.
Data Selection Rules for Smart Playlists
The screenshot below demonstrates a new filter condition for “date and time” type fields:
Music-library-based smart playlists now can be sorted by several fields simultaneously:
As you can see from the screenshot above, we broke up the smart list settings dialog into three tabs. For your convenience we positioned the tabs in the order the filtering and data processing settings are applied.
The table that shows a file list includes a new column – “Target File Name” (hidden by default). It lists the final name the music file will have after renaming. Thus, you can view final names music files will have after you convert them.
When AIMP5 finishes file conversion, it now displays text and sound (optional) notifications.
The upgraded converter now has a built-in sound volume normalizer by amplitude or replay gain. AIMP5 applies normalization settings to audio data directly. To write normalization data to a tag, use the tag editor.
The WMA encoder now supports the WMA Pro profile. This profile allows you to encode 6-channel audio and supports a 24-bit sampling depth.
Here’s a small cosmetic feature you’ve asked and wained for – dynamic layout:
Data entry fields change their size dynamically to take up all available space
Access to All Fields
In AIMP5 you can access all tags an audio file has, and view all information the tags’ fileds contain – even if AIMP does not support these tags:
The link highlighted above is available when you interact with a file that has tags, unknown to the player. The link invokes a dialog that contains a field list and a simple hex-viewer:
Here you can view all fields, extract their information or delete them.
The Chapter Editor is a new tag editing tool. Use it to create chapters or markup files for large audio files:
At the top, the editor contains a waveform navigator that demonstrates where one track ends and the next one begins. If you need fine-tuning, you can enter time manually and listen to the preliminary result.
Despite its name, the tool also works with CUE markup files – you can create a new CUE file for an album or edit an existing one.
Note that if you use several services, your listening statistics will be sent to each of them.
In previous versions the file information dialog contained information and statistics on a playing track. The new version offers such information for the artist as well. It is available in the new tab::
Our Scheduler got the most significant enhancements:
- Unlimited task number support
- Ability to repeat tasks every day/ week/ month/ year
- Ability to reiterate the same tasks during the day
- New actions and settings
Let’s take a look at these enhancements one-by-one.
The scheduler greets you with a new task management dialog:
The window displays all the tasks you created – active and inactive, and groups them by the task start event. Every card shows the task name, recurrence parameters, its event (if available), and the nearest start time.
Every task has a name, its launch and recurrence parameters, and a list of actions it does:
You can start a task at a specific time, after a track finishes playing, or when a playlist ends. We introduced two new options to time-based startup settings:
- Wait for playing track to finish
- Wake the PC from sleep mode
СThe last option was available before. The player activated it automatically for the alarm clock. To enable the Scheduler to wake the PC, check the power plan settings and make sure the computer is allowed to wake when the timers are triggered.
Every task can do one or several actions:
- Start playback
- Pause playback
- Resume playback
- Jump to next track
- Start radio recording
- Stop radio recording
- Put the PC to hibernate mode
- Put the PC to sleep
- Shutdown the PC
- Close the application
- Change the volume
We expanded the “Start playback” action with two new options:
The Scheduler is now a full-fledged scheduling tool!
Backward Compatibility Mode
While we think that new enhancements are fun, we understand that change is also complicated and not everyone will use and love our new features, especially the peculiar ones and those that require more clicks than before. This is why we offer you “simple mode” that disables all new features and whistles and returns the Scheduler to what it was like before.
Public beta-testing will be started at summer 2021.