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Theater Mode is a plugin that comes packaged with MusicBee 2.0+. It offers new ways to view (and interact with) Playing Track and Now Playing via a range of user-created layouts. The name comes from its original purpose of creating full-screen displays. Some views can also be displayed in the Now Playing Node or Now Playing Bar ("embedded"). These views are usually able to borrow elements of the current skin so they don't look out of place.

Installing a Theater Mode view Edit

Installing any of the custom views is similar to installing a skin.

  • download the file
  • extract the file
    • Most files will be in .zip or .rar format. You need the .xml contained inside (if it's already in .xml form go to the next step). You can extract directly to your Theater Mode folder (see next step) or to your default download location.
  • move .xml file to the appropriate Theater Mode folder, along with any images or subfolders
    • You will need to know whether you want a full screen or embedded view.
    • The default folder for full screen views is: C:\Program Files\MusicBee\Plugins\TheaterMode.List. The default folder for embedded views is C:\Program Files\MusicBee\Plugins\TheaterMode.Embeded (yes, it is misspelled). If you have a different installation directory you will need to account for that.
    • If it doesn't come in a subfolder, artwork probably belongs in the SharedArtwork subfolder. If that doesn't work, try the main Theater Mode folder or check the forum thread for further instructions.
  • select the new view in MusicBee (may require a restart of MusicBee to show up in the menu)
    • To use a full screen view, go to View > Theater Mode and select.
    • To use an embedded view, open the Now Playing Node or Now Playing Bar (this can be done via the Configure Layout button, just left of the Search box), then right click in the panel to open the Customize Panel Settings screen. Here you can tell it what view to use when displayed in a tab and what view to use when docked in the bottom panel.
  • enjoy!

Custom Views Edit

If you find a broken download link, check to see if the forum thread has an update. Please fix it if there is one!

Many Theater Mode views, especially the full screen kind, come with specialty fonts that you will need to install for them to look like the screenshots. Here's a guide to installing fonts in Windows.

Any questions or problems should be directed to the appropriate forum thread.

Full Screen Views Edit

All in One
Arrivals
Name: Arrivals
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Looks like an airport flight arrivals sign. (Download includes a font that must be installed along with the other files. See forum thread if you have questions.)


Artist Gallery Clean

Forum Thread
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A variation on Artist Picture Clear.


Artist Gallery Tweaked

Forum Thread
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A tweak of the default artist gallery view.


Artist Picture - Crystal Clear
Name: Artist Picture - Crystal Clear
Author: Iasc

Forum Thread
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Artist Picture Clear
Name: Artist Picture Clear
Author: SimonBRT

Forum Thread
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A tweak to the default artist picture view.


Artwork Showcase Updated
Name: Artwork Showcase
Author: Travelsoccerkid1

Forum Thread
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Clean design showcasing artist and album artwork with a Now Playing album tracklist and a visual preview of the next song in the queue.


Artwork View-0
Name: Artwork View
Author: redwing

Forum Thread
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Album artwork with lyrics and artist bio. Installs a full-screen view and an embedded view.


Cat's Eye
Name: Cat's Eye
Author: lynott

Forum Thread
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Cine View
Name: Cine View
Author: redwing

Forum Thread
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For watching soundtrack backdrops. Installs three full-screen views and two embedded views including skin-adaptive versions.


Clean LP
Name: Clean LP
Author: Silasje1

Forum Thread
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Recommended at resolutions between 720p and 1080p.


Compact Player
Name: Compact Player
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Small view with artist photos. (Takes up the full MusicBee window, but not the full computer screen.)


Default Tweak
Name: Default Tweak
Author: Eeyore

Forum Thread
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A tweak of the default view.


Frames in the Dark
Name: Frames in the Dark
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Includes an optional font to install and a few variations on the layout. See forum thread for full details.


Greb Theater Mode Final
Name: Greb Theater Mode Final
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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A wide variety of backgrounds and options. Suggest visiting forum thread for full details.


Joyeux Noël
Name: Joyeux Noël
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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Christmas-themed view. Three colors/designs.


Minimal Black
Name: Minimal Black
Author: albr0x

Forum Thread
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A clean, modern and functional skin. Player controls appear on mouse hover.


Mod'ernaire
Name: Mod'ernaire
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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A full screen view based on the fixed-resolution "Home Alone". Required font included in download


Northern Lights
Name: Northern Lights
Author: paq

Forum Thread
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Old Posters
Name: Old Posters and Codex
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Includes multiple font and layout options. See forum thread for details.


Orange
Name: Orange
Author: Silasje1

Forum Thread
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Other versions (artist pictures, etc) can be downloaded in the forum thread.


Rdio style v14
Name: Rdio Style
Author: redwing

Forum Thread
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Rdio player style default layout plus artwork playing list and gallery mode. Installs a full-screen view and an embedded view.


SoundCloud Gallery

Forum Thread
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SoundCloud player style layout. Installs full-screen and embedded views.


AlbumStyle
Name: Touch Style - Album
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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Designed for touch-screen devices. Minimum resolution 800 x 450. Also available in Artist & Landscape views. See Forum Thread for images and download links of these.


XBox Music Style
Name: XBox Music Style
Author: endeavour1934

Forum Thread
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Download is for 1920x1200 or lower. There is a higher resolution version available in the forum thread.


Zune Style
Name: Zune Style
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Dark and light versions available. Requires one font installed.


Fixed Resolution

For fixed resolution views, you can use this program to size the MusicBee window precisely, if you have a different resolution. Even if they don't fill your computer screen, these are full screen in the sense that they take up the complete MusicBee window.


BeeCloud
Name: Compact Theater Mode: BeeCloud
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Resolution 1440x590. Based on SoundCloud layout.


A Car Player
Name: Compact Theater Mode II: A Car Player
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Resolution 900x270.


A Musical Newspaper
Name: Compact Theater Mode III: A Musical Newspaper
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Resolution 1440x800. Includes multiple font and layout options (no extra fonts required).


A Musical Book
Name: Compact Theater Mode IV: A Musical Book
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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Resolution 1037x770. Required font is included in the download. See forum thread for details.


WidgetMini
Name: Mini Player [widget style]
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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A gadget-style player with a 222x336 resolution. See forum thread for font required for icons.


Rating in the Dark
Name: Rating in the Dark
Author: lnminente

Forum Thread
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Resolution 1280x800. Background image is a separate download, here.


Book Lovers
Name: Theater Mode for Book Lovers
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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A wide variety of book-themed Theater Modes. See forum thread for screenshots of all. Some of them require backgrounds from Greb Theater Mode Final.


Embedded Views Edit

Tab or Bottom
Absolutely
Name: Absolutely Tabulous
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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Artist pictures and a selection of other info with a color-change background. Designed for bottom panel but can also be used in a tab.


Tabulous
Name: Simply Tabulous (original Tabulous)
Author: Bee-liever

Forum Thread
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Artist pictures and a selection of other info. Designed for bottom panel but also scales up for use in a tab.


Tab Only
All in One
Name: All in One
Author: Greb

Forum Thread
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(Download includes a font that must be installed along with the other files. See forum thread if you have questions.)


Artist Picture (1)
Name: Artist Picture
Author: Iasc

Forum Thread
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Album art and artist pictures.


Fantasy Scenes
Name: Fantasy Scenes
Author: Iasc

Forum Thread
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Fantasy art backgrounds with other info displayed on top.


Nonamesq
Name: The Hive
Author: Iasc

Forum Thread
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Bottom Only
Mellow
Name: Mellow
Author: Thorbjorn

Forum Thread
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Album art and artist pictures for bottom panel.


Narrow One
Name: Narrow One
Author: lnminente

Forum Thread
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A waveform background with artwork for bottom panel.


Narrow Waveform
Name: Narrow Waveform
Author: lnminente

Forum Thread
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A simple waveform background for bottom panel.


Adding a new view to this page Edit

To list a new Theater Mode view on this page:

  • Copy the code below
  • Edit the section of the page you want to add it to
  • Paste the code where you want it (they are ordered by type > name)
  • Replace the brackets with your own text (looking at other entries will help if you're not sure what I mean).
  • If you haven't uploaded your screenshot yet, follow the red link that appears to access the image upload page.
    • You will need an account to upload images. If you prefer not to create an account, contact Psychoadept for help.
{{Skinfobox
|Name = <!-- Name of view -->
|Author = <!-- Author of view -->
|Thread = <!-- URL of forum thread (optional) -->
|Download = <!-- URL for direct download (optional) -->
|Preview = <!-- Filename of screenshot (optional) -->
|Description = <!-- Description of view (optional) -->
}}


Playback
Now Playing

Playback · Player Controls · Playing Tracks · Now Playing Assistant · Now Playing Bar · Now Playing Pop-Up

Other Modes

Compact Player · Mini Player · Theater Mode · Visualizer · Locked Down · Taskbar Player · Notification Tray Icon · Track Info Pop-Up

Settings Equalizer · Player Preferences · Now Playing Preferences

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